Janelle Alabiso received her MA in counseling psychology from Boston College in 2012 and her BA in psychology from Boston University in 2008. She has co-authored several scientific posters and articles and has contributed to research projects on hoarding and OCD at Boston University; Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD at Mass General Hospital; and substance abuse in a VA primary care setting at the Bedford VAMC. Additionally, she served as the project coordinator for the Safing Center, a clinic at the Bedford VAMC that focuses on intimate partner violence. Her current research and clinical interests include integrated behavioral healthcare and effective interventions and treatment for substance abuse. She is presently a graduate research assistant in Dr. Christina Lee’s Motivational Interviewing and Health Disparities Research Lab.
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 include intersections of race, gender and culture and subsequent implications for psychopathology, counseling, and practice. Her previous work has examined conceptions of mental illness in African student populations. Oyenike has held clinical fieldwork placements at Bridgewater State University Counseling Center and Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. Currently, she is active on several research teams exploring a wide range of topics: racial microaggressions among women of color; eating and appearance research; women’s experiences with interpersonal violence; gluten-free diet adherence among youth with celiac disease; and analysis of an integrative intervention for women with chronic pain. Oyenike is currently working on her dissertation exploring body Image and objectified body consciousness among African women.
Shelly-Ann Collins came to the United States as an international student from Jamaica and has earned both her MS and BA at Florida International University in Miami, Florida in Mental Health Counseling and Psychology respectively. She also received an Associate’s of Arts in psychology from Middlesex County College, NJ. Before moving to Boston, and enrolling in the doctoral program at Northeastern University, she worked as a Children’s Mental Health Counselor for the Department of Children & Families and as a secondary education School Counselor for both private and public schools in Florida. Her interests include social justice, racial, gender and sexual minorities, advocacy, cultural competence and supporting student success in academics.
Russell DuBois received an M.S. from Palo Alto University and a B.A. from University of California, San Diego. His primary interests are in the area of eating and appearance research and health psychology. His previous work has examined health and gender disparities and barriers to treatment in the VA healthcare system. He has held clinical positions working with adolescents and adults with a range of psychological and behavioral disabilities.
Jonathan Entis received his MA in Cognitive Neuroscience from Boston College and BA in the History of Art from the University of Michigan. He has co-authored a number of papers on schizophrenia and other psychopathology using neuroimaging techniques. He is currently a 4th year doctoral student at Northeastern University in the Counseling Psychology PhD program. His most recent interests include psychodynamic therapy and ethics. Presently, he is researching the behavior and attitudes of psychologists towards the ethics of making referrals.
Caroline Aileen Fernandes 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, and body dissatisfaction among Latina women as a result of social media exposure. Currently, she is interested in studying whiteness and skin color privilege among Latinos as well as the potential physiological and biological markers of microaggressions.
Sean Hallinan received his BA in Psychology from Northeastern University and his MS in Mental Health Counseling from Suffolk. He has worked in a variety of treatment settings including group homes, homeless shelters, community treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals and emergency rooms. His clinical interests include homelessness, military personnel and veterans. His research interests focus on technology and mental health – how mobile technology can be leveraged as a research and treatment tool.
Daniella Halperin received her MA in general psychology from Boston University in 2008. As a doctoral student, she has taught a number of undergraduate courses in mental health and counseling, abnormal psychology, health psychology, and motivational interviewing. Daniella received an Outstanding Graduate Student Award for her teaching, and served as founding President of the Northeastern Counseling Psychology Graduate Organization (NCP-GO). Daniella is drawn towards research in the broad areas of prevention, intervention, and empirically supported treatments of psychopathology. She has co-authored several scientific articles, conference presentations, and a book chapter on therapeutic alliance and common factors in treatment. Her dissertation research investigates non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) across multiple domains: anxiety sensitivity and distress tolerance as potential vulnerability factors for NSSI, lived experiences of students who self-injure, and prevalence and correlates of diagnosable NSSI disorder within a treatment-seeking university population. Daniella has acquired clinical training in a variety of settings in the Boston area, including methadone maintenance clinics, the Veteran’s Administration, the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University, the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) partial hospital program, and the UMass Lowell Counseling Center.
Meghan E. Lovering 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.
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. Broadly, her research and clinical interests are in the areas of diversity, mental health, and children & families. She is currently working on her dissertation, exploring the longitudinal factors related to obesity, from adolescence to adulthood. Pam has had clinical fieldwork placements at Franciscan Children’s Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Northborough Family and Youth Services, and has also worked at Metrowest Neuropsychology.
Ami Popat-Jain 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, as well as stigma related to mental illness. In regards to clinical practice, she is committed to working with the underserved population. Popat-Jain values multicultural competency and social justice in her research and clinical work.
Lisa Rines-Toth received her Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at Northeastern, Lisa worked at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City as a clinician in the psychiatric emergency department. Lisa’s primary research and clinical interests are in the general areas of integrated behavioral care, crisis intervention, addiction and mindfulness & yoga. Lisa currently works as a counselor in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center.
Daniel Stone received a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston (2010), and an MA in Counseling from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (2012). He recently completed a post-master’s fellowship at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, where he worked with children, families and school staff in the Boston Public School system. As a fellow, Daniel practiced individual and group counseling with children and adolescents, and co-created and implemented a collaborative student support system. His current research and clinical interests include integrated behavioral care and student support for high risk children and adolescents, and social emotional curriculum for school-aged children.
Brian Siembor received his M.A. in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire in 2011. His primary research and clinical interests are in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, including the use of integrated psycho-therapeutic approaches (mindfulness, CBT, motivational interviewing, clinical hypnosis, biofeedback) for a variety of medical and behavioral health conditions.
Kathy P. Wu received her master’s degree in applied psychology with a concentration in school counseling from New York University in 2010. Her clinical specialization is in child and adolescent psychotherapy. She has received extensive clinical training in schools, an outpatient community health center, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals in NYC, Boston, and Philadelphia. Her research interests are in exploring the psychosocial effects of prolonged exposure to systemic challenges and economic hardships amongst urban minorities.
Elda Zeko-Underwood received her M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College. Currently she is vice-president of Northeastern Counseling Psychology Graduate Organization (NCP-GO). Her previous professional experience include service provision in disability rights and research of factors that impact access to higher education for minority groups. As part of two faculty led research teams, her current interest lay in understanding the impact of microaggressions on intersections of gender, race and sexual orientation. She is also exploring patterns of adolescent dating violence. In addition she has taught and continues to teach several undergraduate courses such as Introduction to Psychology as well as Human Relationships and Family.