Current Students

First Year


  • Profile photo: Parker Leap

    Parker Leap

    First Year Student

    Education:

    M.Ed. Counseling Psychology – Sport Psychology concentration, Boston University, 2019
    B.A. Psychology, Eastern Mennonite University, 2015

    Prior Experience

    Clinical Intern – The Academy of Physical and Social Development, Newton, MA
    Mental Performance Consultant Intern – Tufts University, Medford, MA
    Positive Youth Development Coach – English High School, Jamaica Plain, MA

    Research Interests:

    College Student Mental Health & Well-being, Performance Enhancement in Sport, Positive Youth Development, Trauma-Informed Care, Play Therapy

  • Profile photo: Gayatri Sardana

    Gayatri Sardana

    First Year Student

    Education:

    M.Ed. Educational Psychology, University of Virginia, 2019
    B.S. Biology, College of William & Mary, 2016

    Prior Experience

    Research Assistant, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching & Learning, University of Virginia
    Curriculum Development & Instructor, Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program, Fairfax, VA
    Teacher, School District of Philadelphia, PA

    Research Interests:

    Self-regulation, Social-emotional learning & development, Diverse backgrounds & immigrant children

  • Profile photo: Ava Sardoni

    Ava Sardoni

    First Year Student

    Education:

    M.S. Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, 2019
    B.A. Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, 2018

    Prior Experience

    Counseling Extern, Greenbelt CARES, MD
    In-home Autism Instructor, Trellis Services, MD
    Research Assistant, the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, MD
    Neurobehavioral Intern, Kennedy Krieger Institute, MD

    Research Interests:

    Applied Behavior Analysis, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Early-intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Profile photo: Nour Salem

    Nour Salem

    First Year Student

    Education:

    M.A. Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
    B.A. Psychology, American University of Beirut, 2012
    Special Education, American University of Beirut, 2012

    Prior Experience

    Play therapy in group and individual settings
    School Counselor for PreK 2- 12
    English PreK 2 and PreK 3 Teacher
    Special Education teacher

    Research Interests:

    Play therapy, Anxiety and depression in young children, Behavioral problems in young children, Parenting, Trauma and PTSD

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    Katherine Wilson

    First Year Student

    Education:

    Ed.M., Prevention Science and Practice: Developmental Counseling (Harvard, 2011)
    B.A., History and Science (Harvard, 2010)

    Prior Experience

    Head of Mindfulness, Well-Being & Mental Health Counseling, The Mahindra United World College of India (Pune, India)
    Yoga Teacher & Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Lenox, MA)
    Middle School Teacher, School of the Nations (Brasilia, Brazil)

    Research Interests:

    Adolescent Development, Positive Psychology, Social-Emotional Learning: Self-Regulation, Resilience, etc., Mindfulness, Yoga, & Experiential/Embodied Learning, Trauma-Informed Classrooms

  • Profile photo: Priyata Thapa

    Priyata Thapa

    First Year Student

    Education:

    M.A. Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2016
    B.A. Biology and Neuroscience, Wesleyan College, 2011

    Prior Experience

    Psychiatric Associate at the University of Minnesota Health, Minneapolis, MN
    Clinical Data Manager at MedAvante-ProPhase, NY
    Research Assistant for adolescent depression and suicide labs at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY; Teachers College, Columbia University, NY; and University of Minnesota, MN
    Interviewer for ADAPT (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) at the University of Minnesota, MN

    Research Interests:

    Child and adolescent psychopathology (mood disorders), Suicidality and self-injury, Transdiagnostic processes, Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy, Trauma and resilience,Cultural adaptation of interventions

Second Year


  • Profile photo: Christina Decker

    Christina Decker

    Second Year Student

    Education:

    M.S., Counseling and Human Development, 2014
    B.S., Psychology, 2012

    Prior Experience

    Middle School Counselor for Pittsylvania County Schools

    Research Interests:

    Social-Emotional Learning, Emotion Regulation, Mindfulness

  • Profile photo: Susan Hardman

    Susan Hardman

    Second Year Student

    Education:

    Ed.S., School Psychology, Brigham Young University, 2013
    B.S., Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Brigham Young University, 2010

