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principal investigator

Mitchell J. Prinstein, Ph.D.

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project coordinators

Trevor Long

Trevor Long recently graduated from University of California, Berkeley in May 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology. During Trevor's tenure at UC Berkeley, he was also part of the NCAA Division 1 Men's Soccer team. As an undergraduate, Trevor worked as a research assistant under Dr. Allison Harvey and Dr. Dacher Keltner. His research interests include dissemination and implementation of evidence based treatments in at-risk populations. He is also interested in the intersections of sleep behaviors, interpersonal factors, and immunological factors and how they contribute to the development of depression and suicidality.

Rachel Suresky

Rachel Suresky, M.A. graduated from the University of Rochester with her B.A. in Psychology in 2015 and obtained her Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 2017. RachelŐs interests include understanding how peer relations and interpersonal stress can influence the development of depression and suicidality in adolescents. Rachel is also interested in the role social media plays in the lives of adolescents including their behaviors, interpersonal relationships, and contributions to mental health.

Andrea Wiglesworth

Andrea graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Psychology in the Spring of 2017. During her undergraduate career, she conducted research under Dr. Jutta Joormann in the Affect Regulation and Cognition lab. Her previous research has focused on anxiety, intolerance of uncertainty, and prospective memory. Currently, she is a project coordinator in the Peer Relations lab at UNC-CH and is interested in studying suicidality and depression in Native American populations. As ogweho:weh, she hopes to combine her interest in Native American studies and psychology through clinical research.

post-doctoral fellows

Adam Miller, Ph.D.

Adam Bryant Miller graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with his BA in Psychology and from George Mason University with his PhD in clinical psychology. Dr. Miller completed his predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Washington, School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital. His program of research focuses on the effects of early childhood adversity on adolescent development and behavior. Dr. Miller is particularly interested in the emergence of adolescent health risk behaviors, including substance use, risky sexual behavior, and suicide.

graduate students

Matthew Clayton

Matthew Clayton graduated as a Robertson Scholar from Duke University with a B.A. in History in 2012. In the years following, Matt taught high school math in Lake Village, Arkansas as a Teach for America corps member before returning home to Austin, Texas. In Austin, Matt worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Kim Fromme in the Studies in Alcohol, Health, and Risky Behaviors Lab, as well as for Dr. Rebecca Bigler in the UT Austin Childrens Research Lab. Matt is interested in how biological vulnerabilities, negative cognition, and interpersonal stressors interact to influence the development of depression and suicidality in adolescence and into adulthood.

Shelley Gallagher

Shelley Gallagher, M.A., graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Philosophy, and obtained a master's degree in general psychology from Hunter College, CUNY, in 2010. Currently a student in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at UNC Chapel Hill, Shelley's research interests focus on adolescent self-injury. She is particularly interested in looking at how teenagers' interpersonal functioning may impact the development of suicidal thoughts and behavior.

Jacqueline Nesi

Jackie Nesi, M.A. graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2012. Currently a student in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at UNC Chapel Hill, Jackie's research interests focus on the impact of social media on adolescent's relationships, development, and mental health.



Sarah Owens

Sarah Owens graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Psychology and Theology. Sarah is currently a student in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at UNC Chapel Hill, where she is interested in researching the interaction of hormonal responses, emotional regulation, and peer relations in predicting internalizing disorders in adolescents.


 

Maya Massing-Schaffer

Maya Massing-Schaffer graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. Currently, she is a graduate student in the clinical psychology Ph. D. program at UNC Chapel Hill. Maya's research interests focus on understanding how pre-adolescent biological and interpersonal factors contribute to the development of adolescent depression and suicidality.

 

Chris Sheppard