Current NIMH Trainees

Predoctoral Trainees

Michelle_Fenesy

Michelle Fenesy, M.A.
mfenesy@ucla.edu

Ms. Fenesy is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. She is interested in examining the biological and environmental correlates of childhood executive functioning as well as executive functioning’s association with academic, social, and mental health outcomes later in development.


Meghan Vinograd, M.A.
mvinograd@ucla.edu

Ms. Vinograd is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology and is interested in the contribution of cognitive, neural and immunological factors to the development and maintenance of mood and anxiety symptoms. Specifically, her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying the relationship between early life adversity and psychiatric symptomatology.


Carolyn Ponting 

carolynponting@gmail.com 

Ms. Ponting is a third-year graduate student in Clinical Psychology program engaged in translational research that identifies social and cultural determinants of child and maternal health/mental health outcomes. In particular, she is interested in reducing health disparities for Latinas during pregnancy and the postpartum period by studying the acceptability and efficacy of precision cultural tailoring to interventions for perinatal mood disorder. 


Arielle Radin

radina02@ucla.edu

Ms. Radin is a second-year student in Health Psychology. She investigates the interplay between the immune system, cognitive processes, and emotion regulation and how the connections between them impact psychological adjustment to chronic diseases. She is particularly interested in the role of inflammation in cancer-related cognitive impairment and coping. 


Post-doctoral Trainees

Jacqueline H.J. Kim, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
jhjkim@psych.ucla.edu

Dr. Kim is interested in uncovering variations in coping for persons experiencing internalizing symptoms and somatic symptoms amid chronic adversity, as in cancer. During fellowship, she seeks to better understand patients experiencing pain, fatigue, and depression—a constellation of symptoms related to a poorer quality of life in cancer survivorship. Dr. Kim is also interested in how personal history (e.g., childhood adversity) and culture (e.g., Asian values) influence psychological distress, somatic symptoms, coping, and well-being. Dr. Kim intends to apply findings from her research to develop culturally-relevant and broadly disseminable interventions to improve mental and physical health.

 


Nicole Mahrer

nmahrer@psych.ucla.edu 

Dr. Mahrer’s research focuses on understanding the effects of parenting and family environment on child physical and mental health outcomes. She investigates the interplay between physiological and psychological health as well as cultural differences in the developmental pathways predicting positive and negative outcomes. Dr. Mahrer also conducts research with the field of pediatric psychology, specifically studying how to better integrate mental health intervention into pediatric hospital settings using a culturally-informed and sensitive approach.