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WHO WE ARE

Led by Dr. Lata K. McGinn, the ADAPT Lab is a team of doctoral students at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology studying vulnerability, prevention, and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.

ADAPT Lab Graduate Students

Meredith Seewald, MA

Meredith is a fifth year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program. She received her B.A. in psychology and crime and justice from the University of Michigan. Meredith completed her previous externships at the Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Center where she gained experience working with undergraduate and graduate students and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. She is is currently training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Zucker Hillside Hospital in geropsychology, providing psychotherapy to older adults. This year she will complete her internship training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Zucker Hillside Hospital in the Adult Psychology track.

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Keara Mageras, PsyD

Keara is a fifth year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program. She received a B.A. in psychology from Duke University. Keara completed her previous externships at Brooklyn College's Counseling Center, where she gained clinical experience working with the school's undergraduate and graduate students and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.  She is currently externing LIJ Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Behavioral Health College Partnership program where she works with college-aged patients. This year, she is returning to LIJ for internship year and will be working with adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

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Olivia Sahlman, MA

Olivia is a fourth year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program. She received her B.A. in psychology from Emory University. She previously completed her externship at the Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Center, where she is gaining valuable clinical experience working with the school's undergraduate and graduate students and is currently working at New York Presbyterian's Substance Abuse Unit seeing patients with a wide-range of comorbidities and addictions. This year, she will be externing at Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants where she'll be trained in CBT and DBT to run individual and group therapy for a wide range of disorders.

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Songmin Na, BS

Songmin is a third year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology, Psy.D program. She received her B.S. in Developmental Psychology at UCSD. Her research interests include intersection of sexual trauma and cultural influences. Her clinical interests include trauma-based therapy methods for women and children with mood and personality disorders. Songmin is currently externing at the South Beach Psychiatric Center at an inpatient unit. This year, she will be externing at the private practice, Kind Mind, where she will be utilizing culturally affirming therapy for a diverse outpatient population.

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Raya Kumar, BS

Raya is a second year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program and is interested in working with patients struggling with OCD and other anxiety disorders, as well as couples counseling. She received her B.S. in biopsychology and economics from Tufts University. Her previous clinical experiences include neuropsychological assessment with dementia patients and counseling clients in crisis. This year she will be externing at Montefiore's Supporting Healthy Relationships and HERO Dads program working with a diverse population of new and expecting parents utilizing evidence-based programs to promote parenting and coping skills.

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Joy Shen, BS

Joy is a second-year in the Adult Clinical Psychology PsyD Program and is interested in working with LGBTQ+ populations and patients struggling with anxiety and depression disorders. Their research focuses on school-based universal prevention programs targetting depression and anxiety. Joy received their B.S. in Applied Psychology from NYU and has extensive experience working in clinical research with young adults dealing with executive functioning issues. This year, they are externing at New York-Prebyterian's Substance Abuse Unit where they are providing short term individual therapy and running groups.

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Rachel Fried, BA

Rachel is a second-year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Delaware. Her clinical interests include anxiety and depression treatment and prevention in adolescents. This year, she will be externing at Academics west where she'll be conducting group and individual therapy with grades k-12. 

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Amalia Tobias, BA

Amalia is a second-year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program. She received her B.A. in psychology from Hamilton College and has clinical and research experience working with anxious and depressed adolescents and their families. Her clinical interests include the treatment and prevention of  individuals struggling with depression, anxiety disorders, and executive functioning issues. This year, Amalia is externing at Together CBT, a private practice, where she will be working with children and adults through a CBT lens and running groups.

Research Assistants

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Joshua Becker

Joshua is a second-year undergraduate student at New York University studying psychology and marketing. He has long been captivated by the workings of the mind, from both a neurobiological and psychological standpoint. He intends to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology. His areas of research interests include mood and anxiety disorders, working with LGBTQIA+ adolescents and adults, mindfulness-based interventions, and trauma. Joshua is also passionate about portrait and landscape photography and videography. He hopes to contribute to the burgeoning utilization of technology to assist in evidence-based psychological interventions to increase access to at-risk populations. 

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Casey Ivanauskus

Casey is working at the lab as an external research assistant. She received her BSFS from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where she majored in International Politics and minored in International Security. She currently works at a mental health SaaS company, Spring Health, whose mission is to eliminate barriers to mental wellness. She works with enterprise HR and People teams to extend mental health benefits such as therapy, coaching, medication management, and digital CBT to their wide array of populations. She is also a volunteer advocate with the Mount Sinai SAVI program, which supports survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. Casey intends to pursue a PsyD and eventually a career in Clinical Psychology.

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Caroline Pearl, BA

Caroline is working at the lab as an external research assistant. She received her B.A. from Kenyon College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. While currently leading a Learning & Development team at a tech company, she hopes to pursue a career as a Clinical Psychologist. Caroline's research interests include the role of philosophy in psychotherapy, and more specifically, the impact of meaning-centered therapy on individuals experiencing anxiety and depression. 

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Vincent Carruba

Bio to come