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Tulane University, Department of Psychology

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Current Students

 

     

Emiliya Adelson works in Dr. Bonnie Nastasi's lab. She is interested in children's psychological well-being internationally. Specifically,her research uses qualitative methods to understand and promote children's perspectives. Emiliya is also interested in the promotion of children's rights as discussed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

E-mail: eadelson@tulane.edu

 

Corey Black works with Dr. Courtney Baker. His research interests include the social-emotional development of young children. Specifically, he is interested in community based early interventions aimed at addressing the social-emotional needs of young children.

E-mail: cblack3@tulane.edu

        

    

Michael Brachfeld works in Dr. Bonnie Nastasi's lab.  He is interested in the role of protective factors as well as the application of positive psychology principles to his work with young children. He is also interested in the role of contextual factors that influence children's development at home, school and in the community.

E-mail: mbrachfe@tulane.edu

 

 

   

Justin Carreras works with Dr. Sarah Gray. He is interested in the role of emotion regulation in the psychosocial development of children in high-stress environments. Additionally, he is interested in the quality of parent-child interactions in these stressful contexts, and the potential protective or harmful effect they may have on children’s exposure to psychological stressors.

E-mail: jcarrera@tulane.edu


 

    

 

Veronica Coriano works with Dr. Courtney Baker. She is interested in promoting mental health and academic success in traditionally underserved populations, particularly ethnic minority youth. She hopes to develop and implement evidence-based programming with an appropriate balance of treatment fidelity and cultural adaptation in order to best serve the specific needs of ethnic minority youth. Veronica is committed to using a community-based participatory research method to ensure that programming is not only acceptable to the community that it is intended to target, but also aims to promote success in a way that is meaningful and relevant to the population it is intended to serve.

E-mail: vcoriano@tulane.edu

 

 

    

Laura Cornell works with Dr. Bonnie Nastasi using a participatory model to build culturally-specific, comprehensive mental health programs in schools.  Her previous work as a teacher and administrator in New Orleans schools led to her research interests in facilitators and barriers to the implementation of such programs and the specific role of administrative support.

E-mail: lcornell@tulane.edu

 

 

 

 

Whitney Davis works with Dr. Stacy Overstreet. She is interested in developing easily replicable methods to identify children affected by community-violence related trauma and PTSD. It is in this vein that she intends to examine the role and effectiveness of universal trauma screenings in schools that have adopted a trauma-informed approach. She is interested in evaluating the relationship between trauma-focused early interventions and academic, behavioral, and social outcomes. Additionally, she aims to explore task-driven efficacy programs to determine if they will assist with improving self-esteem and self-efficacy in trauma exposed children living in urban environments.

E-mail: wdavis8@tulane.edu

 

 

 

Erin Glackin works with Dr. Sarah Gray. She is interested in the effects of early exposure to trauma on the development of heightened stress response, emotional dysregulation, cognitive abilities, internalizing and externalizing symptomatology, and resilience. She hopes to contribute to the development and implementation of school-based interventions for trauma-exposed and juvenile justice-involved youth.

E-mail: eglackin@tulane.edu

 

  

  

Trenesha Hill works with Dr. Courtney Baker. Her research focuses on the evaluation of interventions for building social-communication skills in children and adolescents, particularly those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She hopes to develop and implement evidence-based interventions to improve the well-being of children and adolescents with ASD.

E-mail: thill@tulane.edu
 

 

Liz McIntyre works with Dr. Stacy Overstreet. Her research interests center on enhancing school-based mental health services to serve trauma-exposed children and youth.  Liz is currently working with Dr. Overstreet and Dr. Baker to measure and evaluate a professional development training in trauma-informed practices for staff of six local charter schools.

E-mail: emcinty1@tulane.edu

 

 

 

Stephanie Moberg works with Dr. Courtney Baker. Her research interests are focused on the developmental and contextual factors that influence and promote resilience in young children with histories of early adversity and/or trauma. She hopes to use the findings from her research interests to inform early intervention programming and practices with a focus on supporting positive educational and developmental outcomes.

