Nick Forand was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Rob DeRubeis' lab at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychology from 2010-2012. Following this, he took a position as an assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the Ohio State University. He is currently funded under a KL2 career development award to study personalized treatment approaches for depression.
Lauren earned her B.A. from Northwestern University in 2006 and worked as a research assistance at the Center on the Continuum of Care in the Addictions at the Unversity of Pennsylvania prior to arriving at AU. Her master's thesis explored covariation of positive and negative emotions in daily life in relation to interpersonal relationships and depression outcomes. Her dissertation focused on the unique and interactive effects of sleep and depression on neurocognitive outcomes. She completed her clinical internship in the Neuropsychology Track of the VA Maryland Healthcare System and graduated from AU in 2015. She is now completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical and research neuropsychology at the War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Since graduating from AU, Maria Thestrup has worked at several university counseling centers including American University Counseling Center and George Washington Counseling Center. In addition, she also worked as a psychologist at the National Center for Weight and Wellness with patients struggling with obesity and a variety of disordered eating symptoms. She also served on the Board of the DC Psychological Association for several years and served as chair (and founder) of the Early Career Psychologist Committee of the DC Psychological Association. Maria currently maintains a private practice in Georgetown.
After finishing coursework in the clinical psychology program at AU, under the mentorship of Dr. Kate Gunthert, she completed her predoctoral internship (2008-09) and a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship (2009-10, 2011-12) at Brown University Medical School in Providence, RI. She joined the faculty of Brown's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in 2012, and in 2014, she obtained a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Psychology at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
Aria Ruggiero received her BA in Psychology from Boston University in 2014. She is a second year Master's student and is working on her thesis, which will examine how sleep disturbances prospectively predict daytime mood and behavioral deficits in adolescents. Current research interests include the bidirectional relationship between sleep processes and depression, anxiety, emotion regulation, and stress and coping. She is also interested in treatment outcomes for an array of psychological disorders; particularly, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.