Arielle Radin

Predoctoral Trainee 2018-2020

Ms. Radin is a fourth-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.

Carolyn Ponting

Predoctoral Trainee 2018-2020

Ms. Ponting is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program and she is 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.

Jacqueline H.J. Kim, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Trainee 2017-2020

Dr. Kim is now PI on an NIH/NCI K99 award examining coping, symptoms, and supportive care needs in Asian Americans with metastatic cancer. Overall, Dr. Kim is interested in uncovering variations in coping for persons experiencing internalizing symptoms and somatic symptoms amid chronic adversity, as in cancer. She seeks to better understand persons experiencing pain, fatigue, and depression- a constellation of symptoms related to poorer quality of life in cancer survivorship. Dr. Kim is also interested in how person history (e.g., child 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 appropriate and broadly disseminable interventions to improve mental and physical health.

Nicole Mahrer, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Trainee 2018-2019

Dr. Mahrer is an Assistant Professor at University of La Verne. 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.

Michelle Fenesy, Ph.D. 

Predoctoral Trainee 2017-2019

Dr. Fenesy is a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University Medical Center’s Youth Anxiety Program. There she is focusing on specializing in the delivery of evidenced-based treatments for adolescents and young adults.

Meghan Vinograd, Ph.D. 

Predoctoral Trainee 2017-2019

Dr. Vinograd is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health within the VA San Diego Healthcare System. Her research focuses on the neural, immunological and cognitive mechanisms underlying the relationship between adverse experiences and psychiatric symptomatology.

Timothy Williamson, Ph.D. 

Predcotoral Trainee 2016-2018

Dr. Timothy J. Williamson is currently working as a NCI-funded Postdoctoral research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His research centers on psychosocial and biobehavioral issues in physical and mental health, with a particular focus on isolated, stigmatized, and marginalized groups. In his work, Timothy investigates the impact of stigma and discrimination on mental and physical health, characterizes the unmet needs among understudied medical populations, and tests interventions aimed to promote resiliency and reduce distress.

Isabel Ramos, Ph.D.

Predoctoral Trainee 2017-2018

Dr. Isabel Ramos is a Chancellor’s Advance Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on the interplay between cultural and biological processes in pregnant, Latina women. She examines ethnic disparities in maternal mental health and birth outcomes, with a focus on cultural factors that influence stress and resilience in Latina women.

Evelyn Mercado, Ph.D. 

Postdoctoral Trainee 2016-2018

Dr. Mercado is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research seeks to understand how close relationships buffer or increase risk of mental health outcomes in ethnic minority populations, with an emphasis on families of Latin American backgrounds. Her current work focuses on ways exposures to stress (e.g. discrimination) may impact the parent-adolescent relationship and youth adjustment through the application of a biopsychosocial lens.

Michael Sun, Ph.D. 

Predoctoral Trainee 2016-2017

Dr. Sun is a postdoctoral scholar at Dartmouth College working with Dr. Tor D. Wager. His work centers on the translation from lab to clinic of emotion processes and emotion regulation at multiple units of analysis from neural to cultural. Most recently, his work has been centered on the remittance of fear lapse. More specifically, he will be studying cognitive hyperparameters that affect fear extinction and prevent the return of fear.

Chloe Boyle, Ph.D. 

Predoctoral Trainee 2013-2015

Dr. Boyle is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. She is studying the influence of stress and inflammation on reward processing to better understand mechanisms underlying depression.

Lauren Hanover Harris, Ph.D.

Predoctoral Trainee 2013-2015

Dr. Harris is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the West Los Angeles V.A. She is interested in exploring how chronic and acute stress impact physical and psychological health.

Sunny Bai, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Predoctoral Trainee 2013-2015 

Dr. Bai is an Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Her research focuses on daily  family processes that shape adolescent development, with a focus on family-based risk and protective factors for youth internalizing problems.

Kate Kuhlman, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Trainee 2014-2015 & 2016-2017

Dr. Kuhlman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on how childhood adversity confers risk for poor health outcomes throughout the lifespan, with a current interest in neurobiological processes underlying depression in adolescence.

Brett Marroquín, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Trainee 2014-2015

Dr. Marroquín is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University. His research examines interpersonal influences on emotion, emotion regulation, and cognitive processing in healthy functioning and mood disorders, particularly within the context of intimate relationships.

Ben Tabak, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Trainee 2011-2014

Dr. Tabak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University. My research examines neurobiological and psychological factors that influence social processes (e.g., social cognition, prosocial behavior, interpersonal stress) and mental health.

Eynav Accortt, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Trainee 2012-2014

Dr. Accorrt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her research focuses on mood and anxiety disorders during the female reproductive life course and and in response to chronic illness.

Alyssa Cheadle, Ph.D., M.T.S.

Predoctoral Trainee 2012-2014

Dr. Cheadle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Hope College.  Her research interests focus on understanding how and why religiousness and spirituality are associated with mental and physical health.

Elizabeth Raposa, Ph.D.

Predoctoral Trainee 2011-2013

Dr. Raposa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Fordham University. She investiages how early life stressors influence trajectories of development, with a particular focus on biological (e.g. inflammation, HPA axis functioning) and social (e.g. peer selection, social stress reactivity) processes that are implicated in risk for physical and mental health problems.

Andrea N. Niles, M.A.

Andrea Niles, Ph.D.

Predoctoral Trainee 2011-2013

Dr. Niles is a Postdoctoral Advanced Women’s Health Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco V.A. Medical Center. During her T32 training,  Dr. Niles was interested in the relationship between anxiety disorders on physical health and whether treatments for anxiety disorders can have beneficial effects on physical functioning.