Aya Cheaito - Class of 2019

Aya Cheaito

Areas: I am interested in child-parent relationships, the socialization of coping and trauma.

Mentor: Jamie Abaied

Rachel Gehman - Class of 2019

Rachel Gehman

Areas: I am interested in the contribution of existential isolation (the perception that other people's internal experiences and reactions are markedly different from one’s own) to emotional distress. I am also interested in the influence of the Ayurvedic Diet on mood and wellbeing.

Kelly (Phuong) Nguyen - Class of 2019

Kelly Nguyen

Areas: I am interested in how interparental conflicts affect child developmental outcomes, especially in the context of the child’s temperament. And I intend to examine those linkages through neurophysiological markers, cognitive processes, as well as emotional reactions.

Mentor: Alice Schermerhorn

Tatum Oleskowicz - Class of 2019

Tatum Oleskowicz

Areas: I am interested in investigating the biopsychosocial underpinnings of drug dependence and interventions to more effectively treat it.

Mentor: Stacey C. Sigmon

Emily Pomichter - Class of 2019

Emily Pomichter

Areas: I am interested in studying nicotine use and eating behaviors. Specifically, I want to explore the differences between smoking and vaping consequences and expectancies, as well as the relationship between nicotine use and eating behaviors/body image. Currently I am working on a project designed to help determine the relationship between smoking behavior, smoking expectancies, and body dissatisfaction and negative affect.

Mentor: Antonio Cepeda-Benito

Julia Terman - Class of 2019

Areas: I am interested in treatment processes for internalizing disorders. I am particularly interested in studying the effects of social and identity-related variables, such as stigma, on treatment seeking and treatment outcomes.

Mentor: Kelly Rohan

Julia West - Class of 2019

Julia West

Areas: My research interests are youth and young adult substance use, primarily nicotine and tobacco use. I am particularly interested in informing addiction-related policies through population-level research.

Mentor: Andrea Villanti

Rhiannon Wiley - Class of 2019

Rhiannon Wiley

Areas: I am interested in chemical and behavioral forms of addiction and comorbidity.

Mentor: Stacey Sigmon

Brandon Wyatt - Class of 2019

Brandon Wyatt

Areas: I am interested in the psycho-physiological predictors of, and therapeutic outcomes for sexual dysfunction. I am also interested in how individual factors such as personality traits exacerbate or attenuate problems with arousal and orgasm, and how the interplay of these various factors impact sexual, romantic, and psychological well-being.

Mentor: Alessandra Rellini

Wilson Captein - Class of 2018

Wilson Captein

Areas: I am interested in paraphilias, sexual subcultures, OCD, and predictors of sexual distress and compulsivity. I am also interested in systems-based approaches to CBT/harm-reduction therapies for sex offenders and individuals with paraphilic disorders, specifically treatments targeting sexual shame and guilt.

Mentor: Alessandra Rellini

Marissa Dennis - Class of 2018

Marissa Dennis

Areas:  I am interested in the treatment of ADHD in childhood, particularly during the preschool years. I am also interested in studying risk and protective factors for ADHD in early childhood, cognitive functioning in children with ADHD, and the impacts of different learning and language impairments on child development and school readiness.

Mentor: Betsy Hoza

Thomas Geist - Class of 2018

Thomas Geist


Mentor: Antonio Cepeda-Benito

Praise Iyiewuare - Class of 2018

Praise Iyiewuare

Areas: I am interested adult mood disorders and sexual trauma.

Mentor: Kelly Rohan

Phyu "Pannu" Khin - Class of 2018

Pannu Khin

Areas:  I am interested in studying (1) the role of resilience in development after traumatic experiences, (2) designing culturally appropriate assessments and treatments for depression and PTSD, especially to be used in underserved populations or resource limited settings.

Mentor:  Keith Burt


Allison Krasner - Class of 2018

Allison Krasner

Areas: I am interested in the development and implementation of preventative interventions geared towards improving children's cognitive, social, and emotional functioning. Particularly, I am interested in the treatment of childhood ADHD, and research related to the social-emotional development of children with ADHD and comorbid disorders. Currently our lab is investigating the impact of an aerobic physical activity intervention on ADHD symptoms and school readiness outcomes in preschoolers.

Mentor:  Betsy Hoza

Maria Lent - Class of 2018

Maria Lent

Areas:  I am interested in the mediating effects of the parent-child relationship and parenting style in the development of early childhood disruptive behavior disorders, aggression, and psychopathy, as well as the biological indices of aggression and victimization. 

Mentor:  Annie Murray-Close

Hannah Loso - Class of 2018

Hannah Loso

Areas:  My primary research interests are investigating child and adolescent neural, environmental and behavioral predictors of psychopathology.  I am also interested in gender identity development during adolescence.

