Lab Members


Lab Director

Dr. Irene J. K. Park

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-3245
Fax: (574) 631-8883


Current Lab Members

Spring 2012

Graduate Student

May Kim

May is currently in her 4th year in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She is originally from Southern California and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and her master's degree in psychology at the University of Notre Dame.

Broadly speaking, she is interested in studying the influence of culture on ethnic minority family processes. Specifically, her research interests include acculturation, family conflict, parent-child relationships, and adolescents’ adjustment/behavior problems. Other interests include ethnic minority mental health issues, emotion regulation in Asian American families, and the link between perceived discrimination and mental/physical health. 

In her free time, May loves to cook and explore South Bend.

Lab Manager

Crysta Sulaiman

Crysta graduated from Notre Dame as a psychology and anthropology double major in 2010. After doing a volunteer program called Amate House in Chicago, she currently works as lab manager in the Culture and Family Processes Lab and as a research assistant on the Suicide Research Team at IUSB.

Broadly speaking, she is interested in understanding the sociocultural influences on the mental health outcomes of ethnic minorities, particularly among adolescents and their families.

In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, improving her photography skills, exploring new places, and figuring out how to cook.


Undergraduate Students

Denise Azores-Gococo

Denise is a sophomore Science Pre-Professional and Psychology major. Growing up in an Asian American family, her interest in cultural differences was inevitable. Being a research assistant in the Culture and Family Processes Lab gives her the opportunity to explore these differences on an in-depth academic level.

In particular, she is interested in parenting styles cross-culturally as it applies to the mental health of children.

Outside of the classroom, she sings in the liturgical choir at the Basilica and volunteers at the CSC. Her hobbies include photography, guitar, and running.


Lisa Chin

Lisa is a sophomore psychology major and poverty studies minor. She joined the lab because of her interest in the role of ethnicity on minority development, particularly that of students. After taking Multicultural Psychology with Dr. Park and becoming an intern at the Multicultural Student Programs and Services office on campus, she would like to further her understanding of the effects of race and culture on the human experience.

Outside of the classroom, she interns for the MSPS office, serves as the Social Concerns Commissioner for her dorm, is a member of Inspire (a non-profit networking club), serves as a Eucharistic minister for the Basilica, and tutors at the Center for the Homeless.

In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends, going to concerts, art museums, traveling, and taking naps.


Julianne Zemaitis

Julianne is a sophomore psychology major and ACMS supplemental major. She joined the lab to learn more about the influence of culture on psychological processes and hopes to develop knowledge about how to apply different research methods to real-world psychological questions. She would like to learn the many different steps in the process that is psychological research to see if she may want to do research in the future.

Shaped by her service experiences, her research interests include risk and resilience of low-SES children in terms of academic motivation, and children's family dynamics and personal identities. Other interests include I-O psychology and the structure of different organizations and the effects these structures have on employees.

Outside of the classroom, she actively volunteers through Habitat for Humanity and Circle K. In her free time, she enjoys baking. She loves baking so much that she has aspirations to open up her own bakery when she retires one day. She also loves relaxing and watching movies with family and friends.


Lab Alumni