Graduate Students

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Simone Boyd
First-year Clinical PhD Student

Simone is a first year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Rutgers University. She graduated with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and an MA in Psychology from Stony Brook University. As a graduate research assistant at SBU, she worked with Dr. Daniel Klein in the Klein Developmental Psychopathology Lab and examined the effect of temperament and peer victimization on adolescent psychopathology. Afterward, she worked as a clinical research assistant at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University Psychiatry with Dr. Mark Zimmerman, investigating treatment outcomes in a partial hospital program. Simone is interested in understanding how self/identity development and social factors are implicated in the generation of self-injurious thoughts/behaviors and aggression. She is also interested in identifying shared causal mechanisms that underlie self-injury and aggression. Simone also enjoys yoga, trying out new recipes, watching Oscar-nominated films, playing video games, and going out to trivia.

Melissa Dreier
First-year Clinical PhD Student

Missy is a 1st year Ph.D. student in the Hamilton Lab at Rutgers. She graduated from Harvard University in 2019 and then worked as a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital. Missy is interested in how adolescents process rewards and the relationship between reward processing and self-injurious behaviors. She is also passionate about maximizing the impact of scientific research and narrowing the research/implementation gap. Outside of lab, Missy enjoys yoga, running, and eating ice cream. Her cat, Fiyero, is thrilled his mom is in a musical-themed lab.

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David Siegel
Affiliated Graduate Student

David Siegel is a 4th year student in the PsyD program at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology within Rutgers University. His research interests include the prevention of non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal behaviors. He also has an interest in the reduction of mental health stigma, particularly related to severe mental illness. His clinical interests include the integration of different psychotherapeutic modalities. Currently, David provides psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan with a broad range of internalizing, externalizing, and personality pathology.

Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistants

Saskia Jorgensen
Post- Baccalaureate Research Coordinator

Saskia recently graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in Psychology and minors in Political Science and Business Administration. During her time at DU, Saskia worked with Dr. Kathryn Fox examining self-injurious thoughts and behaviors, particularly in LGBTQ+ and BIPOC adolescent populations. She is generally interested in how social, cultural, and environmental factors impact mental health outcomes, specifically in adolescent populations. She is also interested in how policy influences these dynamics. Saskia is passionate about understanding the ways that research informs clinical practice and how to increase access and utilization of mental health resources, especially in minority populations. Other interests include travel, theatre, skiing, animals, and more. 

Woanjun Lee
Post- Baccaluareate Research Assistant

Woanjun graduated from Bard College with a major in Psychology. Woanjun is generally interested in adolescent mental health. Specifically, he is curious about the bio-ecological (individual, family, community) factors as well as cultural/ethnic factors that affect youth's mental health and sleep outcomes (sleep quality and daytime sleepiness). He also hopes to further explore whether certain sleep behaviors can serve as a protective factor for negative mental health factors. Woanjun plans to carry such curiosity and passion toward a graduate program in clinical psychology in the near future. 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Sarah Bregna
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sarah is a senior at Rutgers University who is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Latino & Caribbean Studies. She hopes to one day become a clinical psychologist and provide accessible therapeutic services to all demographics. Outside of the classroom, Sarah is the current Vice President of the Women's Club Soccer Team. She also enjoys reading various books and binging TV shows.

Ella Diab
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ella is a senior at the University of Notre Dame. She is majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Digital Marketing. Ella is interested in the connection between psychology and marketing, especially relating to the prominent role that social media plays in our society. She has also always been passionate about mental health and has been a part of Notre Dame's Active Minds club since her freshman year, serving on the executive board for 3 years. Ella enjoys listening to music, reading, drinking boba, and learning how to skateboard.

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Randy Luna
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Randy is a sophomore at Rutgers University-New Brunswick who is majoring in Biology. He finds passion in the biochemical field, and also has deep interest and curiosity in topics related to mental health. He hopes to one day become a physician and provide aid and his services to those who need it the most. In his free time, Randy likes to listen to music, play tennis, read manga, watch TV shows, and most importantly annoy his dog.

Priya Mehta
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Priya is a sophomore at Rutgers University, double majoring in Cognitive Science on a neuroscience track, as well as Psychology. She has always been passionate about psychology and how the developmental stages of an adolescent shape their mental health. She hopes to become a clinical psychologist to advocate for adolescent mental health. At Rutgers, she gets to fulfill her goal of working with kids as she serves on the executive board of Pilot Me. In her free time, Priya enjoys music, binging Netflix, and journaling.

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Adia Moore
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Adia has been interested in social justice and psychology ever since her involvement in a social justice program in high school. As a senior majoring in Psychology, she aspires to work with underrepresented minority communities, either as a clinical social worker or clinical psychologist to advocate and administer mental health resources and services. In her free time, she enjoys acting, reading, listening to music, and watching new TV shows.

Nithin Ravikumar
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nithin is a sophomore at Rutgers University-New Brunswick studying Cell Biology and Neuroscience. His goal is to become a doctor in the US military and help veterans and active duty service members who are struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide. In his free time, Nithin also likes to work out, listen to music, and volunteer.

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Jas Sarna
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jas is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. She has always been passionate about mental health and decreasing the stigma surrounding the topic. Her research interests involve exploring the circumstances that increase an individual's risk of suicide and using that information to reduce suicide rates. She is also a triplet and loves animals, reading, and listening to music.

Alea Watson
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alea is a senior at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice while also double minoring in Africana Studies and Health & Society. In addition to her academics, she is also the current Community Outreach chair, and soon to be Co-President, of Active Minds, one of the four mental health organizations on campus. She is interested in adolescent mental health within minority communities, with a focus on disorders like Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. 

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