Laboratory for Youth Mental Health (PI: John Weisz)
Department of Psychology, Harvard University
Audrey Edelman graduated summa cum laude from Simmons University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. As a volunteer research assistant in the Evans Lab, she is actively involved in research examining the physiological underpinnings of irritability and mood dysregulation in youth. In addition, she contributes to a variety of projects reviewing the literature on youth psychotherapy and assessment. Since graduating, Audrey has also been a part of the Weisz Lab for Youth Mental Health at Harvard University, where she has administered psychological assessments to children and families. In the future, Audrey plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology to further study developmental psychopathology. She is particularly interested in research on childhood emotional development, as well as the role of emotion regulation and family processes on youth anxiety and mood disorders.
Sakshi Khurana (she/her/hers) is a volunteer research assistant in the Evans Lab. Her research interests are related to connecting research and practice in youth mental health, and making social-emotional learning (SEL) more accessible to youth with emotional and behavioral problems. Sakshi graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2020 with an Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice. She also holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. Prior to moving to the United States, Sakshi worked as an elementary school counselor, where she worked with children with special needs and their parents and helped develop and implement an SEL framework. In the Evans Lab, Sakshi is working on a meta-analysis to identify the most effective treatments for youth with externalizing behaviors, and exploring concept-based approaches to psychotherapy. She is interested in pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology and conducting research bridging youth mental health and SEL.
Julia London (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Harvard college studying psychology with a minor in integrative biology. She is interested in clinical child and adolescent psychology, specifically in addressing the gap in available mental health resources by creating more financially and logistically accessible mental health interventions for youth. As a volunteer research assistant in the Evans Lab, Julia has contributed to research on a meta-analysis identifying the most effective psychosocial treatments for externalizing behaviors in youth. Julia is set to graduate from Harvard in spring 2021, after which she plans to pursue a post-baccalaureate program and eventually a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Sam Pratt (he/him/his) is a second-year undergraduate student at Harvard where he studies psychology and competes for the Men’s Varsity Soccer team. He was drawn to the lab by an interest in the biological and environmental factors that contribute to issues in youth mental health. In the Evans Lab, Sam contributes to the meta-analysis of youth treatment outcome research with the goal of understanding which forms of psychosocial treatment are most effective. His other primary interests in psychology include the cognitive mechanisms underlying belief, cooperation, and decision-making, and he hopes to further pursue a career in these areas.
Co-mentored and collaborating
Katherine Corteselli (she/her/hers) is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University, where she works with John Weisz and Spencer Evans in the Laboratory for Youth Mental Health. Katherine graduated with a B.A. in Human Development from Boston College in 2012, an Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2013, and an M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University in 2019. Katherine’s research focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based mental health interventions for youth in non-traditional service settings (e.g. schools, summer camps) and the training of lay providers to implement such interventions. In the Evans Lab, Katherine has contributed to research examining the extent and nature of severe irritability as a focal concern for youth mental health treatment, as well as a meta-analysis of psychotherapy treatment outcomes for youth externalizing problems.
Hilary Skov (she/her/hers) is a graduate collaborator in the Evans Lab. She is interested in the biological and environmental factors that influence youth’s mental health outcomes following adverse experiences, and in translating this research into culturally responsive, trauma-informed mental healthcare for youth and their families. She graduated from Emmanuel College in 2015 with a B.A. in Health and Rehabilitation Science. Following graduation, she taught English in Semarang, Indonesia on a Fulbright fellowship, and worked as the neuroimaging coordinator on the CARES (Counseling for Academic Resilience in Every Student) project in the Laboratory for Youth Mental at Harvard University. In the Evans Lab, Hilary has contributed to research on physiological correlates of child irritable mood and aggressive behavior, and the relation between childhood adversity, emotion regulation, and psychotherapy outcomes. In August 2020, Hilary will begin her Ph.D. in School Psychology in the Child and Family Lab with Dr. Sarah Gray at Tulane University.
Melissa Wei (she/her/hers) is currently a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at Harvard University, where she works with John Weisz and Spencer Evans. Melissa received her B.A. and M.A. in psychology from Stanford University. Her research focuses on emotion regulation and its relation to mental health and psychotherapy outcomes, with a particular interest in youth with comorbid internalizing and externalizing disorders. In her clinical work, she specializes in dialectical behavior therapy and other evidence-based treatments for adolescents and young adults with co-occurring emotion dysregulation, ADHD, anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and suicidal and self-harm behaviors.
Spencer Evans (he/him/his) is currently a Research Associate at Harvard University (through December 2020) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami (starting January 2021). He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology, with a minor in Quantitative Methods, at the University of Kansas in 2017. Dr. Evans completed his predoctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. His research focuses on irritability and aggressive behavior in children and adolescents, including interests in developmental processes, assessment, and intervention. For years, he has worked with the World Health Organization in their development of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) Mental and Behavioural Disorders. He is active in several professional organizations and currently serves on the Executive Board for the Society of Child and Family Policy and Practice (APA Division 37).
Other people we're lucky to know...
Lab Alumni – and Last Known Whereabouts*
Elizabeth Wolock (Research Coordinator & Lab Manager, Weisz Lab, Harvard University) – Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of Florida
Kelsey Callahan (Research Coordinator & Lab Manager, Weisz Lab, Harvard University) – Licensed clinical social worker in Massachusetts
Patricia Garibaldi (Research Coordinator, Weisz Lab, Harvard University) – Residential Counselor at McLean-Franciscan Community Based Acute Treatment; Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Grace Cho (Research Coordinator, Weisz Lab, Harvard University) – Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ana Carvalho (Research Coordinator, Weisz Lab, Harvard University) – Social Work AM program (MSW equivalent) at the University of Chicago
Robyn Herbert (Research Assistant & Senior Honors Thesis Student, Roberts Lab, University of Kansas) – Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Washington State University
Emma Rogers (Research Assistant, Roberts Lab & Fite Lab, University of Kansas) – Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Ohio University
Maddison Tolliver-Lynn (Research Assistant & Senior Honors Thesis Student, Roberts Lab, University of Kansas) – Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Oklahoma State University
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Collaborators, Mentors, & Friends
Jennifer Blossom, University of Maine Farmington
Tony Bonadio, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Jeff Burke, University of Connecticut
Laura Carpenter, Medical University of South Carolina
John Cooley, Texas Tech University
Andy De Los Reyes, University of Maryland
Paula Fite, University of Kansas
Mandy Jensen-Doss, University of Miami
Joy Gabrielli, University of Florida
Ian Gotlib, Stanford University
Jessica Hamilton, Rutgers University
Sherelle Harmon, University of Miami
Jared Keeley, Virginia Commonwealth University
John Lochman, University of Alabama
Tom Ollendick, Virginia Tech
Sonia Rubens, Santa Clara University
Geoff Reed, World Health Organization & Columbia University
Michael Roberts, University of Kansas
John Weisz, Harvard University
Eric Youngstrom, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill