Clinical Students

galsky Ashley Galsky is a fifth-year Clinical Psychology student working under the mentorship of Dr. Mary Lou Kelley. She is currently on internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (HRSA Track). She graduated with honors from Tulane University, earning both her B.S. in Psychology as well as her BSPH (Bachelor 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 5th 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 6th 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.

Jasper Estabillo 

 

Jasper Estabillo is a fifth-year student under the mentorship of Dr. Johnny Matson. She is currently on internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior (Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities track). She received her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Psychology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and subsequently worked as a research coordinator at UCSD and the Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on early identification of autism spectrum disorder, particularly familial risk factors and at-risk baby siblings. A true southern Californian, Jasper enjoys pilates, yoga, music festivals, and the beach.

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Maysa Kaskas is a 5th 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. Maysa is currently on internship at Boston Children's Hospital. Outside of school, she enjoys being outdoors, volunteering at a local animal shelter, and spending time with friends.
Maya Matheis Maya Matheis is a fifth-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.
Elana Schwartz Elana Schwartz is a 5th 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 7th year clinical psychology student in Dr. Alex Cohen's ASAP lab. She received her B.S. in Psychology at the University of California at San Diego, and completed her honors thesis in Dr. Eric Granholm's lab. She recently completed her predoctoral internship at VA Connecticut Healthcare System in the General Mental Health - Serious Mental Illness track with Dr. Joanna Fiszdon and is currently completing a MIRECC postdoctoral fellowship at VA Greater Los Angeles in Dr. Michael Green's lab. Jessica's research interests are in the interactions between emotion, cognition, and symptomatology (especially amotivation) in schizophrenia spectrum disorders as they relate to understanding underlying brain mechanisms and improving psychotherapy outcomes. Her clinical interests include individuals with severe mental illness and comorbid psychopathology. Outside of school, she enjoys playing soccer, going to the beach, and trying new foods. 

 Melanie Roys

 

Melanie Roys is a 4th 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 4th 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

 

Julia Clark is a sixth year in Dr. Paul Frick's lab. She is currently completing her internship year at University Neuropsychiatric Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. Julia received her Master of Science degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2015. Her master’s thesis examined relationships between parenting, conduct problems, and callous-unemotional traits in a kindergarten sample. Julia’s dissertation examines the deficits in affective and cognitive empathy in children with CU traits across age groups to better understand the impairments in empathy development associated with CU traits and how these impairments may change across development. Outside of school, Julia enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and baking.

 

 

Jennifer Piscitello is a fourth 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 fourth 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 4th 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

 

 Thanh Le Thanh Le is a fourth 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, affective, and social impairments in the severe mental illness population and schizophrenia-spectrum. His hobbies include going to concerts and sporting events, exploring new cities, running, and drinking coffee. 
 Scott Roye

 

Scott Roye is a fourth 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 fourth-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.

 

 

 

Ryan Cummins

 

 

Ilayna Mehrtens

 

 

Kasia Plessy

 William Jason Peters

 

W. Jason Peters is a fourth 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 third 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 third-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 third 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 third 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.  

 

 Abigain Issarraras

 

Abigail Issarraras is a third-year clinical psychology student on Dr. Matson's team. She earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a double major in Psychology from Northwestern University. Her research interests include early identification of autism spectrum disorder, differential diagnosis of developmental disabilities, and understanding barriers to early assessment and intervention for children with ASD. Outside of school, Abby enjoys taking her dog to the park, going to yoga class, and exploring Baton Rouge.

 

 

 

Tatiana Matlasz is a third 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 is a third year in Dr. Paul Frick's lab. She earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology and criminal justice from the University of North Florida. She then went on to work full-time as lab manager in Dr. Abigail Marsh's Laboratory on Social and Affective Neuroscience at Georgetown University in D.C. where she coordinated studies on antisocial and prosocial behavior. She currently serves as coordinator of the Crossroads Study, a longitudinal study evaluating the long-term impacts of the juvenile justice system on adolescent offenders. Broadly, her research and clinical interests include the development of adolescent conduct disorders, the impact the justice system has on adolescent development, and the related clinical, legal, and policy implications. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking with her dog, reading, and traveling. 

