Current Graduate Students
Maho is a social program student who works with Dr. Andrew Stewart.
Achu Johnson Alexander
Achu is a developmental program student working with Dr. Jeffrey Arnett. She is broadly interested in cultural examinations of the emerging adulthood experience. She is particularly interested in topics related to self, cultural identity, parenting influences, and transitions into work. She has worked with Indian American emerging adults, and refugee populations both in and outside the US.
Vicki is a clinical program student working with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed. Her research focuses on the role of reinforcement processes (e.g, reward responsiveness, delay discounting) in substance use and co-occurring disorders, including depression and chronic pain.
Jessica is a clinical program student working with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Forensic Psychology in 2010 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Her overarching research and clinical interests include substance use disorders and trauma. She is currently at the Yale School of Medicine's Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology.
Madeline is a clinical program student working with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed. Broadly, she is interested in the exploration of the overlap between substance use disorders and co-occurring psychopathology. Her current research focuses on the role of stigma in the initiation and maintenance of mental health care for this population, as well as the other barriers surrounding treatment engagement.
Lia is a clinical program student working with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed.
Katie is a developmental program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg (clinical program faculty). Her research focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ young adults who grew up in evangelical Christian environments.
Nick is a clinical program student who works with Dr. James Córdova.
Alessandra is a clinical program student working with Dr. Wendy Grolnick. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Georgetown University in 2013. She then served as the Research Coordinator for the multidisciplinary Pediatric Headache Program at Boston Children's Hospital. Alessandra is broadly interested in exploring the associations between child and adolescent mental health and physical well-being. She is particularly interested in parents' roles in fostering self-regulatory, health-promoting behaviors for children with chronic illness.
Ellen is a clinical program student conducting dissertation research in relationship risk factors for perinatal mental illness. She is conducting a pilot study of a preventative relationship health intervention for expectant partners, co-located in obstetric clinics, to decrease the incidence of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Ellen is also interested in integrated care, reducing barriers to psychological treatment, and dissemination practices. Ellen is working with Dr. James Córdova and collaborates with Dr. Nancy Byatt at UMass Memorial Hospital. She is currently on internship at the Suffolk University Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center.
Taylor is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova. She received her B.A. in Psychology from St. Olaf College. Taylor’s research interests lie at the intersection between positive psychology and intimate relationships. Specifically, she is interested in how relationships affect well-being, and how interventions can be used to capitalize on couples’ strengths and buffer against later stressors.
Amanda is a developmental program student working with Dr. Jeffrey Arnett. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in 2015. Her research interests include the importance of parenting and access to education in emerging adults. Specifically, she is interested in the cultural influences of parental acceptance and rejection in adolescents and emerging adults, and the societal barriers to education.
Alyssa Faro is a clinical program student working with Dr. Laura McKee. Her research interests surround parenting practices and outcomes for children at risk of developing internalizing disorders. She received her BA in Psychology from Connecticut College in 2009.
Reihonna is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.
Doug is a clinical program student working with Dr. Michael Addis. Broadly, he is interested how individuals process social information in ways that are dysfunctional for mental health. More specifically, his research examines how automatic judgments about gender norms, treatment, and psychopathology may impact well-being and help-seeking.
Tatiana Gray is a graduate student working with James Córdova.. Her research interests include positive relationship functioning, dissemination and implementation of evidence based couple interventions, and therapeutic processes of change. She is applying to internships and is currently working on her dissertation investigating the therapeutic mechanisms at the heart of the Marriage Checkup.
Matt is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.
Emily is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil. Broadly, Emily is interested in reducing mental healthcare disparities for racial/ethnic minorities and for disadvantaged individuals. One of her major topics of interest is the role of culture and context-specific factors in the identification of mental health difficulties, help-seeking, and treatment outcomes. Emily hopes to develop effective prevention and intervention programs for individuals with mental health difficulties and their families.
