Current Research Assistants

Zoey Lu

Research Associate

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Fall 2018-present


Zoey is a first-year PHD student at Pennsylvania State University in Human Development and Family Studies Department working with Dr. Tornello. She graduated from the University of Washington with her bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Dance. She is generally interested in the development of gender and sexual minority people and their families.


Sidney Abili

Research Assistant

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Fall 2018-present

Sidney is a senior at Pennsylvania State University with a major in Psychology and a minor in African American Studies. In the future, Sidney plans on working with corporations on improving diversity inclusion while also improving the overall quality of work life. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places with friends and going to music festivals.



Arianna Hall

Research Assistant

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Fall 2018-present

Arianna is a senior undergraduate student at Pennsylvania State University majoring in Anthropology with double minors in Sociology and Sexuality and Gender Studies. Outside of school, Arianna enjoys reading, hiking, and volunteering for various organizations. After graduation, Arianna plans on attending graduate school for Medical Anthropology with a focus on sexuality and gender.

Leah Hutchinson

Research Assistant

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Spring 2019

Leah is a third year Biobehavioral Health Major with a Sociology minor. Outside of school she enjoys reading and traveling the world whenever possible. Following undergrad she plans to take a year off to more gain experience in her field before entering Medical school.

April Lee

Research Assistant

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Spring 2019

April Lee is a senior at Penn State University studying Psychology and a minor in sociology. I am from Boston MA and transferred to University Park to after attending Penn State Harrisburg. In the future, I hope to attend grad school for social work and eventually work in pediatric hospitals.

Kelsey Poirier

Research Assistant

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Spring 2019

Kelsey is a senior undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University studying Biobehavioral Health with a Human Development and Family Studies minor. Outside of school, Kelsey enjoys hiking, biking, and watching football and hockey. After graduation, Kelsey plans to attend graduate school to get her Master's degree in Public Health. 


Erica Russo

Research Assistant

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Spring 2019

Erika is a Senior undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University studying Biobehavioral Health with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school to become an occupational therapist.  



Cara Scipioni

Research Assistant

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Fall 2018-present

Cara is a junior undergraduate student at Pennsylvania State University majoring in Biobehavioral Health with a minor in Bioethics. Outside of school Cara enjoys painting, going to concerts, and playing with her dog. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school.

Autumn Williams

Research Assistant

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Fall 2018-present

Autumn is a junior undergraduate student at Pennsylvania State University majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies. Outside of school, Autumn enjoys reading, playing video games, and volunteering with Planned Parenthood. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a career in social services, later receiving her Master’s Degree. Her focus will involve working with maltreated and LGBTQ+ youth.