Mentor:  Alexandra Potter

Merelise Ametti - Class of 2017

Merelise Ametti

Areas:  I am interested in the phenomenology and pathophysiology of pediatric irritability, specifically as it relates to emotion and metabolic dysregulation.

Mentor: Robert Althoff, MD PhD

Zoe Brier - Class of 2017

Zoe Brier

Areas: I am interested in early intervention for trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and how mobile technology can be used as a screening, assessment, and intervention tool for PTSD.

Mentor: Matthew Price

Amanda Falcón - Class of 2017

Amanda Falcón

Areas: Our research is centered around the mechanisms which engender callous unemotional traits in adolescence. I am largely interested in the intersection of social services and evidence-based mental health treatment, particularly among incarcerated and at-risk youth populations.

Mentor: Timothy Stickle

Jessica Perez - Class of 2017

Jessica Perez

Areas: Cognitive vulnerabilities to adult depression.

Mentor: Kelly Rohan

Julia Camuso - Class of 2016

Julia Camuso

Areas: I am interested in biopsychosocial predictors of and interventions for adult mood disorders, particularly in women.

Mentor: Kelly Rohan

Ashley Dobbins - Class of 2016

Ashley Dobbins

Areas: I am interested in the role of emotion dysregulation on criminal offending and identifying short term interventions for incarcerated adolescent and adult populations that promote prosocial behaviors.

Mentor: Timothy Stickle

Alison Legrand - Class of 2016

Alison Legrand

Areas: I’m interested in better understanding what types of traumatic events are most related to specific presentations of PTSD to better tailor empirically- based treatment, especially in treating non-responders.

Mentor: Matthew Price

Alexandra Sullivan - Class of 2016

Alexandra Sullivan

Areas: Drawing from a developmental psychopathological perspective, I am interested in how stress promotes maladjustment and whether parenting-focused interventions and preventions can mitigate such outcomes. I am particularly enthusiastic about operationalizing stress reactivity and the outcomes of life stress with biological indices.

Mentors: Rex Forehand, Dianna Murray-Close

Caroline Martin - Class of 2015

Caroline Martin

Areas: I am interested in the evidence-based treatment of childhood and adolescent ADHD as well as investigating the peer relationship problems of individuals with ADHD. Currently our lab is focused on the use of aerobic physical activity as a management strategy for ADHD symptoms.

Mentor: Betsy Hoza

Cassie van Stolk-Cooke - Class of 2015

Cassie van Stolk-Cooke

Areas: I’m interested in technology-based approaches to the development and expansion of evidence-based treatments and resources for clinical populations and the concerned significant others in their lives.

Mentor: Matthew Price

Holly Weldon - Class of 2015

Holly Weldon

Areas: My interests are in Developmental Psychopathology and how and through which mechanisms interparental conflict impacts child development.

Mentor: Alice Schemerhorn

Kerry O'Loughlin - Class of 2014

Kerry O'Loughlin

Areas: I am interested in developmental psychopathology and the ways in which risk and resilience operate in children's lives.

Mentor: James Hudziak

Virginia Peisch - Class of 2014

Virginia Peisch

Areas: I want to study how risk and protective factors interact and shape an individual's developmental trajectory. Our lab's research focuses on the adolescent period of human development.

Mentors: Keith Burt and Rex Forehand

Joanna Streck - Class of 2014

Joanna Streck

Areas:  My research focuses on tobacco use disorder in vulnerable populations such as those with comorbid other substance use disorders (e.g., opioid and marijuana use disorder), medical comorbidities, anxiety, depression and other psychopathology. My research interests include smoking cessation treatments in vulnerable populations as well as novel harm reduction strategies such as reduced nicotine content cigarettes.

Mentor: Stacey Sigmon

Ivori Zvorsky - Class of 2014

Ivori Zvorsky

Areas: I am interested in investigating the intersection of women's psychological health and substance use. I work at the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health focusing on peripartum mental health symptoms in pregnant women enrolled in a financial incentives smoking cessation trial. I also examine behavioral economic measures of addiction and how they detect individual differences in risk for substance use among vulnerable populations.

Mentor: Stephen Higgins

Geoffrey Schaubhut - Class of 2013

Geoffrey Schaubhut

Areas: I am interested in the application of impulsivity research toward the understanding of psychological disorders including ADHD, AUD's and use disorders. Of particular interest is the impact of emotional events on impulsive behavior on these disorders. Thus I aim to: 1) identify endophenotypes which may benefit from specific CBT targets (emotional regulation, impulse regulation, etc.), 2) develop neurobiologically valid assessments of emotional impulsivity, 3) enhance client awareness of the impact of impaired emotional regulation on pathological behaviors.

Mentor: Alexandra Potter