Participate in a Study!Students and Trainees


GorovoySuzanne Gorovoy PhD

Dr. Gorovoy completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Case Western Reserve University, with dual specializations in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology. She completed her predoctoral psychology internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona. Dr. Gorovoy also earned her EdM from Teachers College, Columbia University and worked for 14 years as a school psychologist (including here in Tucson). Her broad research interests include behavioral sleep medicine, treatment adherence, neuropsychological assessment, and pediatric psychology. Specific to behavioral sleep medicine, Dr. Gorovoy's research interests focus on adolescent adherence to CPAP, improving identification and screening of children with sleep problems in the community, and neurocognitive and behavioral sequelae of obstructive sleep apnea in children. When she is not working, Dr. Gorovoy loves to spend time with her three rescue dogs, volunteer at PACC, read, and bake treats for colleagues and friends.


KennedyKat Kennedy

Kat Kennedy is a PhD candidate in the Physiological Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. She is interested in sleep and nutrition, women’s sleep health, and the use of novel therapeutics and wearables. Kat is a science communicator and has written about sleep and health for multiple outlets including The Conversation, Elemental, Medium, and more.

RasmussenElizabeth Rasmussen

Elizabeth is a Clinical Translational Sciences Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona and faculty associate with Arizona State University, College of Health Solutions. She graduated with a B.S. in Physiology from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, in 2017, and holds an M.S. in Healthcare Delivery from Arizona State University, College of Health Solutions (2018). Elizabeth currently works in healthcare analytics and consulting aimed at improving the quality of care and overall health of underserved communities. She is interested in external impacts (environmental, social, behavioral) on health outcomes.

ValenciaDora Valencia MPH

Dora is a Ph.D. student in the Clinical Translational Sciences program at the University of Arizona. She obtained her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health from the University of Arizona in 2019. Dora completed her undergraduate career in 2017, obtaining her BSHS in Physiology, BA in French and Francophone Studies and a minor in Biochemistry also from the University of Arizona. She wishes to be a part of the generation of researchers that increase minority representation in research, that promote disease prevention through the adoption of positive health behaviors, that advance the equitability of the health care system and lead public health and medicine to be more community and identity-centered. Dora’s research interests include chronic disease prevention and control, increasing the representation of underserved populations within search through community-based work, and utilizing the human experience as portrayed in literature and in spoken language to improve clinical research and clinical practices. Dora’s ultimate career goal would be to work as a Global Health Researcher that travels often to all of Latin America, France, and French speaking African nations.  



D'Andre Gomez

D'Andre graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's of Science in Biomedical Sciences along with minors in chemistry and psychology. D'andre is a current medical student here at UA COM-T. His plan is to pursue psychiatry and further specialize in addiction medicine or forensic psychiatry. For fun he likes to hike, watch tv, read, and practice Brazilian jiu jitsu. He has two dogs named Kona and Max.


Sydney Phan

Sydney is a current medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson and also UofA alum who previously worked with the lab throughout her undergrad in the Department of Psychology. Her work with sleep medicine in the lab and other experiences in the psychology department make her very interested in Psychiatry as a future medical specialty.

TubbsAndrew Tubbs

Andrew is an MD/PhD student who recently completed the PhD portion of his training in the SHRP. He is still collaborating on several projects as he completes his medical training. Broadly speaking, Andrew is interested in the development, maintenance, and treatment of mental illness. Since sleep often features prominently in mental illness, Andrew's focus in the SHRP is on how sleep acts as a risk factor for mental illness development and disease course, as well as how therapies targeting sleep may improve mental illness symptomology. Ultimately, Andrew hopes to complete his residency in Psychiatry, fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and work as a clinical research physician at an academic medical center. Outside of the lab, Andrew enjoys cooking, writing short fiction, and discussing theology.

TungDorothy Tung

Dorothy Tung graduated from the University of Arizona in 2022 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and is currently a Class of 2026 M.D. candidate. She is interested in pursuing a sleep medicine fellowship and exploring how sleep disorders influence physical and mental well-being. During her free time, she loves to write food reviews and cheer for the Phoenix Suns.


AmadeiMichael Amadei

Michael is an undergraduate honors student studying Physiology and Medical Sciences, with a minor in Biochemistry. Apart from the lab his other on campus engagements include working as a shift supervisor with the University of Arizona Emergency Medical Services, and as the selections chair for the Physiology Honors Academy. In early 2023, Michael became a member of the 4th Cohort of honors students selected for early admission into the College of Medicine Tucson. He will matriculate following graduation into the MD class of 2028. Michael's interests are diverse spanning sleep, cardiovascular health and patient conscious healthcare administration.

