Faculty/Staff
Lauren Watford

Lauren Watford

Vagal activity in REM sleep is associated with extinction recall in trauma exposed individuals but not in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder Lauren Watford, BA McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Post-traumatic...

Julia Lebovitz

Julia Lebovitz

Childhood Trauma, Functioning, and COVID-19 Related Worries in Bipolar Disorder Julia Lebovitz, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: The impact of COVID-19 on bipolar disorder (BD) has been found to vary;...

Courtney Spitzer

Courtney Spitzer

Understanding the Link Between Sleep Disturbance and Psychosis Proneness Courtney Spitzer, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: There is a strong relationship between sleep disturbance and psychosis...

Maria Lopes

Maria Lopes

Remotely-Delivered Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for SCAD Survivors: Study Protocol for an Open Pilot Trial Maria Lopes, BA Massachusetts General Hospital – Clinical Research Coordinator Scientific Abstract Background Spontaneous coronary artery dissection...

Maria Lopes

Maria Lopes

Remotely-delivered Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients with Depressive Symptoms: Protocol for a Feasibility RCT Maria Lopes, BA Massachusetts General Hospital – Clinical Research Coordinator Scientific Abstract Background...

Melanie Fu

Melanie Fu

Pain Intervention & Digital Research Program: Precision tools to measure behavior and improve treatment Melanie Fu, BS Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract BACKGROUND Chronic pain affects up to 28% of U.S. adults,...

Audrey Kelly

Audrey Kelly

Conceptualization and development of a novel behavioral intervention to promote adherence in heart failure: Reach for Health Audrey Kelly, BA Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Despite the benefits of adherence to...

Alysa Doyle

Alysa Doyle

Distinct Patterns of Emotional and Behavioral Change During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Child Psychiatry Outpatients Alysa Doyle, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital – Faculty Scientific Abstract Background: Studies are documenting the impact of the COVID-19...

Gi Yi Ho

Gi Yi Ho

Associations between Early Trauma and Clinical High Risk of Psychosis Symptoms Gi Yi Ho, BS Candidate Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Previous research has shown a correlation between individuals who have...

Irene Xu

Irene Xu

Attentional bias for threat: Reliability of 36 versions of the threat dot probe task Irene Xu, BA McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Cognitive, clinical, and neuroimaging studies indicate that anxious and non-anxious individuals...

Tanvi Lakhtakia

Tanvi Lakhtakia

Acceptability and Accessibility of a Smartphone Mental Health App Amongst Schizophrenic Populations Tanvi Lakhtakia, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Digital technology can offer naturalistic, momentary...

Rachel Hechinger

Rachel Hechinger

Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Schizophrenia in the presence of Second-Generation Antipsychotics: A Review Rachel Hechinger, BA McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Introduction: Weight gain and metabolic abnormalities are of significant...

Hannah Shapiro

Hannah Shapiro

An Ongoing Naturalistic Study of Individuals in Inpatient Treatment for Substance Use Disorders Hannah Shapiro, BS McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Although various evidence-based treatments are available for those with...

Emma Jenkins

Emma Jenkins

An Assessment of Preschool Behavioral Problems as Related to Maternal Wellbeing, Parenting Behaviors, and Child Hair Cortisol Concentrations Emma Jenkins, BA Boston Children’s Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Maternal wellbeing...

Emma Deary

Emma Deary

The Role of Peer Support in Patients Recovering from Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Qualitative Study Emma Deary, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Peer support entails cancer survivors sharing...

Emily Lubin

Emily Lubin

Is Briefer Better? A Preliminary Literature Review of Brief Psychological Interventions Emily Lubin, BA Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: In recent years, brief psychological interventions (BPIs) are being used...

Emily Johns

Emily Johns

Characterization of Cortical Thickness and Antipsychotic Medication Intake in the Human Connectome Project for Early Psychosis Emily Johns, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Psychotic disorders are...

Eileen Lee

Eileen Lee

Emotional Face Identification in a Transdiagnostic Sample of Pediatric Irritability Eileen Lee, BA McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Irritability is a common symptom in many pediatric mental health diagnoses, including bipolar...

Efim Oykhman

Efim Oykhman

Insula Volumes in Psychosis Probands Efim Oykhman, BS Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Lab Manager Scientific Abstract Background Insula is a key cortical region with extensive cortico-limbic connections, and hypothesized to play a multifaceted role in...

