Meet the Team – 2014-2015 Edition!


Jocelyn Carter, Ph.D. (assistant 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 has been an associate professor at DePaul University since 2008. She teaches graduate assessment courses and undergraduate abnormal psychology courses. She is currently developing a clinical practica in primary care psychology through DePaul Family and Community Services. 


Sabrina Karczewski (5th year clinical-child doctoral student) 

Sabrina received a B.S. in Clinical Psychology and a B.A. in Drama from Tufts University in 2010. Sabrina has served as a research assistant for four years in The Chicago Healthy Families Lab, and has had the pleasure of working on projects ranging from obesity prevention (Urban Initiatives Work to Play) to examination of depression in youth with asthma (The Chicago Healthy Families Project). Currently, Sabrina serves as the project coordinator for The Active Project (TAP) for Kids, a study of active video game use and health in low income families. In addition to research, Sabrina has gained invaluable clinical experience through providing therapy and assessment at DePaul Family and Community Services and the University of Chicago Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department. Sabrina’s clinical and research interests include child and family adjustment to a newly diagnosed medical condition, stress and coping in pediatric populations, and the interaction of psychological and physical health. Sabrina looks forward to completing her dissertation on youth with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes and attending clinical internship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford & Children’s Health Council this year.


Draycen DeCator, B.A. (3rd Year Doctoral Candidate)

Draycen received his B.A. in Psychology from DePaul University, making this his sixth year at DePaul. Draycen’s research interests are primarily within pediatric psychology, and much of his previous and current research work has been/is within that specialty. Previous areas of research include: a) youth with asthma, and the role asthma plays in psychosocial outcomes; b) young children and how families influence eating-related behaviors; c) children enrolled in an afterschool soccer program, and the program’s influence on weight and psychosocial outcomes; and d) the effectiveness of an HIV/STI education program, and what factors relate to whether or not the program was effective. Draycen is currently working to identify how different illness-related factors influence pediatric youth and their families, how youth may be encouraged to participate in active videogames as a weight-loss strategy, and other studies. He is looking forward to a long career of work and research in pediatric psychology.


Alescia M. Hollowell, MPH (2nd Year Community Student)

Alescia is a doctoral student in Community Psychology at DePaul University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science – Health Studies from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan. Alescia’s research interests include health behaviors and health education, the social determinants of health, community based participatory research, food access, and body image. Currently, her work examines the relationship between sociocultural norms around health, environment, and health efficacy on obesity outcomes in African American families. 


Trey V. Dellucci (2nd Year MS Student)

Trey received his B.A. in psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2012.  During his undergraduate career he worked on a research project examining school readiness in preschool-aged kids.  In addition, he also worked as a crisis counselor for individuals suffering from suicide ideation for 3 years at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center (BCIC).  Trey’s current work examines the association between parent-child relationships and adolescent’s weight.  In addition, he is interested in adolescent and adult body image, weight control behaviors, physical activity, eating disturbances and suicide ideation.   Currently he is working in the Chicago Family Healthy Families lab on the Active Project and in the Stress and Learning lab on the Cities Mentor Project.


Carolyn Turek (1st year child clinical student)

Carolyn received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2014. During her undergraduate career, Carolyn was involved in research regarding parent-child relationships and family communication. She also worked as an extern at the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center; as a teaching assistant at the Drumbeat School for children with autism in London, England; and as a “Diabetes Sidekick” volunteer at Memorial Children’s Hospital in South Bend, IN. Carolyn’s primary research interests lie within pediatric psychology and she looks forward to further exploring this field as part of the Healthy Families Lab. Carolyn is specifically interested in the ways chronic illnesses impact the lives of children, teens, and their families as young people transition to adulthood; and in the ways families manage a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and subsequent diabetes care.

Sophie Mir (1st year MS student)

Sophie received her B.S. in psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 2012. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant on a research project focused on ethnic minority children’s self-regulation and school readiness. After graduating with her bachelors, she joined the Chicago Healthy Adolescents Transition Study (CHATS) Lab, where she researched the psychosocial adjustment in children and adolescents with spina bifida, and related family, peer, and neuropsychological factors. In addition to these key research projects, Sophie has worked at Lurie Children’s Research Hospital as a partial hospitalization psychiatric unit volunteer. Her current research interests include: child and adolescent psychology, health psychology, chronic illness, health disparities, & child and adolescent psychopathology. Currently she is working in the Chicago Family Healthy Families lab on the Active Project and is in the process of developing the research model for her thesis.


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