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Amy Roy

Amy Roy
Amy Roy is a Professor of Psychology and the director of the Pediatric Emotion Regulation Lab. Dr. Roy received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Clinical Internship at NYU School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital in the Child Track and remained at NYU as a post-doctoral fellow at the Child Study Center. In 2005, Dr. Roy became an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Langone School of Medicine where she remained until she came to Fordham in June of 2011. Dr. Roy’s primary research interests are in the neurobiological underpinnings of emotion regulation in children and adolescents.

*Dr. Roy is accepting applications for clinical psychology doctoral students for Fall 2021*


Mariah DeSerisy

Mariah DeSerisy
Mariah joined the lab in 2015 and is in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated from Trinity University in Texas in 2014 where she double majored in Neuroscience and Psychology. After graduation, she joined the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Team in Miami, Florida at Florida International University as the research coordinator. There, she worked primarily with young children suffering from anxiety and disruptive behaviors and novel approaches to treatment, including telemedicine. Mariah is in the Child and Family Specialization at Fordham University and is interested in the neural underpinnings and treatment outcomes of young children with anxiety and behavioral dysregulation.


Emily Hirsch

Emily Hirsch
Emily joined the lab in 2016 and is in the clinical psychology doctoral program, pursuing the Child and Adolescent Clinical Major Area of Study. She received her BA from Barnard College, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Religion. Prior to Fordham, Emily was involved in research and clinical experiences focused on children and adolescents with both externalizing and internalizing disorders. Currently, her research interests focus on emotional and behavioral dysregulation in children; her particular interest in parent-child interactions and their relationship to children's mental health led her to investigate the prevalence, phenomenology, and clinical correlates associated with parent accommodation of school-aged children with severe temper outbursts for her Master’s Thesis.


Melanie Silverman

Melanie Silverman
Melanie joined the lab in 2017 and is in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated from Barnard College in 2015 with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, she joined the research team at Weill Cornell Medicine's Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology and Center for Autism and the Developing Brain. Currently, she is interested in exploring diverse approaches to understanding brain-behavior relationships, including neuroimaging techniques and neuropsychological assessment. Her research interests focus on the role of social relationships in emotion regulation development and the underlying neural mechanisms. Clinically, she is currently a psychology extern working with patients across the lifespan at Inwood Community Services and has worked with toddlers with autism spectrum disorder in an early intervention classroom using evidence-based treatments.


Jill Stadterman portrait

Jill Stadterman
Jill joined the lab in 2017 and is in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Fordham University. Jill's primary research interests include investigating how lifestyle variables, such as sleep and diet, impact brain functioning in both typically developing adolescents as well as adolescents with psychopathology. Currently, in addition to using pilot data from the lab, Jill is also using data from the Child Mind Institute's Healthy Brain Network to investigate the effects of a western diet (high in fat and sugar) on the hippocampus in a large community sample of children and adolescents. Jill plans to continue to grow this line of research throughout her time at Fordham, hopefully merging with her clinical interests of working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders and obesity.


Natasha King

Natasha King
Natasha joined the lab in 2019 after completing her master’s in the Developmental Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated from the University of the Philippines in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Upon graduating, she worked as a special education teacher in the Philippines for two years. Her research interests involve treatments for children with developmental disabilities, specifically Autism and ADHD. She’s also interested in continuing her research on family systems, poverty, and resilience. Her recent master’s thesis compared the formation of parental perceptions among fathers and mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder. Upon the completion of her master’s degree, Natasha plans to apply to Clinical Psychology doctoral programs.


Erica Ferrara

Erica Ferrara

Erica joined the lab in 2019 and is in the Clinical Research Methods master’s program. She graduated from Villanova University in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. During her time as an undergraduate, she interned at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on a study evaluating the effectiveness of a school-based intervention for upper elementary students with symptoms of ADHD, and completed an Honors Thesis on standardized testing anxiety in elementary school students. Her current research interests continue to include the etiology and treatment of ADHD and anxiety in young children. After completing the master’s program, Erica intends to apply to Clinical Psychology doctoral programs.

Previous Lab Members

Samantha Adelsberg, Ph.D.
Sarah Myruski, Ph.D.
Randi Bennett, Ph.D. 
Kaley Davis, M.S.
Valerie Scelsa, M.S.
Jamie Listokin, M.S.
Aleta Angelosante, Ph.D.
Melissa Arfuso
Aniya Atasuntseva
Christina Caviasco
Kimberly Cimino
Abigail Collins
Roland Correa
Amanda De Laurentiis
Robin Fatovic
Graziella Ferrara
Sheina Godovich
Teona Iarajuli
Rachel Ivanhoe
Diana Kwon
Cara Levitch
Vasco Lopes, Psy.D.
Nicholas Lopresto
Sarah Marks
Katherine Melz
Erica Meyers, Psy.D.
Alec Musial
Jennifer O'Connor
David Shaw
Tim Stahl
Fawad Viqar