Jocelyn Carter, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)
Dr. Carter received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2008 and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University. She completed her clinical internship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, and is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of Clinical Training at DePaul University. She teaches graduate assessment courses and undergraduate abnormal psychology courses. She is currently developing a clinical practica in primary carepsychology through DePaul Family and Community Services.
Carolyn Turek, M.A. (4th Year Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Child)
Carolyn received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2014. Her primary research interests lie within pediatric psychology and she enjoys exploring this field as part of the Healthy Families Lab. She most enjoys working with families through projects encouraging healthy eating and exercise behaviors. Carolyn is specifically interested in the ways chronic illnesses impact the lives of children, teens, and their families as young people transition to adulthood. Through her research and clinical work, she enjoys exploring the ways families manage type 1 diabetes and the psychosocial challenges that can be associated with diabetes.
Bridget Brush (3rd year Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Child)
Bridget received her B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University. During her undergraduate career, Bridget was involved in various neuroscience research projects focused on behavior driven gene expression. Following graduation, she spent a few years working as an intervention coordinator for a child stress lab at Brown University, where she studied neural (fMRI) and hormonal (neuroendocrine) response to stress in adolescents. Bridget’s primary research interests are focused on understanding biological pathways related to mental and physical health disparities in childhood and adolescence. Specifically, she is interested in studying the relationship between emotion regulation strategies and neuroendocrine (cortisol) response to stress. In the future, Bridget hopes to use this knowledge to develop early interventions aimed at addressing health disparities for youth living in environments with high stress and low resources.
Gabriel McNair (1st year Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Child)
Gabriel received his B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He conducted two research projects during his undergraduate career–one on personality differences in recognition memory and the other observing Latino adolescents’ perceptions of fairness as a moderator of the relationship between family obligation and presence of meaning in life. Gabriel’s primary research interests are ever-developing, but include prevention, culture, risk/resilience, family processes, and systematic stressors.
Marissa Coven (1st year Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Child)
Marissa is a first year doctoral candidate in the clinical child track. She grew up in New Jersey and moved to Atlanta for undergrad, where she received her BA in Psychology from Emory University. After graduating, she spent several years working as a clinical research coordinator in the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. There she worked with families and children on a variety of studies aimed at advancing the understanding of IBD in order to improve treatment. Marissa’s research interests focus on understanding the impact of pediatric illness across physical, mental health, academic and social domains. She is passionate about fostering resiliency and improving coping among children and their families. She is currently examining the effect of participating in a physical activity intervention on somatic symptoms among low-income ethnic minority children. In her spare time, Marissa enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Frederico Guerrier (Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant)
Freddy received his B.A in Psychology from DePaul University in 2017 (graduated Magna Cum Laude). Freddy’s clinical and research interests include parent-child relationships, family communication, behavioral parenting interventions, parenting stress, and parent management of chronic illnesses. During his undergraduate career, Freddy was enrolled in DePaul’s Human Services program and was a clinical intern at DePaul Family and Community Services. As an intern, Freddy work alongside Certified PCIT Master Trainer Dr. Christina Warner-Metzger. Along with his unique clinical experience, Freddy has been a part of the Healthy Families lab since 2016 and presented diabetes research at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC) with graduate student lab member Carolyn Turek, M.A. Freddy most enjoys collaborating with our team to encourage families to build positive relationships through healthy eating and exercise. In addition to his clinical and research work, Freddy was involved in several extra curricular positions including serving as Psi Chi Secretary and peer mentoring freshman and transfer psychology students.
Claire Trainor (Senior)
Claire is a senior with a double major in English and Psychology, with concentrations in Creative Writing and Human Services (respectively). This is her second year in the Healthy Families Lab. She is interested in the role of families in health behaviors, particularly eating disorders in low-income, ethnic minority backgrounds. She hopes to continue her education in a clinical psychology PhD program next fall.
Lily Kelly (Senior)
Lily is a Senior undergraduate student in DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business studying Business Management with a concentration in Leadership. She is interested in how diagnoses of illnesses affect the mental health and daily functioning of different populations, specifically young adults and adolescents. She hopes to continue her education in Occupational Therapy.
Kennedy Hull (Senior)
Kennedy is a 4th year Psychology major, concentrating in Community Psychology and minoring in Studio Art. She has been a member of the Healthy Families Research Lab since January 2017. She has an interest in art therapy, specifically with the developmentally disabled population. Her other psychology- and research-related interests include healthy lifestyle, anxiety, and depression. With regards to a healthy lifestyle, she is most curious about how to encourage individuals to find enjoyable forms of exercise that they wouldn’t mind participating in daily. Outside of the psychology realm, Kennedy also likes to do yoga, paint, play violin, and watch way too many movies on Netflix.
Madelyn Johnson (Junior)
Madeline is a Junior at DePaul studying Psychology. She is a certified yoga instructor and is currently training for the Chicago Marathon in 2018!