Current Members

Research Coordinator

Julie Nguyen
juliekn@uw.edu

Julie graduated from Georgia State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While she was an undergrad, she gained research experience working in the Child Health and Medical Pain LabViolence Against Women Prevention Lab, and the Nia Project. Prior to coming to UW, she worked as a Research Coordinator for the School of Medicine and a Research Interviewer for the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Her research interests include exploring posttrauma outcomes among minority trauma survivors and examining evidence-based treatments for trauma-related disorders. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Graduate students

Julie Harrison, PhD
Doctorate in Child Clinical Psychology

Julie received her doctorate in child clinical psychology from the University of Washington in Summer 2020. Julie is now serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the CARES Institute, working with Dr. Esther Deblinger. Julie is broadly interested in EBP implementation readiness and sustainability and has specific interests in applying Organizational Behavioral theories to enhance implementation efforts within the public mental health system. Prior to her graduate studies at UW, Julie obtained her bachelor’s degree from Temple University, where she worked as the clinical coordinator for the (CAADC). After graduating, she worked as a research assistant at COTTAGe at the University of Pennsylvania. Julie attended her internship in San Diego at the University of California- San Diego Consortium/Veteran’s Affairs clinical internship.

Rosemary Meza, MS
Doctoral Candidate, 7th year student on internship

Rose­mary is a grad­u­ate stu­dent in child clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton. Her research inter­ests are focused on improv­ing men­tal health out­comes for chil­dren and ado­les­cents through the use of dis­sem­i­na­tion and imple­men­ta­tion sci­ence in domes­tic and inter­na­tional set­tings. She is par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in study­ing provider and organizational-level facil­i­ta­tors of effec­tive imple­men­ta­tion of EBPs. Rose­mary has a strong inter­est in includ­ing com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers in the research process to increase the fea­si­bil­ity and accept­abil­ity of imple­men­ta­tion efforts. She received her BA from San Diego State Uni­ver­sity. After grad­u­at­ing, she worked as a research assis­tant at the Child and Ado­les­cent Ser­vices Research Cen­ter (CASRC). Rosemary is now attending her clinical internship at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Leah Lucid, MS
Doctoral Student, 6th year student

Leah is a grad­u­ate stu­dent in child clin­i­cal psy­chology at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton. Her research interests include the dissemination and implementation of EBPs in public mental health settings and low- and middle-income countries. She received her BA from Wesleyan University in 2010. After graduating, she worked with a non-profit in Kenya (SHOFCO); a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls (Germaine Lawrence); Judge Baker Children’s Center (JBCC); and the Dorsey lab at UW.

Prerna Martin, MPH, MS
Doctoral Student, 6th year student

Prerna is a graduate student in child clinical psychology at the University of Washington. Prerna’s research interests focus on improving access to mental health services for youth and families through the dissemination and implementation of EBPs in underserved communities. She is particularly interested in the delivery of community-driven interventions through task-shifting approaches. Prerna is originally from New Delhi, India. She received her BA in Social & Cognitive Neuroscience from Harvard University, and her MPH in Global Health from Boston University. Prior to coming to UW, Prerna received clinical and research training at the Columbia University Pediatric Anxiety & Mood Research ClinicNew York State Office of Mental HealthBoston VA National Center for PTSDMcLean Hospital and Asha, India.

Noah Triplett, BA
Doctoral Student, 3rd year student

Noah is a graduate student in child clinical psychology at the University of Washington. Noah’s research interests include applying dissemination and implementation science to increase access and quality of mental health care in domestic and international settings. He is particularly interested in technology-based approaches to support mental health care providers and conducting interdisciplinary research to improve health equity. Noah received his BA in Psychology and Global Health from Duke University. Prior to coming to UW, Noah worked as a research analyst in the Child and Adolescent Research and Evaluation program at RTI International.

Rashed AlRasheed, MAS
Doctoral Student, 2nd year student

Rashed is a graduate student in child clinical psychology at the University of Washington. His research interests include improving youth mental health outcomes by (1) identifying individual- and organizational-level barriers and facilitators of the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and (2) designing and/or tailoring implementation strategies to increase the adoption of EBPs in local and global community-based settings. Rashed is originally from Kuwait. Prior to coming to UW, he received a BS in Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington. After that, he conducted research in pediatric primary care and obtained his Master’s in Clinical Research, specializing in Implementation Science, from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Clara Johnson, BA
Doctoral Student, 1st year student

Clara will be a graduate student in child clinical psychology at the University of Washington starting the Fall of 2020. Her research interests focus on leveraging supervisor- and provider-level implementation strategies to improve the quality of evidence-based care in low- and middle-income countries. She is specifically interested in exploring the use and measurement of fidelity-consistent adaptations to trauma-focused treatments. Clara received her BA in Psychology and Spanish at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She currently works at the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for PTSD.

