DiSH Lab RA David Figueroa wins the Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Research!

David has been in the DiSH lab since his sophomore year and recently presented his research at the Undergraduate Research Week at UCLA. He worked on a project with grad student Lauren Hofschneider, which investigated how selfish tendencies are magnified by differences in status and limited resources. Their research aimed to understand why some people decide to value their own self over the people around them. David is immensely grateful for the guidance he has received from Lauren and Dr. T throughout the years. The DiSH lab is proud to be part of his success. Congrats, David!

Dr. Tomiyama shares her expertise in recent New York Times article!

The New York Times article “Is B.M.I. a scam?” focuses on the flaws associated with the B.M.I. scale as a health index. Dr. Tomiyama argues that blood glucose, triglyceride and blood pressure results are better indices of one’s health as well as how we feel. Click here to read more in the article!

Former Research Assistant Grace Li Commits to University of Texas, Austin!

Grace was a research assistant for the DiSH lab where she participated in two studies, Soupbowl and LOOSE. She recently committed to the Special Education Master’s program at UT Austin, which will prepare her to work with individuals with developmental disabilities and autism in the future. Thank you for your work in the DiSH Lab and congratulations, Grace!

DiSH lab alumna Emma Schopp to Attend Johns Hopkins for Grad School!

DiSH lab alumna Emma recently matched with the Johns Hopkins University/National Institutes of Health Genetic Counseling Training Program! Emma was part of the DiSH Lab from 2016-2018. As a study coordinator, she helped lead several projects and gained valuable research and leadership skills that she has continued to use in her career. Since leaving the DiSH Lab, she has continued to research health disparities, health communication, eating behavior, stress, and stigma as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Institutes of Health. 

Emma has completed the National Institutes of Health’s Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award program! The two-year program has provided exceptional opportunities for Emma during her gap years, including mentorship from talented scientists, research skills development, participation in volunteer and special interest groups, and attendance at conferences and talks. Emma would recommend the program to any student looking for a fulfilling gap year experience! Congrats, Emma!

Tamara Torosyan to Attend CSULA for Graduate School!

In the DiSH Lab, Tamara worked as a research assistant for the LOOSE Study in which she obtained anthropometric measurements of participants through hair cortisol samples. She recently committed to the Masters of Science in School-Based Family Counseling Program at CSULA, which combines Marriage and Family Therapy, Pupil Personnel Services credential and an Advanced Authorization in Child Welfare and Attendance certification. Upon graduating, she intends to work in school-based mental health services. Congrats, Tamara!

Research Assistant Sonia Avila to Attend CSUN Graduate Program!

Sonia was a research assistant for the DiSH Lab for about 2 years and during her time there she ran participants, input data, analyzed data and presented the findings at the PURC. She recently committed to a graduate program at CSUN, which is heavily based on statistical measures, research methods, and design to prepare its students for Ph.D programs. Congrats, Sonia!

Former DiSH Lab Member Nancy Gomez to Attend University of Washington!

Former DiSH Lab Summer Intensive student, Nancy Gomez, was selected as part of the first cohort of the NSF-funded summer intensive program for community college students in 2016. The program’s curriculum, graduate students, and Dr. Tomiyama all had a great impact in encouraging her to apply graduate school. While at UCLA, Nancy became an RA for the DiSH Lab and primarily worked with Dr. Tomiyama on her senior thesis on the effects of body size, positive messages, and social comparisons on body image and antifat attitudes. Recently, Nancy committed to the Quantitative Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of Washington where she will focus on developing new latent class and mixture models and approaches to answering psychology research questions. In the near future, Nancy would like to become a faculty at a university to continue her work on latent class models and mentor underrepresented students in statistical techniques, data analysis, and coding. Congratulations, Nancy!

DiSH Alumns Featured in Prevention Magazine!

DiSH Lab alumns Jeff Hunger and Mary Himmelstein are quoted extensively in this great article from Prevention magazine! Dr. T’s research is cited too. The gist: BMI is not helpful! Let’s focus on actual health and behaviors instead. Check it out here!

DiSH Alumna Tanvi Mamtora to Attend UCSF/SFSU for Graduate School!

Former study coordinator Tanvi Mamtora recently committed to the Joint Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at UCSF/SFSU! While there, she plans to dedicate her studies to delivering inclusive and equitable care to those she serves. In the DiSH Lab, Tanvi was a part of two research studies, one of which was published in Appetite and the other presented at the UCLA Undergraduate Research Conference and the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference. Congratulations Tanvi!

Ava Cazares to Attend USC for Graduate School

Ava Cazares, our DiSH Lab Manager, recently committed to the Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program at USC! At USC, she plans to specialize in Latinx youth mental health and obtain certification in Spanish-English bilingual therapy as part of her MFT licensure. Set to graduate from UCLA in the Spring, she is grateful to the DiSH Lab for being an integral part of her undergraduate education!