Ivett Gabriella

Ivett Gabriella is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), studying Psychology with a Behavioral Neuroscience focus. Ivett is a graduate research assistant at Dr. Glenn B. Stanley's Lab. Her research interests include the neural underpinnings of eating behavior, food addiction, the control of body weight, and the neurotransmitters involved in regulating these behavioral processes.
Ivett earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), and completed her internship at Dr. Kate Wassum's lab at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Previously, Ivett was a research assistant to Dr. Carl D. Sneed at the Adolescent Health and Behavior Research Lab and also worked with Dr. Giacomo Bono on the Youth Gratitude project at the Positive Social Development and Dynamics Lab at CSUDH.

Research

Ivett Gabriella is currently investigating the role of GABAergic neurons in eating behavior in the lateral septum.
Approximately 42.4% of the population is affected by obesity and the prevalence of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa (0.8%), bulimia (0.28%), and binge eating disorder (0.85%) have been a public health concern. Research about the neural mechanisms underlying these disorders is ongoing. Recent studies highlighted the importance of the lateral septum as an inhibitory mechanism in the control of eating behavior. For example, mu opioid receptors as well as GABA receptors in the lateral septum were shown to play a role in the disinhibition of eating.
Using animal models, the current study investigates agonists and antagonists of GABAA and GABAB receptors as they influence food intake. This study also examines whether GABAA and GABAB antagonists suppress natural feeding.
Findings of this study will provide more knowledge about the role of the septum in eating behavior. In addition, these findings may lead to future research investigating how the lateral septum may relate to the epidemic of obesity or eating disorders.

curriculum vitae

EDUCATION

Present: Ph.D. Student Psychology - Behavioral Neuroscience focus
University of California, Riverside (UCR)
Riverside, CA

2019 M.A. in Clinical Psychology
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH)
Carson, CA
Thesis: Prosocial Behaviors, Affect, and Alcohol Consumption Among College Students

2017 B.A. in Psychology
Summa Cum Laude
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH)
Carson, CA

2015 A.A. in Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences
American Studies, Arts and Humanities
Coastline Community College
Fountain Valley, CA

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2019-Present Graduate Research Assistant
Stanley Lab, UCR, Riverside, CA
• Assistant to Dr. Glenn B. Stanley
• Responsibilities: Stereotaxic surgery involving inserting cannulas in the brain, injections through cannulas, behavioral observations, perfusions, sectioning brain slices, mounting, histology
• Searched for literature for review, created hypothesis, performed data entry and cleaning, performed multivariate analysis on data

2018-2019 Volunteer Research Assistant
Wassum Lab, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
• Assistant to Dr. Kate Wassum and Dr. Melissa Malvaez
• Responsibilities: Assisted with instrumental conditioning of rats, assisted with the preparation of optical fibers for optogenetic studies, scored videos of rats going through withdrawal, performed perfusions, assisted with tissue preparations, prepared solutions

2015-2019 Graduate Research Assistant
Adolescent Health and Behavior Research Lab, CSUDH, Carson, CA
• Assistant to Carl D. Sneed, Ph.D.
• Responsibilities: Searched for literature for review, created hypothesis, performed data entry and cleaning, performed multivariate analysis, wrote a comprehensive research paper based on findings, presented findings at professional conferences

2017 Volunteer Research Assistant (2 months)
Dr. Szumlinsky’s Lab, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
• Assistant to Karen Szumlinsky, Ph.D.
• Responsibilities: Scored timed videos of mice completing behavioral tests

GRANTS FUNDED

1. Graduate Research Advancement and Development Grant (GRAD)
Prosocial Behavior as Protective Factor from Alcohol Use among College Students
Role: Research Assistant P.I.: Carl D. Sneed, Ph.D. Project Period: 10/01/2017-present
Amount: 500.00$

2. Psi Chi International Honor Society - Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant
Prosocial Behavior as Protective Factor from Alcohol Use among College Students
Role: Research Assistant P.I.: Carl D. Sneed, Ph.D. Project Period: 04/2017-04/2018
Amount: 3000.00$

