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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.

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Lauren Yang, M.A.

Lauren is a fifth year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology, Psy.D program and the ADAPT lab coordinator. She received her B.S. in psychobiology at UCLA. Her research interests include interpersonal functioning, cultural influences, and biological vulnerability factors in mood disorder development. Her clinical interests include integrative treatments of mood disorders in adolescents and young adults, as well as minority populations. Her doctoral dissertation will investigate the predictors of depression in young adults. Lauren has experience working with undergraduate and graduate students at Brooklyn College Personal Counseling. She has also treated people with bipolar disorder and obessive-compulsive disorder at Northwell-LIJ Medical Center's Zucker Hillside Hospital. Currently, she is externing at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center. She will be conducting her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City where she'll work on a multidisciplinary team treating eating disorders and SUD through individual and group therapy, assessment and research. 

Taylor Zar, M.A.

Taylor is a fifth year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology, Psy.D program. She received her B.A. in psychology from Barnard College. Her research interests include risk and resilience factors across mental health conditions. For her Master’s thesis, she built a vulnerability model of pediatric anxiety disorders. For her doctoral dissertation, she plans to closely investigate how guilt proneness and religious affiliation promote risk for scrupulosity, an understudied form of OCD. Taylor has experience working with a range of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, OCD and bipolar disorder. She is currently an extern at Northwell LIJ Medical Center’s Zucker Hillside Hospital, where she provides evidence-based outpatient care for young adults following a psychiatric crisis. She will be conducting her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s adult outpatient psychiatry department. Utlizing CBT with an emphasis in ERP, Taylor will be treating OCD/OCPD and Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy and CBT for bipolar disorder. 

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Keara Mageras

Keara is a fourth 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. Next year, she will be returning to LIJ for internship year and will be working with adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

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Olivia Sahlman

Olivia is a third 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. Next 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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Raya Kumar

Raya is a first 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. Next 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

Joy is a first-year in the Adult Clinical Psychology PsyD Program and is interested in working with LGBTQ+ populations and patients struggling with anxiety and depression disorders. Her 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. Next year, she will begin her training at New York-Prebyterian's Substance Abuse Unit where they'll be providing short term individual therapy and running groups.

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Meredith Seewald

Meredith is a fourth 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. Next 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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Songmin Na

Songmin is a second 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. Next 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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Rachel Fried

Rachel is a first-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. Next 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

Amalia is a first-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. Next year, Amalia will be externing at Together CBT, a private practice, where she will be working with children and adults through a CBT lens and running groups.