    Prior Experience:

    School Psychologist, Fairfax County Public Schools, 2013-2018; School Psychology Internship, Prince William County Public Schools, 2012-2013

    Research Interests:

    Identity development, Attachment issues, anxiety, and trauma, Crisis intervention

  • Profile photo: Charles Miller

    Charles Miller

    Second Year Student

    Education:

    M.A., Applied Clinical Psychology, Penn State University
    B.S., Psychology, University of Mary Washington, 2010

    Prior Experience

    Intensive In-Home Clinician with Compass Counseling Services of Virginia; Internship with TrueNorth Wellness Partial Hospitalization Program, Hanover, PA; Internship with TrueNorth Wellness Crisis Intervention, Hanover, PA

    Research Interests:

    Integrative Psychotherapy, Multicultural Psychology, Psychological Services Development in Marginalized Communities

  • Profile photo: Kathleen Pait

    Kathleen Pait

    Second Year Student

    Education:

    M.A., Psychology in Education, Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Columbia University, 2017
    B.A., English/Creative Writing, University of Arkansas, 2014

    Prior Experience

    Neuropsychological Testing Administrator, Thriveworks Counseling; Research Assistant, Substance Use Research Lab, NY State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia Medical Center; Psychology Advisement Fellow, Teachers College, Columbia University

    Research Interests:

    Psycho-spiritual interventions, Beliefs, values, morality, & consciousness, Mindfulness/Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Ecopsychology

  • Profile photo: Emily Pogue

    Emily Pogue

    Second Year Student

    Education:

    M.A., Clinical Psychology, Columbia University, 2016
    B.A., English, University of Vermont, 2011

    Prior Experience

    Service Coordinator and Family Support Specialist for Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, VT; Parent Child Interaction Therapy Trainee, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, VT; Research Assistant, Montefiore Hospital’s Healthy Steps/Behavioral Health Integration Program, Bronx NY

    Research Interests:

    Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Children with behavioral needs, Child welfare/foster care, Outcomes of family-based interventions

  • Profile photo: Eliza Stucker

    Eliza Stucker

    Second Year Student

    Education:

    M.A., Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Chicago, 2016
    M.Div., Loyola University Chicago, 2016
    B.S., Chemistry, Furman University, 2012
    B.S., Biology, Furman University, 2012

    Prior Experience

    Substance Use Treatment Clinician in Youth Alternative Placement-Columbia, SC; Hospital Chaplain specializing in Oncology, ICU, Emergency, and Geriatric Pastoral Care-Chicago, IL; Internship as Pastoral Counselor at Lorene Replogle Counseling Center-Chicago, IL

    Research Interests:

    Psychopathology assessment and intervention, Interaction of Theology and Psychology, Attachment based psychotherapy, Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy

Third Year


  • Profile photo:Julia Dobner-Pereira

    Julia Dobner-Pereira

    Third Year Student

    Education:

    M.A., Drama Therapy, New York University, 2017
    B.A., Psychology and Theatre, Smith College, 2012

    Prior Experience

    Drama Therapy Intern at Bellevue Hospital Center – Forensic Psychiatry Unit, New York, NY; Drama Therapy Intern at Kings County Hospital – Inpatient Psychiatry, Brooklyn, NY; Group Process Facilitator and Graduate Assistant – New York University Drama Therapy Program

    Research Interests:

    Interpersonal reconstructive therapy, Creative arts therapies, Cross-cultural training, Attachment-based theories and approaches, Chronic and persistent severe mental illness

  • Profile photo:Morgan Gunter

    Morgan Gunter

    Third Year Student

    Education:

    M.S., Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, 2017
    B.A., Psychology, Wake Forest University, 2013

    Prior Experience

    Assessment externship with Loyola Clinical Centers; Counseling externship with The Arc Baltimore; Research assistant on Blue Book Project with Dr. Emily A.A. Dow

    Research Interests:

    Multicultural Psychology, Minority racial identity development, Efficacy of evidence-based treatments on racial minorities

  • Profile photo:Christian D. Haase

    Christian D. Haase

    Third Year Student

    Education:

