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

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.



Elizabeth Foster
Research Assistant
Pennsylvania State University-University Park
Spring 2018 - Present

Elizabeth Foster is a senior undergraduate student at Pennsylvania State University-University Park pursuing degrees in Psychology, English, and Comparative Literature, as well as a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. outside of school, Elizabeth enjoys reading and volunteering at animal shelters. She plans on pursuing a PhD in English with research concentrations in psychoanalysis, gender studies, and postmodernism. 


Arianna Hall

Research Assistant

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Fall 2018

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.


Madeleine Pritchard

Research Assistant

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Fall 2018

Madeleine is a junior undergraduate student at Pennsylvania State University majoring in Biobehavioral Health. Outside of school, Madeleine enjoys playing lacrosse, being with friends and exploring the outdoors. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school.


Cara Scipioni

Research Assistant

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Fall 2018


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

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.