Undergraduate Research Assistants

Chelsea Lam

Hello! My name is Chelsea and I’m a senior undergraduate at UCLA, majoring in Applied Linguistics and Minoring in Cognitive Science. I’m enthused by language acquisition in children, and pursuing audiology as my career to help individuals to overcome auditory-related difficulties. Outside the lab, I work as a part-time stylist. I also enjoy music, singing, dancing, and food hunting with my friends.


Gabriela Vargas

Hello, my name is Gabriela Vargas and I am a third year Applied Linguistics major and Education minor. I’m interested in phonology and pragmatics. I want to learn more about the intersectionality of linguistics and education and how these impact student’s academic success. After graduation, I will pursue my Master’s in Speech, Language, and Learning, & work as a Speech Language Pathologist. In my free time I like to binge watch Netflix shows.

Helena Cabrera

Hello! My name is Helena Cabrera and I am a fourth year Psychology major. After graduation, I plan on attending medical school and becoming a pediatrician! My fascination with language acquisition started here at UCLA while taking the course language development. In my free time, I love to go on hikes, visit new coffee shops/restaurants, and attend music festivals.




Genesis Chavarria

My name is Genesis Chavarria and I am currently a senior undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Psychology with a minor in Education Studies. After graduation, I intend to apply to graudate programs in developmental psychology in hopes of attaining my Ph.D. and conducting more research in respects to language and cognitive development. I love working with kids, which is why outside of the lab, I am a student teaching assistant at one of UCLA’s child care centers. In my free time, I love sleeping, reading, and binge-watching TV shows!



Alyson Jimenez

Hello, my name is Alyson Jimenez. I am a senior undergraduate majoring in Linguistics and Philosophy with a specialization in Computing and minoring in Cognitive Science. I am interested in second language acquisition, child language development, and natural language processing. I hope to pursue a career as a computer linguist or to work in something that involves working with how languages are taught to children in school. In my free time, I love to go hiking, running, and solving crossword puzzles.




Pedram Dabiri

Hello, my name is Pedram Dabiri, I’m 31 years old. I’m a Senior majoring in Linguistics and my main interest in phonetics.






Rita Manukyan

My name is Rita Manukyan. I am a second-year undergraduate student at UCLA, majoring in Psychology. I love working with children, and I am interested in Speech Pathology and Child Psychology. I also hope to teach psychology courses at a university level. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, playing chess, visiting botanical gardens, and spending quality time with family.





Serena Poon

Hi! My name is Serena Poon and I’m a senior undergraduate here at UCLA studying Psychology. I love working with children and am interested in Psychology so when I began taking classes related to developmental psychology, I realized that I found a mix of both my interests. I’m studying to become a teacher in the immediate future, but I’m also interested in seeing where research in child development can take in the future. In my free time, I enjoy reading, dancing and knitting.