 Katherine Walukevich Katherine Walukevich is a third-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 second 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 second year clinical psychology student in Dr. Matson's lab. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Southern California. 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 second 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!

 Shelby Stewart

Shelby Stewart is a second 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 second 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 second 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.

 Alix Aboussouan

Alix Aboussouan is a first-year clinical psychology student on Dr. Tucker’s team. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies from Penn State University. Prior to attending LSU, she worked as a research assistant at the Cleveland Clinic doing research on sexual impairment among women with treatment refractory chronic pelvic pain. Her research interests include mitigation of suicidal behavior among underserved populations, with a focus in transgender populations.  Outside of school, Alix enjoys escaping Ohio winters, reading, trying new restaurants, and playing with other peoples’ animals (until she can finally rescue one or five on her own).

 

 

Paige Adenuga is a first-year clinical psychology student on Dr. Davis’ team. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from DePaul University. Paige’s broad research interests include the etiology, manifestation, and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. In addition, she is interested in exploring various applications of cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based interventions for anxiety and co-occurring disorders. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to music, watching soccer, and trying different cuisines.

 Kelsey Coulthard

 

Kelsey Coulthard is a first year student on Dr. Kelley’s team. She received her B.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include internalizing disorders in relation to traumatic events within children. Outside of class, she enjoys traveling, playing the French horn, and spending time with her kitties.

 

 Kimberly Ellison

Kimberly Ellison is a 1st year student on Dr. Davis' team. She received two Bachelor of Arts degrees: one in Psychology and one in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and she received her master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. Kimberly’s research interests focus on the intersection between anxiety and autism spectrum disorder as well as the clinical features of suicidality in both clinical populations. Outside of school, she loves to watch football, enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and exploring new places, and socializing with family and friends.

 

 

Kristen Hollas is a 1st year clinical psychology student on Dr. Mary Lou Kelley's team. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. Her current research interests include childhood trauma and assessments. She enjoys watching football, hiking, and country music, and is a third degree black belt in TaeKwon-Do.

 Emily Kemp

Emily Kemp is a first-year clinical psychology student in Dr. Paul Frick’s lab. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and with Departmental Honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in psychology and minor in sociology. As an undergraduate, Emily completed her honors thesis examining the relationship between psychopathy and physiological stress reactivity in subjective stress appraisal under the advisement of Dr. Robert Josephs. Her research interests include the developmental and neuropsychological underpinnings of conduct disorder, psychopathy, and antisocial behavior more generally. In her free time, she enjoys card and board games, listening to podcasts, bad horror movies, and searching for the best ramen in town.  

 Joshua Montrenes

Joshua Montrenes is a first-year clinical psychology student on Dr. Matson’s team. Joshua earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to attending LSU, Joshua worked as a research assistant for the Autism Inpatient Collection which focused on phenotyping the severely affected autism inpatient population. His research interests include comorbid psychotic disorders and emotion dysregulation in the autism population. In his free time Joshua enjoys making music, bike riding, and spending time with his cat, Henry. 

 

 

Emma Moscardini

 

 

Paige Picou

 Erika Pugh

Erika Pugh is a first-year clinical psychology student in Dr. Calamia’s lab. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Martin and her Master of Arts in Psychology at the University at Buffalo. Erika is largely interested in utilizing neuropsychological approaches to examine predictive factors of cognitive changes and decline in older adults. She is particularly interested in investigating these predictive factors in community and minority populations. Outside of school, Erika enjoys live music, yoga, reading, exploring coffee shops, and hiking with her dog.

 

 

Christopher Wehrle

 Paige Weir

Paige Weir is a first-year child clinical psychology student on Dr. Matson’s team. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. Prior to attending LSU, she gained clinical experience in providing Applied Behavior Analysis as a Registered Behavior Technician to children diagnosed with Autism and worked as a research assistant and community psychology lab coordinator. Her research interests include assessment, treatment, and dissemination/implementation of interventions for children diagnosed with Autism and Intellectual/Development Disabilities, particularly within culturally diverse, underprivileged and underserved communities. Outside of school, Paige enjoys traveling, staying active, spending time with friends, and visiting her home island of Guam whenever time permits. 

  

 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)