Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students

Honors Students in the Psychology Distinction Program

SMU undergraduate students who major in psychology (both B.S. and B.A.) and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or above have the option of joining the Psychology Distinction program. As a part of this program, students will work with Dr. Lui on a mentored research project. Students will enroll in a series of distinction courses over a minimum of two semesters, during which they will come up with a research topic and question, conduct literature review, collect data and conduct data analyses, and write up an APA research report. Typically, these projects can result in conference presentations and/or publishable manuscripts. Contact Dr. Lui if you are interested in the Psychology Distinction Program.

Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureat Research Assistants

Shalanda Berkley received her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Biological Sciences. She joined the ADAPT lab in Spring of 2017. She was a recipient of the Hamilton Scholarship and the Award for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate in Psychology. Her research interests include university students’ alcohol usage along with its risk factors, specifically among ethnic minorities. Shalanda is working as a full-time medical intern in preparation for her applications for medical school. She continues to volunteer in ADAPT and contribute to research.


Kathryn Curtis is an alumnus in Psychology, Biology, and Health & Society. She joined the ADAPT in January of 2017 and received the Hamilton Scholars award in support of her research on risk factors pertaining to alcohol use and eating pathology. Katy is the recipient of the Douglas D. and Ferne Center Family Scholarship in 2018-2019, and an inductee in the Robert Hyer Honors Society at SMU. Katy is working as a lead scribe in the emergency rooms and aspires to attend medical school with the goal of becoming a researcher and practicing neurologist.


Niki Adams is a junior majoring in a B.S degree in psychology with a minor in Chinese. She joined the ADAPT research team in January 2019.  Niki has an interest in human diversity and how this affects society and people in general. After graduating SMU, Niki hopes to pursue clinical psychology in graduate school. Her ultimate aspiration is to help Americans currently living in other countries who are experiencing mental distress relating to cultural differences.


Savannah Krantz received her B.A. in Psychology with departmental honors from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, and now volunteers as an advocate for Dallas CASA. Savannah joined the ADAPT lab in August of 2019. Her research interests include understanding the triggers and intervention methods for adolescent depression across diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. Savannah aspires to attend graduate school for clinical psychology. 


Kenzie Stonebarger is a Sophomore studying Health and Society, Psychology, and Religion. She joined the ADAPT research team in August of 2019. Kenzie volunteers on campus as a Student Wellness Champion, with a distinction in Substance Abuse. She is excited to pursue graduate school in the hopes of becoming a criminal psychologist. Her interests include leaving an impact on those that she interacts with and identifying behavior patterns in people in hopes of preventing further crimes.


Westley Giadolor is an undergraduate freshman in the class of 2023 and joined ADAPT in Spring 2020. He is an aspiring Psychology and Finance major and plans to pursue a Masters in Organizational Psychology. Westley has a strong interest in mental health affecting the workplace and how decision making can be made better by taking into account cognitive and behavioral tendencies of individuals.


Undergraduate students at SMU or other institutions who have a keen interest in psychological sciences, and maintain a satisfactory grade point average (e.g., 3.5 or above) are encouraged to seek hands-on research training experiences in ADAPT. Students are involved in various aspects of research projects, such as assisting in participant recruitment, data collection and management, and initial data analyses. More advanced research assistants may have the opportunity to present research findings at local or national conferences. Contact Dr. Lui for an application to join our team!

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