Current Graduate Students in CCSP
Cristina Benki is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently works under Merith Cosden on the ADP grant, examining treatment outcomes and efficacy for Substance Abuse Treatment Courts (SATC) and Prop 36. She is also working on a project under Drs. Cosden and Smith looking at factors affecting the experience of trauma.
Jessica Bradshaw is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology working under Dr. Robert Koegel. She received her BS in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Following her undergraduate career, she began a research assistantship with the Autism Program at the Yale Child Study Center where she helped identify early cognitive markers for autism spectrum disorders. Here at UCSB, her research interests include creating early intervention strategies for very young children diagnosed with, or at risk for, an autism spectrum disorder. Please feel free to email at jbradshawATeducation.ucsb.edu.
Jenss Chang received her B.A. in psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2004 and worked as a full-time research assistant at the Veterans Medical and Research Foundation in San Diego during 2005. Her clinical interests include Asian American therapy and psychological testing, women's issues, and multicultural competency. She is currently at the University of California, Irvine, completing her predoctoral internship at the Counseling Center. She welcomes your emails at cjenssATeducation.ucsb.edu.
Jenna Chin is a doctoral student with an emphasis in school psychology. She received her B.A. from UCLA in psychology, with minors in education and child development. At UCLA, she spent time working at UCLA’s Infant Development Program and at a partial hospitalization program for young children with autism. At UCSB, Jenna has worked with Dr. Erin Cowdy on the Harding Lab University Partnershi School's implementation of a positive behavioral support system, as well as the ACT Early research project focused on screening for behavioral and emotional risk. Additionally, Jenna has worked with Dr. Furlong on the First 5 Santa Barbara evaluation research. Feel free to contact her at jchinATeducation.ucsb.edu.
Kristin Conover is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology. She received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. Kristin works under Dr. Tania Israel conducting mixed methods research related to the experiences of sexual minority women. Her specific research interests include substance use among sexual minority women and the intersection of sexuality and disabilities. Kristin completed her externship at Pacific Pride Foundation and will soon continue her clinical work at UCSB's Counseling Services. Please feel free to email Kristin at kconoverATeducation.ucsb.edu.
Kymberly Doane received her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus, where she focused on applied behavior analysis and child development. Before attending UCSB, Kymberly gained professional research experience in early care and education as a program evaluator for First 5 San Joaquin, First 5 Contra Costa, and First 5 Monterey. In 2009, Kymberly began working on her M.Ed. at UCSB with the goal of becoming a school psychologist. Her current research is focused on school-based universal screening for social-emotional and behavioral issues, which she pursues through Dr. Erin Dowdy’s research lab.
Jordan Edwards is a clinical psychology doctoral student. He received his B.A. in psychology and his M.A. in Research in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. Although his research interests are relatively broad, he is currently involved in research concerning trauma and coping methods, PTSD and self medication, and PTSD assessment psychometrics. Future research projects will include neuropsychological assessment of incarcerated individuals, as well as ADHD assessment.
Whitney Ence, is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology. She received her B.A. from University of California, Irvine in PSB (Psychology and Social Behavior) and Dance. Whitney has spent the past year working at the Koegel Autism Clinic providing comprehensive services to families with children and adolescents diagnosed with autism. Her clinical experience has influenced her research interests. Specifically, her research interests include the examining how summer camp helps children meet their social IEP Goals, the benefits adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome gain through meaningful work experiences at a summer camp, and studying the effectiveness of social skill interventions.
Aaron Estrada is a clinical psychology doctoral student. He received B.A.s in psychology and sociology from University of California Santa Cruz in 2001 and received an M.S. from San Francisco State University in clinical psychology in 2006. Though his research interests are relatively broad, he is currently involved in research concerning trauma and coping methods, collaborative neuropsychological assessment and feedback, and a standardization of a sentence completion task used with children and adolescents. Future directions of study will likely include psychotherapeutic process and outcomes, change theory and obstacles to change, and culture as a determinant variable in personality and neuropsychological assessment and therapeutic treatment. aestradaATeducation.ucsb.edu.
