Current Graduate Students
Achu Johnson Alexander
Achu is a developmental program student working with Dr. Jeffrey Arnett.
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, particularly as they intersect with culture.
Joshua Berger is a clinical program student who works with Dr. Michael Addis. His main area of interest is the relationship between adherence to masculinity norms and help-seeking behavior in men, particularly veterans. His work seeks to establish predictors for men’s use of mental health services, and thereby to help devise well-informed strategies for men to access these services. In the future, he hopes to integrate research and clinical work to help coordinate mental health care for veterans. His Master’s thesis was titled “Men's Reactions to Mental Health Labels, Different Forms of Help-Seeking, and Sources of Help-Seeking Advice.”
Kaitlin is a developmental program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg (clinical program faculty).
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.
Lizzie is a clinical program student working with Dr. Wendy Grolnick.
Reihonna is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.
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.
Lilia is a developmental program student who works with Dr. Jeffrey J. Arnett. Her research interests involve emerging adults’ romantic relationships.
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.
Heather is a developmental program student working with Dr. Maricela Correa-Chávez (affiliated research faculty). She received her B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2007 and her Masters in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2011. Her research interests focus around immigration, culture and qualitative methodology.
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.
Rashmi is a social program student working with Dr. Johanna Ray Vollhardt. Her research employs both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine various issues related to the social psychology of members from disadvantaged minorities. Her past projects have explored topics including the distinct ways in which members of disadvantaged groups can perceive their groups’ past and present experiences of collective victimization and how these can shape their intergroup relations. She has conducted research among minority groups in the United States (such as Burundian and Bhutanese refugees) as well as in India (e.g. members of so-called lower castes and Muslims). Broadening this work, her doctoral dissertation employs an intersectional framework to get a nuanced understanding of the social psychological (e.g. intersectional awareness) and structural factors (such as gender and social class) that can explain tensions between disadvantaged minorities as well as those that can help bring them closer.
Tamara is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil.
Mukadder is a social program student working with Dr. Nicola Curtin.
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
Liz is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova. Her research interests include marriage equality, same-sex couples and their experiences in couples therapy, and barriers to seeking help. Liz is also interested in how public policy and broader issues of heterosexism and homophobia impact sexual minority relationship functioning.
Chris is a clinical program student working with Dr. Michael Addis. His research interests include adolescent development and the influences of social learning and gender socialization on male development and behavior. Chris is particularly interested in policing of masculinity and understanding the range of experiences that boys have with this social process. He is currently on internship at the Yale Child Study Center.
Monica is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil. Her research interests include understanding the effects of culture on psychopathology. Her doctoral thesis will focus on the effect of intergenerational conflict within immigrant families and its effect on externalizing and internalizing disorders in immigrant children. She is currently on internship at the Boston VA Substance Abuse Treatment Program.
Lia is a clinical program student working with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed.
Kay is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg. Her research interests include the effects of minority stress on health and mental health for LGBTQ people, sexual and gender diversity, and the positive aspects of identifying as member of a minority group.
Julia is a social program student working with Dr. Nicola Curtin.
Michelle is a social program student working with Dr. Johanna Vollhardt.