Ethan is a clinical program student working with Dr. Michael Addis. He received his B.A. in 2014 and M.A. in 2015 from Wesleyan University. His interests include public understandings of mental disorders and men's experiences of depression. His past research has looked at how individuals talk about agency in relation to biomedical explanations for major depression, and at human subjects' agency and unregistered acts of resistance in Milgram's studies of obedience.
Jon is a clinical program student working with Dr. Michael Addis.
Kristen is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil. Her research interests include mental healthcare disparities, with a particular focus on exploring barriers and facilitators to treatment engagement for vulnerable populations around transitions in care. Her clinical interests include early treatment intervention for young adults experiencing psychosis and other serious mental illnesses.
Justin is a developmental program student working with Dr. James Córdova (clinical program faculty). His dissertation is focusing on how meditation and mindfulness influences couple's relationships. His research interests include meditation and mindfulness, relationships, and religious and spiritual identity development.
Madeline is a clinical program student working with Dr. Wendy Grolnick.
Emily is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.
Melissa is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.
Adriana is a social program student working with Dr. Nicole Overstreet.
Deeya joined the doctoral program in Developmental Psychology to work under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett. She received a B.A. Honors in Psychology followed by an M.Sc. in Counseling Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore. Her current focus in research is related to the potential role of emerging adults and positive youth development. Throughout her professional career, she has worked in fields of research, teaching, and counselling practice, interacting extensively with emerging adults. She has interests and complementing work experience in the areas of rehabilitation, academic drive, impact of parenting, and psychosocial issues in emerging adults. In the course of her research and practice, she has interacted with youth from India as well as other South-Asian countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. Her observations on psychosocial issues faced by emerging adults and her experience as a young volunteer have also been a driving force towards her work on urban youth empowerment. She is interested in primarily understanding factors that impact decision making and psychological development among emerging adults in context of culture and society. The end-goal of her research and academic interests is to introduce motivation models, mentoring programs, and influence policy making in developing nations, primarily South Asia, using multidisciplinary approaches to improve psychosocial development and well-being among youth.
April is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg. She is interested in studying families in diverse contexts, especially foster care and adoption. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University and her M.A. in Developmental Psychology from San Francisco State University.
Tamara is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil.
Nestor is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil.
Mukadder is a social program student working with Dr. Johanna Vollhardt.
Jessica is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil. She received her B.A. in Child Development and Sociology from Tufts University in 2007 and earned her M.A. in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University in 2009. Her research interests include examining risk and resilience in children and adolescents.
Elizabeth Weber Ollen
Elizabeth (Weber) Ollen is a 5th year PhD student in clinical psychology working with Dr. James Cordova. Liz’s predominantly qualitative research focuses broadly on relationship and family functioning among sexual minorities, with an emphasis on adversity and trauma. Her past work included examining adverse experiences of same-sex-parent families formed through foster care and adoption, including the impact of public policy on family dynamics. More recently, Liz has explored help seeking in sexual minority communities related to accessing couples therapy, brief relationship interventions, and resources for dating violence/sexual assault. With the help of the 2017 Michael Sullivan Diversity Research Award, her dissertation integrates her interests of same-sex couples, interpersonal trauma, and help seeking to explore the ways in which women navigate experiences of interpersonal trauma in same-sex relationships. Liz’s research interests compliment her clinical work with youth, families, and couples, particularly those who have experienced trauma. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Liz will be completing her pre-doctoral internship in child/adolescent psychology at the UCLA Medical School in the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience track, where she will continue her training in providing evidence-based trauma interventions to youth and families.
Julia is a social program student working with Dr. Andrew Stewart.
Michelle Twali is a 3rd year PhD student in Social Psychology working with Dr. Johanna Vollhardt. Her broad research interests engage questions on collective victimization in the aftermath of intergroup conflict. Her current projects include, 1) examining the narrative accounts of South Sudanese immigrants about their experience of collective victimization during the Sudan civil war, 2) understanding the psychological construct of acknowledgment (versus denial) of historical collective victimization, 3) developing a measures of victim belief, 4) understanding the role of victim beliefs in ally activism. Michelle uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to conduct her research.
Felicia is a developmental program student working with Dr. Michael Bamberg.