Aaron Haddock is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology. His advisor is Dr. Shane Jimerson. He received his B.A. in History from Point Loma Nazarene University and his M.A. in Modern European Studies from Columbia University. After college, he studied German language, philosophy and literature at the University of Vienna on a Fulbright Scholarship while teaching English part-time at a local school. Aaron has a M.A. in Education from Antioch University and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. For the past six years, he has enjoyed teaching fourth grade. His research interests include: elementary education, school climate, early intervention and prevention, domain theory and the developmentalist approach to moral education, social-emotional learning, the history of psychology, and ethical philosophy.
Audrey Harkness is a doctoral student. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Ithaca College in 2008. Since then, she has been working at the UCSF AIDS Health Project and the San Francisco Department of Public Health on HIV prevention and epidemiology. Audrey is interested in the implications of gender, sexuality, and cultural identity on psychological adjustment. Please feel free to email her at aharknessATumail.ucsb.edu.
Elisa Hernandez is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her M.A. from Catholic University of America. Her research interests include Latino mental health, acculturation, and positive psychology and she works under her advisor Collie Conoley, PhD. This year she is the Clinic Coordinator for the Hosford Counseling and Psychological Services Clinic and will complete a practicum at UCSB Career Services.
Anna Krasno is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology working with Dr. Robert Koegel. She received her B.A. from UC San Diego with a minor in Environmental Studies in 2006. After her undergraduate work, she spent two years as a Donald J. Cohen Fellow in Developmental Social Neuroscience in the Autism Program at the Yale Child Study Center. During this time, she used eye-tracking to investigate early markers of autism. Currently, she is interested in the coordination of medication information across service providers for children with autism, as well as behavioral techniques for teaching first words to children with autism. She welcomes your emails at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Kuriakose is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology. She works under the supervision of Dr. Robert Koegel and is interested in the assessment and treatment of children with disabilities as well as disability and mental health policy. Her current research examines standardized language and cognitive testing in children with autism. She can be reached at skuriakoseATeducation.ucsb.edu.
Jessica Larsen is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology. She earned her B.A. in psychology from New York University (NYU) and a masters degree in counseling from Rutgers University. Jessica's research interests include trauma, post-traumatic stress, coping and resiliency. Jessica is currently working on research identifying protective factors of well-adapted military families experiencing deployment.
Katie Levinger is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical psychology. Katie works under Dr. Robert Koegel, and her research interests include examining the life satisfaction of siblings of children with autism, as well as improving social conversation in children with autism. Please feel free to e-mail her at klevingeATeducation.ucsb.edu.
Jocelyn Levitan is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology under Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating. Her current research interests include indentifying sources of risk and resilience in both children and adults who have experienced trauma. She is particularly interested in the therapeutic factors in group treatment programs for adults and children who have experienced trauma. Jocelyn is currently doing her externship at CALM (Child Abuse Learning and Mediation) and is also a clinician for the Psychology Assessment Center at the Hosford Clinic
Elena Lilles is a doctoral student with an emphasis in school psychology and a focus on early intervention and prevention in young children. Elena’s advisor is Mike Furlong and they are currently working on a school readiness project with First 5 Santa Barbara and the Santa Maria-Bonita School District that evaluates the relationship between school readiness at Kindergarten and later academic achievement through third grade.