Dung Hoang

Dung Hoang

Longitudinal Structural Connectomic in First-Episode Psychosis Dung Hoang, BS Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: We previously characterized the brain structural connectivity across inflammatory subtypes in...

Courtney Kaplan

Courtney Kaplan

Exploring the Relationship Between Childhood Irritability and Aggression Across Development Courtney Kaplan, BA McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Irritability, a mood resulting from blocked goal attainment, and aggression,...

Colleen Sheller

Colleen Sheller

Frequency-dependent Effects of Respiratory-Gated Auricular Vagal Nerve Stimulation in the Modulation of Mood and Anxiety Symptoms in Major Depression Colleen Sheller, BS Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background Recent...

Christina Wu

Christina Wu

The Older, the Merrier: Older Adults Have Greater Positive Interpretation Biases Christina Wu, BA McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: The negative interpretation of ambiguous information has been shown to play a significant role...

Nicole Rychagov

Nicole Rychagov

Structural Abnormalities in Gyrification across Psychotic Disorders Nicole Rychagov, BA Candidate Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: The profiles of cortical gyrification (LGI) abnormalities in schizophrenia...

Ross Baldessarini

Ross Baldessarini

Differences between bipolar disorder types 1 and 2 Ross Baldessarini, MD McLean Hospital – Faculty Scientific Abstract Objective: To compare characteristics of patients with type II (BD-2) vs. I (BD-1) DSM-5 bipolar disorders.  Methods: We compared descriptive,...

Talia Benheim

Talia Benheim

Factors Associated with Risk and Resilience in Peruvian Youth During COVID-19 Talia Benheim, BA Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Peru has been hit hard by COVID-19, with the largest per capita COVID-19 death...

Talia Benheim

Talia Benheim

A Pandemic, Parent Mental Health, and Psychosocial Risk in Young Children: Findings from a National Sample in Peru during COVID-19 Talia Benheim, BA Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: The COVID-19 pandemic and its...

Alyssa Williamson

Alyssa Williamson

Characteristics of First-Episode Psychosis Clients across Massachusetts: Inter-Program Differences, Demographics, and Engagement Alyssa Williamson, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Many First-Episode...

Elizabeth Daskalakis

Elizabeth Daskalakis

Peer support in patients with hematologic malignancies and undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: a systematic review Elizabeth Daskalakis, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract...

Savannah Layfield

Savannah Layfield

Precision Psychiatry on Inpatient Psychiatric Units: Utilizing Electronic Patient-Reported Measures to Characterize Patient Symptoms and Improvement Savannah Layfield, BA McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Self-report measures...

Sarah Horwitz

Sarah Horwitz

Capturing Feelings that Escape Our Lips: A Preliminary Analysis of the Effects of Brief Art Therapy on Service Members’ Expressed Emotions Sarah Horwitz, BA Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Alexithymia,...

Shiba Esfand

Shiba Esfand

Exploring the effects of ketamine on mood, error-related negativity, and error related positivity in adults with treatment resistant depression Shiba Esfand, BA McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Ketamine has displayed robust...

Simone Veale

Simone Veale

The choroid plexus in individuals with the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome with and without psychosis spectrum symptoms: An exploratory study Simone Veale, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: The choroid plexus...

Tabinda Khan

Tabinda Khan

Comparing the DSM-5 Self-Rated Level 1 Cross-Cutting Symptom Measure-Adult across B-SNIP2 biotypes Tabinda Khan, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: The Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate...

Taylor Lee

Taylor Lee

Stakeholder Definitions of Responsible Drinking: A Call to Define an Ambiguous Construct Taylor Lee, BA Cambridge Health Alliance – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Alcohol-related harm is a leading public health concern. We conducted a...

Rudra Patel

Rudra Patel

Does sleep disruption explain sleep-dependent memory consolidation deficits in schizophrenia? Rudra Patel, BS Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Sleep spindles are defining oscillations of NREM stage 2 (N2) sleep....

Paris Fisher

Paris Fisher

Impact of Alzheimer’s disease risk factors on memory function and amyloid levels in early midlife Paris Fisher, BA Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Preclinical risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), including...

Omar John

Omar John

Volumetric Brain Changes in Cortical and Subcortical Regions of Former American Football Players Years After Exposure to Repetitive Head Impacts Omar John, BS Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Exposure to...

