Current Students

KRISTEN ASHBAUGH

Kristen Ashbaugh is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology and working under Dr. Robert Koegel.  She received a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and recognized in her senior year that her passion was in the field of psychology.  Following her undergraduate studies, she worked as the Clinic Coordinator at the Koegel Autism Center at UCSB until starting the CCSP program in 2011.  During her time at UCSB, her research interests include clinical intervention techniques for adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Specifically, she works primarily with college students and adults on behavioral interventions to improve their communication, social, independent living and vocational skills. In addition to her work at the Autism Center, she was previously an intern at the UCSB Alcohol and Drug Program and and the Psychiatric Health Facility with the County of Santa Barbara. Please feel free to e-mail her at kristen@education.ucsb.edu.

TODD AVELLAR

Todd Avellar is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology under Dr. Tania Israel. He earned his B.A. in psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology from UCSB. His research interests includes improving mental health and social support services for sexual minorities in the local community, where he engages in outreach to local transgender community members and evaluated generational differences in transgender perceptions of community.  . Todd currently serves as a supervisor (outreach emphasis) at the Hosford Counseling and Psychological Services Clinic. Feel free to email him at tavellar@education.ucsb.edu

SARAH BABCOCK

Sarah Babcock is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology. She currently works under Dr. Shane Jimerson and is involved in two projects at Isla Vista Elementary School. One is an anti-bullying project called Promoting Positive Peer Relations (P3R), for which she implements a weekly curriculum, in partnership with a colleague, to a 5th grade classroom. The other is a project called Power of Play aimed at promoting prosocial peer relations through facilitating prosocial behaviors during recess. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education from University of California, Berkeley in 2008, where she was a research assistant in the sleep lab. She has also served as a tutor/mentor and a college and financial aid advisor for East Bay Consortium, a California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP), founded to develop and improve educational opportunities for students in the East Bay. From 2009-2013, she served as a mental health counselor at a board and care facility for adults with mental illnesses, a behavior therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, a teacher’s aid for Montessori schools, both a lower elementary classroom and a preschool, and as an instructional aid for special education/severely handicapped students in Goleta Union School District. She currently assists in an English Language Learner classroom once per week, and is currently involved in a mentorship program for high school students at risk of drop out at San Marcos High School called Check, Connect, and Respect (CCR). Feel free to email her at  sbabcock@education.ucsb.edu

AMY BARRETT

Amy Barrett is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology under Dr. Ty Vernon. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, where she gained experience in both developmental and clinical research. Following her undergraduate work, she spent two years as Manager of the Child Developmental Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University and a behavioral therapist to children on the Autism Spectrum in home, school, and community settings. Her current research interests include neurological reward processing of language and expressive language development in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Her clinical work entails assessment/diagnosing for the Koegel Autism Center Assessment Clinic as well as providing PRT therapy to clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Feel free to email her at abarrett@education.ucsb.edu.

JAY BETTERGARCIA

Jay Bettergarcia is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology under Dr. Tania Israel. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies in 2009 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. As an undergraduate, I was actively involved with feminist and LGBTQ groups on campus and developed and  coordinated a peer-counseling program for LGBTQ students . She received her master’s degree in social psychology from San Francisco State University, where she worked on transgender and cisgender identity research. Jay’s dissertation at UCSB examines transgender participant’s perceptions of affirming and non-affirming interactions between a therapist and transgender client in a mock-therapy session. Her research interests include examing perceptions of community safety and how to optimally develop and implement diversity trainings that minimize resistance and maximize receptiveness.

KATHERINE CARNOZZO

Katherine Carnozzo is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology. She received her B.A. in Political Science and History at Universtiy of California, Davis and a Masters in Education at Harvard University, studying cognitive neurosicience and education. She currently works under Dr. Erin Dowdy. Her research interests include working with schools to determine the best practices in universal screening for social emotional well being at all stages of development- elementary, middle and high school age students.   Feel free to reach her at kcarnazzo@education.ucsb.edu

ANDREW CHOI

Andrew Choi is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology under Dr. Tania Israel. He received his HBS in Psychology and Sociology from University of Utah in 2013. His  primary research interests focus on identity intersections (e.g., culture, race, sexuality), and the psychological mechanisms through which they are organized and influence mental health. He is specifically interested in the psychosocial antecedes that support resilience in contexts of multiple minority stress. His secondary research involves multicultural education and counseling, in particular the motivational and regulatory processes that underlie the development of multicultural awareness and competence. Please feel free to contact him at achoi@education.ucsb.edu.

