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Meet the SPSSI United Nations NGO Team Interns

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Trisha Dehrone is a 2nd year doctoral student in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program in the Social Psychology department at the University of Massachusetts. Trisha is presently designing and analyzing interventions designed to bridge group differences in divided societies around the world. She is invested in understanding the factors that make bystanders more likely to intervene against discrimination and violence (i.e., hate crimes, genocide) and conducting research and evaluating programs designed to achieve greater levels of social equality and improve intergroup relations. 

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Maya Godbole is a 6th year doctoral student in the Basic and Applied Social Psychology program at CUNY Graduate Center and a current intern with the SPSSI NGO Team. Maya’s research focuses around understanding, and intervening against, factors that contribute to disparities in the representation and achievement of women in competitive contexts (e.g., leadership). She is particularly interested in using social psychological research to inform policy and practice within organizations. She is currently investigating how sex discrimination policy statements can impact women’s motivation, achievement, and perceptions of organizational climate.


Laura López-Aybar is a 3rd year Clinical Psychology candidate at Adelphi University. She is currently studying mental health providers stigma and discrimination toward prosumers and individuals with lived experiences of mental illness. Her work is propelled by a critical, decolonial and feminist perspective on psychology. Moreover, she is currently participating in various projects examining stigma, mental health discourse and leadership. She is highly invested in conducting cultural and critical research that informs policy and fosters social justice. 


Priyadharshany (Priya) Sandanapitchai graduated with a Masters in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from William Paterson University. She is currently working as a research associate at the Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center of Rutgers University. Her studies examine different components involved in the context of HIV/AIDS such as mental health, substance use, biomedical prevention and mobile health, with an emphasis on social determinants of health and health disparities reduction.

    Mehrgol Tiv is a PhD candidate in experimental psychology at McGill University. Her interdisciplinary research aims to quantify complex dynamics in the social context of bilingual language use and additionally understand the social cognition of diverse bilingual experiences in intergroup contexts. She is passionate about leveraging novel quantitative methods, such as natural language processing, to promote and advocate for social justice and human rights. 


Internship applications for SPSSI's United Nations NGO Team are typically due on June 1 of each year. Please note that interns must live within commuting distance of New York City, as committee meetings and activities regularly require in-person attendance.