Shannon Hill, B.A.
Shannon (he/him/his) is the Program Coordinator for the Lab for Scalable Mental Health. He previously worked under Northwestern University’s Department of Medicine as an Associate Research Administrator, supporting multiple divisions in the pre & post-award grant management process. He is currently pursuing his M.P.H. in Public Health Administration through Indiana University, with interests in youth mental health and policy development.
Arielle Smith, B.A.
Arielle (she/her/hers) graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Psychological & Brain Sciences in 2022, with a concentration in Experimental Psychopathology. Arielle’s research interests include eating disorders in youth, as well as the use of digital mental health interventions to increase treatment access. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Ian Sotomayor, B.A.
Ian (he/they) is a Lab Coordinator in the Lab for Scalable Mental Health. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology, with honors, a B.A. in Philosophy, and a minor in Religion. They are interested in supporting communities vulnerable to heightened stress and adversity. Ian intends on pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology to develop research in brief interventions and offer clinical services to disempowered communities.
Laura Jans, M.A.
Laura (she/her/hers) graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in psychology, with minors in chemistry and biology, and with an M.A. in Psychology in 2022. Broadly, she is interested in the causes of and effective treatments for youth mental health problems. Additional interests include accessibility of mental health resources, risk factors for youth mental health problems, and the roles of family and parenting in a child’s well-being. In the future, she would like to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and hopes to work with children and adolescents.
Yama Chang, M.A.
Yama (she/her/hers) is a Data Scientist at the Lab for Scalable Mental Health. She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2020. Overall, she's fascinated with anything data related. She plans to apply data-driven approaches to developing accessible, scalable interventions to ameliorate disparities in mental health care, particularly among sexual and gender minorities.
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Arka Ghosh, Ph.D.
Arka Ghosh (he/him/his) is a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Jessica Schleider in the Lab for Scalable Mental Health. Arka is a recent graduate from the Biological Sciences and Bioengineering department of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. During his PhD, he developed a digital mental health intervention, TreadWill. He is primarily interested in developing digital mental health interventions and hopes to make evidence-based digital interventions available for free in low-income countries.
Erica Szkody, Ph.D.
Erica Szkody (she/they) is a Clinical Psychology graduate from Mississippi State University and a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Jessica Schleider in the Lab for Scalable Mental Health. Erica’s research focuses on understanding the contextual factors that influence social support behaviors. In the future, she plans to apply her research to develop culturally sensitive interventions that leverage healthy relationships to improve health outcomes.
Benji Kaveladze, Ph.D.
Benji Kaveladze (he/him) is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Lab for Scalable Mental Health. He received his PhD in Psychological Science from UC Irvine. He studies online single-session interventions for loneliness and is interested in making mental health resources more appealing and effective for more people.
Jeremy Eberle, M.A.
Jeremy Eberle (he/him/his) is a PhD candidate in clinical and quantitative psychology at the University of Virginia on clinical internship at the Stony Brook University Consortium. His research seeks to elucidate the cognitive, affective, and behavioral processes that maintain emotional disorders and the pathways by which psychological treatments can change those processes. By identifying mechanisms of disorder and change, he hopes to advance the development and dissemination of targeted, scalable, and personalized interventions. He also has interests in methodology and open science.
May Yuan, M.S.
May Yuan (she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers
University, currently completing her clinical internship at the Stony Brook
University Consortium. Her research focus encompasses youth social-
emotional and character development, program evaluation, and the effective
dissemination of evidence-based interventions across diverse contexts and
communities. Looking ahead, she plans to continue engaging in research
involving scalable, culturally sensitive interventions for children and
adolescents, and investigating best practice for dissemination of these
interventions to different stakeholders.
Mallory Dobias, M.A.
Mallory (she/her/hers) is a fifth-year Social/Health Psychology Ph.D. student at Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on improving access to evidence-based, affirming mental health supports for youth experiencing self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. She aims to (1) identify youth who are less likely to access traditional mental health treatments, (2) develop accessible, youth-centered mental health interventions, and (3) integrate these interventions within accessible digital and community-based settings.
Jenna Sung, M.A.
Jenna (she/her/hers) is a fifth-year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Stony Brook University. Jenna graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Educational Studies. Her primary research goal is to increase access to mental health treatment by testing and disseminating accessible, scalable interventions that can address multiple level barriers to care. Jenna also aims to maximize the impact of this research by engaging with policy level work.
Jenny Shen, M.A.
Jenny (they/them/theirs) is a fifth-year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Stony Brook University. They graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.S. in Psychology and received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Jenny's research interests include (1) elucidating the impact of minority stress on mental health disparities among gender and sexual minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, and their intersections; (2) ameliorating the effects of such minority stressors through accessible, transdiagnostic interventions; and (3) identifying potential implications for policy. Jenny is also a student in Dr. Nick Eaton's lab and is co-mentored by Drs. Schleider and Eaton.
