APSSC Executive Board

Officer History


Serena Zadoorian
University of California, Riverside

Serena Zadoorian is a third-year doctoral student specializing in cognition and cognitive neuroscience in the Psychology program at the University of California, Riverside. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and her M.A. in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on audiovisual speech perception, voice recognition, and multisensory perception.


Amanda Merner
Case Western Reserve University

Amanda Merner is a fifth-year doctoral candidate specializing in affective neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on the neural underpinnings of emotion regulation and how individual differences in executive functioning impact the ability to regulate emotion in patients with neurodegenerative diseases. Another line of her work examines the impact of neurmodulation–specifically Deep Brain Stimulation–on cognitive and emotional processes, and the neuroethical issues surrounding the use of neurotechnologies.

Graduate Advocate

Kunalan Manokara
University of Amsterdam

Kunalan Manokara is a fourth-year doctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam. He works at the intersection of affective science and social psychology, and broadly speaking, he examines how multiple positive emotions relate to everyday phenomena. These include expressive behaviors, cultural norms, and prosocial outcomes.

Student Awards Officer

Anna DrozdovaAnna Drozdova
University of Texas

Anna Drozdova is a third-year Legal Psychology doctoral student at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She earned her MA in Experimental Psychology from UTEP in 2021. Her research focuses on adolescents’ offending and substance use patterns, particularly as this applies to policy development. Prior to her graduate training, Anna completed her BA in Psychology at California State University, Fullerton and worked as an undergraduate research assistant at California State University, Fullerton and the University of California, Irvine.

Undergraduate Advocate

Essence Leslie
Case Western Reserve University

Essence Leslie is a fourth-year undergraduate student double majoring in psychology and cognitive science and minoring in Spanish at Case Western Reserve University. Her current areas of interest are emotion regulation, and how various forms of psychopathology can arise from early life stress and its impact on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Essence also currently serves as the APS Campus Representative for Case Western Reserve University.

Membership and Volunteers Officer

Bria Gresham
University of Minnesota

Bria Gresham is a second-year Developmental Psychology doctoral student in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the effects of and precursors to adverse childhood experiences, particularly in those taking place within the community context. Her current research emphasizes social and structural determinants of health inequities and individual-, family-, and community-level strengths in relation to these experiences.

Student Notebook Editor

Ryan C. Thompson Ryan C. Thompson
Palo Alto University


Ryan C. Thompson is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology (neuropsychology) at Palo Alto University. His research interests include the impact of repetitive head trauma across the lifespan and its role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. He is currently working on projects aimed at understanding the mediating role of PTSD on the relationship between remote mild traumatic brain injury in veterans and the use of neuropsychological test data to identify different variants of primary progressive aphasia.

Communications and Marketing Officer

Hannah Eneix
Central Michigan University

Hannah Eneix is a first-year industrial/organizational psychology doctoral student at Central Michigan University. She earned her B.S in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). At UAB, she volunteered in a developmental psychology research lab and worked in a lab studying brain health in aging populations. Currently, her research is focused on gender issues and diversity in the workplace. She is also interested in how personality and counterproductive behaviors affect productivity, health outcomes, and company culture.