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Healthy Aging Lab

Kate McBride

Alyssa Switaj

Jacqueline Qi

Manali Begur

Patricia San Pedro

Tara Gruenewald, PhD, MPH

Farid Zeineddine


Shreya Sheth

Lyndsay De Mateo

Molli Grossman

Ryann is a junior Health Sciences major at the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University. She plans on pursuing her master’s degree post-graduation to become either a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician’s Assistant. Ryann hopes to work in the emergency department of a teaching hospital. Ryann’s interest in Dr. Gruenewald’s Healthy Aging Lab can be traced back to the major societal changes that have ruled the greater part of the twenty-first century and the effect these changes have had on the geriatric population as well as the population as a whole. Ryann is a member of the Chapman University Women’s Basketball Team and enjoys leading study groups for all of her science classes. In her spare time, Ryann loves exploring the Orange Circle, eating at new restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends.

Wendy Sun


Alex Kim

Kezia Rusli

Adwight Risbud

Chris is currently a junior at Chapman University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Health Science. He plans to attain a graduate degree, followed by a license either as an LCSW or an LMFT. His interest in the Healthy Aging Lab stemmed from the effects of social environment on aging and the clinical applications that could shape treatments for young people. Chris hopes to work with young boys/teens and use his research to identify how social factors and civic engagements can help identify/treat different psychological disorders early on in life. He hopes to pursue either an NP or a PA after his license, to bridge the gap between physiology, health psychology, and clinical practice. Chris is a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity as well as the Chapman Interfraternity Council, the governing body for all fraternities on campus. When he is not busy with his classes or Greek obligations Chris enjoys camping, playing soccer, and spending time with friends and family.

Director, Healthy Aging Lab

Associate Professor & Chair

Department of Psychology, Chapman University

Shreya​ Sheth

​​Daryn is a junior at Chapman University, majoring in psychology and minoring in both kinesiology and LEAD studies. She intends to attend graduate school to earn a MS in kinesiology and eventually a PhD in sport psychology.  Daryn is excited to conduct research in Dr. Grunewald’s Healthy Aging Lab because she is fascinated with health psychology and its focus on how ordinary people cope and respond to life, and how biopsychological factors impact longevity. Daryn enjoys spending time with people, traveling, going to the beach, and reading.

Alyssa Switaj is a senior at Chapman University, with a major in Psychology and minor in computer science. She has previously helped at Tripler Medical Center in Hawaii in the Psychology Department. Alyssa’s interest working in Dr. Gruenewald’s Healthy Aging Lab stemmed from her goal of pursuing a career to receive a Ph.D in Developmental Psychology in the future. More specifically child development trying to understand development and find new ways to help development. Being from Hawaii, she is also on the Executive Board for Hawaii Club on Chapman as Lu’au Co-Chair. And enjoys going to the beach, hikes, and spending time with friends finding new food places.

Curtis Kim

Sara Kuzminski-Damiano

Jordan Nowaskie

Chris Costa

Janice Wong

Ryann​​ Garcia

Eun Ah Cho

Cristina Gago

Joohoong Min


Elizabeth Hagood

Ryan Ziltzer

Diana Wang

Ramy Rashad

​​Shreya Sheth is a second-year student at Chapman University working on her Peace Studies B.A. She is currently working as a Research Assistant in Dr. Tara Gruenewald’s lab. Shreya has previously conducted research at Cerritos College, investigating the effect of perspectives on short-term memory recall and presented her research at Honors Transfer Council of California’s Student Research Conference in 2016. Shreya enjoys developing her research skills in the Healthy Aging Lab, as she aspires to examine human rights domestically and internationally. She is an amateur photographer and goes hiking in her free time.                 

Cindy Kim

Dustin Nowaskie

Dr. Gruenewald is a social and health psychologist with additional postdoctoral training in health services and health policy. She developed her expertise in health psychology and aging with the support of a National Institute on Aging Career Development Award. Her research is focused on understanding how the social environment affects mind-body processes relevant to healthy aging across the life course. She is interested in a broad array of social determinants of health ranging from more macro social factors, such as one’s status in society, to more micro social factors, such as the quality of specific social relationships. Dr. Gruenewald is particularly passionate about her research focused on the health benefits of social and civic engagement in later life.​ 

Dr. Gruenewald is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Chapman University. She is also President of the California Council on Gerontogy and Geriatrics.  Visit Dr. Gruenewald's Google Scholar and Research Gate webpages.

Daryn Link

Nicole Marcione