Maho is a social program student working with Dr. Andrew Stewart. Maho received her B.A. in International Studies from Tsuda University, Tokyo, and M.A. in Psychology from Metropolitan State University. She is broadly interested in studying the roles of social norms and ideologies in maintaining and changing group-based hierarchies. Specifically, she studies; (1) how social norms and ideologies promote cooperation between dominant and subordinate members in maintaining hierarchies, as well as ways in which it is resisted; and (2) roles of culturally-specific social norms in intergroup relations.
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.
Korine is a clinical program student who works with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed.
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.
Jayantika is a developmental program student working with Dr. Alena Esposito.
Taylor Dovala is a clinical program student who works with Dr. James Córdova. 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.
Ebra is a developmental program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil.
Tiana is a social program student working with Dr. Andrew Stewart.
Reihonna is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.
Gia Gambardella is a social program student working with Dr. Nicole Overstreet. Gia received her B.A. in Counseling and Health Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Emmanuel College. She is interested in interpersonal violence victimization in LGBTQ* communities and social reactions to queer and trans victims.
Doug is a clinical program student working with Dr. Michael Addis. His research examines how gender role socialization shapes men’s expression of psychological symptoms and dysfunctional behaviors (e.g., externalizing versus internalizing dimensions) and its impact on treatment.
Hojin is a developmental program student working with Dr. Ana Marcelo.
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 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.
Lizzy Isaacson is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.
Kia is a social program student working with Dr. Nicole Overstreet.
Jon is a clinical program student working with Dr. Michael Addis. Broadly, he is interested in the impact of gender socialization on men’s sexual behavior. His current research examines how peer group norms facilitate sexual assault, exploring novel ways to reduce perpetration among high-risk men.
Nida is a social program student working under supervision of Andrew L. Stewart and Nicole Overstreet. Nida received her BS(Hons) from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan and M. Phil from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Throughout her professional career, she has worked in academia and research. Through her research and teaching, she got an opportunity to interact with students from all over Pakistan. She is broadly interested in studying sexuality, violence particularly-gender based violence, sexual double standards, social dominance and collective action. As hailing from Pakistan, she studies 1) South Asian Individuals’ perceptions of gender based violence and factors contributing to it; and 2) How social dominance strengthen different legitimizing myths among individuals that further lead to violent or discriminatory behaviors; 3)Different types of violence experienced by South Asian women perpetuated by structural and social barriers and types of resistance capacities used by them to deal with everyday violence. The goal of her academic and research work is to establish intervention models, mentoring programs for women and also to influence policies relevant to women rights and freedom particularly in South Asia region.
Hu Young is a social program student working with Dr. Johanna Vollhardt.
Emma is a clinical program student working with Dr. Michael Addis. Her research examines topics related to the psychological wellbeing of men of African descent. Emma approaches these topics through an exploration of masculinity as it is conceptualized by men of African descent, identifying how their ideas about manhood influence their experiences across multiple contexts and the bearing these have on their psychological health. Her work aims to promote awareness geared toward the provision of appropriate and effective clinical interventions for men of African descent.
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.
Rachel is a clinical program student working with Dr. Wendy Grolnick. Broadly, she is interested in parent-child relationships and parents’ roles in fostering children’s academic achievement, motivation, and well-being. Her current research focuses on the roles of parental involvement, autonomy support, and motivation in children’s academic motivation and achievement.
Madeline is a clinical program student working with Dr. Wendy Grolnick.
Maddie is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.
Emily is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.
Melissa is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.
Nora is a third year clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg. She received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Prior to coming to Clark, she completed a MSc in epidemiology at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. At Clark, Nora wants to examine how minority stress affects and shapes health, workplace performance, school performance (in both children of LGBTQ parents and LGBTQ-identified youth), and interpersonal relationships in the LGBTQ and other minority communities, especially where multiple minority statuses intersect with one another. Her master’s thesis explores how internalized homophobia changes over time among LGBTQ adoptive parents.
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 counseling 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.
Néstor is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil.
Nicole O’Dea is a developmental program student working with Dr. Ana Marcelo. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Community Health from Hofstra University, followed by a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from UCONN, specializing in Prevention and Early Intervention. Nicole’s previous applied experiences have revolved around the implementation and evaluation of early childhood interventions that provide education and support for diverse families with young children. Her current program of research examines the developmental significance of caregiver characteristics and experiences of stress and support, including exposure to trauma, adversities, and disparities in supports across immediate contexts. One element of this work examines if and how these findings influence the function and nature of play as a platform for development. Collectively, these data will seek to inform specialized dual approach components in early intervention programs that will better educate and support families with young children.
Sangmi is a developmental program student working with Dr. Alena G. Esposito. She received her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Child Psychology and Education from Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea. She is broadly interested in children’s learning in mathematics. Her current research explores how children understand rational numbers, how this relates to their mathematics achievement. Her research interest also includes identifying linguistic and cultural factors that impacts children’s math comprehension. Her work aims to provide insights that can help improve children’s math performance.
Tabitha is a social program student working with Dr. Nicole Overstreet.
Brianna is a clinical program student working with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed.
Jenna is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University. She is broadly interested in studying the behaviors associated with intimacy and acceptance in couples’ relationships, both how they occur naturally, and how they can be developed through intervention.
José Rosario is a clinical psychology graduate student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil. He obtained his B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Chemical Dependency and Addiction Studies (CDAS) from Rhode Island College. Previously, José served on research teams investigating behavioral risk factors for adolescent HIV exposure and biobehavioral interventions for simultaneous smoking cessation and weight loss. Prior to beginning his graduate training, José worked as a clinical Coordinator of Disability Services at Rhode Island College where he additionally provided expressive arts curriculum to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and chronic mental health conditions. Broadly, José is interested in the assessment and intervention for cultural trauma after violent events that target specific identity groups, considering dimensions such as ethnicity, sexuality, and ability.
Setareh is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.
Michelle Twali is a 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.
Helin is a social program student working with Dr. Johanna Vollhardt.
Haylie is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.
Anna is a clinical program student working with Dr. Amy Heberle.
Felicia is a developmental program student working with Dr. Michael Bamberg.
David is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.