Former Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows
Prerna Martin, PhD
Prerna graduated from the University of Washington in 2022 with a PhD in Child Clinical Psychology. She completed her clinical internship at UCLA and is now a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA. Prerna’s research interests focused on improving access to mental health services for youth and families through the dissemination and implementation of EBPs in underserved communities. She was 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 Clinic, New York State Office of Mental Health, Boston VA National Center for PTSD, McLean Hospital and Asha, India.
Rosemary Meza, PhD
Rosemary received her doctorate in child clinical psychology at the University of Washington in Summer 2021. 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 attended her clinical internship at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital. Currently, she is a Research Associate at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.
Caroline Soi, MD, PhD
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. She is currently a medical writer for 21GRAMS, a subsidiary of Real Chemistry.
Julie Harrison, PhD
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. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Esther Deblinger at Rowan University.
Former Research Coordinators & Research Assistants
Julie graduated from Georgia State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While she was an undergraduate, she gained research experience working in the Child Health and Medical Pain Lab, Violence 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 Research Interviewer for the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Her research interests focus on ethnic minority mental health and reducing health disparities through understanding risk and protective factors among ethnically minoritized populations and translating this research to develop culturally responsive EBTs and increase access to such treatments. Concurrently, she also served as a Research Coordinator in the EMPOWER Lab at Georgia State University under Dr. Isha Metzger. She joined the Clinical-Community Psychology PhD Program at the University of South Carolina under the mentorship of Dr. Nada Goodrum in Fall 2022.
Grace graduated from University of Washington in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and received the President’s Medal. During her undergraduate career, she completed a thesis in the UW Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress on personality and behavioral risk factors for post-trauma psychopathology, and she was an intern at Seattle Children’s Hospital in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit. She is interested in implementation of evidence-based treatments within low resource settings leading to better patient outcomes. In the fall of 2020, Grace joined the PhD program in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami with Dr. Amanda Jensen-Doss.
Zhanxiang (Sean) Sun
Sean graduated from the University of Washington in 2019. He was a research assistant in the RISE Mental Health Lab where he helped with the BASIC Project. Sean has attended clinical trainings like CETA and CBT+ Advanced Trainings as part of his professional development. He is interested in how artificial intelligence and data science can help with psychotherapy. In Fall 2022, Sean will begin the Master of Data Science Program at the University of British Columbia.
Kate Benjamin graduated from Whitman College in 2014 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She volunteered as a mentor in the Walla Walla school district for at risk children and at the Seattle Autism Center in an intervention study for young children diagnosed with autism. After graduating, she joined Dr. Dorsey’s lab as a research assistant on the STEPS study. She is interested in working in the mental health field with children and adolescents and would like to use her proficiency in Spanish to work with the Spanish-speaking population. In the fall of 2018, Kate entered the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Seattle Pacific University.
Kate Conover joined Dr. Dorsey’s lab in 2008 as a research assistant for Project Focus, then as a research assistant/coordinator for Fostering Hope. In the fall of 2012, she entered the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Robin Weersing and Dr. Greg Aarons. She is interested in the ways in which youth mental health concerns, particularly youth anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress are identified and addressed in community settings.
Julia Revillion Cox
After graduating from Seattle University in 2009, Julia joined Dr. Dorsey’s team as a research assistant/coordinator for the Fostering Hope Research Project and the Washington State TF-CBT and CBT Plus Initiative. Broadly, her research interests lie in the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based mental health treatments for youth, as well as child maltreatment and posttraumatic stress. In the fall of 2012, she entered the Child Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Virginia Commonwealth University under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow. Julia graduated with the Ph.D in 2019 and began as a Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of California- Los Angeles.
Former Undergraduate Research Assistants
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 Doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology to focus on practicing and testing new methods of psychological treatment that are both effective and accessible.
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. Besides the RISE Lab, she helps connect underrepresented minority students to STEM resources and design event posters.
