Psychology

Psychology people

Current Graduate Students

Graduate student publications

Maho Aikawa
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.

Madeline Benz
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 Bishop
Lia is a doctoral student working with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed. Broadly, Lia's work explores mental health and well-being in the aftermath of traumatic experiences. Her current research examines the role of fear of emotion on psychopathology, functional impairment, and well-being among survivors of interpersonal violence.

Korine Cabrera
Korine is a clinical program student who works with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed.

Nick Canby
Nick is a clinical program student who works with Dr. James Córdova.

Alessandra Caruso
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.

Taylor Dovala
Taylor Dovala is a fourth year student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. Her 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. Her current line of research involves adapting a brief couples' intervention to fit the specific strengths and stressors of same-sex couples.

Safiye Ebra Elsharnouby
Ebra is a developmental program student working with Dr. Michael Bamberg.

Amanda Faherty
Amanda Faherty is a developmental program student working with Dr. Jeffrey Arnett. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in 2015, graduating Magna Cum Laude with honors in psychology. During her time at HWS, she was an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Brien Ashdown’s Culture and Psychology lab where she spent time studying in Latin America and focused on researching parental acceptance and rejection and ethnic attitudes in Guatemala. Amanda’s honors thesis examined race, class, and gender biases in the U.S. college admissions process. In her graduate studies, her research interests generally include the parent-child relationship in emerging adulthood, as well as stereotypes of emerging adults. She is also interested in the understanding the cultural influences on the parent-child emerging adult relationship, assessing links between parenting and identity development among college student-athletes, and examining the experiences of non-college bound emerging adults.

Reihonna Frost
Reihonna is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.

Gianna Gambardella
Gianna is a social program student working with Dr. Denise Hines.

Doug Gazarian
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.

Sarah Hartman
Sarah is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil. She received a bachelors in Community Health and Anthropology from Tufts University and a master of science in Global Mental Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King's College London. Broadly, her research interests include the barriers and facilitators to quality mental health care in low-resource settings, particularly among Spanish-speaking populations in the United States and rural Mexico. She spent 2016-2018 living and working in Chiapas, Mexico with Partners In Health Mexico/Compañeros En Salud.

Emily He
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 Hoffman
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.

Thekia Jackson
Kia is a social program student working with Dr. Nicole Overstreet.

Jon Jampel
Jon is a clinical program student working with Dr. Michael Addis.

Hu Young Jeong
Hu Young is a social program student working with Dr. Johanna Vollhardt.

Kristen Keefe
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.

Emma Kironde
Emma is a clinical program student working with Dr. Michael Addis.

Nora Kline
Nora is a clinical program student working with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include the psychological and interpersonal effects of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, as well as moral injury and betrayal in relationships.

Justin Laplante
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.

Rachel Lerner
Rachel is a clinical program student working with Dr. Wendy Grolnick.

Madeline Levitt
Madeline is a clinical program student working with Dr. Wendy Grolnick.

Emily Maher
Emily is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.

Melissa Manley
Melissa is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.

Nora McCormick
Nora is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.

Adriana Medina
Adriana is a social program student working with Dr. Nicole Overstreet.

Nicole Melita
Nicole is a developmental program student working with Dr. Ana Marcelo. She received a B.A. In Psychology and Community Health from Hofstra University followed by a M.A. in Human Development and Family Studies from UCONN. Her research examines the influence of caregiver characteristics and behaviors on various aspects of early development.

Deeya Mitra
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.

Abigail Nissenbaum
Abby Nissenbaum is a doctoral student in Social Psychology working with Dr. Andrew Stewart. Abby received her B.A. in Psychology from Penn State in 2014 and held research assistantships at UConn and Cornell prior to attending Clark. Her research coalesces into areas of stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations. Her first stream of research broadly focuses on gender- and sexuality-based violence and collective responses to violent events, while a second stream of research examines persistent group-based inequalities, particularly as they relate to discrimination toward groups with stigmatized intersectional identities. Abby is a member of APA Graduate Students' Committee on Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSOGD) and Clark University's Diversity Advisory Council, as well as a student ambassador through the Center for Open Science.

Nestor Noyola
Nestor is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil.

Mukadder Okuyan
Mukadder is a social program student working with Dr. Johanna Vollhardt.

Jessica O'Leary
Jessica L. O’Leary is a doctoral student in clinical psychology working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil. Her research interests center on how to foster resilience, with an emphasis on emotion socialization and particular attention to the role of caregivers. Jessica’s dissertation study aims to better understand some of the factors that protect urban youth from the deleterious effects of community violence by examining the role of emotion socialization and emotion regulation, with consideration of possible cultural and contextual factors. Jessica’s research interests compliment her clinical work with children, adolescents, and families, particularly those who have experienced trauma.

Setareh Rossman
Setareh is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.

Julia Tran
Julia is a social program student working with Dr. Andrew Stewart.

Michelle Twali
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 Wolontis
Felicia is a developmental program student working with Dr. Michael Bamberg.

David Yoo
David is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.