PUBLICATIONS (peer-reviewed)

1. Jimenez Chavez, C. L., Coelho, M. A., Brewin, L. W., Swauncy, I., Tran, T., Albanese, T., Laguna, A., Gabriella, I., Szumlinski, K. K. (2020). Incubation of negative affect during protracted alcohol withdrawal is age-, but not sex-selective. Brain Sciences, 10(6), 405.
2. Szumlinski, K. K., Coelho, M. A., Tran, T., Stailey, N., Lieberman, D., Gabriella, I., ... & Ferdousian, S. (2019). Who is HOT and who is LOT? Detailed characterization of prescription opioid‐induced changes in behavior between 129P3/J and 129S1/SvlmJ mouse substrains. Genes, Brain and Behavior, e12609.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS (non-peer reviewed)

1. Gabriella, I., (2015, January) Accent Reduction. The Actors Voice – POV, 9(1). Retrieved from http://more.showfax.com/plus/pov/2015/01/accent_reduction.html

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

1. Gabriella, I., Tseng, A., Sanchez, K., Himani, S., Stanley, B.G., (2021, July). Stimulation of GABA receptors in the lateral septum rapidly elicits food intake and is involved in natural feeding. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Online, Worldwide.
2. Gabriella, I., Tseng, A., Sanchez, K., Himani, S., Stanley, B.G., (2021, January). Eating response is rapidly elicited by GABAA or GABAB receptor stimulation in the lateral septum. Poster session presented at the Society for Neuroscience Global Connectome: A Virtual Event, Online, Worldwide.
3. Jimenez Chavez, C. L., Brewin, L. W., Laguna, A., Coelho M. A., Lieberman, D., Swauncy, I., Tran, T., Albanese, T., Gabriella, I., Scudder, S. L., Szumlinski, K. K. (2019, October) Both male and female mice exhibit comparable age-related differences in the incubation of alcohol withdrawal-induced negative affect: A study of molecular correlate. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, Illinois.
4. Gabriella, I., Bono, G., (2019, April). Gratitude and well-being: gender differences in adolescence. In G. Bono (Chair) Promising horizons in gratitude research: harnessing its dynamics to make life meaningful and better. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Pasadena, California.
5. Gabriella, I., Sneed, C.D., (2019, March). Positive and Negative Affect, Prosociality, and Alcohol Consumption Among a Diverse Sample of College Students. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of International Convention of Psychological Science, Paris, France.
6. Gabriella, I., Sneed, C. D., (2018, April). Prosocial behavior and alcohol use among college Students: A correlational study. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, Oregon.
7. Victor, T., Gabriella, I., Sender, J., (2018, March). Leadership and creative expression: A transformative context for exploring boundaries, authority, role, and task. Poster session presented at the 2018 Community Engagement Symposium, Carson, California.
8. Gabriella, I., Sneed, C. D., (2018, January). Can prosocial behavior and positive emotions be a protective factor for alcohol use? Paper presented at the third annual meeting of the Western Positive Psychology Association, Claremont, California.
9. Gabriella, I., Sneed, C. D., (2017, October). Prosocial behavior as a protective factor from alcohol use among college students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Salt Lake City, Utah.
10. Gabriella, I., Sneed, C. D., (2017, April). Physical activity and alcohol use among older college students in an ethnically diverse sample. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, California.
11. Brown, N., Gabriella, I., Sneed, C. D., (2017, April) Social influence on physical activity in an ethnically diverse sample of college students. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, California.
12. Gabriella, I., Sneed, C. D., (2016, October). Physical activity and alcohol use among older college students. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Long Beach, California.

