Graduate Students

Carrington Merritt (she/her/hers)

Carrington is a sixth-year doctoral student dually enrolled in the Clinical and Social Psychology programs at UNC. Prior to being a graduate student, she worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Carolina SNH lab while obtaining a B.A. in Psychology at UNC. Carrington’s graduate research combines clinical psychology and social neuroscience approaches to address the physiological and neural mechanisms through which racism-related stress confers risk for poorer mental health and psychopathology among racial/ethnic minorities.

Esmeralda Navarro (she/her/hers)

Esmeralda Navarro is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program from East Los Angeles, California. She received her BA in Psychology and Biology from Williams College in 2019. After graduation, she worked at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai under Dr. Megan Horton. There, she explored the effects of early life metal exposure on brain development and psychological health. Broadly, Esmeralda is interested in investigating the relationships between early adversity, neural development, and risk and resilience to psychopathology.