HEART LAB


The Brooklyn College Health, Emotion, and Relationships Team (HEART) Lab studies close relationship processes, health, and the social regulation of emotion.

Prospective students can learn more about doctoral training in psychology at CUNY by visiting the Basic and Applied Social Psychology, and Health Psychology and Clinical Science websites.  

If you are interested in joining the HEART lab as a research assistant, send this completed application to Maureen Coyle at bcheartlab@gmail.com

We are located in the Psychology Department in 5608 James Hall on the Brooklyn College campus, and can be reached by email at bcheartlab@gmail.com
Cheryl Carmichael
Cheryl Carmichael is an assistant professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College. She studies close relationships, health and the social regulation of emotions. She's a member of the Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP), and the Health Psychology and Clinical Sciences (HPCS) doctoral training areas at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Mahogani Keith
My name is Mahogani and I am a junior and psychology major. I also plan to minor in Africana Studies. My expected graduation date is 2020.  I would like to pursue a career in clinical psychology, but I am still exploring my options in undergrad. In my free time, I enjoy sculpting pottery, biking and playing the guitar.
Emily Genao
Emily Genao is currently completing a masters in Experimental Psychology at Brooklyn College. She would like to pursue a career in the field of Health Psychology and is particularly interested in gerontology, specifically the social and health concerns for that age group. During the summer, she enjoys dedicating her spare time to hospitalized patients through volunteer work. She also enjoys spending time with her dogs and learning about outer space.
Michael Martinez
Michael is a Senior majoring in both Finance & Religious Studies. Just like his mother, he is also into business psychology. He will pursue his graduate studies in behavioral economics. He was formerly a Koch Scholar in Religious Communities and Urban Economics at LaGuardia CUNY writing on the impact of HIV/AIDS on religious communities and on the New York budget climate. His most important undergraduate project include writing and presenting research on how governments communicate during health emergencies. He is an avid traveler, hiker, culture guru, and pianist. He is also a polyglot speaking in 4 languages.
Audrey
My name is Audrey and I’m currently a Brooklyn college student. I am in Cohort 3 of the Bridges to Baccalaureate Scholars program from NYCCT. I'm currently working in the heart lab and is in an internship at St Francis hospital with the central sterile processing department.  My future educational goals are to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology and neuroscience and get into medical school. My career interests are to become an anesthesiologist or a psychiatrist. I look forward to further learn new things: to figure out my actions and behavior. To see why we take those actions intentionally or unintentionally on a daily bases.
Daisy Salas
I am a full-time student at Brooklyn College; who is pursuing a psychology degree. Some of my interests include doing research in behavioral science such as trauma and emotional development in children. In my free time, I love watching crime and mystery shows. One of my long-term goals is to open up my own practice.
Ebeny Santana
My name is Ebeny Santana and I am currently a Senior at Brooklyn College. My major is psychology and I plan on attending a Graduate school for Mental Health Counseling. I am fascinated with psychology, there are so many things you can explore within this field and there are so many questions that need to be answered. I am working with Cheryl Carmichael in the heart lab as a research assistant, studying the intimacy in close relationships. The heart lab is a great way to gain experience on how research is conducted.This is a wonderful opportunity for me to explore the field and hopefully allows me to conduct research of my own one day.
Elan Dayanov
Hi, my name is Elan Dayanov, and I'm a current senior in Brooklyn college pursuing a BS in psychology, as well as double minoring in neuroscience and chemistry in addition to being pre med. My ambition is to become either a neurosurgeon or trauma surgeon. However I'm entertaining the idea of first getting a masters degree in clinical psychology and try that for a bit before medical school. My hobbies outside of school all revolve around food, making it eating it, and trying various flavor combos to make any food that much more fun to eat.
Andrew Einhorn
Andrew is a senior at Brooklyn College, pursuing a Bachelors of Science in psychology. He is interested in social psychology research and understanding how people show affection. He is currently working on research to determine whether people give and receive affection in specific ways. In his free time, he enjoys reading, experiencing new things, and spending time with friends.
Lea Nguyen
Lea graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She works in Elmhurst Hospital as an administrative and research assistant for the Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship Program and in the Wellbeing Lab with Dr. David Marcotte at Fordham University. She also runs a community organization via Instagram called Of All People (@ofallpeopleofficial). She aspires to pursue a career in clinical psychology with a focus on close relationships and well-being.
Maureen Coyle
