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Staci Ballard

Staci is a fourth-year school psychology doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she also completed her M.Ed. She has previously worked in school-based settings providing Tier 3 clinical and assessment services to students with intensive needs. She also has experience working with adolescents in psychiatric inpatient settings. Her research interests focus on providing school psychological services to students in alternative education settings.

CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHERS

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Patrick Robinson-Link

Patrick is a school psychology PhD student at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He previously received his MA in School Psychology from Bowie State University. He has previously worked within school settings as a middle school science teacher, a high school small-group math instructor, and as a regional site coordinator for Reading Partners. Additionally, he previously served as Site Operations Manager for Urban Teachers, an alternative certification program for urban educators. His research interests include addressing racial disproportionalities in school discipline through effective implementation of school-based restorative justice, psychometrics, and interventions to promote teacher wellbeing. 

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Ryan Sunda

Ryan is a second-year school psychology PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He completed his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular biology from Harvard College and previously worked as a middle school science teacher in Greensboro, North Carolina. His research interests include the mentorship of beginning and lateral entry teachers, the implementation of school-wide antiracism programming for educators, and strategies to address the disproportionate discipline of students based on race.

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Emily Romero

Emily is a first-year doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from Fordham University. She has a long history of community-engaged research and service with the youth population in the Bronx, with a focus on adolescence. She is interested in continuing to work closely with historically disadvantaged youth, in order to help establish equitable resources to better their mental well-being and educational success. More specifically, her interests include 1) implementation and evaluation of community-based interventions to help support traditionally marginalized students; 2) the relationship between educators and family members supporting students; and 3) social, cognitive, and structural predictors of resilience amongst youth facing chronic adversity.

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Diana Laenen

Diana is a first-year school psychology doctoral student in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.  She completed her BA in Psychology at Boston University, and previously worked at the BU Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders contributing to clinical and research activities. Her research interests include multi-tiered intervention for emotional challenges in schools and school-based parent coaching initiatives.

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Julia Kausel

Julia is a first year School Psychology PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology at University of Delaware working in the Attachment and BioBehavioral Catch-Up  Lab as an fMRI and Autonomic Nervous System Technician. Her research interests include strengthening student resilience, despite social-ecological factors, through school responses to at-risk youth in the form of culturally-informed prevention and intervention practices. 

LAB ALUMNI

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Maggie Veiga

Maggie is completing her APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at May Institute, Inc. in Randolph, MA. She defended her dissertation in the Spring of 2022 and will graduate from UMB in the Summer of 2023. Dr. Fallon is her advisor and dissertation chair.

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Annisha Susilo

Annisha is completing her APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at Santa Barbara - Psychology Internship Consortium (SB-PIC) in California. She is currently completing her dissertation. Her doctoral advisor is Dr. Mel Collier-Meek.

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Sadie Cathcart, Ph.D. 

Dr. Cathcart is completing her post-doctoral fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. She was a pre-doctoral intern at Mailman Center for Child Development at University of Miami, an APA-approved site. She defended her dissertation and graduated from UMB in the Summer of 2022. Dr. Fallon was her advisor and dissertation chair.

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Tamara Lawson, Ph.D. 

Dr. Lawson is an Assistant Professor in School Psychology at University of Arizona. She completed her APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at Illinois School Psychology Internship Consortium (ISPIC). She defended her dissertation in the Fall of 2021 and graduated from UMB in the Summer of 2022. Dr. Fallon was her advisor and dissertation chair.

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Jessica Janze, Ph.D. 

Dr. Janze is Clinical Psychology Fellow with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed her APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at Huntsman Mental Health Institute at University of Utah. She defended her dissertation and graduated from UMB in the Summer of 2022. Dr. Fallon was her dissertation chair.

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Talia Berkman

Talia is a 4th year doctoral student at UMB working on the BIRCh Project with faculty at University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston. Her doctoral advisor is Dr. Melissa Pearrow.

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Emily DeFouw, Ph.D.

Dr. DeFouw is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program at University of Southern Mississippi. She completed her APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at Munroe-Meyer Institute before completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Intervention Research in Schools at Ohio University. She defended her dissertation in 2019 and graduated from UMB in the Summer of 2020 with Dr. Mel Collier-Meek as her advisor.

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Marlana Barrasso, Ph.D.

Dr. Barrasso is a school psychologist with the Chelmsford Public Schools in Chelmsford, MA. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) in New York. She defended her dissertation in 2020 and graduated from UMB in the Summer of 2021.Dr. Fallon was her advisor and dissertation chair.

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Kathryn Kurtz, Ph.D.

Dr. Kurtz is the Project Director of the BIRCh Project with University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston. She completed her APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in Pennsylvania. She defended her dissertation in 2020 and graduated from UMB in the Summer of 2021. Her doctoral advisor was Dr. Melissa Pearrow.