Meet the Team: 2015-2016 Edition

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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 care psychology through DePaul Family and Community Services. 

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Draycen DeCator, M.A. (4th Year Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Child)

Draycen received his B.A. in Psychology from DePaul University, making this his eighth year at DePaul. His research interests are within pediatric psychology. Current and previous research study involvement includes: a) a study of youth with asthma and their families, b) a study of family mealtime interaction, c) an evaluation of an after-school soccer program, d) an evaluation of an HIV/STI education program, e) exploration of the roles family factors and active video games play in health-related behaviors, f) the psychosocial impact of a cancer diagnosis on youth and their families, and g) physiological responses to various forms of stress. Draycen’s own research is looking at the pediatric population broadly to understand what factors (such as executive functioning) may be relevant across medical conditions. He is looking forward to a long career in pediatric psychology.

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Alescia M. Hollowell, MPH (4th Year Doctoral Candidate, Community)

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. 

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Carolyn Turek (2nd year Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Child)

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 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; and in the ways families manage a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and subsequent diabetes care.

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Bridget Brush (1st 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.

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Jack Brady (1st year M.S. Student)

Jack Brady is a first-year Masters student currently working with Jocelyn Carter on both CHAMPs and The Active Project (TAP), focusing on parent-child cooking classes and nutrition. In the future, he plans to continue his studies in a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, working with Gender and Sexual Minority (GSM) adolescents.

Darrick Scott (Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant)

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A native of the Southside of Chicago, Darrick Scott earned his B.A. in psychology from Howard University in May 2012. His research interests are rooted within depression and anxiety along with coping and risk factors that contribute to the mental health of low-income adolescent youth within the inner city. In his leisure time, Darrick enjoys listening to music, watching films, and traveling.

Undergraduate Research Assistants: 

Michael Dabney

Mirella Escobar

Hilary Hernandez

Kaitlan Johnson

Yangxi Li

Mariya Sirman

Lab Alumni: 

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Sabrina Karczewski, Ph.D. 

Sabrina received her doctorate in Child Clinical Psychology at DePaul University in 2015. During her time at DePaul, Sabrina served as a research assistant for four years in The Chicago Healthy Families Lab, and 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), and served as the project coordinator for The Active Project (TAP) for Kids, a study of active video game use and health in low income families. While in graduate school, Sabrina gained invaluable clinical experience through practica at DePaul Family and Community Services and the University of Chicago Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department. She completed her dissertation on youth with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes and attended clinical internship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford & Children’s Health Council in 2015. Currently, she is completing a Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University. Sabrina’s clinical and research interests include child and family adjustment to a newly diagnosed medical condition or medical event (e.g., solid organ or stem cell transplants), stress and coping in pediatric populations, and the interaction of psychological and physical health.

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Trey V. Dellucci, M.S.

Trey received his B.A. in psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2012 and his M.S. in psychology from DePaul University in 2015. 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 experiencing suicide ideation for 3 years at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center (BRCIC). At DePaul he examined parental factors that influenced mental and physical health outcomes in adolescents with an emphasis on weight and weight related behaviors (e.g. diet and exercise). Currently, Trey is a research study assistant at Northwestern University’s IMPACT program, where he is examining behavioral, psychological, and social factors that influence physical and mental health in individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT). In the near future, he plans to integrate his past experiences and explore the effects of minority stress on youth’s body image and suicide ideation, and will explore the potential buffering effects of parental support and community engagement.

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