Nicolas Raymond Raymond

Nicolas Raymond Raymond

What can clozapine’s effect on neural oscillations tell us about its therapeutic effects? A scoping review and synthesis Nicolas Raymond Raymond, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Introduction...

Maria Isabella Natale C

Maria Isabella Natale C

HEALthy Brain and Child Development Study (HBCD) Maria Isabella Natale C., BA Boston Children’s Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Every 15 minutes, an infant with neonatal abstinence syndrome is born in the United States. Pre-...

Kyoko Ohashi

Kyoko Ohashi

Preliminary Data on the Effects of Intranasal Ketamine on Cold Thermal Sensitivity and fMRI Response to Threat in Individuals with Fear of Harm Phenotype of Bipolar Disorder Kyoko Ohashi, PhD McLean Hospital – Faculty Scientific Abstract Background: The Fear of...

Kyoko Konishi

Kyoko Konishi

Association Between Telomere Length and Early Midlife Memory Function: Impact of Sex, Reproductive Aging, and Hypertension Kyoko Konishi, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital – Faculty Scientific Abstract Background: Shorter telomere length (TL) is an important...

Bailey Driscoll

Bailey Driscoll

Abnormal Offline Memory Consolidation During Learning in Schizophrenia Bailey Driscoll, BS Massachusetts General Hospital – Clinical Research Coordinator Scientific Abstract Background: Schizophrenia (SZ) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by...

Ashley Meyer

Ashley Meyer

Choosing the Right Mental Health App: A Model for App Evaluation and Informed Decision Making Regarding Digital Mental Health Apps Ashley Meyer, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background With over 10,000 mental...

Anne Elizabeth Sidamon-Eristoff

Anne Elizabeth Sidamon-Eristoff

Risk for development of internalizing symptoms in young children: Roles of child autonomic reactivity and exposure to maternal depression and anxiety in early life Anne Elizabeth Sidamon-Eristoff, BA Boston Children’s Hospital – Research Assistant...

Aditya Vaidyam

Aditya Vaidyam

LAMP Platform: Research and Clinical Use of Digital Phenotyping with Patient-Generated Health Data Aditya Vaidyam, MS Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: As more patients today are using smartphones and...

Natalie Fletcher

Natalie Fletcher

Sex Differences in Functional Connectivity during Emotion Regulation and Implications for Healthy Cognitive Aging Natalie Fletcher, BS Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: The ability to regulate emotional response...

Natalie Cayon

Natalie Cayon

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Research Process: Consent, Use of Technology, and Data Collection Natalie Cayon, BA Boston Children’s Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions were placed on...

Molly Nadel

Molly Nadel

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Patient and Public Involvement in Psychological Research Molly Nadel, BA Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: In recent years, psychological research has begun to...

Megan McCarthy

Megan McCarthy

Severity and Predictors of Perceived Discrimination Among Patients with Substance Use Disorders Megan McCarthy, BS McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) experience feelings of...

McKenzie Schuyler

McKenzie Schuyler

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Youth with OCD McKenzie Schuyler, BS Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) may be important etiological factors in the onset and maintenance of...

Marlynn Lopez

Marlynn Lopez

The Impact of Polysubstance Use and Substance Abuse on Cognitive and Clinical Measures in Individuals on the Psychosis Spectrum Marlynn Lopez, BS Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Introduction Individuals with a...

Lanee Jung

Lanee Jung

Cognition Over Time: Comparing Single Timepoint and Time Series Based Evaluations of Cognitive Functioning in the Glucog Study Lanee Jung, BA McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Variables that impact cognitive functioning in Type...

Keara Greene

Keara Greene

Resting-state Functional Connectivity Modulates Motor Learning and Consolidation Keara Greene, BA Massachusetts General Hospital – Clinical Research Coordinator Scientific Abstract BackgroundLearned information is consolidated during sleep; however, it is not...

Katrina Hon

Katrina Hon

Sexual Dimorphism of the Hippocampus Structure and Function in Psychosis Katrina Hon, BA Candidate Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract...

Katherine Coleman

Katherine Coleman

Evoked subjective and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis stress responses and the impact of co-occurring sleep disturbances in midlife women with and without persistent vasomotor symptoms Katherine Coleman, MS Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Research...

Justine Chen

Justine Chen

Manual Praxis, Language, Handedness, and Their Links to White Matter Structure Justine Chen, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital,Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Early work suggested a strong association...

Julia Hall

Julia Hall

Stress-induced alterations in neural responsivity to monetary reward cues in unmedicated individuals with variable appetite/weight phenotypes of Major Depressive Disorder Julia Hall, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract...