    Graduate Certificate, Working with Survivors of Violence, Torture, and Trauma, University of Maryland
    M.A., Counseling, Eastern Mennonite University
    B.A., Psychology, California State University Northridge

    Prior Experience

    Behavioral Health Wellness Specialist, Arlington County Government (VA); Mobile Crisis Counselor, Department of Behavioral Health and Catholic Charities (DC); Group and Activities Therapist, Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents (VA)

    Research Interests:

    Hegemonic (toxic) masculinity, Understanding contributing factors to mass violence, Crisis intervention and disaster relief, Working with survivors of violence and trauma

  • Profile photo:Liz Holthaus

    Liz Sanborn

    Third Year Student

    Education:

    M.S., Kinesiology and Health with a concentration in Sport Psychology, Miami University, 2014
    B.A., Psychology, Otterbein University, 2011

    Prior Experience

    Master Resilience Trainer- Performance Expert for the United States Army; Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment Worker in Columbus, OH

    Research Interests:

    Impact of trauma on talent development, Emotion regulation and performance outcomes, Student-athlete well-being, Life skills development through sport, Coaching effectiveness

  • Profile photo:Sarah Anolik Katz

    Sarah Anolik Katz

    Third Year Student

    Education:

    M.A., Social-Organizational Psychology, Columbia University, 2015
    B.A., Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia University, 2008

    Prior Experience

    Program Manager, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center (2015-2017); Research Assistant, Department of Clinical Therapeutics, NY State Psychiatric Institute (2016-2017); Research Coordinator, Department of Management, Columbia University Business School (2014-2015)

    Research Interests:

    Individual, developmental, relational, cultural, and sociohistoric factors that influence and maintain sexual violence perpetration, with a specific focus on college campuses, Cross-generational transmission of trauma, Application of attachment theory in research and practice

  • Profile photo: Paulihna Sorbi

    Paulihna Sorbi

    Third Year Student

    Education:

    M.A., Forensic Psychology, Applied Psychology Concentration, The George Washington University, 2017
    B.S., Psychology, George Mason University, 2014

    Prior Experience

    Advocate, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking, Fairfax County, VA; Externship, Re-entry and Family Services, Fairfax County Jail; Research Assistant, Human Factors & Applied Cognition Laboratory, George Mason University

    Research Interests:

    Personality disorders, Suicidality, Substance abuse interventions

Interns


  • Profile photo:Connesia Handford

    Connesia Handford

    Intern

    Internship

    Howard University Counseling Service; Provide individual therapy, group therapy, and outreach services for university students, Complete forensic assessments, Co-teach counseling class, Supervise practicum students

    Education:

    M.S. Clinical Counseling Psychology, Brenau University, 2014
    B.A. Psychology, Emory University, 2010

    Prior Experience

    In-home individual and family counseling for children and adults; Community mental health services; Trauma therapy; Court mandated counseling

    Research Interests:

    Trauma, Culture, Ethnicity, and Race

  • Profile photo:Jay Davis

    Jay Davis

    Intern

    Internship

    Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center - Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

    Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force

    Provide psychotherapy, psychoeducation, emergency consultation services, and integrated care to active duty service members. Treatment settings include adult outpatient mental health, clinical health psychology/primary care consultation, neuropsychological assessment, group therapy, substance abuse treatment, and family advocacy.

    Education:

    M.A., Ed.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, James Madison University, 2014
    B.A. Psychology, James Madison University, 2011

    Prior Experience

    Resident in Counseling, Eastern Mennonite University’s College Counseling Center; Adjunct Instructor, Department of Undergraduate Psychology - International Study Center, James Madison University

    Research Interests:

    College Student Mental Health and Well Being, Anxiety, trauma, and identity development, Student Veterans and Military-Related Issues, Attachment based interventions and family systems

  • Profile photo: Virginia Gallup Larsen

    Virginia Gallup Larsen

    Intern

    Internship

    Kennedy Krieger Institute (Johns Hopkins);

    Primary Rotation: Psychiatric Mental Health Program - The PMHP at KKI provides interprofessional outpatient diagnostic evaluation and treatment services for children and adolescents having difficulty with mood, behavior or relationships at home, within the family, at school and with peers.

