Lab Alumni

Past Research Coordinators

Nicholas Myers , M.A.

Currently: Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology
Advisor: Jonathan Abramowitz, Ph.D.
Laboratory: Anxiety and Stress Laboratory
Department: Psychology and Neuroscience
Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rachel Canella, M.S.

Currently: Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology
Institution: La Salle University

Past Research Assistants

Yasmine Boumaiz

B.S. in Psychology & B.S. in Neurobiology and Physiology
May 2020

University of Maryland

I am currently a second year Teach For America Corps Member in Baltimore City (teaching ESOL and newcomer Algebra 1 at Patterson High School) as well as a Research Assistant here at COACH. During my undergraduate career at the University of Maryland, I was a Research assistant for three years at the Shackman Lab, an Affective and Translational Neuroscience lab. I also have experience as a one-on-one counselor at the Confident Kids Camp DC (for selective mutism) where I practiced PCIT-SM therapy in a supervised setting. My ultimate goal is to gain skills and experience to refine my research interests and pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.   

Kyana Brubaker

B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences | Minor in Visual Arts, May 2022
Johns Hopkins University

Currently: MSN Student, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

I graduated from Johns Hopkins University in May 2022 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Visual Arts minor. I am currently working towards my MSN degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. I plan to pursue a career in pediatric nursing, specializing in neonatal intensive care. During my time at COACH, I worked as a senior research assistant on the Tic Detector project where I led our team meetings with my colleagues and worked on a lot of the logistical tasks in addition to running participants. The experience I had at COACH helped me develop my interpersonal and collaborative skills that have translated well into how I am able to interact with my patients and peers in nursing school. Working at COACH was definitely one of the highlights of my undergraduate career.

Emma Esposito

B.A. in Psychology, May 2020
Kenyon College

Currently: Behavioral Specialist at Rogers Behavioral Health

I graduated in 2020 from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Psychology. Currently, I work as a Behavioral Specialist at Rogers Behavioral Health in Los Angeles. I work with children and adolescents diagnosed with OCD, ASD, anxiety and depression, providing CBT, DBT, and Exposure-based therapeutic interventions. I look forward to gaining more research and clinical experience with children and adolescents with OCD in preparation for a clinical Pys.D. program in the future.

Brianna Groch

B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences | Minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Expected December 2022

Johns Hopkins University

I am a senior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Psychology. I plan to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology, with the ultimate goal of continuing to work in research and providing clinical care. I am primarily interested in psychopathology, with special interests in anxiety disorders and neurodivergence.

Anna Hu

B.A. in Psychology & B.S. in Neuroscience, expected May 2022
Johns Hopkins University

I am a double psychology and neuroscience rising sophomore, attending Johns Hopkins University. While I have yet to narrow down specific mental disorders that I would like to focus on studying, I am especially interested in the expression of mental disorders in adolescents. I have previously interned under the Rainnie Lab at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University, investigating the role of the basolateral amygdala in long term memory consolidation.

Carol Yuming Li

B.S. in Computer Science, May 2021
Johns Hopkins University

I am interested in the research of applying computer science in psychological therapy. My volunteer work at JH-COACH focused on designing a series of VR research projects to examine ways of improving treatment for children with OCD.

Tiffany McIntyre 

B.A. in Psychology, May 2019
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Currently: M.A. Student in Clinical Psychology, Towson University

I graduated from UMBC in 2019 with a B.A. in psychology. In 2021, I started my M.A. program in Clinical Psychology at Towson University; I am expected to graduate in 2023. In my program, I am completing my thesis on stigma related to utilizing accommodations with students who are neurodiverse. I am passionate about working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders/ conditions. I plan to apply to doctoral programs after completion of my current program. Since ending my time at the COACH Lab, I have worked directly with children with ASD and severe behavioral issues. I have also contributed to several research projects at both Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins related to Sickle Cell Disease. Currently, I work as a Graduate Extern at Johns Hopkins in the Medical Psychology department working with and administering neuropsychological assessments to individuals who have cognitive and psychological concerns. While working in the COACH Lab, I coded and inputted data relating to validating the YGTSS-R. This experience stimulated my passion for evidence-based assessments. I also learned to value the importance of data management and interpretation in research projects. My most valued moments at the COACH Lab were the lab meetings where knowledge and support were provided by Dr. McGuire and other staff members and interns at the department.

Ebubechukwu Obi Onyinanya

B.S. in Neuroscience
Expected May 2023

Johns Hopkins University

I am a fourth-year student at Johns-Hopkins University, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. I plan to attend medical school; from there I will pursue a career in pediatric medicine while conducting clinical research. I am very interested in neurodevelopmental disorders and excited to receive hands-on education in the field.

Sara Reagan

B.S. in Biological Sciences & Psychology, December 2020
University Of Maryland, Baltimore County

Currently: Clinical Research Assistant in the Department of Neurology of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

I graduated from UMBC with a dual degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology. My career goal is to become a clinical psychologist. I enjoy working with children and am interested in researching mood and personality disorders as well as sleep and memory.

Katlyn Reynolds

M.H.S. in Mental Health
Expected May 2022

Johns Hopkins University

B.S. in Psychology
May 2020

University of Florida

I graduated in 2020 from University of Florida with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Educational Studies. At UF I worked with Dr. Joseph McNamara and FEAR lab with children and adults with OCD and anxiety disorders. After graduating I worked as a care coordinator acting as a liaison between patients with mental illness and prescribers, therapists and counselors at an online mental health care company called “Cerebral”. I transitioned to a new position at Cerebral and currently work as a care counselor providing support, coping techniques, and guidance to my patient caseload. In addition, I am a graduate student in the Master in Health Science in Mental Health program at JHU. My current research interests are OCD and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. I am looking forward to gaining more research experience with the COACH Lab to prepare me for pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Abigael Schmidt

B.S. in Psychology
Expected May 2023
Towson University

I am a fourth year student at Towson University pursuing a bachelors degree in Psychology. My ultimate goal is to become a clinical psychologist and work with children and adolescents. My research interests include pediatric anxiety and personality traits in children.

Nordia Simmonds

B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences & Spanish
Expected May 2022
Johns Hopkins University

I am a fourth-year student at Johns Hopkins University, with a double-major in Psychology & Spanish. Currently, my career aspiration is to work with children with behavioral disorders. As this is my first clinical research experience, I am excited for the opportunity to acquire skills applicable to child and adolescent psychology.

Jazmine Wedlock

B.S. in Psychology, May 2019
Towson University

Currently: MPS Student in Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park

I’m currently working as the Lab Manager of Dr. Nathan Fox’s Child Development Lab (CDL) at the University of Maryland, College Park. I was previously a Project Coordinator and the Lab Manager of Dr. Alexander Shackman’s Affective and Translational Neuroscience lab, where I worked on the neuroRED project for two years. After obtaining my MPS, I would like to begin working in clinical research trials in similar research administration roles.