Lab Alumni

Olga Gulyayeva

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology at St. John’s University



I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College in 2014. Currently, I am a doctoral student in the Child Track of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at St. John’s University. I am also a doctoral fellow with Dr. Tamara Del Vecchio and the Child and Family Research Group. My research interests include parent-child relationships and the role that emotion regulation, coercive processes, and technology play in parenting and close relationships.



Peter Luehring-Jones

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology at Boston University



Peter is a member of Dr. Tibor Palfai’s Addictive Behaviors Laboratory at Boston University, where he studies cognitive processes related to decision-making about alcohol consumption and sexual behaviors.  He is interested in experimental research and the development of interventions that derive from that research; using a translational approach, he hopes to identify cognitive aspects of risky decision-making that can be modified to protect health and help people control impulsive behavior.  Peter’s past work at the Emotion Regulation Lab included research on using attentional bias modification to reduce implicit associations about alcohol in young adult social drinkers, and he hopes to continue his work in this area during his graduate studies at Boston University.



Samantha Birk

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology at Temple University



Samantha worked as a lab coordinator for the Emotion Regulation Lab after earning her B.A. in psychology from Binghamton University in May 2015. She is currently a Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Temple University, where she is working in Dr. Thomas Olino’s Child and Adolescent Development of Emotion, Personality, and Psychopathology Lab. Her research interests involve identifying markers of risk for affective disorders, particularly depression and anxiety. She is also interested in how emotion regulation and relationships affect cognitive and behavioral functioning.

Courtney Louis

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology at Michigan State University



Courtney started working at the Emotion Regulation Lab in January of 2015, and worked as a lab coordinator after earning her BA in psychology at Hunter College in May 2016. She is currently enrolled in Michigan State University’s clinical psychology doctoral program in the Clinical Psychophysiology Lab with Dr. Jason Moser. She is interested in investigating the neural underpinnings of attentional biases and its relationship to anxiety in adults. She is also broadly interested in individual differences in anxiety symptoms and how that may relate to specific aspects of attention.

Aqib Chowdhury

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology at Binghamton University



Aqib is currently a Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Binghamton University, where he is working at the Binghamton Anxiety Clinic under the mentorship of Dr. Meredith Coles. His research interests involve investigating various mechanisms that play a role in anxiety disorders, with the goal of using this information to contribute to and refine existing treatments. He is also interested in exploring information-processing biases in individuals with anxiety.

Karlina Slisane

Masters Student in Clinical Psychology at University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/University of Paris Descartes



Karlina joined Emotion Regulation Lab in 2015 to work on her undergraduate thesis for Thomas Hunter Honors Program and continued as a post-bac research assistant after graduating from Hunter College in 2016. She is currently enrolled in University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/University of Paris Descartes where she is earning her Master’s Degree in Economics and Psychology. She is interested in learning how behavioral economic theories can affect health and wellness-related behaviors that lead to healthier outcomes. Furthermore, Karlina is interested in examining cognitive and behavioral processes that can trigger harmful behavior and the ways in which researchers can help individuals sustain healthy habits.

Isabella Penney




Isabella recently began working as an intake coordinator within the Hospice and Palliative Care department of Metropolitan Jewish Health Systems (MJHS). She Is enjoying helping contribute to the comfort of patients and learning about nursing. She plans to pursue a professional career in health care.