    Secondary Rotation: Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress - The Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at KKI provides mental health evaluation and treatment services to children, adolescents and families who have experienced or may be at risk for trauma through physical or sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence and community violence.

    Education:

    Diplomate in School Neuropsychology, American Board of School Neuropsychology, 2015
    CAGS, School Psychology, George Mason University, 2002
    M.A., School Psychology, George Mason University, 2001
    M.Ed., Community Agency Counseling, George Mason University, 1997
    B.S., Psychology, Radford University, 1992

    Prior Experience

    School Psychologist for Alexandria City Public Schools; Psychological Counselor III for Alexandria City Community Services Board; Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program Director for Vesta, Inc.

    Research Interests:

    Self-regulation and executive functioning in children and adolescents, School climate and positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), Parent and teacher consultation and intervention models, Interdisciplinary teams, School violence prevention, School neuropsychological and Integrated models of learning and behavior

  • Profile photo:Ariel D. Marrero

    Ariel D. Marrero

    Intern

    Education:

    M.S., Mental Health Counseling, SUNY New Paltz, 2016
    B.A., Psychology, SUNY New Paltz, 2013

    Prior Experience

    Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, NY; Mental Health Counseling Practicum Trainee, SUNY New Paltz Counseling Center, NY; Graduate Assistant, ASD Support Services Program, SUNY New Paltz Disability Resource Center, NY

    Research Interests:

    Childhood Trauma, Play Therapy, Attachment, Children in Foster Care

  • Profile photo:Carly Pine

    Carly Bobal

    Intern

    Internship

    Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital

    Division of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology - Integrating my background in child development, family/caregiver support, Applied Behavior Analysis, and school-based collaboration using an interdisciplinary approach in a rehabilitation and specialty hospital. Tracks include outpatient assessment, therapy, and inpatient consultation/liaison with specialized training in the Feeding Disorders, Autism Evaluation, Obesity, and Diabetes Programs.

    Education:

    NCSP, School Psychology, National Association of School Psychologists
    CAS., School Psychology, The College of Saint Rose
    M.Ed., Educational Psychology, The College of Saint Rose
    NYS Teaching Certification Program in General and Special Education, Hartwick College
    B.A., Psychology, Hartwick College

    Prior Experience

    School Psychology Intern with Berlin Central School District, Berlin, NY; Early Childhood Educator with The Bennington Early Childhood Center, Bennington, VT; Teaching Aide with Binghamton University's Institute for Child Development, Vestal, NY

    Research Interests:

    Generalized Behavior Change in Children with Behavioral & Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, School Based Intervention & Consultation

  • Profile photo: Alexis C. Kenny

    Alexis C. Kenny

    Intern

    Internship

    Indian Health Board of Minneapolis

    Integrated healthcare system (medical, dental, and counseling and support services); Urban outpatient treatment : Individual counseling, Group therapy, Hand drum groups, Comprehensive psychological evaluations, Psychiatric services; School-based behavioral health interventions at culturally-specific schools

    Education:

    M.A. in Intercultural Ministry, Catholic Theological Union – Chicago, IL
    B.A. in English Literature, University of San Diego – San Diego, CA

    Prior Experience

    Youth Development Specialist, Amigos de Jesús - Honduras, Central America; Family and Community Resource Liaison, Rocky Mountain Preparatory School, Denver, CO

    Research Interests:

    Couples Therapy, Therapeutic Assessment for Couples, Cross-Cultural Education, Interface of Theology/Psychology

  • Profile photo: Mariafé T. Panizo Jansana

    Mariafé T. Panizo Jansana

    Intern

    Education:

    MA, Psychological Sciences, James Madison University, 2014
    B.A., Philosophy, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2009

    Prior Experience

    Research assistant on the interdisciplinary research group of engineering education (student engagement and motivation, mental health and well-being, etc.); Practicum student, Western State Hospital, Staunton – Virginia

    Research Interests:

    Adult psychopathology (mood and personality disorders), Effectiveness of psychotherapy and evidence-based practice, Nature of mental disorders and classification system