Isaac Ahuvia, M.A.
Isaac (he/him/his) is a fourth-year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Stony Brook University. Isaac graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Sociology in 2016, and has worked at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Chicago Poverty Lab. He is interested in individuals' beliefs about mental health and illness, as well as the social construction of mental illness more broadly. His research examines the relationship between individuals' beliefs about mental health and their mental health outcomes.
Riley McDanal, M.A.
Riley (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Stony Brook University. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology, where she studied idiographic network models of psychopathology under the mentorship of Dr. Aaron Fisher. Riley is interested in potential data-driven changes in the classification and treatment of mental health problems. She aims to leverage the integration of HiTOP and Network Analytic methods to inform transdiagnostic intervention efforts, particularly for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. Riley is also a student in Dr. Nick Eaton's lab and is co-mentored by Dr. Schleider and Dr. Eaton.
Katie Cohen, M.A.
Katie (she/her/hers) is a student in the Social Sciences and Health track of the Health Sciences Integrated Ph.D. Program at Northwestern University. She received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina, an M.A. in Psychology from Stony Brook University, and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University. Katie is interested in the integration of non-traditional mental health interventions (single session interventions, mental health apps, peer support, etc.) into traditional settings frequented by youth and young adults (schools, primary care, etc.). She is committed to leveraging user-centered design and community-based participatory research methods in her work to ensure that interventions are designed to meet participants’ needs and minimize the research-to-practice gap.
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Chantelle Roulston, B.A.
Chantelle (she/her/hers) is a second-year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Northwestern University. She graduated from Stony Brook University in 2020 with her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. She is passionate about supporting underserved communities through her research, particularly youth of Color, LGBTQ+ youth, and youth living at the intersection of both identities. Specifically, Chantelle aims to use her work to help increase mental health support accessibility and to build and disseminate brief interventions with and for members of these communities.
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Dr. Schleider will review applications for a new Ph.D. student for the 2024-2025 academic year. Dr. Schleider will review applicants from both the Clinical Psychology PhD Program and the Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program (a non-clinical program focused on applied, social science-driven health research), via the Social Sciences & Health track. Both programs are housed within Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
More information about applying to join the Lab for Scalable Mental Health as a Ph.D. student is available here.
Jessica Liao, B.A.
Jessica Liao (she/her) is currently pursuing a M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern University. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Psychology. Her research interests include understanding factors (i.e., minority stress) that enhance the development of substance use in youth and its impact on functioning in interpersonal relationships, as well as developing targeted, accessible interventions for minority group. In the future, she plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Briana Last, Ph.D.
Briana (she/they) is an IDEA Fellow at Stony Brook University. Her work has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health. She employs quantitative and qualitative methods to research the social determinants of mental health disorders and mental health service provision. Briana's academic mission is to ensure that everyone who needs mental health support can easily access and receive the highest quality services.
Akash Shroff, B.S.
Akash (he/him/his) is an Affiliated Researcher and former Lab Coordinator with the Lab for Scalable Mental Health. He graduated from Stony Brook University in 2020 with a B.S. in Business Management and a minor in Chemistry. His years of work with children and adolescents at a socio-spiritual organization has led him to be interested in the behaviors and attitudes of young people. He is currently a medical student and aspires to a career in pediatrics and psychology research.
Sara Friedman, M.P.H.
Sara (she/her/hers) is a medical student at the Renaissance School of Medicine and an Affiliated Scholar at the Lab for Scalable Mental Health. She graduated from Harvard University in 2019 with her BA in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology and a secondary focus in Global Health and Health Policy. She then earned her MPH in Social Epidemiology from New York University in 2020. Her research interests include quality improvement interventions in the treatment of chronic disease, reducing the impact of the social determinants of health, and improving access to and the delivery of mental health treatment.
Maria Loades, DClinPsy, Ph.D.
Maria (she/her/hers) is a Clinical Psychologist and Reader (Associate Professor) for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at the University of Bath, UK. Maria has extensive clinical experience in child and adolescent mental health services in the National Health Service, England, and has a post-graduate diploma in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for children, young people and families. Maria has a strong interest improving access to early help for adolescent depression symptoms. This work includes improving mental health awareness, understanding and tackling barriers to problem recognition and help-seeking, and developing and evaluating online, single-session interventions which can be provided at scale. Her ambition is to expand on current provision, and to better meet the needs of those who are under-served by mental health provision, both in the UK and in low and middle income country contexts, like South Africa.