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 and Society for Research in Psychopathology, serving as the Chair of the Digital Outreach/Social Media Committees for both societies. She is also a consulting editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. In her free time she enjoys binge-watching TV series, baking, and hiking.

Trainees

Grace DeGrado, B.S.

Grace is a current 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 second 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 first year Occupational Therapy Doctorate student at Tufts University. 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. 

Angie Velasquez, B.S.

Angie is a first year Occupational Therapy Doctorate student at Tufts University. She completed her B.S in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at Florida Atlantic University, in South Florida, where she lived for most of her life. She has a keen interest in mental wellness and illness and plans to apply this passion in the field of Occupational Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys reading and watching true crime books and documentaries, watching stand-up comedy, and spending time with her family.

Ivy Tran, M.A.

Ivy is a third 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.

Shari Gordon, B.A.

Shari is a Master’s student in the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program at Boston University School of Medicine. She received her B.A. in Psychology and African American Studies from Northwestern University. She is interested in working with underserved minority populations. Her research interests are dedicated to understanding the impact of racial trauma on mental health, and addressing issues of access to culturally responsive services. Shari also enjoys figure skating, going to the beach, and watching scary movies with friends.

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)