People

 

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Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, PhD

Lab Director

 

 

Dr. Dennis-Tiwary (Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University) is a Professor in the Psychology Department at Hunter College, The City University of New York, and director of the Stress, Anxiety, and Resilience Research Center and the Interdisciplinary Center for Health Technology and Wellness. Trained in clinical psychology and affective and cognitive neuroscience from a developmental psychopathology perspective, she examines biopsychosocial factors in the development of emotion regulation across the lifespan, and neurocognitive processes underlying novel treatment approaches for anxiety, stress, and addiction, including attention bias modification. She translates this research into the development of clinically-validated digital health tools, including the stress- and anxiety-reduction app Personal Zen. Her work on school-based methods for teaching youth mindfulness-based stress and anxiety reduction is the topic of the documentary film “Changing Minds at Concord High.”


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E-mail: tracy.dennis@hunter.cuny.edu

Samantha Denefrio

Doctoral Student

 

 

I earned my B.A. in Psychology and Biology from Bucknell University in 2004 and my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Towson University in 2007. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Center (CUNY) in the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience program. My research interests include attention-emotion interactions and identifying biological markers associated with emotion dysregulation in anxiety and mood disorders. In particular, I am interested in how pathological anxiety influences the processing of emotional stimuli and the underlying attentional control processes associated with the development and maintenance of maladaptive cognitive biases.

 

E-mail: samanthadenefrio@gmail.com

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Boyang Fan

Doctoral Student

 

 

Boyang received his BA in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. He is currently a doctoral student in the Health Psychology and Clinical Science program at CUNY Graduate Center. Boyang’s broad research interests include the mechanisms of emotion dysregulation in people with anxiety and depression. His work examines behavioral and psychophysiological measurements of attention bias and emotional flexibility.

 

E-mail:bfan@gradcenter.cuny.edu

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Hyein Cho

Doctoral Student

 

 

Hyein earned her BA in Biology and MA in Cognitive Psychology from San Francisco State University. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is broadly interested in the neural and physiological bases of emotion regulation and affective disorders. Particularly, her interests involve the relationship between maladapative emotion regulation strategies (e.g., worry, rumination, suppression) and affective disorders, and how individual differences in these maladaptive processes are associated with development, maintenance, and exacerbation of anxiety and mood disorders.

 

E-mail:hcho@gradcenter.cuny.edu

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Qin Lin

Lab Coordinator

 

 

I graduated as valedictorian in Spring 2017 from Hunter College with a BA in Psychology. My research interests include understanding the underlying mechanisms that contribute to pathology, specifically stress and anxiety disorders.

 

E-mail:qin.lin122@gmail.com

Megha Ahmed

Lab Coordinator

 

 

I am a graduate of Hunter College with a BA in Psychology. My research interests include accessibility to treatments for anxiety and stress, specifically in relation to how technology may influence the future of diagnoses and the ability to provide treatments.

 

E-mail:megha.ahmed23@gmail.com

Rohini Bagrodia

Post-Master’s Research Assistant

 

 

I earned my B.A. in Neurobiology and Economics from Cornell University and my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. I am interested in how emotion regulation mechanisms can affect cognitive functioning, and the potential role emotion (dysregulation) plays in anxiety and mood disorders.

 

E-mail: robagrodia@gmail.com

David Yap

Master’s Student and Research Assistant

 

 

David joined the Emotion Regulation Lab in September 2016. After obtaining a Bachelors of Art in Anthropology, from McGill University in Montreal, he has taught English in Japan, edited college biology textbooks, worked in education reform, and co-founded an activist printing cooperative. In addition to studying psychology, he is a program manager and teacher at a non-profit called the BioBus, which brings the joy of science to young people all over New York City. David is interested in the intersection of anxiety, stress, and technology in the workplace. After he obtains his master’s degree in psychology, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

 

E-mail: David.Yap@hunter.cuny.edu

Charlene Minaya

Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant

 

 

Charlene earned her B.A. in Psychology at Dartmouth College and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include anxiety and trauma disorders, particularly PTSD in veterans, as well as the interrelationship between emotion regulation, perceived locus of control, and resilience.

 

E-mail: charminaya@gmail.com

Boris Litvin

Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant

 

 

I graduated from the Macaulay Honors College of Hunter College in 2018, with majors in in Psychology and Political Science and a minor in Legal Studies. My interests include clinical psychology, positive psychology, health psychology, and humanistic psychology. I intend to apply to graduate school and pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. My main goal is to help people strive to self-actualization through the promotion of healthy behaviors and understanding of emotions.

 

E-mail: blitvin9677@gmail.com

Carolina Arguello

Undergraduate and Research Assistant

 

 

I am an Undergraduate student at Hunter College. As a Psychology major my interests include behavioral, neurocognitive, and developmental psychology. I aspire to achieve my Ph.D in clinical psychology to guide individuals to an understanding of underlying systems that cause behaviors and promote a healthy well being.

 

E-mail: carolina.arguello12@gmail.com