Current Students

Rebecca Kim

Rebecca is currently on Internship at The Catholic University of America Counseling Center. She received her BS in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University in 2003. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked as a development associate for a cancer research foundation and as a middle school science teacher. Rebecca completed her MA in Psychology at American University in 2012 and entered the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program that fall. Her current research interests include stress, emotion regulation, and the relationship between sleep and emotion regulation in adolescents. 

Amanda Chue

Amanda is currently on Internship at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System. She graduated from Cornell University in 2010 with a B.S. in Human Development. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant in the Brain Imaging Lab and the Cognitive Remediation Lab at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center. Her general research interests include using daily process designs to better understand the relationships between everyday stress, emotion regulation, and sleep, and exploring the effects of interpersonal relationships on coping.

Alanna Covington

Alanna is currently on Internship at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Washington, DC. She received her BA in Psychology from Georgetown University in 2009. She completed her MA in Psychology at American in 2013 and worked in the Traumatic Brain Injury Department at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center until joining the Clinical Psychology PhD program in 2014. Her dissertation explores instrumental emotion regulation and co-regulation in romantic couples. More broadly, her research interests also include dynamic relationships between daily processes and sleep, and their ability to predict long-term outcomes. 

Caitlyn Loucas

Caitlyn is a current 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Stress and Emotion Lab. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Colgate University in 2011 and, after graduation, worked in the division of Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston before moving to the Developing Brain Research Laboratory in DC. Her research interests include cognitive vulnerability to psychopathology, stress mindsets, and creating targeted interventions to more effectively manage stressful experiences. Specifically, she's interested in how interventions can be used for children and families of children with chronic illness to facilitate positive coping.

Laura Taouk

Laura is a current 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Stress and Emotion Lab. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), where she worked on developmental research with children and MRI mood research with anxious and depressed adults. Her thesis project explored heightened perceptions of risk and stress mindsets during pregnancy and effects on postpartum mental health outcomes. More broadly, her research interests include stress coping, cognitive processes underlying the development and maintenance of depression and anxiety, and interactions between mental and physical health.

feven fisseha

Feven is a current 1st year Ph.D. student in the Stress and Emotion Lab. She graduated with her BA in Psychology from Cornell University. She completed her undergraduate thesis at the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery and worked in the Child Stress and Emotion Lab at University of Maryland, College Park before moving to the Neuroimaging Research Program at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Her research interests include understanding the role of stress in the development of mental health disorders and defining resilience in both healthy and at-risk individuals undergoing stressful events.

diana cox

Diana is a current 1st year Master's student in Psychology with the Stress and Emotion Lab. She received her BS in Psychology from the College of William & Mary in 2018. During her undergraduate years, she worked on research about stereotypes and prejudice and how manipulation of implicit attention affects biases. She also worked on research that studied close relationships and how they may buffer the impact of stressors on youth. Her current research interests include cognitive distortions common to mood and anxiety disorders, as well as the longitudinal impact of stress on psychopathology.