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Oyenike Balogun 

Oyenike Balogun received an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College in 2005 and an M.Ed. from Northeastern University in 2012. Her primary research interests are in the area of urban education and cross-cultural implications of mental health interventions. Her previous work has examined conceptions of mental illness in African student populations. Currently, Oyenike is assisting several professors on research projects that include: Microaggressions among women of color; lived experiences of women with histories of interpersonal violence; and gluten-free diet adherence in youth with celiac disease.

Jonathan Entis

Jonathan Entis received his MA in Cognitive Neuroscience from Boston College.  He has co-authored a number of papers on schizophrenia and other psychopathology using neuroimaging techniques. He is currently a 2nd year doctoral student at Northeastern University in the Counseling Psychology PhD program.  His most recent interests include short-term dynamic therapy and ethics.  Presently, he is researching the behavior and attitudes of psychologists towards the ethics of making referrals. 

Caroline Aileen Fernandes 

Caroline Aileen Fernandes, a second year student in the Counseling Psychology Program at Northeastern University, received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 2010. Her interests include: understanding the implications of race, ethnicity, class, and gender on mental health, Latino mental health, microaggressions and their impact on people of color both in and outside of the psychotherapeutic relationship, ethnic/racial and gender identity development, and social justice. Her previous work has examined ethnic identity and its impact on the development of interethnic relationships, depressive symptoms among Black women, body dissatisfaction among Latina women as a result of social media exposure. Currently, she is interested in understanding the impact of microaggressions against professional women as well as exploring physiological and potential biological markers of microaggressions.   

Daniella Halperin 

Daniella Halperin received her MA in general psychology from Boston University in 2008.  She is currently a 4th year doctoral student in the counseling program at Northeastern University, where she serves as President of the Northeastern Counseling Psychology Graduate Organization (NCP-GO). Daniella has co-authored several scientific articles as well as a book chapter on therapeutic alliance and common factors in treatment. She has also taught a number of undergraduate courses in counseling and psychology. Daniella is drawn towards research in the broad areas of prevention, intervention, and empirically supported treatments of psychopathology. Her recent research interests include exploring the development, maintenance, and correlates of non-suicidal self-injury within a university population. Daniella has acquired clinical training in a variety of settings in the Boston area, including methadone maintenance clinics, the Veteran's Administration in Jamaica Plain, the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University, and the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC). She presently works with students in the Counseling Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.    

Meghan E. Lovering                  

Meghan E. Lovering is currently a second year doctoral student in the Department of Counseling and Applied Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.  She earned her BA in psychology from Stonehill College in 2008 and MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in 2010.  Her primary research and clinical interests are in the area of anxiety and eating disorder prevention in college aged women.  She currently works for the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine as a research associate. In addition, she works for the Department of Counseling and Applied Psychology as a graduate assistant.

Pamela Naab    

Pamela Naab received her MA in Mental Health Counseling (2012) from Boston College and her MA in Social & Cultural Psychology (2007) from Boston College. She completed her undergraduate studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2005).  Her previous research has been published in the journal Emotion and examined cross cultural interpretations of spontaneous facial expressions and children’s emerging understandings of facial expressions. Current projects include investigating the role of affect on smoking cessation and applying new methodologies in the evaluation of Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) data to aid in clinical interventions.  She is also interested in issues of diversity and multiculturalism and is currently examining counseling sessions with immigrants and exploring differences between motivational interviewing that uses culturally sensitive techniques compared to standardized treatment.

Ami Popat-Jain 

Ami Popat-Jain is a first year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. She received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in 2012. Her primary research interests are multicultural issues specifically related to immigrants in the United States. Currently she is interested in culturally adaptive treatment, and microaggresions. Popat-Jain values multicultural competency and social justice in her research and clinical work.

James Roehrig

James Roehrig received his MA in general psychology from Wesleyan University and his BA in media studies from Emerson College. Before beginning his doctoral work, James worked as a research project coordinator for the Eating and Weight Disorders Program at the University of Chicago Hospital. James is currently a  4th year doctoral candidate at Northeastern University with both research and clinical interests in disordered eating and body image. His fieldwork placements include the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, the Emerson College Counseling Center, and McLean Hospital. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and has worked as a clinical interviewer for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Clinically, James is interested in working with young adults and continuing to develop expertise in third-wave cognitive behavioral treatments. 

Brian Siembor 

Brian Siembor received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 2011. His primary research and clinical interests are in the areas of mind-body medicine, with a focus on stress reduction and stress management. His previous work has focused on areas of health psychology, including the development of a Self-Care Workbook for Healthcare Professionals. Currently, he is interested in the integration of mind-body approaches in the treatment of patients whose medical conditions are caused by, or exacerbated by stress, with the goal of improving patient outcomes and enhancing overall well-being.

Kathy P. Wu      

Kathy P. Wu received her master’s degree in applied psychology with a concentration in school counseling from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development in 2010. Her primary research and clinical interests are in the area of supporting the psychosocial adjustment of multicultural immigrant youth and other historically under-represented populations, using integrated approaches found in multicultural, constructivist, and positive psychology. She is currently the primary investigator of a research project funded by the Policy Research Inc.’s Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program for Graduate Research entitled, “The Lived Experiences of a Chronically Homeless, Urban Population: Systemic Challenges to Achieving their Vocational And Rehabilitation Dreams.” She also teaches the “Mental Health and Counseling” undergraduate course at Northeastern University.

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