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JOCELYN SMITH CARTER, PHD

Professor | Director of Clinical Training

Dr. Carter received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2008 and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University. She completed her clinical internship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, and is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of Clinical Training at DePaul University. She teaches graduate assessment courses and undergraduate abnormal psychology courses.

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BRIDGET BRUSH

Doctoral Student, 6th Year

Bridget received her B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University. During her undergraduate career, Bridget was involved in various neuroscience research projects focused on behavior driven gene expression. Following graduation, she spent a few years working as an intervention coordinator for a child stress lab at Brown University, where she studied neural (fMRI) and hormonal (neuroendocrine) response to stress in adolescents. Bridget’s primary research interests are focused on understanding biological pathways related to mental and physical health disparities in childhood and adolescence. Specifically, she is interested in studying the relationship between emotion regulation strategies and neuroendocrine (cortisol) response to stress. In the future, Bridget hopes to use this knowledge to develop early interventions aimed at addressing health disparities for youth living in environments with high stress and low resources.

  

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GABRIEL MCNAIR

Doctoral Student, 5th Year

Gabriel received his B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He conducted two research projects during his undergraduate career–one on personality differences in recognition memory and the other observing Latino adolescents’ perceptions of fairness as a moderator of the relationship between family obligation and presence of meaning in life. Gabriel’s primary research interests are ever-developing, but include prevention, culture, risk/resilience, family processes, and systematic stressors.

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DANA MANSFIELD

Doctoral Student, 3rd Year

Dana received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. There, she worked as a research assistant in the Anxiety and Stress Lab and the African American Youth Wellness Lab and became interested in cultural differences in internalizing disorders. She then spent two years as a study coordinator examining how CBT affects the brain in youth with anxiety disorders at the University of Michigan. Her primary research interests center around exploring the physiological and psychological effects of race-related stress among BIPOC youth and the protective roles of family and community support.

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BRITTANY RICART

Doctoral Student, 2nd Year

Brittany received her B.A in psychology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. After graduating, she spent several years working at Children's National Medical Center with patients in the in-patient psychiatric unit and the emergency department, as well as at George Washington University's Cancer Center. Brittany's primary research interests include the relationship between children and adolescents with chronic disease/illness and their mental and physical health outcomes, chronic stress, and health disparities among minority children and adolescents. Outside of the program, you can find Brittany caring for and playing with her cat Remus, hiking and leisure reading.

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LAURA SALDANA

Doctoral Student, 2nd Year

Laura is a second-year doctoral student in the clinical-child area at DePaul. Her research interests include studying developmental and treatment outcomes for dual-language, minority, and immigrant youth, the development and evaluation of culturally-tailored intervention and assessment tools, and the dissemination of evidence-based treatments in community and school-based settings. In her free time, Laura enjoys running and exploring the city.

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ERIN GEARY

Master's Student

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MADELINE CURZON

Master's Student

Madeline received her B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University in 2019. During her undergraduate career, she was involved in studying the cognitive development of infants.  Madeline's research interests focus on how best to alleviate chronic and acute stress among youth and adolescents. She enjoys exploring various stress-reducing strategies such as improving physical health, peer and familial support, and emotional regulation to minimize the risk of psychopathology in vulnerable populations. Madeline hopes to continue with her education in clinical psychology next year.

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EMMA KRUIS

Master's Student

Emma is in her second year for the Masters of General Psychology program here at DePaul University. She has a strong interest in trauma informed care and applied research. After graduation Emma hopes to work as a data scientists in human behavioral research/health technology field. In her free time, Emma enjoys playing sand volleyball, trying out new recipes, and checking out street art!

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DEE BEKELJA

Undergraduate Student

Dee is an MS student at DePaul University. She plans to attend grad school for Clinical Health Psychology and is particularly interested in stress and physical activity as well as mindfulness techniques such as meditation. Outside of psychology, she is part of the DePaul Women's basketball team and loves anything that has to do with vegan food.

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ELIZABETH WALSH

Research Assistant

Elizabeth Walsh is a junior at DePaul majoring in Psychology (B.A.) with a concentration in Human Services and minoring in Global Fluency and Business Management. Elizabeth is interested in research on Clinical Psychology, specifically Child Clinical Psychology. Elizabeth hopes to become a research professor in the future. For fun, Elizabeth loves listening to music, playing with her three dogs, seeing friends, and volunteering.

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MIAKODA FROST

Research Assistant

Miakoda (Mia) Frost is a senior undergraduate, majoring in Neuroscience with a concentration in Behavior and Cognition. She has a double minor in Psychological Research Methods and Creative Writing. She plans to graduate from DePaul at the end of the year and attend a graduate program in either Behavioral Neuroscience or Cognitive Psychology. She plans to continue her education in researching cognition & stress in adolescents and neuropsychiatric disorders. Outside of education, Mia enjoys writing paranormal fiction, jogging when the weather permits, and learning about interior design.

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BREANNA BILLUPS

Research Assistant

Breanna Billups is a senior undergraduate at DePaul University. She is majoring in BA Psychology with a concentration in Standard Psychology. She is interested in researching different aspect of clinical psychology alongside African American studies. Additionally, she has an interest in pursuing a career in sex and/or marital therapy. Alongside, she hoped to continue expanding her research interest. Moreover, she hopes to either pursue a PsyD or PhD in Graduate school. When Breanna is not studying, she is reading romance novels, or watching horror movies (to get over her fears of them). Additionally, she loves going to bars with her friends and record shopping with her father.

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