People

Lab Director

Jasmine Mote, Ph.D.

Email: jasmine[dot]mote[at]tufts[dot]edu
Twitter: @jdymote
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Dr. Mote is an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy and Psychology at Tufts University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College and her M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is interested in understanding the mechanisms of loneliness and the relationship between our emotions and social experiences. She is also interested in evaluating and developing digital health interventions (e.g., using smartphones) to improve the social lives of people living with serious mental illness. She is an active member of the Society for Affective Science (SAS) and Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP), serving as the Chair of the Digital Outreach/Social Media Committee for SAS and Co-Chair of the Publications Committee for SRP. She is also a consulting editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Emotion. In her free time she enjoys binge-watching TV series, baking, and hiking.

Graduate Trainees

Grace DeGrado, B.S.

Grace is a third year Occupational Therapy Doctorate student at Tufts University, BSOT. She is completing her Doctoral Experience Capstone with the MESH Lab. Previously, Grace received her B.S. in Biology at Loyola University in Maryland. She is interested in research on social-emotional learning as well as exploring how to make the social world an inclusive and accessible space for neurotypical and disabled persons. Her future career goals include studying social connection to add to the evidence-based practice of occupational therapy. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, cooking, swimming, and spending time in the sunshine.

Lauren Nowak, B.A.

Lauren is a third year student in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at Tufts University. She is completing her Doctoral Experiential Capstone project with the MESH Lab. Lauren received her B.A. in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies in 2019 from Assumption College. She is interested in learning about the lived mental health experiences of patients across the lifespan as well as community-based care and is excited to explore these topics further. In her free time, Lauren loves reading, baking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Olivia Sabol, B.A.

Olivia is a second year Occupational Therapy Doctorate student at Tufts University. She is completing her Doctoral Experiential Capstone project with the MESH Lab. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross. She is interested in understanding how systemic racism and inequality affect one’s interactions and outcomes within the healthcare system. She is also interested in studying mental health among spinal cord and stroke patients. In her free time, she enjoys reading WWII historical fiction novels, eating ice cream, and participating in outdoor activities. 

Emily Machado, B.S.

Emily is a second year student in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at Tufts University. She is completing her Doctoral Experience Capstone Project with the MESH Lab. Emily earned her B.S. in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of New England in 2020.  In addition to her studies, Emily is currently working on an adolescent inpatient unit of a pediatric psychiatric hospital.  Emily is interested in mental health, especially the connections between mental and physical health, and is excited to delve into these topics further. In her free time, Emily enjoys coaching youth softball, reading, cooking, and being outside.

Kate Aufort, B.S.

Kate is a second year Occupational Therapy Doctorate student at Tufts University. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Stony Brook University. She is interested in how health policy and ethics affect healthcare decision making, and how these areas translate to mental health. She is completing her Doctoral Experience Capstone Project in the MESH Lab. Outside of academia, Kate loves reading, cooking, and is currently attempting to re-learn the viola after keeping it in the closet for the past 5 years.

Justine Ramos, B.A.

Justine is a first year Occupational Therapy Doctorate student at Tufts University. She is interested in exploring mental health in immigrant communities and communities of color. She hopes to develop culturally sensitive strategies to destigmatize mental health and conduct research on the effects of systemic oppression on mental health.

Justine finished her undergraduate degree from UCLA (’20) where she researched the anthropological purpose of kindness and the relationship of schizophrenia and immigration among male-identifying Latinos in California. Justine also worked as an OT/PT Aide at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she facilitated Pediatric Feeding/Swallowing studies. Justine loves to write poetry and had her debut poetry collection, Halo-Halo: A poetic mix of culture, history, identity, revelation, and revolution, published during quarantine! She looks forward to advocating for more diversity in OT and the accessibility of higher education in her OT career.

Ivy Tran, M.A.

Ivy is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at Hofstra University. She received her B.A. at Boston University in Psychology and a minor in History. She is interested in motivation and learning in psychosis and how these difficulties contribute to heightened anxiety and re-hospitalization. In her free time, she enjoys boxing, watercolor painting, baking, and walking her puppy Lily.

Undergraduate Trainees

Zoe Bair

Zoe is a senior majoring in Clinical Psychology at Tufts University. She is completing her senior capstone with the MESH Lab. Her interests include social-emotional learning, and the relationship between mental health and spiritual life. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology to continue her work in this field. In her free time, Zoe enjoys interior design, playing the harp, and spending time with friends.

Molly Sapperstein

Molly is a junior majoring in Biopsychology with a minor in Child Studies and Human Development at Tufts University. Her research interests include the relationship between social interaction and emotional/mental health as well as their connections to physical health. In the future, she is specifically interested in working with children and adolescents. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with her friends and family, and singing with her a cappella group.

Animal Representatives

Pancake Mote-Spellman

Pancake is the MESH Lab feline representative. His research interests include understanding the daily social behaviors of birds and promoting treat deliveries from human companions. In his free time he enjoys napping and keeping his brother Pepper in line.

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Pepper Mote-Spellman

Pepper is the MESH Lab canine representative. His research interests include studying the hedonic value of peanut butter and social participation interventions that involve playing fetch. In his free time he enjoys taking walks in car-free locations and chasing his brother Pancake.

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Collaborators

Graphic designer (including MESH Lab logo): Sophia Chryssovergis (Instagram)