SAM Lab Team


Deborah Hall, Ph.D.

Faculty Director
Dr. Hall is an Associate Professor in the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences on the ASU West Campus. She is a social psychologist with a background in quantitative research methods.


Stephanie Thibault, B.A.

Lead SAM Lab Consultant
Stephanie earned her B.A. in psychology from Framingham State University and is in her final year of the M.S. in Psychology program at ASU.

Stephanie is interested in emotions and how they impact social interactions and physiological processes. One of her primary areas of developing expertise is structural equation modeling (SEM). Her goals are to begin doctoral study in the fall of 2019 and to pursue a career performing psychology research and teaching.

For fun, Steph loves to travel and makes it a goal to visit at least one new place a year. She is training her dog to be a therapy animal and is learning to play the violin.


Wenxi Yang, B.S.

Lead SAM Lab Consultant
Wenxi earned her B.S. from Missouri State University, where she majored in management and minored in psychology and fashion design & merchandising. She is currently in her second year of the M.S. in Psychology program at ASU.

Her research explores how cultural values interact with personality factors (e.g., temperament) to shape cognition and emotion. She values statistics as a way of understanding science, and views data mining as a particularly innovative path for facilitating interdisciplinary research and solutions to various social issues.

Wenxi enjoys crafts and spending time with her roommate, a 15-pound white and ginger kitty.


Emily Line

SAM Lab Consultant
Emily hails from the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. She earned her B.S. in psychology, with a minor in math, from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is in her first year of the M.S. in Psychology program at ASU.

Emily is broadly interested in forensic psychology and, more specifically, in how forensic evaluation methods and tools influence the justice system. She enjoys quantitative analyses and one of her current goals is to expand her R programming skills. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a focus in forensic psychology.

For fun, Emily enjoys playing video games, reading, and playing the piano.


Laura Malouf

SAM Lab Consultant
Laura earned her B.A. in Jewish Studies from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and also studied at California University of Pennsylvania and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is a second-year student in the M.S. Psychology program.

Her research interests include social relationships and health, gender, violence prevention, public health, and political psychology. Laura’s experience with statistical and research software includes SPSS, R/R Studio, Excel, Qualtrics, MTurk, and SONA.

She is especially interested in learning how to design 3D environments and build modification packages for gaming engines. She hopes to enroll in a Ph.D. program, learn how to make Turkish coffee at home, and potentially adopt a kitten.


Olivia Miske

SAM Lab Consultant
Olivia earned her B.A. in psychology from Gonzaga University, where she also minored in philosophy and criminal justice. She is in her second year of the M.S. Psychology program at ASU.

Her research interests include jury decision-making, attitude change, perceptions of scientific evidence, and moral psychology. She is currently expanding her expertise in the areas of logistic regression and structural equation modeling (SEM). Olivia hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical or counseling psychology and potentially work within forensic or correctional psychology.

Olivia enjoys lifting weights, hiking, and exploring new coffee shops and breweries.


Daisy Ornelas

SAM Lab Consultant
Daisy is from Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her B.S. in psychology from ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, where she is also currently in her second year of the M.S. in Psychology program.

Daisy is interested in cultural and gender differences in emotion, as well as the influence of social media on mental health and identity formation. She enjoys working in R and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in this area, putting her R skills to practical use, and gaining more experience with programming throughout the coming year.

For fun, Daisy enjoys film photography.


Selena Quiroz

SAM Lab Consultant
Selena has lived in Arizona for her whole life. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University, where she double majored in psychology and sociology. She is in her second year of the M.S. Psychology program at ASU.

Selena is broadly interested in close relationships and the range of social factors that can affect them. Her more specific research interest is in romantic relationships, and she is currently examining the impact of social media on

In her rare moments of free time, she enjoys seeing new movies, cooking, and trying out new bars and restaurants.


Kaitlyn Schodt

SAM Lab Consultant
Kaitlyn earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico, where she also studied criminology, chemistry, and biology. She is a second-year student in the M.S. Psychology program.

She is interested in emotion regulation and stress and coping processes at the individual and dyadic (i.e., couple) levels, and in relationship research, in general. Kaitlyn is working to expand her expertise in mediation and moderation analyses, actor-partner interdependence models (APIM), multilevel modeling (MLM), qualitative methods, and R. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, counseling, affective science, or applied human development/social psych.

Kaitlyn enjoys hiking and exploring new places and is an avid horror (movie, book, etc.) fan.