Current Research Vertical Team Members
Andrew Fox, MS
Andrew joined the program in 2015 and is a sixth-year graduate student. His research interests include identifying how risk and protective factors such as cognitive style, emotion regulation, and physiology interact and predict developmental trajectories of depression, emotion dysregulation, and self-harm from early to late adolescence. He is also interested in the roles that parenting and parent-child interactions play in the development of youth emotion regulation and depression. Andrew is currently on internship at the University of California, San Francisco/Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Child and Adolescent Services (CAS) Multicultural Clinical Training Program (MCTP).
Laurren Hammond, MS
Lauren joined the program in 2015 and is currently a sixth-year graduate student. Her research interests include maladaptive emotion regulation strategies in young adults, particularly non-suicidal self-injury. She is interested in the intersection between self-report and physiological responses to laboratory paradigms, as well as temperamental, physiological, and environmental vulnerabilities that may contribute to the development of psychopathology. Lauren is currently on internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, CBT track.
Hailey Caudle, MS
Hailey joined the program in 2016 and is a fifth-year graduate student. Her research interests include risk and protective factors for functional and mental health outcomes in children and adolescents. She is interested widely in depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, and eating disorders and the importance of early intervention in these and other mental health conditions.
Jordan Skalisky, MS
Jordan joined the program in 2016 and is a fifth-year graduate student. Her research interests include risk and protective factors for adolescent and young adult externalizing problem behaviors, such as substance use and self-injury. She is also interested in adult and juvenile criminal forensic evaluations, including competency, mental state defenses, risk/threat assessments, and civil commitment.
China Bolden, MS
China joined the program in 2017 and is a fourth-year student. Her research interests include the development of emotion regulation and its relationship to trauma and psychopathology in children and adolescents. Additionally, she is interested in psychophysiology as it relates to mental health outcomes in these populations. In her spare time, she mentors local high school students for college readiness, is a potter and spends as much time as she can with her baby boy.
Ben Johnson, MS
Ben joined the program in 2017 and is a fourth-year graduate student. His research interests include developmental trajectories of psychopathology and emotion regulation within late adolescence. He is also interested in risk and protective factors for problem behaviors amongst male adolescents.
Ellie Lisitsa, MS
Ellie joined the program in 2017 and is a fourth-year graduate student. Her research interests social support, self-compassion, mindfulness, and other factors that influence resilience against stress and contribute to post traumatic growth among adolescents and adults.
Kate Benjamin, MS
Kate joined the program in 2018 and is a third-year graduate student. Her research interests include risk and protective factors for child and adolescent onset depression. Specifically, she is interested in how emotion regulation, cognitive style, and biological factors interact to influence the development of depression.
Sarah Chun, MS
Sarah joined the program in 2018 and is a third-year graduate student. Her research interests include investigating pathways of adolescent mood disorders, the use of emotion regulation strategies, and how both positive and negative life events contribute to youth outcomes.
Luke Vaartstra, BA
Luke joined the program in 2019 and is a second-year graduate student. His research interests include looking at how adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies relate to adult depression and mood disorders and how positive and negative life events influence mental health. His interests further include researching clinical psychology strategies and interventions for refugees.
Mary Charleson, BS
Mary joined the program in 2020 and is a first-year graduate student. She is interested in biological and socioemotional risk and protective factors for adolescent depression and suicidality. She is also interested in therapeutic interventions that ameliorate mood disorders and promote resilience after trauma.
Ken Safley, BS
Ken joined the program in 2020 and is a first-year graduate student. His research interests include the intersection of physiological and psychological factors which relate to stress-resiliency and trauma recovery, as well as strategies for the prevention and treatment of traumatic-stress injuries. He is interested in the role of Respiratory Sinus Arrythmia as it relates to traumatic-stress injury susceptibility and maladaptive emotional regulation.