Clinical Psych Research Lab Members

Emily Carlson

Emily Carlson earned her BA in psychology from Goucher College in 2015. She then spent a year working at the Center for Learning and Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she worked on a study examining the potential of a contingency management employment intervention in helping injection opioid users maintain abstinence and find employment. In 2016 Emily joined the clinical psychology PhD program at American University; her current research interests include behavior change, impulsivity, rationality, and decision making.

Sarah Cogliano

Sarah Cogliano is a first year Master’s student. She earned her BA in psychology from George Mason University in 2015, where she was a research assistant for a study testing the efficacy of a mental health and HIV prevention program for court-involved youth. She is currently working as a behavior therapist at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Her broad research interests include trichotillomania, skin picking disorder, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, identity disturbance and psychotherapy.

Amanda "Lily" Kaufmann

Amanda "Lily" Kaufmann earned her BA in Psychology from Bard College in 2012, where she completed an undergraduate thesis proposing the application of expressive writing therapy for first onset of major depression. She then spent several years at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (CIRNA) at the University of Pennsylvania, where she coordinated three randomized, placebo-controlled trials examining the effectiveness of medication and counseling for smoking cessation among various clinical populations. Lily joined the AU Clinical Psychology PhD program in 2015; her current research interests include smoking cessation, depression, and processes of cognitive and behavioral change. Additionally, she is currently an extern at Greenbelt CARES.

Leah Rothschild

Leah Rothschild earned her BA in psychology from American University in 2010. After graduation, she received an Intramural Research Training Award to complete two years of clinical research in the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. At the NIMH, Leah was the study coordinator for a clinical trial for children with Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infection (PANDAS), and she also assisted with multiple studies of children with autism spectrum disorders. Leah is currently in her fifth year of training in the clinical psychology doctoral program at AU. She is broadly interested in clinical issues facing children and adolescents, including specific interests in autism spectrum disorder. Leah is currently an extern at George Mason University's Counseling and Psychological Services and is completing her dissertation with the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children's National Health System.

Leslie Rubin

Leslie Rubin earned her BS and MS in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Michigan (2012/2013). Her master's thesis examined the differences in health perceptions and personality traits between smokers and non-smokers. Leslie joined the AU Clinical Psychology PhD program in the fall of 2013 and she is currently in her fourth year of training. She is broadly interested in the impact of mood and anxiety disorders on health behavior change. She is working on her dissertation with researchers at Truth Initiative, a not-for-profit tobacco control organization dedicated to preventing teen smoking and encouraging smokers to quit. Additionally, Leslie is an extern at the American University Counseling Center and the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington.