Clinical Students

galsky Ashley Galsky is a fourth year Clinical Psychology student working as part of Dr. Mary Lou Kelley's lab. She graduated with honors from Tulane University, earning both her B.S. in Psychology as well as her BSPH (Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health). Ashley's research interests broadly focus on the psychological impact of chronic stressors (e.g., exposure to community violence and poverty), as well as the experience of traumatic life events. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys salsa dancing, as well as spending time at the beach whenever possible.
 Kimberlye Dean

 

Kimberlye Dean is a fourth year clinical psychology student on Dr. Buckner's team. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include the influence of multicultural factors on substance abuse as well as anxiety-related disorders. Outside of school, she enjoys participating in vocal performance ensembles, discovering new musical interests, and watching foreign films.

 Emily Jeffries

 

Emily Jeffries is a fifth year clinical psychology student in Dr. Buckner's lab. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include identifying and studying cognitive vulnerability factors related to anxiety, substance use, and comorbid anxiety and substance use. She likes to spend her free-time reading, hiking, playing indoor soccer, and doing zumba.

grinnel  Morgan Grinnell is a seventh-year clinical psychology student on Dr. Mary Lou Kelley’s team. She graduated with honors in Psychology and Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, and received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2014. Her research interests include child and adolescent psychopathology generally, with an emphasis on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Outside of school, Morgan spends her time with her husband and their miniature schnauzer. They enjoy taking their dog for long walks, binge-watching TV shows, reading, and keeping up with the Tar Heels.

Jasper Estabillo 

 

Jasper Estabillo is a 4th year child clinical psychology student on Dr. Matson’s team. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Psychology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Prior to coming to LSU, she was a Research Coordinator at UCSD and the Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital, where she worked on a genetics study aimed at relating de novo mutations to autism and related disorders. Her research interests include early identification, differential diagnosis, and comorbidities of autism spectrum disorder and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Clinically, her work is in applied behavior analysis therapy and the assessment of developmental disabilities in children. Outside of school, Jasper enjoys pilates, yoga, and baking.

 Blair Kreiger

 

Blair Kreiger is a seventh year clinical psychology student on Dr. Kelley's team. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wofford College and her master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University. Her research interests include ADHD, military families, and trauma exposure in children and adolescents. Her hobbies include reading (for fun!), playing board games with her husband and friends, watching movies, and finding new Louisiana adventures. She is currently in her second year of fellowship with Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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Maysa Kaskas is a 4th year clinical psychology student on Dr. Davis's team. She received her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Studies with a second major in English and History (interdisciplinary) at Vanderbilt University. Maysa is interested in researching the cognitive aspects of internalizing disorders and the maintenance of anxiety in children and adolescents. Outside of school, she enjoys being outdoors, volunteering at a local animal shelter, and spending time with friends.
mm Maya Matheis is a fourth-year clinical psychology student on Dr. Matson’s team. She received her Master of Social Work in 2014 from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, with concentrations in child mental health and research methodology. She received her undergraduate degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where she majored in psychology and photography. Her research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder, with particular emphasis on under-diagnosed and underserved populations. Maya is also an avid traveler, photographer, bibliophile, and knitting enthusiast.
 Kyle Mitchell

 Kyle Mitchell is a 5th year clinical psychology student in Dr. Cohen’s Affective Sciences and Psychopathology laboratory. He is currently on predoctoral internship at the Central Texas VA Healthcare System. Kyle received his bachelor’s of science degree in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 and his master’s degree from Louisiana State University in 2015. His research broadly focuses on the relationship between neurocognitive, affective, and social deficits across the schizophrenia spectrum. More specifically, he is interested in the relationship between cognitive control and the positive and negative valence systems; the effects of cognitive deficits on emotion regulation; and objective measurement of negative symptoms. His hobbies include listening to and playing music, trying new coffees, and going to the gym.

Elana Schwartz Elana Schwartz is a 4th year Clinical Psychology student in the Affective Science and Psychology laboratory led by Dr. Alex Cohen. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Towson University and completed her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Dance at the University of Maryland, College Park. Elana has two research areas of interest: a) mental health services research that examines factors that enhance and facilitate recovery in serious mental illness and b) cognitive functioning, emotion regulation, and serious mental illness. Outside of school, she enjoys taking dance classes, running, and exploring Louisiana.
Jessica McGovern

 

Jessica McGovern is a 6th year clinical psychology student in Dr. Alex Cohen's ASAP lab. She will be working with Dr. Joanna Fiszdon as an intern on the General Mental Health - Serious Mental Illness track at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System during the 2017-2018 academic year. She received her B.S. in Psychology at the University of California at San Diego. While there, she completed her honors thesis on the relationship between depression, anxiety, and beliefs about voices in individuals with chronic schizophrenia under Dr. Eric Granholm. After graduating, she worked for 3 years in the NIH Clinical Center as a psychometrist for clinical evaluations as well as for numerous traumatic brain injury studies, under the mentorship of Dr. John Dsurney. Jessica's research interests are in the interactions between emotion, cognition, and symptomatology in schizophrenia spectrum disorders as they relate to understanding the underlying brain mechanisms. Her clinical interests include individuals with severe mental illness and comorbid psychopathology. Outside of school, she enjoys playing soccer, trying new foods, and exploring Baton Rouge/New Orleans culture. 

 

 Austin Lemke

 

Austin Lemke is a third year clinical psychology student in Dr. Buckner’s lab. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas Christian University. His research interests include the comorbidity of anxiety disorders and substance use, as well as transdiagnostic treatments. Outside of school he enjoys playing sports, traveling, drinking coffee, and learning about history.

 

 Melanie Roys

 

Melanie Roys is a 3rd year clinical psychology student in Dr. Copeland's laboratory. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Wofford College, her Master of Science degree from University of South Carolina Aiken in Applied Clinical Psychology, and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Suffolk University in Mental Health Counseling. Before coming to LSU Melanie was employed as an Outpatient Clinician at South Shore Mental Health’s Community Outpatient Services program in Quincy, MA. Her focus was on clients with severe and persistent mental illness and comorbid substance use disorders. Melanie’s broad research interests include the effect of affective and behavioral variables on the etiology, maintenance, and cessation of smoking and other drug use.

 

 Aaron Waters

 

Aaron Waters is a 3rd year clinical psychology student in Dr. Copeland’s laboratory. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, CA). His broad research interests include substance abuse prevention and intervention development. Specifically, he is interested in identifying predictors of resilience associated with prolonged abstinence in socioeconomically disadvantaged recovering substance abusers. Outside of school, he enjoys yoga and cooking exotic food. 

 

 Peter Castagna

Peter Castagna is a third-year clinical psychology student on Dr. Davis’ team. He received his undergraduate degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Eastern Connecticut State University and his Master’s degree in Psychology from Connecticut College. Peter is interested in translational research on the intersections between emotion regulation and executive functioning in children and adolescents. Outside of school, he enjoys LSU football games, working out, running, and reading.

 

 

 

Julia Clark is a third year in Dr. Paul Frick's lab. Julia graduated magna cum laude and with honors in major with a B.A. in psychology from Whitman College in 2011. Julia received her Masters of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2015. As an undergraduate, Julia completed an honors thesis and an independent research project examining the relationships between psychopathy, personality, attachment style, drug use, criminal versatility, and interpersonal conflict tactics in an adult male incarcerated sample. Her master’s thesis examined relationships between parenting, conduct problems, and callous-unemotional traits in a kindergarten sample. Her main research interests include the role parenting plays in the development of CU traits in young children, and using this research to inform clinical interventions for children with CU traits. Outside of school, Julia enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time with friends.

 

 

Jennifer Piscitello is a third year clinical psychology student in Dr. Kelley’s lab. She received her B.A. In Psychology and Political Science from SUNY Stony Brook University in 2010. Jennifer’s general research interests include the family environment and its impact on child development. More specifically, she is interested in the development and assessment of interventions aimed at improving family functioning in at-risk populations. She is also interested in multidisciplinary approaches to improving assessment of children’s internalizing and externalizing behavior problems. Outside of school, Jennifer enjoys yoga, cooking, and exploring Louisiana culture.

 

 

Claire Burns is a third year clinical psychology student on Dr. Matson’s team. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Tulane University. Her research interests include early identification and intervention for autism and other intellectual/developmental disorders, with particular emphasis on social cognition. Outside of school, she enjoys running, yoga, and traveling.

 Georgia Shaheen

 

Georgia Shaheen is a 3rd year student on Dr. Davis' team. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and her master's degree in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University. Georgia's research interests focus on the influence of parenting factors and cognitive features on functional impairment and treatment implications within child and adolescent anxiety. Outside of school, she still loves coffee, enjoys traveling, and spending time with friends and family!

 

 

 

Paige Ryan

 

 Franziska NoackLeSage

 

Franziska NoackLeSage is a 6th year in the Clinical Psychology program under the supervision of Dr. Thompson E. Davis III.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at University of Houston - Clear Lake.  Franziska’s research interests pertain to dimensional symptom expressions across disorders, the influence of symptoms on children’s academic and clinical performance, as well as differences in communicating and implementing appropriate interventions across settings.  Franziska is excited to start her internship at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in August 2017.  Outside of school, Franziska enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and painting.  

 

 

 

Megan Kirkpatrick Lilly

 

 Thanh Le Thanh Le is a third year clinical psychology student in Dr. Cohen's Affective Science and Psychopatholgy lab. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. Thanh is interested in utilizing a multimodal approach (i.e., behavioral, digital, and objective measures) to investigate the cognitive and affective mechanisms underlying communication and social functioning deficits in the severe mental illness population. His hobbies include going to concerts and sporting events, exploring new cities, running/hiking, and drinking coffee. 
 Scott Roye

 

Scott Roye is a third year clinical psychology student on Dr. Calamia’s team. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology from Emory University and his Master of Arts degree in psychology from Pepperdine University. His research is focused on using neuropsychological and neuroimaging-based approaches to investigate selective attention and executive functioning amongst adults diagnosed with ADHD. Additionally, he is interested in the psychometric properties of neuropsychological tests and measure development. Outside of school, he enjoys going to the movies, watching/playing sports, hiking, and spending time with friends.

 

 John Bernstein

 

John Bernstein is in his third-year on Dr. Calamia's team. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester in 2015. John is broadly interested in the functional consequences of neurocognitive disorders, especially as they relate to driving ability. John is the current networking chair for the Association for Neuropsychological Students & Trainees. He is also a lifelong distance runner, a diehard Boston sports fan, and a 90’s music enthusiast.

 

 Sonia Shah

 

Sonia Shah is a sixth year clinical psychology student in Dr. Buckner’s lab. She graduated from Texas Tech University with her Bachelors in Psychology and Women’s Studies, and she earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. She recently completed her doctoral internship at the Charlie Norwood VA and Medical College of Georgia where she specialized in treating military sexual trauma. Sonia joined Brandon P. Romano, Psy.D. & Associates in July 2017 as a Predoctoral Associate and provides services in Baton Rouge and the surrounding area under the supervision of Dr. Romano. She is currently completing her dissertation testing an online intervention aimed at changing normative beliefs regarding condom use and increasing condom use in a sample of LSU students. In her free time, Sonia enjoys barre and weight lifting, cooking, and exploring Louisiana. 

 Seandra Cosgrove Walker

 

Seandra Cosgrove is a 6th year student on Dr. Kelley’s team. She graduated with honors from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Psychology. Her research interests include risk, resiliency, and psychological effects of child abuse and trauma. Seandra's dissertation investigates the impact of adaptive skills on psychological adjustment in reported child sexual abuse. Seandra is currently completing her clinical internship at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton, Ohio, where she primarily assesses and treats trauma-related disorders within a diverse and underserved population. Outside of graduate school, Seandra enjoys Barre, watching football, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

Ryan Cummins

 

 

Ilayna Mehrtens

 

 

Kasia Plessy

 

 

Jina Jang

 William Jason Peters

 

W. Jason Peters is a third year student on Dr. Matson's team. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama and his master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University. His research interests include assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders and other intellectual/developmental disabilities, with an emphasis on comorbidities. Outside of school, he enjoys playing sports and video games, and spending time with friends. 

 

 Adrienne Anderson

 

Andrienne Anderson is a 2nd year student on Dr. Kelley’s team. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Dayton. Her research interests include childhood externalizing disorders, the evaluation and development of treatment intervention options and family factors that may impact treatment acceptability and effectiveness. As an undergraduate Adrienne worked with Dr. Richard Viken conducting research on body image concerns and the influence of media. Her master’s thesis investigated the effects of perceived support from siblings on freshman students' adjustment to college. Adrienne is currently involved in a homework intervention study and a measure validation study. Adrienne enjoys working out, watching sports, traveling and cooking.

 

 Alyssa DeVito Alyssa DeVito is a second-year clinical psychology student in Dr. Calamia’s lab. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology at Rutgers University and her Master of Arts in clinical psychology at Columbia University. Her research interests include how anxiety symptomatology and lifestyle factors change the course of development and progression of dementia. Outside of school she enjoys reading, spending time with friends cooking Mediterranean cuisine, and hiking.
 Taylor Fedechko Taylor Fedechko is a second year Clinical Psychology student working as part of Dr. Alex Cohen’s lab. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience at the University of Maryland, College Park. Taylor’s research interests include the analysis of language production in individuals with psychosis. More specifically, she is interested in examining the semantic, lexical, and prosodic components of speech and how overall language production affects functional outcomes. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys yoga, jigsaw puzzles, and painting.
 Sabrina Gretkierewicz

 

Sabrina Gretkierewicz is a second year student on Dr. Kelley’s team. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Oakland University in 2013. Subsequently, she obtained her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University in 2016. As an undergraduate, she was involved in two social psychology labs, conducting research on interpersonal relationships and hormonal influences on behavior. In her master’s program, she was involved in a trauma lab and a child and infant mental health lab. Her current research interests include child mental health generally with a particular interest in ADHD, risk and resiliency with regard to childhood trauma, and interventions for children, adolescents, and families.  Outside of school, she enjoys taking walks outdoors, hula hooping, and watching TV shows with her cat.  

 

 

 

Abigail Issarraras 

 

 

 

Tatiana Matlasz is a second year clinical student in Dr. Paul Frick’s lab. She graduated with High Honors from the University at Buffalo, earning her B.A. in both Psychology and Health and Human Services. As an undergrad, she worked in several labs studying constructs such as aggression, peer relationships, prosocial behaviors, and empathy in preschoolers through young adults. Currently, her main research interests involve understanding aggression, psychopathy and callous-unemotional traits and how these characteristics and other personality and environmental factors put children and adolescents at risk for delinquency. She is also interested in forensic applications and interventions, and how this information can be used to prevent future incarceration and reduce recidivism rates. In her spare time, Tatiana enjoys hot yoga, puzzles, drawing, and live music.

 

 Emily Robertson

 

Emily Robertson began in the Fall of 2016 as a clinical psychology student in Dr. Paul Frick's lab. She graduated with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in criminal justice from the University of North Florida. As an undergraduate, Emily designed, implemented, and evaluated a self-compassion intervention for domestic violence survivors seeking emergency shelter. She also co-founded a non-profit that recruits system-involved adolescents (e.g., juvenile offenders, foster children) and trains them to advocate for policies that remove systematic barriers that impact them. After graduating, Emily worked as Lab Manager for Dr. Abigail Marsh’s Laboratory on Social and Affective Neuroscience at Georgetown University, where she coordinated research projects on the cognitive and neural correlates of antisocial and prosocial behavior. Currently, Emily is the graduate coordinator for the Crossroads Research Study, a multisite, longitudinal study evaluating the long-term impacts of the juvenile justice system on adolescent offenders. Broadly, her research interests include the development of adolescent conduct disorders, the impact of the justice system, and the related clinical, legal, and policy implications.

 

 Katherine Walukevich Katherine Walukevich is a second-year clinical psychology student in Dr. Buckner's lab. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and public relations from Syracuse University. Katherine's research interests include understanding shared mechanisms of anxiety and comorbid substance use disorders and developing novel ways to target these mechanisms in treatment. She likes to spend her free time listening to true crime podcasts, watching college basketball, and hanging with her cat Maslow.
 

 

Lindsay Clark

 Tovah Cowan

 

Tovah Cowan is a first year clinical psychology student in Dr. Cohen's Affective Science and Psychopatholgy lab. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Concordia University, in Montreal, Quebec. Her research interests are focused in psychosocial and social cognitive aspects of psychosis. Her hobbies include cooking, swimming, and photography. 

 

 

Jerrica Guidry

 Esther Hong

Esther Hong is a first year clinical psychology student on Dr. Matson's team. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Southern California. Prior to coming to LSU, Esther worked at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders as a behavioral therapist and research coordinator. Her research interests include early assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder as well as the evaluation of treatment outcomes. 

 E Mara Lewis

 

Elizabeth Mara Lewis is a first year clinical psychology student in Dr. Buckner's lab. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston. Her research interests include the nature of anxiety and related disorders through a cognitive lens, as well as treatment and prevention programs. In her free time, she likes to exercise, be outdoors and watch baseball. Go Cubs!

 Brooke Peterson

 

Brooke Peterson

 Shelby Stewart

 

Shelby Stewart is a 1st year clinical psychology student in Dr. Copeland's lab. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology as well as her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Louisiana State University. Shelby is interested in research regarding the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students Program (BASICS) as well as exploring the underlying mechanisms of drinking motivations in relation to sleep quality. Outside of school, she enjoys cooking/baking, LSU Baseball, and finding new restaurants with friends. 

 Toni Walker

Toni Walker is a first year clinical psychology student in Dr. Frick's lab. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Administration of Justice. Her research interests include the development of conduct disorder and antisocial behavior, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and the use of this knowledge to inform policy decisions. Outside of school she enjoys Pilates, cooking, and spending time with friends.

 Daniel Weitzner

 

Daniel Weitzner is a first year clinical psychology student in Dr. Calamia’s lab. He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Arts in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida and his Master of Science in psychology from West Virginia University. His research interests include identifying predictive factors associated with the development of dementia and the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation on individuals with, and without, cognitive impairment. Outside of school, he enjoys being outdoors, watching sports, and listening to music.

  

 Commitment to Diversity


We encourage applications from individuals with diverse racial, ethnic, and/or cultural backgrounds. Baton Rouge is a racially diverse city and our work in the greater Baton Rouge community allows us to provide clinical services to and conduct research with racially diverse individuals in our community. We take great pride in this diversity. Furthermore, our program is deeply committed to fostering a learning environment that supports cultural and individual differences and diversity. Additionally, “Diversity is fundamental to LSU's mission and the University is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual difference. Cultural inclusion is of highest priority” (see entire LSU Diversity Statement)