Jess Chong

Research Assistant, Department of Psychiatry

Jess Chong

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Research Assistant, Department of Psychiatry

BS, Psychology, Neuroscience and Management Minor, University of Minnesota, 2017


Jesslyn Chong graduated from University of Minnesota in Fall 2017 with a BS in Psychology and two minors in Neuroscience and Management. Throughout her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant in the Adolescent Depression Lab (UMN), Center for Twins and Family Research (UMN), Deyoung Personality Lab (UMN), Center for Brain and Cognitive Development (Birkbeck College, London) and Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health (UMN). Currently, Jesslyn Chong is a research assistant conducting clinical interviews for the Human Connectome Project in Dr. Scott Sponheim's Cognition and Brain (CAB) in Psychopathology Lab.

Awards & Recognition

  • University of Minnesota, Dean's List 
  • National Honor Society in Psychology, inducted 2016


  • Chinese
  • English


Research Summary/Interests

Jesslyn's research interest revolves around the physiological systems for stress and emotion regulation (e.g. HPA axis) among high risk mental pathology population, especially depression, schizophrenia and schizoaffective patients. 


  1. Chong, L. S., Thai, M., Cullen, K. R., Lim, K. O., & Klimes-Dougan, B. (2017). Cortisol awakening response, internalizing symptoms, and life satisfaction in emerging adults. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18(12), 2501. DOI: 10.3390/ijms18122501
  2. Chong, L. S. Transcendental meditation for treating depression: Regulation of Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis. University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium 2017, Minneapolis, MN. April 2017.