E-mail: smoberg@tulane.edu

 

 

Claire Noonan works in Dr. Julie Markant's Learning & Brain Development Lab. Her research interests center around identifying early markers for developmental disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Specifically, her current work uses eye tracking to investigate face processing and gaze cueing in 6-month-olds. Her career goals include working clinically with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, carrying out infant development research and teaching.
 
E-mail: cnoonan@tulane.edu

 

 

Elsia Obus works with Dr. Sarah Gray. She is interested in the effects of early life stress and trauma on children's development of executive function and socioemotional skills. She is particularly interested in pathways to resilience for children who have experienced parental loss or incarceration.

E-mail: eobus@tulane.edu

Haley Peele works with Dr. Bonnie Nastasi. Her research focuses on implicit biases and attributional stereotyping resulting in the "pushout" of black girls from schools (both traditional schools and those in detention settings) and how to interrupt this cycle with participatory model programming for administrators, teachers, and students.

E-mail hpeele@tulane.edu

  

Lea Petrovic works with Dr. Stacy Overstreet. Her research interests focus on how risk factors in trauma-exposed youth may influence child psychopathology and how to best promote protective factors in schools.  Lea is committed to improving mental health services in schools in order to make treatment services more accessible to children facing adversity.

Email: lpetrovi@tulane.edu  

  

 

 

Jenny Rious works with Dr. Michael Cunningham studying resilience in African American adolescents. Her primary research centers on positive behaviors in African American adolescents. Specifically she is interested in the connection between altruism and adaptive outcomes. Her work also examines ethnically specific patters of gender socialization and its impact on prosocial behaviors in youth. She is interested in investigating ways in which schools may build on students' current strengths and motivations for contributing to the community.

E-mail: jennyrious@gmail.com

 

 

  

Megan Saybe works with Dr. Courtney Baker. She has a background in special education and her research interests include the use of embedded early intervention practices with young children in schools and community outreach settings. She also hopes to explore the impact teacher outreach and training has on the effectiveness of embedded interventions.

E-mail: msaybe@tulane.edu 

 

 

 

  

Katie Simon works with Dr. Stacy Overstreet.  Her research focuses on understanding the factors that support students’ psychological and behavioral health in schools. Specifically, Katie is interested in evaluating the impact and implementation of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Trauma-Informed school-based initiatives. Her current project focuses on evaluating the efficacy of an evidence-based SEL program in a local charter school.  Additionally, she serves as a member of the Trauma-Informed Schools Learning Collaborative, a multidisciplinary team working to build schools’ capacities to create learning environments that recognize and respond to the needs of trauma-exposed youth.

Email: ksimon3@tulane.edu

 

 

Xzania White works with Dr. Michael Cunningham. She is interested in how environmental and developmental factors influence internalizing and externalizing behaviors to occur in youth. More specifically, she wants to understand how family structure, socioeconomic status, and parenting styles affect the mental development and academic performance of African American adolescents. Xzania is also interested in levels of agression, depression, and stress and their relationship with suicide ideation during adolescence.

E-mail: xwhite@tulane.edu

 

 

  

Sydney Wing works in Dr. Bonnie Nastasi's lab. Her research interest is culturally compatible and appropriate mental health promotion, with special focus on African American and Latino children and adolescents. Sydney has been involved in research in the Dominican Republic and Peru, concentrating on the cultural nuances of mental health and appropriate promotion of services. Sydney is an advocate of providing culturally-inclusive mental health resources for communities and schools in the greater New Orleans area.

E-mail: swing1@tulane.edu

 

 

 

Ashlee K. Yates works with Dr. Michael Cunningham. She is interested in the identity development of adolescents of color, particularly those identifying as Black. She would like to explore the effects of perceived racism on identity development, academic success, and social emotional intelligence with children of high-earning families of color. She is also interested in academic socialization and the exploration of cultural influences on post-secondary choices.

E-mail ayates2@tulane.edu

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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