TAYLOR DAMIANI

Taylor Damiani is a doctoral student  with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology. She began her career as a 6th grade teacher and coach at an inner-city school in Brooklyn. She then worked with a team at NYU as a therapy intervention co-developer and facilitator for girls in the NYC Juvenile Justice System. Taylor currently works under Dr. Conoeley to explore and create interventions that can increase individual, family, and couple well-being.  Her research interests includes studying the mechanisms that predict grit. Feel free to email Taylor at tdamiani@education.ucsb.edu

ERIN ENGSTROM

Erin Engstrom is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology under Dr. Robert Koegel. She received her B.A. in Psychology with minors in applied psychology and Speech & Hearing sciences at UCSB in 2013.  As an undergraduate, she worked in Dr. David Sherman’s social psychology lab examining climate change mitigation behavior and political decision-making.  She also worked in Dr. Robert Koegel’s lab assisting with various research projects and serving as a peer mentor for a young adult with Asperger’s syndrome. Following graduation, she served as Clinic Coordinator and a student clinician at the UCSB Koegel Autism Center. Currently, her research interests include examining empathy expression in individuals with autism and further developing Pivotal Response Treatments for home, school and community settings. Specifically, she is interested in creating accessible resources through parent education and early identification for infants and toddlers at risk of an autism diagnosis. Feel free to contact her at erin@education.ucsb.edu

AILEEN FULLCHANGE
Aileen Fullchange is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology emphasis under Dr. Michael Furlong.  She received her B.A. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to coming to UC Santa Barbara, she worked with autistic youth, was a bicycle messenger n New York City, traveled with a carnival in the Midwest, and then eventually found her calling in education and became a middle school teacher in Oakland, California. She became an educational consultant for high-needs districts around the nation. Her current research interests include social-emotional learning in schools and increasing empathy among students and teachers in order to foster student well-being and resilience.  She is currently developing and measuring the effectiveness of the HEROES Project, an empathy-based intervention for adolescents.  She can be contacted at afullchange@education.ucsb.edu.

JUSTIN R. GAUTHIER

Justin R. Gauthier , M.A., is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psycholog. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Augsburg College and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from UCSB. Prior to UCSB he held research positions at the National Center for PTSD Palo Alto Department of Veterans Affairs and Stanford University Department of Psychology. Presently, Justin works under Dr. Merith Cosden, and her research interests includes studying trauma, substance use, and psychological assessment. He is also interested in United States veteran population, the unique treatment needs of justice-involved veterans, and the integration and effectiveness of substance abuse and mental health services in conjunction with the criminal justice system. In addition to his academics, Lupe also has experience working in psychiatric hospitals, residential and outpatient facilities, and community mental health clinics.  He will be completing his predoctoral internship at the VA Portland Health Care System in 2015-2016. He may be reached at JGauthier@education.ucsb.edu.

AARON HADDOCK

Aaron Haddock is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology. His advisor is Dr. Shane Jimerson. He received his B.A. in History from Point Loma Nazarene University and his M.A. in Modern European Studies from Columbia University. After college, he studied German language, philosophy and literature at the University of Vienna on a Fulbright Scholarship while teaching English part-time at a local school. Aaron has a M.A. in Education from Antioch University and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. For the past six years, he has enjoyed teaching fourth grade. His research interests include: elementary education, school climate, early intervention and prevention, domain theory and the developmentalist approach to moral education, social-emotional learning, the history of psychology, and ethical philosophy.

AUDREY HARKNESS 
Audrey Harkness is a doctoral student. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Ithaca College in 2008. Since then, she has been working at the UCSF AIDS Health Project and the San Francisco Department of Public Health on HIV prevention and epidemiology. Audrey is interested in the implications of gender, sexuality, and cultural identity on psychological adjustment. Please feel free to email her at aharkness@education.ucsb.edu.

KAYLEIGH HUNICUTT

Kayleigh Hunicutt is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology. She received her B.S. in Psychology from California Lutheran University in 2007 and her M.A. in Experimental Psychology from California State University, Northridge. She also obtained a position as a Research Assistant for Ventura County Health Care Agency, where I assisted with and conducted evaluations on multiple county programs and projects. She currently works under Dr, Jill Sharkey where she evaluates outcomes for adult offenders in the local community and in the local Drug Court programs. She also works with Dr. Jill Sharkey to examine new and exciting grants coming up that involve at-risk youth and youth already involved in the criminal justice system.