Hoang graduated from the University of Washington as a Psychology Major in 2022. 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. He will be starting as a Master’s student at New York University in Fall 2022.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nichole is an undergraduate double majoring in Psychology and Gender, Women and Sexuality at the University of Washington. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is interested in researching more accessible therapy methods for oppressed populations including low socio-economic status, people of color, the LGBTQ community and women. Outside of the RISE Lab, she spends time consulting for social justice groups in her community and creating media.
Gabrielle Tejada Jamora
Gabrielle is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology at the University of Washington. She assisted in project BASIC and presented a poster at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium pertaining to effective implementation practices and policies in the delivery of TF-CBT in LMICs. She is interested in the delivery of mental health care to underserved populations. Gabrielle hopes to pursue a graduate degree in public health after graduation.
Teresa is an undergraduate double majoring in Psychology and Public Health at the University of Washington. She is interested in the mental health of children living in poverty and hopes to pursue a Master’s or PhD in Global Health. Prior to joining the RISE Lab, she taught English to special needs children in Ukraine and worked in the Social Cognitive Development lab at the University of Washington.
Cristian Rivera Nales
Cristian worked at our lab as an undergraduate student assisting with the BASIC project and conducted an independent honors thesis on the effectiveness of CBT+ on child outcomes – publication in prep. He is currently a research coordinator in two labs at the University of Washington. In one lab, he assists with assessing a lay delivery model to examine whether simplified Behavioral Activation delivered by senior center staff can yield comparable clinical outcomes to professionally delivered Behavioral Activation, and in the other, he is responsible for the coordination of a K23 longitudinal, National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded, treatment study for adolescents experiencing Major Depressive Disorder, who have also been exposed to maltreatment. He is interested in applying to graduate programs and studying implementation science and evidence-based treatments for children and underserved populations. Cristian aspires to attain his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a focus on children and adolescents.
Vanna (Liang-Yu) Chen received her BA in Psychology at the University of Washington in 2013. She joined the Dorsey Lab as an undergraduate research assistant for the STEPS Project in January of 2013. Her main responsibilities were coding and conducting research interviews with study participants. Her research interests include enhancing clinical treatments for children and their families affected by psychological disorders. In the fall of 2014, she entered the MPH program at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Jessica Garcia joined Dr. Dorsey’s lab as an undergraduate research assistant in January of 2011. Jessica received her BA in psychology in June of 2013 from the University of Washington. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant on the STEPS study and at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her research interests include dissemination of EBPS into community mental health, trauma, the applicability of components based therapies such as CBT+, and global mental health. In the fall of 2015, she entered the MSW program at Columbia University.
Meilin Jia-Richards received her BS in Psychology from the University of Washington in 2013. As an undergraduate, she joined the Developmental Pathways Project (DPP) working on a variety of studies. After graduating, she became a research assistant on the STEPS team and DPP. In the fall of 2015, she entered the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program at Baylor University under the mentorship of Dr. Sara Dolan.
Jane received her BA in Psychology from the University of Washington in 2010. She began her research experience as an undergraduate research assistant with the Developmental Pathways Research Program in 2008 and continued her work on numerous projects within the UW departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, as well as at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In the fall of 2013, she entered a Master’s program at New York University.
Zoë Miles graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in psychology. She completed her honors thesis on memory and development in Dr. Kate McLaughlin’s Stress and Development Lab. She joined the lab as an undergraduate research assistant and now works on the STEPS study as a research assistant. She is particularly interested in clinical and developmental psychology.
Stephanie Violante received her BS in Psychology at the University of Washington in 2013. She was an undergraduate research assistant for the STEPS project and the Development Pathways Project (DPP). After graduation, Stephanie started working as a research assistant for both the STEPS study and DPP. Her research interests include dissemination and implementation of evidence based practices for children in community settings. In the fall of 2016, Stephanie began attending the Virginia Commonwealth University Child Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program with Dr. Bryce McLeod.