YEN-JUI (RAY) LIN
Yen-Jui (Ray) Lin, M.A., is a doctoral student in the Counseling emphasis of the class of 2006. He received his B.S. in Psychology from National Taiwan University in 2001 and M.A. in Education from UCSB. Before he came to the United States, he had worked as a Research Assistant in Taipei and served in the Taiwan Army. Presently, he works under Dr. Tania Israel and has particular interests in LGBT issues, spirituality, and cross-cultural counseling. You can reach Ray at ylinATeducation.ucsb.edu
Jasmin Llamas is a doctoral student who received her B.S. in combined sciences and psychology from Santa Clara University in 2006. She received her M.A. in counseling psychology with a Latino emphasis at Santa Clara University in 2009. From 2005-2009 she worked full-time as a data analyst and research associate in the Data Analysis and Evaluation unit of Santa Clara County, Department of Alcohol and Drug Services. Although her interests are relatively broad, her research interests center on exploring impacts of culture and ethnicity on psychological health and well being, examining how negative life experiences, such as discrimination and victimization related to ethnicity and culture, can contribute to mental health as well as possible areas of resiliency which can mitigate adverse outcomes. She is especially interested in working with Latina/o populations, specifically investigating protective factors. Her current project involves examining the role of intragroup marginalization on Latina/p college students' college adjustment and possible mediating factors. Jasmin welcomes your e-mails at jllamasATeducation.ucsb.edu
Susana Lopez is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology. She received her B.S. in psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2004 and her M.S. with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2006. Her research and clinical interests focus on interventions for children and families who experienced trauma and/or domestic violence, acculturation, and resilience. She is particularly interested in treatment access and outreach for ethnic minorities, particularly Latino immigrants. Future research projects will include exploring the concept of resilience and looking at the resilience, protective and motivation factors involved in high school AVID students. She is currently finishing her externship at C.A.L.M, a non-profit focused on providing counseling services to children and families who have experienced abuse. She will be one of the student Hosford supervisors next year under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Zetzer. She wishes to one day teach at a university and practice psychotherapy on the side
Ashley Mayworm is a master’s student in the School Psychology emphasis. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. Following graduation she worked as a research assistant in the Family Studies Center at Notre Dame, working on projects exploring the effects of community and family violence/conflict on child development. Ashley is currently advised by Dr. Jill Sharkey. Her personal research interests include
understanding the role of schools in preventing the “school to juvenile justice pipeline”, especially the unique characteristics and needs of females in the juvenile justice system. She also has interests in school dropout prevention, school-community partnerships, and service-learning as an educational tool.
Kaila Norman is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology, working under the guidance of Dr. Merith Cosden and Dr. Steven Smith. She received her B.A. from Boston University in 2005. Following her undergraduate career, she worked as a Clinical Research Assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital and as a Stabilization Advocate at HomeStart, Inc. Her primary clinical and research interests are substance use disorders, severe and persistent mental illness, therapeutic assessment, and neuropsychology. Currently, Kaila works as a group therapist in a partial hospitalization program and teaches at both UCSB and California Lutheran University. She also loves art and the outdoors.
Lindsey O’Brennan (M.A.) is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology. She received her B.A. from Loyola College of Maryland in Psychology and her Master’s in General Psychology from Catholic University. Lindsey has worked at Johns Hopkins University on several federally funded projects concerning Positive Behavioral Support Systems and school bullying. She is particularly interested in the social-emotional functioning of at-risk youth, as well as issues concerning school dropout and youth violence.
Meagan O'Malley is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology. She received her B.A. in Psychology at U.C. Davis and her M.A. and PPS credential from Sacramento State University. She currently works under the guidance of Dr. Shane Jimerson. Meagan is currently an intern at The School at Columbia University. Her research interests include: school climate, positive school attachment, and teacher-student relationships.
Kristin Ritchey is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology. She received her B.A. from Chapman University in Psychology. Kristin has a wide variety of interests, but is particularly motivated to study middle school and high school students in the areas of school violence and drop out prevention.
Michael Rogers is a doctoral student with a Counseling Psychology emphasis. His advisor is Dr. Tania Israel. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in American Sign Language from University of South Florida in 2005. Michael’s research interests include issues related to counseling lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning clients, emotional expressiveness in men, and sexuality issues with the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities. Please feel free to e-mail him at mrogersATeducation.ucsb.edu.
