Lab Members

Current Lab Members 

   
  Elana Gordis, Ph.D., Faculty, CAFE Lab Director 
 
Dr. Gordis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, where she was also a research professor prior to joining the faculty at the University at Albany. For more info on Dr. Gordis, please visit her Department of Psychology faculty page.


Dr. Gordis' C.V. (pdf)
 
 
     
 

Joseph Bettcher, M.A., Graduate Research Assistant

Joseph Bettcher is currently a Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology program at the University at Albany. He obtained his M.A. from San Diego State University and worked as a Neuropsychometrist and Research Assistant at the NeuroCognitive Institute prior to his doctoral studies. Joseph is interested in the development of executive function particularly as it relates to decision-making and youth educational achievement.

 
   
 

Rachel Clegg, M.A., Graduate Research Assistant

Rachel is currently a Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology program at the University at Albany. She earned her B.S. in Neuroscience from Union College prior to working as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Laboratory for Affective and Translational Neuroscience at McLean Hospital. She is interested in understanding how adverse childhood experiences impacts cortisol and sAA reactivity, the role of social support, and how mindfulness may be a helpful buffer against negative outcomes.
 
   
  Ed Merritt, M.A., Graduate Research Assistant 
 
Ed is currently a Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology program at the University at Albany. He earned his Master's Degree in Psychology at Stony Brook University in 2016 and worked as a research program coordinator in the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. Ed is interested in the effects of harsh parenting on psychophysiological changes, aggression, and empathy among adolescents and young adults. 
 
   
  Jesslyn (Li Shen) Chong, B.S., Graduate Research Assistant
 
Jesslyn is currently a Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology program at the University at Albany. She graduated from University of Minnesota in 2017 with a B.S. in Psychology and two minors in Neuroscience and Management. She worked as a research assistant in the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for the Cognition and Brain Lab and Adolescent Depression Lab prior to her graduate studies. Jesslyn's research interests focuses on the alterations of psychophysiological profiles of non-suicidal self injury behaviors and the effects of acute stress on social cognition in adolescents and young adult sample.
 
   
  Kate Senich, B.S., Graduate Research Assistant
 
Kate is currently a Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology program at the University at Albany. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014 with a B.S. in Child Psychology. She worked in multiple labs at the University of Minnesota exploring topics including children’s executive functions, parenting interventions and autonomic arousal and coregulation of infants and mothers. Kate’s current research interests focus on the psychophysiological correlates of adverse childhood experiences and how caregivers may serve as risk or protective factors.
 
     
   
 
Teresa Mejia, M.A., Graduate Research Assistant
 
Teresa is currently a Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology program at the University at Albany. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2016 with a B.S double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience, and a minor in Biology. She then earned her Master’s degree at the Universidad de Alcalá. Teresa worked as a clinical research assistant in the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for the Children in the Pediatric Auditory and Speech Lab prior to her graduate studies. Teresa’s research interests focus on acculturative stress and trauma and their psychophysiological impacts within youth and their families.
 
   
     
   Sadena Ahmad, Undergraduate Research Assistant 
 
Sadena is currently a junior at UAlbany majoring in Psychology and Communications with a minor in business. Her research interests focus on the long-term effects of childhood neglect on brain development, its correlation to psychopathological disorders, and risk for anxiety disorders into adulthood.
 
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAFE Lab Alumni

 
Name 
CAFE Lab Position 
 Current Position 
Alyssa Nicotra   Volunteer Residential Counselor, Disability Services Center, Albany, NY
Ari Rabkin, Ph.D. Graduate Student Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH 
Christy Olezeski, Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Gail Corneau Volunteer Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC.
Jaclyn Bleski, Psy.D. Volunteer School Psychologist, Rondout Central School District, Accord, NY.
Jaclyn Vollmoeller Volunteer Social Work Masters Student, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, NY.
Jenna Bodisch Volunteer Social Work Masters Student, University at Albany, SUNY, NY.
Jennifer Malatras, Ph.D. Volunteer Associate Director for Child Services, the Child and Family Therapy Clinic, UAlbany Psychological Services Center, NY.
Julia Hoffmann Volunteer Facility Coordinator, Early Childhood Education Center, Albany, NY.
Kameron Decker Volunteer Counselor, Educator, Advocate, Victims Assistance Program, Buffalo, NY. 
Social Work Masters Student, University at Buffalo, SUNY, NY.
Katie McGowan Volunteer General Psychology Masters Student, City College of NY.
Laura Kenneally Volunteer Research Staff, Department of Psychiatry, the University of Pittsburgh, PA.
Melissa Lehrbach, M.A. Graduate Student License Psychologist, Osika & Scarano Psychological Services, Glen Falls, NY
Samantha Barry, Ph. D Graduate Student Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts Medical School Diabetes Center of Excellence, MA.
Stephanie Emhoff, Ph. D Graduate Student  Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Texas, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, TX.
Stephanie Rohrig Volunteer Clinical Psychology Doctoral student, Hofstra Univeristy, NY.
Tania Khan Volunteer   Post-doctoral Fellow, University at Albany Counseling Center, NY.
Victoria Fitz, M.D. Volunteer Resident Physician, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University North Carolina, School of Medicine, NC.
Wadia John Volunteer Case Planner, Graham Windham, NY.
Zach Grieb Volunteer Neuroscience Doctoral Student, Michigan State University, MI.