CAITLIN LEPORE

Caitlin Lepore is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology emphasis and her advisor is  Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University and an M.S.W. from University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include parent-child relationships,  early childhood mental health and the impact of stress, trauma and  adversity, and understanding and improving systems of care that serve  children and families. Her dissertation research is a collaboration with  CALM and local preschools, and examines how teachers’ ownchildhood  relationships and stressmay relate to their perceptions of their current  relationships with students' families and the impact of reflective  supervision. Ashley will be taking an internship at Pacific Clinics (0-5  track) in Los Angeles in 2015-2016. She can be reached at clepore@education.ucsb.edu.

LINDSEY LILES

Lindsey Liles is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology. She received her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. She is currently working on a few projects related to Sport Psychology, Mental Toughness, and Athletic Identity Development. I'd like to expand this to include Athletic Injury and Transitions From Sport. Additionally, She work in Dr. Merith Cosden's lab with Veterans Treatment Court. Her lifelong interest and involvement in sports let me to pursue a career in Sport Psychology.  Feel free to contact her at lliles@education.ucsb.edu

SABRINA LIU

Sabrina Liu is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology. She received her B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University. After her undergraduate career, she  worked as the clinical research coordinator for the Harvard Study of Adult Development then moved to India to work with Sangath, a mental health research NGO, on a number of youth-focused community-based projects. Sabrina currently works with her advisor, Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating, classwork, as an assessment specialist at a local community clinic for youth and families. Feel free to contact her at sliu@education.ucsb.edu

JASMIN LLAMAS

Jasmin Llamas is a docotoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology. She received her B.S. in combined sciences and psychology from Santa Clara University in 2006 and her M.A. in counseling psychology with a Latino emphasis at Santa Clara University in 2009.  During her undergraduate years, she was a research assistant on several projects and worked in juvenile hall and was as a grant coordinator for a state funded bullying prevention grant in low-income high schools. From 2005-2009 I worked full-time as a data analyst and research associate in the Data Analysis and Evaluation unit of Santa Clara County, Department of Alcohol and Drug Services. She currently works at a counseling site

ASHLEY MAYWORM

Ashley Mayworm, M.Ed.,  is a doctoral candidate in the School Psychology emphasis and works with Dr. Jill Sharkey. After earning her B.A. in Psychology and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, she worked as a research assistant in the Family Studies Center at Notre Dame with Dr. Mark Cummings. She has worked on grant-funded research projects examining the impact of family and community violence on child development, including work in Northern Ireland. While at UCSB, Ashley has worked with children and adolescents at-risk for school disengagement, mental and behavioral health problems, and involvement with the juvenile justice system. Her dissertation explores the construct of school discipline climate using multi-level latent class analysis. Ashley will be a pre-doctoral intern at the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland- Baltimore Medical Center beginning June 2015. Email: ashley.mayworm@gmail.com

STEPHANIE MOORE

Stephanie Moore is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology under Dr. Erin Dowdy. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. During her undergraduate career, she worked in the Child FIRST (Focus on Innovation and Redesign in Systems and Treatment) lab on a randomized control trial testing the effectiveness of a flexible, modular evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents with psychopathology. Her current research projects include  working on a program evaluation for First 5 Santa Barbara County as well as working with schools to coordinate universal screening and follow-up interventions. Her research interests include the intersection of risk and resilience in the context of school-based prevention and early identification and intervention and understanding the developmental trajectories of risk and resilience. Specifically, she is  interested in supporting students through school-wide, universal efforts to address risk while also promoting strengths and positive development as part of multi-tiered systems of support. Feel free to contact her at smoore@education.ucsb.edu

MERCEDES FERNANDEZ OROMENDIA

Mercedes Fernandez Oromendia is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology under Dr. Collie Conoley. She received her B.A. in Psychology from University of MN, Twin Cities. Shortly after graduation, she served in a middle school in South LA with Americorps where she cemented her passion to work with Latinos. Her research interests include strength based approach to Latino mental health and in bicultural identity development for immigrants. Feel free to contact her at Mercedes@education.ucsb.edu

ANAHITA NAVAB

Anahita Navab received her B.A. from UCLA in Psychology in 2010, where she began her research on early identification of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). From 2010-2012, she began her exploration of early intervention for individuals with ASD, which she began to passionately pursue in conjunction with intervention research. Upon entering the CCSP program with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology, she could not imagine a graduate program that would better capture the interplay of research and clinical practice through the lens of the scientist-practitioner model. She feels that this stance is especially embraced by the Koegel Autism Center and has been fortunate enough to pursue this multi-faceted approach to intervention research for individuals with ASD through this work at KAC. Anahita uses the scientist-practitioner model to focus her treatment efforts on early intervention for ASD assessed with the use of eye-tracking software, as well as treatment focused on emotion regulation for adults with ASD.
Please feel free to email her at anavab@education.ucsb.edu.