Matt Ruderman is a doctoral student in the Counseling, Clinical, and, School Psychology (CCSP) program at UCSB. He received his B.A. in psychology from Chapman University in 2009. Though his research interests are broad, he has spent the last year working under the guidance of Dr. Shane Jimerson studying the assessment and intervention of school bullying in middle school. Future directions of study will likely include examining the positive psychological constructs and the school experiences of children and youth, such as promoting school achievement and healthy social/emotional development.
Elina Saeki is a school psychology doctoral student. She received her BA in psychology from California State University at Long Beach and an MEd in school psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has worked under the supervision of practicing school psychologists, mainly at elementary schools, for the past several years. Her research interests broadly include social-emotional and behavioral functioning of school-aged children, particularly their motivation and engagement in schools. Elina is also involved in a research project headed by her advisor, Dr. Quirk, examining school readiness among Preschool and Kindergarten students.
Christine Schock is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis in 2008 and worked as a research assistant at the UC Davis Children's Hospital's CAARE Center before coming to UCSB. Christine works under the guidance of Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating, and her research interests include trauma and resiliency. Specifically, she is interested in studying individual and family coping through traumatic events. Christine is completing her externship at CALM (Child Abuse Learning & Mediation). She also serves as a clinician for the Psychology Assessment Center.
Annmary Shenouda is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology. She received her BA in Psychology from UCSB with a minor in Education/Applied Psychology. She also received her MA in Psychology from Pepperdine University. General interests include preventative efforts within schools as well as social-emotional screening and interventions. Annmary currently works with Dr. Erin Dowdy on a federally funded study, Project ACT Early, which is focused on the validation of a behavioral and emotional screener for schools (BESS-2). She is also working with Dr. Heidi Zetzer on a qualitative study examining multicultural competence within counseling agencies. In addition, she works part-time as a clinician for the Koegel Autism Center
Anjileen Singh earned her B.A. in Psychology and English from UC Berkeley, and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from UCSB. She is currently one of Bob Koegel's doctoral candidates at UCSB. Her research interests include the detection of autism symptoms in infancy, autism interventions, and effective and culturally informed parent education and other treatment models.
Renee Singh graduated from UC Davis in 2007 with a B.S. in Anthropology and Psychology. Now that she’s a first year student in the School Psychology M.Ed./PPS program, she is interested in learning more about school nutrition, at-risk youths, dropout rates, learning difficulties (especially reading problems), and the efficacy of school safety programs. If she ever goes missing, check Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Starbucks, and/or The Coffee Bean for these are the places she frequents the most. She also loves writing and hopes to become an author of children’s books one day.
SKYE FRASER STIFEL
Skye Fraser Stifel is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Prior to coming to UCSB, Skye taught special education in a variety of settings. Skye's interests include early intervention and prevention for elementary-aged youth. She currently works under Dr. Shane Jimerson researching bullying prevention programs as well as universal, social-emotional screeners for elementary schools.
Kristen Sullivan is a doctoral student with a School Psychology emphasis. She has worked as a Research Manager at an educational research firm in Palo Alto, CA. There, she worked with school districts, states, and the Regional Education Labs to conduct rigorous evidenced-based studies looking at the efficacy of various educational programs across the country. She holds a B.A. in Psychobiology and Legal Studies from UC-Santa Cruz and a M.A. in the Social Sciences in Education from Stanford University. She has a strong command of theoretical knowledge in psychology, education, cognition, and learning. Her research experience at the Stanford Education Assessment Laboratory allowed her to participate in a randomized control trial experiment, testing the effectiveness of a computer-based cognitive training program on working memory. She has 7 years of practical experience teaching small groups and tutoring individual students in all academic subjects including biology, algebra, geometry, English, and general study skills. Her research interests include but are not limited to assessment and the identification and treatment of learning disabilities.
Rachel Yu is a master’s student with an emphasis in School Psychology. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She currently works under Dr. Shane Jimerson. Her most recent interests include promoting an understanding of issues important to school psychology across cultures. She is also particularly interested in studying the impact of youths’ socio-emotional well-being on academics as well as adulthood.