Research Assistants


Jessica Buffington



Jessica is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A., in comparative health and medicine. She is a first year student at Mills College's Pre-Med Post Bac Program. Her research interests include the psychology of well-being, social cognition, and new treatments for various neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, PTSD, and Alzheimer's disease. She is fascinated and excited by anything that has to do with the brain. In her free time she prefers to be outside, running, hiking, rock climbing, exploring new places and finding great places to eat.

Harleen Mangat


Harleen obtained her undergrad from San Francisco State University with a Primary B.A. in Psychology, a secondary B.A. in child and Adolescent Development and a minor in Human Sexuality Studies. She is interested in studying behavioral neurobiology as it relates to psychological disorders. Her research interests are in cognitive development of children and adolescence in families with psychiatric disorders, focusing on stress related disorders such as schizophrenia and PTSD. 


She is interested in the cultural implications on diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders in underserved communities. Harleen has been working with the SFLGBT center for over two years providing drop in counseling and involved in community events such as the YES (youth empowerment seminar) conference. She also co-founded a fundraiser providing support and resources to homeless LGBT youth around the city. Harleen plans on pursuing her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.

Afrah Mohammad

Afrah is originally from the Bay Area but recently graduated from Penn. She has done research in both basic and biomedical science fields and now looks forward to becoming immersed in these clinical/translational and dry lab methods and being involved at all stages of project design, execution & data analysis. She loves big cities like Philly and SF and spends some of her free time on Quora and other social media.

Reyn Yoshiura


Reyn is a recent graduate of Chapman University in Orange, CA with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. His previous research has been in addiction research and the efficacy of cognitive training programs.  His main research interests include psychophysiology, neuroscience and neuroimaging.  Reyn is excited to learn more about the clinical applications of oxytocin in neurological and psychiatric disorders. In his spare time he enjoys reading, hiking, Muay Thai, and cooking.