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, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher

 

 

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. I completed a Ph.D. in the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience program at the Graduate Center (CUNY). 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

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

Jennifer de Rutte

Doctoral Student

 

 

Jennifer received her B.A. in psychology from Loyola Marymount University in 2018. She is currently a doctoral student in the Health Psychology and Clinical Science program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Jennifer’s broad research interests include using technology-based interventions to affect positive change through cognitive and emotional mechanisms of anxiety and mood disorders.

 

E-mail: jennifer.derutte@gmail.com

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Qin Lin

Lab Coordinator

 

 

Qin graduated as valedictorian from Hunter College with a BA in Psychology and minors in German and Legal Studies. She is currently a post-baccalaureate pre-dental student. Her interests include understanding the underlying mechanisms of anxiety disorder, particularly dental anxiety, and providing integrated care to psychiatric patients.

 

E-mail:qin.lin122@gmail.com

Elizabeth Renée Davis

TAB Study Coordinator and Master’s Research Assistant

 

 

Elizabeth earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the City University of New York and manages the Teen Anxiety and Brain Study here in the Emotion Regulation Lab. She is currently a Cognitive Neuroscience Master’s student at the CUNY Graduate Center with a research interest in the neural mechanisms underlying anxiety disorders as well as the improvement and development of scientifically validated interventions for addressing anxiety disorders. After graduating from the Cognitive Neuroscience program, she plans to pursue doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience.

 

E-mail: edavis18@gmail.com

Kimberly Marynowski

Master’s Research Assistant

 

 

Kimberly earned her BA in Psychology from Florida State University with a minor in Sociology and is currently in the General Psychology MA Program at Hunter College. Once she earns her MA degree, she plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Health Psychology. Her interests include psychosocial aspects of chronic illness, mobile-based interventions, and integrated care.

 

E-mail: kdmarynowski@gmail.com

Yue Li

Master’s Research Assistant

 

 

I earned my B.S. in Psychology from Beijing Normal University in 2018. I am currently in the Cognitive Science in Education MA program at Teachers College, Columbia University. My research interests include how emotion and cognition interact with each other and how emotion regulation works in different contexts. I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology after earning master degree.

 

E-mail: yl3940@tc.columbia.edu

Hanna Culang

Master’s Research Assistant

 

 

Hanna earned her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University and is currently in the General Psychology MA program at Hunter College. Her research interests include the underlying cognitive mechanisms that contribute to certain disorders like anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology upon completion of the MA program.

 

E-mail: culangh@gmail.com

Alaina Figueroa

Master’s Research Assistant

 

 

I graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Currently, I am a General Psychology Master’s student at Hunter and after earning my degree, I plan on pursuing a PhD in Neuropsychology with an eventual focus on behavioral sleep medicine. My research interests include how mental illnesses, like anxiety and depression, affect one’s sleep and if there is a possible link in severity of symptoms as well as how sleep affects the outcome and severity of brain injuries like TBIs and disorders like alzheimer’s and dementia.

 

E-mail: Alaina.Figueroa95@myhunter.cuny.edu

Katheryn Abo Trabi

Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant

 

 

Katheryn earned her BA in Psychology from Baruch College in 2019. She is interested in the relationship between modern technology and the impact it has on children and young adults as well as understanding and learning more about teen anxiety.

 

E-mail: kathyabotrabi@gmail.com

Olivia Gerringer

Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant

 

 

Olivia received her BA in Psychology from Denison University in 2019. She intends to pursue a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on children, after gaining more research experience. Olivia’s broad research interests include the development of evidence-based treatments for various psychopathologies, as well as understanding the etiology of disorders like anxiety and depression.

 

E-mail: olivia.gerringer@gmail.com

Roshan Chudhry

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

 

I am an undergraduate student in the Macaulay Honors program at Hunter College on the pre-medical track. I am interested in studying developmental psychopathologies and learning more about teen anxiety specifically.

 

E-mail: roshan.chudhry@macaulay.cuny.edu

Wai Mon Wong

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

 

I am an undergraduate psychology major at Hunter College. My research interests lie on the etiology and intervention of emotional disorders such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. Specifically, I am interested in the interplay between emotion and cognition, and emotion regulation.

 

E-mail: WaiMan.Wong71@myhunter.cuny.edu