Former NIMH Trainees

Nicole Mahrer

Postdoctoral Trainee 2018-2019

Dr. Mahrer will be starting a tenure-track position at the 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

Predoctoral Trainee 2017-2019

Ms. Fenesy is a fifth-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

Predoctoral Trainee 2017-2019

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.

Timothy Williams

Predcotroal Trainee 2016-2018

Mr. Timothy J. Williamson is a sixth-year student in Clinical Psychology at UCLA. Timothy’s 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

Predoctoral Trainee 2017-2018

Ms. Isabel Ramos is a sixth-year student in Health Psychology. In the coming year, she is completing her dissertation studies and is now funded through alternative university funding. She is interested in studying the patterns of stress and other factors among women of diverse ethnicities. She examines the reasons for ethnic and racial disparities in maternal health by looking at cultural factors that may influence stress and physical and mental health pregnancy outcomes.

Evelyn Mercado 

Postdoctoral Trainee 2016-2018

Dr. Mercado is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusets, Amherst. Her research seeks to understand how stressful family relationships impact indices of allostatic load (adrenocortical, autonomic, and immune functioning) rendering individuals more or less susceptible to adverse health outcomes. 

Michael Sun, M.A. 

Predoctoral Trainee 2016-2017

Mr. Sun is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at UCLA and is now funded by an F31 National Research Service Award Fellowship. His primary research interests involve examining the impact of culture on individual differences in emotion regulation and the mechanisms of emotion regulation strategies like emotional suppression. 

Chloe Boyle, M.A.

Predoctoral Trainee 2013-2015

Ms. Boyle received her Ph.D. in Health Psychology from UCLA in June 2018. 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 a Postdoctoral Fellow and Clinical Instructor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Her research focuses on how physiological and emotional regulation processes mediate the associations between parenting behaviors and child psychopathology and risk for substance use. 


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, and at the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. She studies the impact of childhood experiences, such as childhood abuse and parenting styles, on physical and mental health across the lifespan.

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. Accortt 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 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 the College of William and Mary. She investigates 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.