Lab Members

LAMP Lab Director

Laura Getz. Laura (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of San Diego. She received a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Music from Elizabethtown College and an MA and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Virginia. Prior to coming to USD, she was a Mendel Science Experience Postdoctoral Fellow at Villanova University, where she was a member of the Word Recognition and Auditory Perception lab. Her big-picture goal is to investigate the importance of interactions to understanding auditory perception, including the interaction of bottom-up and top-down processing and interactions within and across sensory modalities.

LAMP Lab Research Assistants

Sam Eason

Sam is a senior majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Sociology and Italian. Following graduation from USD, she is debating between getting a Masters in order to practice as a Speech Language Pathologist and entering a PhD program in order to become a professor of Psychology. Outside of the lab, Sam is involved in several other campus organizations, including the D1 swim team and the Active Minds club (which seeks to reduce stigmas surrounding mental health through education and action).

Alex Griffin

Alex is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. She joined LAMP lab in spring 2022. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school in the UK and working in the field of social psychology and or mental health. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching scary movies, hanging at the beach with friends/her dog, and traveling!

Sarah Mann



Sarah is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Visual Arts. Following graduation from USD, she plans on attending graduate school for clinical psychology or mental health counseling, and is considering art therapy. Outside of the lab Sarah is a Resident Assistant, president of the Artist’s Society, and part of the rock climbing club.



Grace Masino

Grace is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She joined the LAMP Lab in the Spring of 2022. After graduation, she plans to get her Master's degree to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. She is also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She enjoys spending time with her friends, surfing, and exploring San Diego in her free time.

Lauren O'Donnell



Lauren is a junior double majoring in Psychology and Music. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school and getting her Ph.D. in Music Therapy in hopes to eventually work with children on the autism spectrum or cancer recovery patients. She joined the LAMP lab fall semester of 2022. Outside the lab, Lauren is part of Outdoor Adventures and plays flute for the winds ensemble for the Music Department.




Maria Fernanda Perez



Maria Fernanda is a sophmore double majoring in Psychology and Accounting. Fall 2022 is her first year being a part of the LAMP Lab, and she is also an RA for Founders and working for College Corps. She plans on studying abroad her junior year and graduating in 2025 with honors. Her plans for the future are currently vague and ambiguous. Presently she enjoys any free time she can get.






Denise Picazo



Denise is a junior double majoring in Psychology and Spanish. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school and getting her Ph.D. with hopes of becoming a forensic psychologist. She joined the LAMP lab in summer of 2022 as a McNair fellow. She plans to be a Student Support Services mentor at the end of the summer and she is the current treasurer of AChA (Association of Chicanx Activists).



Izzie Ramirez

Izzie is a sophomore majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Comprehensive music, on the pre-medical path. She joined the LAMP Lab in the Spring of 2022. After graduation she plans to continue her education in hopes of becoming a doctor in some specific area of study regarding pediatrics or OB/GYN. Outside of the lab, Izzie enjoys singing, attending concerts, watching the beautiful San Diego sunsets, and is starting The Haven Project Organization at USD (to provide support to those in Foster Care).

Helen Skeeland


Helen is a fourth year Behavioral Neuroscience major double minoring in Biomedical Ethics and Visual Arts. She joined the LAMP Lab in summer 2021. After graduation, she plans to continue her education in hopes of becoming an OB/GYN. Aside from playing soccer, she also enjoys sewing clothes, painting, trying new foods, and spending time in the wilderness.



Kailey Taylor

Kailey is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Marketing and Law & Ethics. She joined the LAMP Lab in the Spring of 2022. After graduation, she plans to either go to Law School or get a Masters Degree in Psychology. She is also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She enjoys going out with friends, surfing, working out, and finding new food spots in San Diego!




Adriana Ventura


Adriana Ventura is a freshman majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Communications. After graduation, they plan to work in public relations, or go to graduate school to pursue a career in psychotherapy. They are a big advocate for mental health, and hope to increase diversity in that field. They joined the LAMP Lab in the summer of 2022 as a pre-undergraduate research scholar, and hope to do more research in the future. Along with researching in the lab, Adriana enjoys painting, skateboarding, and spending time with their loved ones.






LAMP Lab Alumni

Alexa Andrade

(May 2022)

Lucy Edwards

(May 2022)

Michelle Nguyen

(May 2022)

Victoria Nguyen

(May 2022)

Rhiannon Novelli

(May 2022)

Makena Spencer

(May 2022)

Connor Warman

(May 2022)

Ted Zelenskyy

(December 2021)

Sara Dejbakhsh

(May 2021)

Hannah McIntosh

(May 2021)

Steph Misko

(May 2021)

Kunal Patel

(May 2021)

Jordaine Tran

(May 2021)

Tara Rodrigues

(December 2020)