Jill Albertson

Jill Albertson

Assessment of body-focused Beck Anxiety and Beck Depression Inventory items in chronic illness: A preliminary analysis of emotional versus physical causes Jill Albertson, BS Candidate Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts University – Research Assistant...

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Error-related negativity and anhedonia in treatment-resistant individuals with major depressive disorder undergoing ketamine treatment Jason Scott, BA McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: The error-related negativity (ERN) is an...

Jane Jurayj

Jane Jurayj

A Randomized Pilot Trial of a Multicomponent Text-message Intervention to Promote Physical Activity in Midlife Adults Jane Jurayj, BA Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Physical activity plays an important role in...

James Green

James Green

Co-morbid presentations of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Symptoms in a Clinical High Risk for Psychosis Sample James Green, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: There may be a significant co-morbidity...

Jaelin Rippe

Jaelin Rippe

The impact of neurocognition and symptom severity on community functioning in psychosis: a transdiagnostic analysis Jaelin Rippe, BA McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Evidence indicates that cognitive performance correlates...

Jacqueline Dow

Jacqueline Dow

Examining Gender Differences in Family Involvement in Treatment for Early Psychosis Jacqueline Dow, MPH McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract BACKGROUND: Involving families in treatment can improve client outcomes in early psychosis care....

Maria Naclerio

Maria Naclerio

An Examination of Child Irritability and Behavioral Aggression Maria Naclerio, BA McLean Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Irritability is the leading reason that children are brought in for psychiatric evaluation, accounting for over...

Matthew Lally

Matthew Lally

Novel App for Psychiatric Prescribing Matthew Lally, MD Northeastern University – Psychiatrist Scientific Abstract Background: The FDA publishes essential prescribing data for all psychiatric medications. The data is critical for the safe use of psychiatric...

Lauren Harnedy

Lauren Harnedy

Emotions and health behaviors among patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a qualitative study Lauren Harnedy, BA Massachusetts General Hospital – Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Existing behavioral health interventions for irritable bowel...

Kelsey Johnson

Kelsey Johnson

Creating a Public Health Roadmap for Early Intervention in Psychosis across Massachusetts Kelsey Johnson, MPH Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Program Manager Scientific Abstract Background: Each year in Massachusetts, roughly 2,000 people will experience...

Kaycee Reese

Kaycee Reese

Sensory abnormalities across psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions in childhood Kaycee Reese, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital – Faculty Scientific Abstract Background Sensory Abnormalities (SAs) are a core feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ...

Katherine Grimes

Katherine Grimes

Impact of Integrated Care on Thoughts of Self-Harm for BIPOC Katherine Grimes, MD, MPH Cambridge Health Alliance – Faculty Scientific Abstract Background: Despite high need, only 1/5 U.S. children with MH/SUD needs receives treatment. Poverty, violence and other...

Jessica Lipschitz

Jessica Lipschitz

An Exploratory Evaluation of Digital Phenotyping Compliance in Two Clinical Populations Jessica Lipschitz, PhD Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Faculty Scientific Abstract Background: Digital phenotyping involves moment-to-moment quantification of the...

Jessica Harder

Jessica Harder

BDNF is Inversely Associated with Mood in Perimenopausal Depression Jessica Harder, MD Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Faculty Scientific Abstract Background: Previous work implicates high pro-inflammatory biomarkers in mood disturbance and low...

Francesca Fortenbaugh

Francesca Fortenbaugh

Hearing the Noise in the System: Tinnitus and Reduced Connectivity Within and Across Neural Networks in Post-9/11 Veterans Francesca Fortenbaugh, PhD VA Boston Healthcare System – Faculty Scientific Abstract Background: Tinnitus is common among veterans with...

Frances Li

Frances Li

Positive and Negative Emotion in Older Vs. Younger Adults amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic Frances Li, MEd McLean Hospital – Lab Manager, Research Assistant Scientific Abstract Background: Consistent evidence suggests that despite a decline in health, older adults...

Dan Dillon

Dan Dillon

Improved Accuracy, Higher Reward Totals, and Faster Evidence Accumulation After Gaze-Contingent Music Reward Therapy in Adults with Social Anxiety Disorder Dan Dillon, PhD McLean Hospital – Faculty Scientific Abstract Background: Social anxiety disorder (SAD)...

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