Our Students


Applicants represent universities nationwide and come from diverse backgrounds with vast cultural knowledge. We are proud to include students in our program who come from rural and urban communities, who are the first­ in their families to attend college, DACA recipients, attendees of local Colorado universities and Ivy League schools, international students, Putska, Boettcher, and Gates scholars, and students who are just like you!

Our program typically receives an average of 60 or more applications from students across the country with an average 10% acceptance rate. We wish we could include more deserving students, but because we pair students one to one with faculty mentors to work on a range of real-­life clinical research projects, our cohorts tend to be small. We value the ability to build camaraderie, professionalism and peer support within each small cohort.

Below are the students from past cohorts of PURPLE and their respective university, degree, and their matched mentors.

Cristina CaslerUniversity of ArizonaNeuroscienceAllison Dempsey, PhD
Aarushi SinghUniversity of Colorado, BoulderNeuroscience and PsychologyJessica Megan Ross, PhD
Miarri PhillipsUniversity of Colorado, DenverPsychology and SociologyMichelle L. West, PhD
Hunter OrrUniversity of Colorado, BoulderPsychologyEmily Hemendinger, LCSW
Brian MelendezUniversity of Colorado, BoulderPsychologyPatrick Romani, PhD
Keinada AndereasUniversity of Colorado, DenverPsychologyAviva Olsavsky, MD
Haley AlmeidaUniversity of Colorado, DenverPsychologyJessica Kenny, PhD and Ayelet Talmi, PhD


Aafia Alladin
Hofstra University
PsychologyLaura Anthony, PhD & Jessica Holmes, PhD
Mona Eyghanifard
University of Colorado, Denver
PsychologyBethany Ashby, PsyD
Elizabeth GarciaUniversity of Colorado, DenverPsychologyMichelle L. West, PhD
Rebecca Himberger
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
BiochemistryMonique Germone, PhD, MA
Krista Luttkus
Cornell College
SociologyPatrick Romani, PhD
Jenny Nguyen
University of Colorado, Denver
Jessica Kenny, PhD & Ayelet Talmi, PhD
Christian Olivencia
University of Colorado, Denver
PsychologyJacob Holzman, PhD
QinXiao (Allie) Wu
University of Notre Dame
Neuroscience and Behavior
Bruno Anthony, PhD & Jessica Holmes, PhD
Selihom Yosief
Yale University
Cognitive Science
Noy Phimphasone-Brady, PhD


Alazar GebremichaelUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Integrated Physiology
Sarah Kennedy, PhD
Madison Harris
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Biomedical Science/History
Monique Germone, PhD, MA
Evamaria Kent
University of Colorado, Boulder
Integrative Physiology
Allison Dempsey, PhD
Adriana Lopez
Regis University
Amber McDonald, PhD
Luis Alan Martinez
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Christine Garver-Apgar, PhD
Eddy Panklang
University of Colorado, Denver
PsychologyPatrick Romani, PhD
Aneri Patel
Union College and Clarkson University
Chemistry/Anthropology/Healthcare Administration
Jarrod Ellingson, PhD and Joe Schacht, PhD
Shanna Trott
Stanford UniversityPsychologyMichelle West, PhD
Naomi Tubbs
Regis University
PsychologyJacob Holzman, PhD


Adriana Lopez
Regis University
Amber McDonald, PhD, LCSW, MSW
Evamaria Kent
University of Colorado, Boulder
Integrative Biology
Allison Dempsey, PhD
Kate Maegley
University of Denver
PsychologyKimberley Sheffield, PhD, MA, BS
Luis Martinez
Metropolitan State University
PsychologyChristine Garver-Apgar, PhD
Jeneva Moreno
University of Colorado Boulder
PsychologyAviva Olsavsky, MD
Eddy Panklang
University of Colorado, Denver
PsychologyPatrick Romani, PhD
Aneri Patel
Union College
Chemistry/Anthropology/Healthcare Administration
Jarrod Ellingson, PhD & Joseph Schacht, PhD
Camryn Slosky
Swarthmore College
NeuroscienceMonique Germone, PhD, MA


Hannah Christensen

Regis University

Psychology/Women's and Gender Studies
Benjamin Mullin, PhD
Tennyson DahlmanRegis UniversityPsychology
Joel Stoddard, MD
Sara KvidahlMetropolitan State UniversityPsychologyJessica Malmberg, PhD & Jacob Holzman, PhD
Amy Linares-FrancoisMetropolitan State UniversityPsychologyElizabeth Steinberg, PhD & Amie Lofton, PsyD

Jada Lister

University of Colorado, DenverPsychologyPatrick Romani, PhD & Tara Hayes, MA
Yunliang LuoUniversity of Colorado, DenverBiology/Pre-MedAyelet Talmi, PhD & Catherine Wolcott, PhD
Hisham NsierUniversity of Colorado, DenverPsychologyAllison Dempsey, PhD


2016Alexandra Malek
University of Colorado, Denver
BiologyGuido Frank, PhD
 Joseph Rosales
University of Colorado, DenverPsychologyBenjamin Mullin, PhD
 Kristina Samon
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
NursingCindy Buchanan, PhD
 Shengh Xiong
University of Colorado, Denver
Biology/Ethnic Studies
Ayelet Talmi, PhD
2017Andrea BoorseUniversity of Colorado, DenverPsychology/SociologyPatrick Romani, PhD
 Analyse deSousaRegis UniversityNeuroscienceJoel Stoddard, PhD
 Gabrielle FabrikantUniversity of Southern CaliforniaPsychologyJennifer Hagman, MD & Mindy Solomon, PhD
 Rohit GuptaRice UniversityBiochemistry and Cell BiologyBenjamin Mullin, PhD
 Cassandra LeFebreUniversity of Northern ColoradoNursingJennifer Lindwall, PhD
 Vishruti PatelUniversity of Colorado, DenverIntegrative Biology/Leadership StudiesCindy Buchanan, PhD & Elizabeth Steinburg, PhD
 Yovana PerezUniversity of Colorado, DenverPsychology/SociologyAyelet Talmi, PhD
2018Brianna BarkocyRegis UniversityPsychology/Religious StudiesMonique Germone, PhD, BCBA
 Austin ChavezUniversity of Colorado, DenverPublic Health/Pre-MedAyelet Talmi, PhD
 Eve DelaoUniversity of Colorado, DenverPsychologyJonathan Miller, PhD
 Haley DellingerUniversity of Colorado, DenverPsychologyJustin Michener, PhD & Emily Laux, PsyD & David Walick, MD
 Kristen TorresColorado State UniversityPsychologyJennifer Hagman, MD
 Maria TorresUniversity of Colorado, DenverPublic Health/PsychologyPatrick Romani, PhD, BCBA-D


PURPLE Cohort Demographics

Gendern (N=46)%
Male 919.5%
Hispanic or Latino1430%
White or Caucasian1635%
Black or African American511%
American Indian or Native American00%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander00%
Prefer not to answer/Other2


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