The Emotion Sensation Research Group
Clinical Psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio

Research Group

Research Group


Dr. Ephrem Fernandez Dr. Ephrem Fernandez
Adri Garcia Adri Garcia: Adri is a senior in the McNair Scholars Program.  She joined our research group to conduct structured interviews related to anger.  Adri recently presented this research as a paper titled “Anger: Community Norms and Gender Differences” at the South Texas Regional McNair Scholars Research Conference 2009 and as poster at the Heartland Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, 2009.
Cynthia Garza Cynthia Garza: Cynthia is a first-year Master’s student.  She is responsible for some of the organization and training needs in the research group.  This spans both the pain and anger projects.  Having been actively involved since the start of the anger assessment study, she is currently generating hypotheses for her thesis on anger parameters and expression styles.
Sandra Nickel Sandra Nickle: Sandra is a graduate in psychology who has been involved in fiscal and other record-keeping duties for the NIH-funded pain study.  She was also involved in the planning and execution of a clinical study on the McGill Pain Questionnaire. She was on our team of presenters of a poster at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention in San Francisco, 2009.
Elizabeth Schmidtzensky Elizabeth Schmidtzensky:  Elizabeth is a senior who has been involved in the NIH-funded pain study since data collection commenced.  She conducted interviews of patients at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center.  She was on our team of presenters of a poster at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention in San Francisco, 2009.  She is currently assisting in statistical analyses for the pain study.
Deepna Thakkar Deepna Thakkar: Deepna is a second-year Master’s student.  As part of her graduate research assistantship on Dr. EF’s NIH grant, she interviewed patients at a pain clinic in Houston.  She co-presented some of our pain research findings as a poster at the COLFA conference (internally) and at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention in San Francisco, 2009.  Having successfully defended her thesis proposal on the Pain Descriptor System, she is currently analyzing patient data with regard to predictive validity as well as discriminant validity.
Robert Vargas Robert Vargas: Robert has been instrumental in setting up the BIOPAC system for psychophysiological monitoring.  He is also a principal point of consultation for questions about computer operating systems, hardware, and other matters of information technology.  Having been involved in the anger study since its inception, Robert’s work lies on a spectrum from training of interviewers to scoring and analyses of data.