Graduate Fellow Bios

Jingjing Chen , PhD Student, Sociologyjingjing.png

Jingjing Chen is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department. She studies family, gender, health and social change. Currently, she is working on how educational gradient of divorce changes over time, and how it reflects and induces social inequality. Jingjing obtained her M.A. from Renmin University of China with a degree in Public Policy in 2013, and became a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology in 2016. She has been working as an instructor and teaching assistant in the Sociology Department, and has been working with students from various fields of study.


Lauren Fink, PhD Student, Neurosciencefink.png

Lauren Fink is a third year Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Graduate Group. She received her B.M. in Percussion Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her M.Phil in Music & Science from the University of Cambridge (UK). Her master’s thesis examined music’s ability to modulate eyeblink patterns. At Davis, Lauren uses eye-tracking and electroencephalography to characterize the neural mechanisms underlying music’s ability to influence attention and motor behavior.  


Sarah Reed, PhD Student, Nursing

Sarah Reed is a fourth-year doctoral Ph.D. candidate in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Sarah holds a M.S.W. in mental health practice; a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies; and a M.P.H. in Maternal Child Health from the University of Washington. Sarah’s professional experience includes work in cancer survivorship, gynecologic oncology, end-of-life/hospice care, crisis psychiatric assessment and evaluation, and HIV adolescent case management. Her current research includes psychosocial concerns and the effect of health transitions on mental health, particularly fear of cancer recurrence among cancer survivors.




Mitch_Simon_Photo.jpgMitch Simon, PhD Student, Physiology

Mitch Simon is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Physiology Graduate Group. He works in a lab that studies the heart and mechanisms of heart disease at the cellular level. Meanwhile, he hopes that his love for snacks isn't damaging his cardiac health too much. Mitch enjoys helping his friends with their writing and is currently looking for new friends to help.




Singleton Picture(1).JPGJulia Singleton, PhD Student, Human Development

Julia Singleton is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Human Development Graduate Group. She received B.A.s in Psychology and Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) from Loyola Marymount University, and a M.S. in Child Development from UC Davis.  Her master’s thesis examined the factor structure of a mindset, a self-belief about how malleable one’s abilities are. Julia’s dissertation extends this research to understand the role of people’s beliefs about the malleability of their personality. Julia loves mentoring and teaching students from young children to adults.  






Tori White, PhD Student, Comparative Literature

Tori White is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, with a Designated Emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies. She specializes in the literary Renaissance, engaging questions of genre and Petrarchan imitation and focusing especially on literature on the borderline between “anti-” and “Petrarchan”: parody, satire, and burlesque. Tori is also researching the assessment of collaborative writing—a subject that brings together both her research and teaching interests. She is very glad to serve the UC Davis graduate community as a Writing Fellow!




zajic.pngMatt Zajic, PhD Student, Learning and Mind Sciences

Matt Zajic is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Education (emphasis in Learning and Mind Sciences) with a designated emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies from the University Writing Program. He is a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellow (emphasis in psychometrics and special populations) and is a founding member of the Reading and Academic Development Center. He researches writing development in children with developmental and learning disabilities. Matt was a writing center and academic skills tutor while completing his undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara. When not writing, he can often be found behind his drum kit.


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