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS

2019 Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship Award recipient (UCR)
2019 Graduate Student Mentor Program recipient (UCR)
2019 Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award (CSUDH)
2018 Love of Learning Award (Phi Kappa Phi)
2018 Diversity in Psychology Program recipient (University of Minnesota)
2018 Student Leader of the Year Award (CSUDH)
2017 PEGS Travel Scholarship (CSUDH)
2017 Graduate Equity Fellow (CSUDH)
2017 Graduated Summa Cum Laude from CSUDH
2017 Academic Excellence Award from the Psychology Department (CSUDH)
2017 Outstanding Service to the Community Award (CSUDH)
2016 Graduate and Professional Student initiative recipient (The Ohio State University)
2016 SACNAS 2016 Conference Travel Scholarship
2016 Karen Cooper Memorial Scholarship by the Mensa Research Foundation
2016 Dean’s list (CSUDH)
2015 McNair Scholar (CSUDH)
2015 Margaret E. Oser Scholarship by the Orange County Foundation
2015 Dean’s list (CSUDH)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS

2021-Present Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior – Graduate Student Member
2020-Present Society for Neuroscience – Graduate Student Member
2017-Present Association for Psychological Science- Graduate Student Affiliate
2017-Present Phi Kappa Phi Chapter CSUDH
2016-Present Psi Chi Chapter UCR

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor
2021 Summer, UCR
Health Psychology

Teaching Assistant

2021 Summer - Fall UCR (2 quarters)
Neuroscience Laboratory
Professors: Dr. Scott Currie, Dr. Peter Hickmott

2020 Summer, 2021 Spring, UCR (2 quarters)
Health Psychology
Professors: Pamela Sheffler, Melissa Wilson

2021 Winter UCR
Abnormal Psychology
Professor: Dr. Misaki Natsuaki

2020 Fall UCR
Skepticism & Pseudoscience in Psychology
Professor: Dr. Curt Burgess

2020 Spring-Summer, UCR (2 quarters)
Introduction to Neuroscience
Professors: Dr. Glenn Stanley, John Spiegel III

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

2018-2019 Writing Tutor
Toro Learning and Testing Center, CSUDH, Carson, CA
Supervisor: Peggy Ozaki, M.A.
• Assisted undergraduate students with crafting, writing, and revising research papers and essays, using APA and MLA Styles
• Aided with questions regarding Psychology course content, intermediate statistics, and the use of SPSS

2017-2018 California State University, Dominguez Hills
Office of Graduate Studies and Research
Position: Graduate Student Assistant
• Assisted with preparations of graduate events, assisted front desk with requests, maintained databases

SERVICE ACTIVITIES

Reviewer
2019-2021 Association for Psychological Science - Student Grant Competition (APSSC)

Committees
2020-2021 Graduate Academic Integrity Committee member (UCR)
2020-2021 Graduate Student Association - Sustainability Committee member (UCR)

Mentorship
2020-2021 Women’s Resource Center - Graduate Mentoring Program (UCR)

Leadership
2015-2019 President, Public Relations Officer - Toro Psych Club (CSUDH)

Volunteer
2021 Annual Symposium of the Center for Glial Neuronal Interactions (UCR)
2017 Celebration of Achievements and Service Awards (CSUDH)
2016 Commencement Volunteer (CSUDH)
2014-2016 PencilPal, BookPal, StagePal (SAG-AFTRA Foundation)

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSURE

2018 Ability Ally Training
Completed 3 hours of training about disability awareness and safe practices
2017 Certification of Completion for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSUDH)
Trained with 15 hours of coursework in the areas of alcohol and substance abuse disorders and dependency under Dr. Karen Wilson
2016 Community Resiliency Model (CRM) Training, Trauma Resource Institute
Learned CRM techniques to reduce responses to stress, trauma, and fear
2015 Certificate of Completion, The Science of Happiness
Online continuing education course about positive psychology, created by the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center
2015 Mental Health First Aide (CSUDH)
Trained to provide initial help to those experiencing depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders

MEDIA COVERAGE

California State University, Dominguez Hills. (2018, April). McNair Scholars. Graduate Studies & Research Magazine, (7), 8.-9.
California State University, Dominguez Hills. (2017, September). Graduate Equity Fellowship. Graduate Studies & Research Magazine, (6), 17.-19.
California State University, Dominguez Hills. (2017, April). McNair Scholars Program. Graduate Studies & Research Magazine, (5), 7.-8.

Contact

Ivett Gabriella
University of California, Riverside
Psychology Department
Office Location: LSB 1526
900 University Ave, Riverside, CA
92521