Past SEA Lab Members

These folks have waved goodbye and are on to their next adventures!

Hiba Abousleiman, BA

Project Director

Hiba joined the SEA Lab in January of 2017. She graduated from Villanova University in 2013 with a BA in Psychology and has been working in the fields of psychology, public health, and education since then. Hiba was drawn to the SEA Lab because she was interested in studying the various factors that impact food choices, including biological, psychological, social, or financial. She will be pursuing her Master of Public Health at Boston University starting in the fall of 2019, and she hopes to develop interventions and programs that encourage people to develop health-promoting eating habits.

Alison Hartman, BA

Project Director

Alison joined the SEA Lab in April of 2016. In the SEA Lab, Alison directed the BEE Study and was a Research Assistant on the COGS study. At the UCSF Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions (AME) Center, she directed the Healthy Beverage Initiative Study. She served as the Assistant Executive Director for the UCSF Sugar, Stress, Environment, and Weight Center. Her research interests are in maternal mental health, obesity, eating disorders, and women’s reproductive health. She began earning her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Drexel University in the fall of 2018.

Michael Cohn, PhD

Design & Technology Lead

Michael joined UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative medicine as a postdoc in 2008, and remained as a research consultant, programmer, statistician, designer, and employee wellness liaison until Winter 2016. He is now a researcher at Google and remains connected with UCSF through the SEA Lab. Michael’s work at UCSF focused on the effects of positive emotions in coping with chronic illness. He helped implement and evaluate the first online tests of Judith Moskowitz’s positive emotion skill training programs. He later worked with Ashley to develop PingQuest, a highly customizable mobile assessment platform for experience sampling research.

Nina Jhaveri, MBA

Project Director

Nina graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007, and completed her MBA at the University of Chicago in 2013. At UCSF, Nina directed the ERN and COGS Study. Nina began earning a PhD in Clinical Psychology in the fall of 2016 at the University of Southern California.

Angela Wackerly, BA

Research Assistant

Angela joined the SEA Lab in April of 2016 and worked on the COGS Study. She was also a Research Associate in the UCSF AME lab. She also supported Dr. Alexandra Crosswell’s Caregivers and Attentional Awareness Pilot Study, managing recruitment, participate training, and data management. Angela’s research interest is how behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social, and biological factors influence each other to promote positive health outcomes and mental well-being. Outside of the lab, she is a fitness coach, helping people achieving their health goals through exercise.

Carmen Montagnon, BA

Research Assistant

Carmen graduated from Hamilton College in 2012. At UCSF, worked as a research assistant focused on our work on mindful eating and weight loss. Carmen began earning her MD in the summer of 2015 at Mayo Medical School.

Samantha Schleicher, BA

Predoctoral Scholar

Samantha joined the SEA Lab in June of 2016. Samantha graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a dual degree (BA) in Biochemistry and Psychology in the spring of 2016. At UCSF, Samantha worked on the BEE and DELISH Studies. Sam rejoined our lab after beginning her Medical Degree at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2017. She worked with our team as a predoctoral research scholar before beginning her second year in 2019.

Carlos Almeida, BA


At UCSF, Carlos programmed cognitive and computer-based testing for research participants and analyzes data collected during task-based assessments. He was the lead programmer for the COGS and BEE Studies.

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