Jessica Rhodes, MA is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at The University at Buffalo. Her research centers on the cognitive (attention, working memory, inhibitory control) and motivational factors associated with both Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and cigarette smoking across the lifespan. She is also interested in the impact of pharmacotherapies on these cognitive and motivational domains. Her recent work has focused on the test-retest reliability of acute smoking abstinence-induced deficits in attention, working memory, and inhibitory control. The aim of her program of research is to better understand the association between smoking behaviors and ADHD, their underlying components , and to ultimately improve treatments for both.
Caroline Oppenheimer, MA is a PhD candidate in the child clinical psychology program at the University of Denver. She studies developmental pathways to depression, with a focus on interpersonal models, including observed parent-child interactional processes. Her work specifically aims to understand mechanisms through which parent-child interactions may influence the development of depression and comorbid disorders during the transition into and across adolescence. In particular, she is interested in investigating whether factors such as biased information processing, cognitive vulnerability, and emotion regulation abilities, mediate the association between parent-child interactions and depression in adolescence. Additionally, she is also interested in understanding how individual differences in parent and child characteristics (e.g., genetics, temperament or personality) moderate parent-child interaction patterns, and thus influence developmental pathways to depression. Ultimately, she aims to produce research that can inform parenting interventions designed to reduce symptoms of child psychopathology, particularly depression.
Emily Ricketts, MS is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests include the dissemination of behavioral treatments, stigma reduction, and the role of family factors in tic and body-focused repetitive behavior disorders. Specifically, her research projects have focused on the quality of life, stigma, and social perceptions of those with body-focused repetitive behavior disorders, and the role of the family in the development, and maintenance of body-focused repetitive behaviors and tic disorders. She has also coordinated grant-funded research examining the dissemination of behavior therapy for tic disorders to neurology and primary care clinics. Recently she received a National Research Service Award Fellowship to conduct a three-phase project examining feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)-delivered behavior therapy for tic disorders.
Trina Orimoto, MA is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her program of research examines issues of dissemination and implementation science in community-based mental health settings. She aims to study the treatments that children and adolescents typically receive and ways to ensure that they are given interventions that have been found efficacious in the research literature. This includes questions about (1) mental health service utilization and engagement, (2) delivery of evidence-based practices, and (3) outcome accountability. Her recent studies have sought to identify patterns in providers’ treatment targets and techniques in usual care. These findings have informed Trina’s current work, which examines whether the proportional application of practices derived from the evidence base significantly predicts outcomes for youth with disruptive behavior problems.
Adriane Soehner, MA is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at University of California, Berkeley. Her research centers on understanding the role sleep-wake disturbances play in the onset, maintenance and exacerbation of mood disorders using a combination of epidemiological and experimental paradigms. This work employs a variety of methods to evaluate sleep and circadian functioning (i.e., self-report, actigraphy, EEG, salivary melatonin) in both healthy and mood disordered populations. A complementary arm of her research has focused on assessing adherence and mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia comorbid to psychiatric illness. Several ongoing projects also explore the health consequences of sleep/circadian disruption in bipolar disorder, examining both biological (autonomic, immune) and behavioral (diet, physical activity) outcomes. The ultimate goal of her research program is to improve quality of life and longevity in severe psychiatric illness by advancing sleep treatment strategies for this population.