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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

Sarah Myruski

Doctoral Student

 

 

Sarah is a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) at the CUNY Graduate Center in the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience program. Her long-term research interests focus on understanding the neurocognitive, physiological, social and behavioral processes that underlie risk and resilience related to mental health across the lifespan. She has a specific interest in how various levels of social context (including interpersonal, social network, and cultural levels) contribute to brain development and emotional well-being. In particular, her dissertation research uses a multi-method approach to investigate social-context-sensitive biological signatures of regulatory flexibility in school aged children.
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E-mail: sarah@myruski.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 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

Leona Tan

Post-Master’s Research Assistant

 

 

Leona joined the Emotional Regulation Lab in 2016 to work on a variety of digital mental health research projects. She is part of the Personal Zen Team working towards a new and improved version to be released late 2017. Prior to joining the Emotional Regulation Lab, she worked in the Workplace Mental Health Research Program at the University of New South Wales and Black Dog Institute in Sydney, Australia. During this time she worked on a range of research projects examining the evidence for interventions that prevent the development of mental illness in emergency service workers and in the general workplace. She has a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and worked as a management consultant in Australia and Malaysia before venturing into academia.

 

E-mail:leona.sw.tan@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

Jenny Ha

Undergraduate and Research Assistant

 

 

I am an undergraduate honors student at Hunter College focusing my studies in psychology, studio art, and public policy. My research interests include treatment approaches for anxiety and stress through emotion regulation, digital mental health methods, and creative arts therapy. In addition to my research involvement, I am an intern at Lenox Hill Hospital in the inpatient psychiatric unit and a teachers assistant for Statistical Methods in Psychology. While I am still exploring career options, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the near future.

 

E-mail: ms.jennyha@gmail.com

Alexandra Montesinos

Undergraduate and Research Assistant

 

 

Alexandra is currently an undergraduate student in the Macaulay Honors College Program at Hunter College. She is on the Pre-medical track and is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience. Her research interests center around the physiology of neurocognitive functioning and its impact on one’s mental well-being. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the pathology of anxiety and stress disorders and how regulation of one’s emotions may play a role in facilitating future treatments.

 

E-mail: alexamontesinos@gmail.com

Elly Bergen

Undergraduate and Research Assistant

 

 

I am a current undergraduate senior studying Psychology and Sociology at Hunter College. Currently, I am in the process of applying to Master’s Programs for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and intend to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. Ultimately, I hope to one day work in a capacity that provides accessible counseling services to adults and children.

 

E-mail: ellybergen37@gmail.com

Chana Kaufman

Undergraduate and Research Assistant

 

 

Chana is an undergraduate student at Hunter College, majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. Her research interests include testable behaviors that exhibit or are posited to result in clinical implications specific to child populations. Chana looks forward to continuing her academic journey by pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the near future. Driven by a personal belief that children are the adults of the future and our best investment as a society, she is inspired to apply all her schooling, fieldwork experience and creative capital to affect positive change in the lives of younger demographics.

 

E-mail: chanches.k@gmail.com

Amanda Suljic

Undergraduate and Research Assistant

 

 

I am currently an undergraduate senior studying Psychology at Hunter College. My research interests concentrate on the psychopathology of anxiety disorders along with treatment approaches for anxiety and life stressors that utilize mobile mental health technology. My ultimate goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

 

E-mail: suljicamanda@gmail.com