AnthonyGabriela Anthony

Gaby is a senior at the University of Arizona. She is majoring in Physiology and Medical Sciences with a minor in Biochemistry and Business Administration. Her plans after graduation are to attend medical school.

AwasthiManasi Awasthi

Manasi is an undergraduate freshman majoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, on the premedicine track. Having done prior research on dementia, she is interested in exploring different areas in neurology, including sleep disorders and Alzheimer's. In her free time, she loves to dance, spend time with family and friends, and


Rockwell Bortz

Rocky is from Colorado and a biology major undergraduate at UA. He enjoys playing guitar, hockey, and longboarding.

CarrilloIvan Carrillo

Ivan is dedicated to his studies in Neuroscience at the University of Arizona. Born in Tucson, AZ, and raised in Nogales, AZ, he has always been captivated by concept of health literacy and the importance of serving diverse communities. As an APME Scholar at UArizona College of Medicine - Tucson, his academic journey has been deeply rewarding focusing on Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, specifically honing in on the fascinating realm of Cognition. Exploring areas such as human brain development, aging, diseases, pediatric care, pediatric surgery, neurological disorders, and sleep disorders, he is driven by an unquenchable curiosity to unravel the complexities of the mind. Beyond academics, he takes pride in co-founding the Latine student association at the University of Arizona, contributing to the enrichment of campus diversity and culture.


Annie Chen

Annie is a Physiology Major at the UA. Her goal is to become an oncologist. She is excited to start getting into research with the Sleep and Health Research Program, and is looking forward to new experiences!


Victor Chiquette

Victor is an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona majoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science with a minor in biochemistry. His hope is to pursue a career in medicine and specialize in Neurology. As part of the sleep lab he hopes to learn everything he can about sleep and the processes of the brain that make it happen. Being from a rural border town he hopes to one day improve specialty care for those areas in need.

FitzsimmonsEmma Fitzsimmons

Emily is an undergraduate student majoring in Biology with a biomedical sciences emphasis. She is a member of the UA Women's Club Lacrosse team and the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She is very excited to gain experience working in a lab and being involved in research.

FuentesMarissa Fuentes

Marissa's major is Physiology and Medical Sciences and she is minoring in Spanish. She hopes to go to medical school after graduation. She has a passion for life science and improving the community around her.

GarberSofia Garber

Sofia is a junior at the University of Arizona. She is majoring in Physiology and Medical Sciences with a minor in Spanish. Her long term goal is to be a doctor.

HawkinsEmma Hawkins

Emma is pursuing a degree in psychology and then plans to go to medical school for psychiatry. She is interested in assisting and/or participating in any psychology and behavioral health research activities, especially sleep.

HoltCatie Holt

Catie Holt is a junior majoring in Physiology & Medical Sciences and also has a minor in Health & Human Values. She is also involved on campus as an RA and a DA. Catie also is involved in several different clubs around campus and holds a few leadership positions.

KingAriana King

Ariana is currently majoring in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science with minors in Biochemistry and Information Science, Technology, and the Arts. She is interested in learning more about how disruptions of the circadian system can lead to sleep disorders. By being a part of the lab, she hopes to learn more about the neurobiology of sleep. She then hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.

McNeilKiley McNeil

Kiley is an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona majoring in Psychological Sciences. She is interested in how sleep or a lack thereof affects cognitive functioning and how circadian rhythm disruption effects our mental and physical health. Post-undergrad I hope to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

ObrienNathalia O'Brien

Nathalia is an undergraduate student majoring in Physiology & Medical Sciences. She is involved in a few other campus activities including Save the Cord Foundation Internship and the sorority Delta Gamma. Outside of this she has enjoyed time shadowing physicians and will continue expanding this during summers. She also hopes to explore the connections between sleep and health.

OrtizLeah Ortiz

Leah Ortiz is an undergraduate honors student majoring in Biology and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona with minors in Biochemistry and Spanish. She is from Denver, Colorado and plans to attend PA school after graduation and become certified as an EMT. In her free time she enjoys hiking, watching movies, and painting.

SangpoSherap Sangpo

Sherap is an undergraduate student and a member of the Honors College. He is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Pre-Health. He plans to attend medical school and specialize in Psychiatry and work in a research hospital environment. As a member of the lab he seeks to understand the various aspects of research and how to implement different interventions with respects to sleep mental health and well-being for the growing aging population.

SaravananPranav Saravanan

Pranav is an undergraduate honors student majoring in Physiology and Medical Sciences and minoring in Psychology and Religious Studies for Healthcare Professionals. His goal is to one day become a Neurologist, and is excited to take my first step into sleep research through the Sleep and Health Research Program! In my free time, he loves playing pickleball and even started a club for it at U of A!


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