ASHLEY SANFORD

Ashley Sanford is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology under Dr. Merith Cosden. She received a B.A. in Psychology from American University in Washington, D.C.. Her research interests include trauma and posttraumatic growth among pregnant and post-partum women in residential substance use treatment. Her pre-doctoral internship is at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she specializes in behavioral medicine. Ashley hopes to pursue applied research on posttraumatic growth across the lifespan. Please feel free to email Ashley at asanford@education.ucsb.edu.

CHRISTINE SCHOCK 

Christine Schock is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis in 2008 and worked as a research assistant at the UC Davis Children's Hospital's CAARE Center before coming to UCSB. Christine works under the guidance of Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating, and her research interests include trauma and resiliency. Specifically, she is interested in studying individual and family coping through traumatic events. Christine is completing her externship at CALM (Child Abuse Learning & Mediation). She also serves as a clinician for the Psychology Assessment Center.

SHAHROCKH SHAHROOKI

Shahrockh Shahrooki is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology under Dr. Shane Jimerson. He received a B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine in 2006 and a M.A. in Educational Psychology and PPS Credential in School Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.  As an undergraduate,  he was a Behavior Specialist at the UC Irvine Child Development Center, which specializes in the treatment of youth with ADHD and related learning and behavioral disorders.  During his masters program, he served as a school psychologist intern to both the Laguna Beach and Newport-Mesa Unified School Districts.  After serving as Mental Health Specialist to the Santa Barbara County Office of Education, Shahrockh is currently on an APA-accredited internship at St. John's Child and Family Development Center.

JOSH SHELTZER

Josh Sheltzer is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology under Dr. Andrés Consoli. He received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Music from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. During his undergraduate years, I worked in a lab studying relative numerosity in squirrels. After Berkeley, he moved back home to the central valley of California where I worked at Tulare Youth Service Bureau, a clinic designed to serve the underprivileged youth population of Tulare County. He is currently working with Dr. Andrés Consoli to edit a Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy, submit an encyclopedia article on Personalismo, and begin working on a project concerning access and utilization of mental health services. Feel free to contact him at jsheltzer@education.ucsb.edu

ALEXIS STANLEY-OLSON

Alexis Stanley-Olson is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology working under Dr. Merith Cosden.  She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology from UCSB, where she assisted with research in both applied psychology and psychological sciences.  She began her graduate studies investigating the mind-body connection and has focused on specializing in psychological assessment.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society of Personality Assessment, and more recently of the Santa Barbara Psychological Association.  She can be reached at astanleyolson@education.ucsb.edu.

RACHEL STEIN

Rachel Stein is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology working under Dr. Shane Jimerson. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art at Whitman College, followed by an M.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Her research interests include students' social emotional well being, bullying, international school psychology, and best/ethical practices in school psychology.  She will begin her internship through the Illinois School Psychology Internship Consortium in August 2015.  Feel free to contact her at rstein@umail.ucsb.edu

AVERY VOOS

Avery Voos is currently a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology working under Dr. Ty Vernon. She received her  B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University with a minor in Communication in 2009. After my undergraduate work, she spent three years working in the Child Neuroscience Laboratory in the Autism Program at the Yale Child Study Center. Her research interests include using fMRI to investigate the underlying neural mechanisms of positive behavioral change in young children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) after receiving pivotal response treatment (PRT). More generally, she is  interested in taking a multidisciplinary approach to the study of social perception and early intervention in autism. Currently, she is working on a grant received from Autism Speaks to explore the effects of PRT in the brain in young children with ASD. Feel free to contact her at avoos@education.ucsb.edu

HANNAH WEISMAN

Hannah Weisman is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology working under Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Pitzer College in 2009. After graduating, Hannah worked as a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University for a community-based, randomized controlled trial of an online eating disorders prevention program. Hannah’s research interests include stepped-care prevention and treatment for eating disorders, the integration of eating disorder prevention with other school-based mental health efforts, stigma toward mental illness, weight stigma, and shared risk factors for eating disorders and obesity. Please feel free to email her at hweisman@education.ucsb.edu.

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