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Ariane Guirguis

Research Assistant


Ariane graduated in December 2018 from Chapman University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. While completing her degree, she worked as a Cognitive Therapy Clinician in Irvine, CA, and as a Research Assistant in Dr. Jo Smith’s Neuromechanics of Human Movement Laboratory in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Chapman. It was during this time she recognized her passion for research and set out to gain additional experience following the completion of her undergraduate degree, before applying to graduate programs.

Currently, she is a volunteer at the Brain Institute and will be helping support the team – largely with the driving simulator, though she will be helping with other research projects as well. Shortly after graduating, Ariane discovered her love for programming and is presently learning how to code while at the Brain Institute. Her research interests include using virtual-reality as a platform to investigate areas such as decision-making, attention and memory, learning, and learning disabilities. Ariane plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology where she hopes to combine her passions in mental health and the use of technology in both clinical and research settings.