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Chloris L

- Research Program Mentor

MS candidate at Columbia University


Research methods; General psychology; Social cognition; Developmental psychology; Theatre; Music composition; Film; Graphic design


Hi, my name is Chloris and I am born and raised in the Bay Area, California. I am currently a graduate student clinician attending Teachers College, Columbia University for my MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I am currently working with Dr. Catherine Crowley at the LEADERSproject. Additionally, I am a research assistant at the the Brain Rehabilitation And Investigation of Neuroplasticity (B.R.A.I.N.) Lab at CSU East Bay where I am studying the benefits of cognitive rehabilitation therapy on individuals with traumatic brain injury. I am also currently working at a private speech and audiology clinic in San Francisco. Previous research experience include exploring the interplay between emotion, cognition, and morality (Social Cognition Lab at UC San Diego) and investigating the brainstem encodings of tones in infants (Laboratory for Language, Learning, and the Brain at the Chinese University of Hong Kong). I had the fun opportunity to work with adorable children that were not even a month old! Outside of the lab, I am an actor and a musician. I have arranged several pieces that have been performed at the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (the same competition you see in Pitch Perfect!). I am a part of an Asian-American artist collective called Black Iris Film Productions ( Recently, I wrote, directed, and produced my first screenplay which will be released this Spring. I also dabble with graphic design, and create digital art for content creators in my spare time. I am constantly investigating the intersections of art and health, and strive to improve the quality of life through research, creativity, and service. In my free time, I enjoy trying new coffee recipes, running, watching movies, and playing with my most adorable dog, Reese.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

The Power of Listening

Have you ever wondered how children are able to learn a new language without taking any classes? No lectures, no flashcards, no textbooks, no quizzes. We all learned how to speak by simply listening to the world around us. The more we understand about human communication, the better we can foster our relationships with each other. Let's talk about language acquisition, and design a research experiment that explores the power of listening.

Art is a Necessity

COVID-19 has led to a worldwide shutdown of theatres, concerts, and events. What resulted was a surge in online streaming such as Netflix and Hulu. According to USA Today, "worldwide viewing time grew 44% in the last three months of 2020, compared with the same period a year ago." Arts and entertainment play a critical role in our lives, and its accessibility is correlated to mental health. Let's investigate the intersections of art and health, and discover the ways that art can change the world.

Bringing Your Story to Life

Storytelling has been around for thousands of years. It's an essential part of being human. In this project, let's bring your story to life, whether it be through film, theatre, song, or any other concept that you have in mind.

Coding skills

Some experience with Java and HTML/CSS

Languages I know

English, Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese (conversational)

Teaching experience

(1) Reality Changers: I mentored first-generation, college-bound high school students from disadvantaged communities in San Diego. I was also a camp counselor and gained valuable mentorship experience beyond that of a classroom. (2) I have tutored students in a variety of subjects, including math, writing, science, and most recently, Cantonese. (3) During my time in college, I was the Music Director for my a cappella group and multiple theatrical productions. I have coached vocalists of various skill levels, and have also taught private piano lessons.


Work experience

CSU East Bay B.R.A.I.N. Lab (2020 - 2022)
UC San Diego Social Cognition Lab (2018 - 2019)
Undergraduate Student Researcher
CUHK Lab for Language, Learning, and the Brain (2017 - 2017)
Exchange Student Researcher
Leaders Project (2023 - Current)
Graduate Student Researcher


University of California San Diego (UCSD)
BA Bachelor of Arts (2019)
Theatre and Psychology double major
Columbia University
MS Master of Science candidate
Communication Sciences and Disorders

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