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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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Alison Manning, M.A.

Alison is a fifth year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology program. She is interested in researching the social effects of anxiety and depression in youth. Her previous clinical experiences include utilizing behavioral interventions to help children with autism. She is currently working with adolescents who have experienced trauma. She looks forward to continue her work within a pediatric population.

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Lianna Trubowitz, M.A.

Lianna is a fifth year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology program. Her research interests include the development of anxiety and depression in adolescents and young adults, particularly within the familial context. In the past she has conducted research on the parent-child concordance on symptoms of anxiety and depression. She has also conducted research on the effects of trauma and brain injury among veteran populations. She hopes to continue to research the relationship between familial context, culture, and depression.

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Lauren Yang, M.A.

Lauren is a fourth 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.

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Taylor Zar, M.A.

Taylor is a fourth 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. 

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Keara Mageras

Keara is a third year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program. She received a B.A. in psychology from Duke University. Keara completed her externship at Brooklyn College's Counseling Center, where she gained clinical experience working with the school's undergraduate and graduate students. Currently, she is externing at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. 

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Meredith Seewald

Meredith is a third 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 externship at the Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Center where she gained experience working with undergraduate and graduate students. Currently, she is externing at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

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Mary Mulroy

Mary is a second year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology Program. She received her M.A in psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and her B.A. from The City College of New York. She is currently completing an externship at the Iona College Counseling Center, where she is working with undergraduate students. Her clinical interests include Trauma
Informed and Integrated Care and School-based interventions.

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Olivia Sahlman

Olivia is a second year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program. She received her B.A. in psychology from Emory University. She is currently externing at the Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Center, where she is gaining valuable clinical experience working with the school's undergraduate and graduate students.