Maureen is the lab manager of the HEARTLab. She is a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center in Basic and Applied Social Psychology. Maureen investigates howcomputer-mediated communication affects development and maintenanceof interpersonal relationships. She is interested in how individualsaccommodate their communication style over text messages tocompensate for the lack of nonverbal cues in this medium. She is alsointerested in how different texting behaviors are perceived byindividuals based on dispositional traits, such as attachmentsecurity, and one’s own communication style.
Krystal Valentin
Krystal recently graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA in psychology and is currently in the process of pursuing a career in the mental health field. Within the field of psychology, she is particularly interested in abnormal psychology, social psychology, and experimental psychology. In her free time, she is involved in animal advocacy efforts, enjoys drawing, loves learning about the anthropology of food (particularly in regards to meat consumption and its relationship to class and gender), and can frequently be found cuddling with her son (who happens to be a poodle).
Stephan Brandt
Stephan is a master’s student in the Experimental Psychology program here at Brooklyn College. He is interested in how group identity and meaningful connections to similar others can affect belongingness, self-esteem, and overall well-being in stigmatized minority groups. Stephan is specifically concerned with how these social processes operate for LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly in those who use online communication (i.e., social media) as a means to connect with similar others and obtain social support.
Catherine Chan
Catherine recently graduated from Brooklyn College with a major in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. She has a great interest in doing research and is particularly fascinated with interpersonal relationships and social interactions. She is also interested in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and watching her favorite shows.
Daniel Qanoongo
Daniel graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. His research interests involve behavior and intelligence, with topics on how nervous systems alter, depict, and process information in regards to attention, emotion, language, memory, perception, and reasoning. Daniel's career aspirations ultimately involve him to become an educator. His personal interests involve being transported into the minds and worlds of other beings albeit through books, films, music, series, video games, etc.
Matthew Goldberg
Matthew is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. He is an expert in the social psychological subfields of attitudes and persuasion,motivated reasoning, and ideology. His research has focused on defensiveness and the methods by which people defend their beliefs.He has investigated several factors that influence belief defense such as argument quality, perceptions of public opinion, socialnet work agreement, and language complexity. Matthew holds a BA in Psychology from Hofstra University and received his PhD in Psychology in the Basic and Applied Social Psychology program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Amanda Baladi
Amanda obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Political Science from Hunter College and relocated to London where she completed her Master of Science in Psychology of Social Relations. Her graduate studies involved a social neuroscience dissertation project while also working as a research assistant with the Forensic Psychology Unit. She plans to remain in London and is considering doctoral opportunities in the United Kingdom.
Jon Farrell
I'm currently working as a freelance TV Production Technician with a few TV studios across New York City. I work mainly with Major League Soccer and Amazon, operating cameras and video replay devices for live internet television. You can see my work on MLS shows such as Matchday Central, Mass Confrontation, and ExtraTime Live, which broadcast live on MLSsoccer.com and MLS's Youtube and Facebook pages. The main Amazon show I work on is Today's Deals Live, which can be found periodically on Amazon's home page.My time with the lab helped me build my knowledge of interpersonal relationships, which is super helpful with navigating the high-pressure environment of live TV productions.
Carly Chin
First and foremost, Carly is a proud mother of two beautiful children. Carly is currently in the process of furthering her education so that she can obtain her doctoral degree in psychology in hopes of one day establishing her own practice.
Heather Hogan
After graduating Cum Laude from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Science in psychology, Heather has gone on to start Wisdom And Sage, a Brooklyn based coaching business. Blending her western science foundations of psychology and neuroscience, with the eastern traditions of meditation, and the esoteric art of tarot card reading, she is creating a fresh approach to deep self-inquiry and care for her clients. She believes this contributes to the improvement of both intrapersonal, and interpersonal relationships. “With these tools I’m able to help people change their external world by more deeply understanding their world within.”
Thomas Salvanti
Thomas was a volunteer research assistant for the HEART Lab, where he collected data for a study on rebound relationships. He now works at a nonprofit organization in mental health counseling, and is a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He would like to formally thank Cheryl Carmichael, who sparked his initial interest in social psychology, which has since become a passion of his.

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