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Healthy Couples Lab

Research Assistants


​​Mahawish Ijaz

Mahawish Ijaz is currently in her senior year pursuing a major in Psychology (Bachelor of Science) along with a minor in Communication at UC Denver. This semester she will be assisting Dr. Ranby with her research on healthy couples’ behavior. Mahawish is an active member and event coordinator of UC Denver’s chapter of Psi Chi. Mahawish plans to graduate in Spring 2014 and continue her higher education by pursuing a graduate degree in Counseling or Clinical psychology.

Mahawish’s research interests focus on prevention and include the influence of social factors on the decision making process surrounding smoking initiation, maintenance, and cessation among adolescents of different ethnic backgrounds. In her Research Methodologies class, she examined the influence of stress on students’ desire to smoke among domestic and international undergraduate students at UC Denver.

Mahawish is also interested in child welfare related research. She is currently interning as a research assistant at the Kempe Center, where she is working alongside the No Place Like Home Evaluation Team on a federally funded child welfare evaluation study that investigates the effectiveness of Family Group Decision Making (FGDM).

Desarae White

Desarae White is a first generation college student who received an associate’s degree in Psychology from the Community College of Denver. Currently, she is pursuing as Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Colorado, Denver with plans to graduate in Fall 2014. She hopes to continue her education in a Clinical Psychology graduate program. This is Desarae’s first semester assisting in the Healthy Couples Lab. Her primary responsibilities include assisting in participant recruitment and data management for the “Understanding Engaged Couples’ Health” research study.​