Staff

Caroline Soi, M.D., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Caroline Soi is a Global Health Implementation Science PhD graduate from the University of Washington. An experienced global health practitioner, Caroline provided primary and emergency health care services in several hospitals in Kenya prior to completing an Msc in STI and HIV at the University College London and working with Medicin San Frontier’s (MSF) HIV programs in Zimbabwe. She then served as a Technical Advisor seconded to the Mozambique Ministry of Health national HIV and Malaria programs where she was at the core of program scale up closely accompanying health system strengthening around program management, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), health workforce and health financing. More recently she led a comprehensive national immunization program process evaluation project in Mozambique as part of her PhD studies, conducting implementation research focused on identifying determinants of health program implementation success and failure. Her aspiration is to continue to contribute knowledge to implementation science and she is currently a senior fellow on the Mozambique systems analysis and improvement approach (SAIA) and the Kenya scaling up of cognitive behavior therapy (BASIC) projects.

Zhanxiang (Sean) Sun
Research Assistant

Sean is a recent graduate from the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. He is a research assistant in the RISE Mental Health lab where he helps with the project BASIC. Sean has attended clinical trainings like CETA and CBT+ Advanced Trainings as part of his professional development. He is interested in the delivery of psychotherapy and hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

 

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alayna Daniels
Alayna Daniels is currently a second year at the University of Washington double majoring in psychology and neuroscience. Prior to being a research assistant in the RISE Mental Health lab, she worked on research projects with psychology faculty at Highline College to explore the implications of racial bias towards facial expressions. Her research interest lies in exploring the brain and working to understand mental illnesses better and finding effective treatments. After undergraduate school, she hopes to attend medical school and specialize in psychiatry.

 

Hoang Le
Hoang is a 3rd year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology at the University of Washington. He is interested in the limited access to mental health support in developing countries. He currently plans to go on to Graduate school to study Clinical Psychology and learn more about therapy methods for mental disorders. Outside of the RISE Lab, Hoang is also a member of the Event Team for the Vietnamese Student Association at the University of Washington.

 

 

Lucy Liu

Lucy is an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Psychology and Biology at the University of Washington. She joined RISE Mental Health as an undergraduate research assistant in October of 2020. She is interested in global mental health, particularly the research and practice of improving mental health in underrepresented cultures.

 

 

Niya Park
Niya is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with an interest in Biomedical Health Informatics and Early Childhood & Family Studies. She is currently a user researcher and marketer for a startup application that utilizes Written Exposure Therapy for those that are facing barriers in seeking help for their PTSD/traumatic symptoms. Niya plans to pursue a Doctorates degree in Child Clinical Psychology to focus on practicing and testing new methods of psychological treatment that are both effective and accessible.

 

Kristin Sievert
Kristin is an undergraduate majoring in psychology and minoring in dance and mathematics. Her research interests revolve around early childhood trauma and the ways in which attitudes towards trauma differ across cultures. Prior to joining the RISE Lab, she interned in the Psychiatric and Behavioral Medicine Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital and worked as a research assistant in the Taylor Lab at Fred Hutchinson. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a PhD in child clinical psychology.

 

Devin Kennedy
Devin is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with minors in Education, Learning, and Societies, and American Sign Language. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is interested in researching childhood trauma, specifically in low income communities. Prior to joining the RISE lab, she taught in low income elementary schools in the Seattle area, and continues to volunteer for various mental health organizations.

 

Sophia Stoddard
Sophia is an undergraduate student double majoring in psychology and sociology at the University of Washington. She is interested in child and adolescent mental health and the accessibility of mental health care for children. She hopes to one day pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology, and work with children in therapy or research.

 

 

 

Ailee Vu
Ailee is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology. She is interested in mental health intervention in developing countries. She hopes to pursue an MD in Psychiatry after graduation. Beside RISE Lab, she helps connect underrepresented minority students to STEM resources and design event posters.

 

 

Yasmin Garfias
Yasmin is an undergraduate transfer student majoring in Psychology at the University of Washington. She is interested in researching methods of evidence-based mental health services in educational settings and impoverished communities, and she hopes to pursue a Master’s or PhD clinical child psychology. Yasmin enjoys interactive and instructional experiences in childcare and development.

 

 

 

Cynthia
Cynthia is an undergraduate double majoring in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Washington. She hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and is interested in researching therapy methods for BIPOC children and adolescents. Outside of the RISE lab, she volunteers at a crisis telephone center in Seattle.