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Graduate Students

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Justyna Jurska, MA
Justyna is a seventh-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program completing her internship year at NY Harbor VA Medical Center - Brooklyn. Her research interests focus on risk and protective factors for suicidality and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). Specifically, she is interested in examining the underlying cognitive and emotional mechanisms that contribute to the onset and maintenance of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors and the role of dispositional resilience factors on suicide prevention. Justyna is also interested in trauma research and the effects of adverse life experiences on the development of psychopathology in adolescents and adults. She completed her master’s thesis entitled “Grit and Gratitude as Protective Factors for Suicidality” and is currently working on her dissertation exploring the role of control beliefs and causal uncertainty on suicidal ideation. 


Vincent Corcoran, Graduate Student

Vincent Corcoran, MA
Vincent is a fifth-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. He received his BS from Fordham University in 2013 with a major in psychology and a minor in biological sciences. Before returning to Fordham he worked as Lab Manager of the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program at Montefiore Medical Center. Vincent’s research broadly focuses on the use of maladaptive coping behaviors. He completed his master’s thesis entitled “Non-suicidal self-injury and E-communities: Investigating the Influence of Online Disinhibition" and is currently working on his dissertation exploring acquired capability for suicide and burnout in mental health professionals. He has completed clinical externships at Cognitive Behavioral Consultants, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division, and Westchester Jewish Community Services.


Hae-Joon Kim, Graduate Student

Hae-Joon Kim, MA
Hae-Joon is a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. She has completed clinical externships at Fordham Counseling and Psychological Services and Westchester Jewish Community Services. Her research interests include affective and cognitive risk and protective factors for suicide and non-suicidal self-injury. She is also interested in cultural influences on suicide risk. Her master’s thesis is entitled "The Role of Sociotropy and Interpersonal Stress on Suicide."


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Ana Rabasco (she/her), MA
Ana is a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. Her research interests include risk factors and interventions for suicide and non-suicidal self-injury in high-risk populations. She is also interested in longitudinal research design, including the use of ecological momentary assessment methodology, to better understand fluctuations in risk for suicide. Ana is currently a clinical extern at Bronx Psychiatric Center, where she conducts group and individual therapy with individuals who have severe and persistent mental illness. She has previously completed externships at Westchester Jewish Community Services and New York Presbyterian Hospital – Personality Disorders Unit.


Joshua DeSon

Joshua DeSon, BA
Josh is a second-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. Before starting at Fordham, he was a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health where he worked on a study of suicidal behaviors in a sample of schizophrenia patients. Josh’s research interests include non-suicidal self-injury, suicidal behaviors, and emotion dysregulation in adolescent minority populations such as queer youth.


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Michelle Hansen (she/her), BS
Michelle is a first-year M.S. student in Fordham's Clinical Research Methods program. She graduated from NYU in 2019 with a B.S. in Applied Psychology with a focus on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Michelle's research focuses on specific functions of self-harm and the medical severity of self-inflicted injuries. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. and apply her knowledge of self-injury to treatment in inpatient and prison populations in the future.


Undergraduate Research Assistants 

Nicole Cardinali

Nicole Cardinali
Nicole is a senior at Fordham University majoring in psychology. At Fordham, she is a member of the Psychology Club, Colleges Against Cancer, Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society, and a member of Fordham’s Club Lacrosse team. After graduating, Nicole plans on participating in more research before attending a clinical psychology program.


Kathryn Evans

Kathryn Evans
Kathryn is a Junior at the Fordham University-Rose Hill Campus. She is double majoring in Psychology and Sociology and minoring in Bioethics. At Fordham, she is involved in Fordham Debate Society and has served on the executive board for the past 2 years. In the future, Kathryn plans to continue her education in clinical psychology by attending graduate school.


Ashley Wright

Ashley Wright
Ashley is a junior at Fordham University-Rose Hill Campus. She is a Psychology and English double major. At Fordham, she is a senior editor for both the paper and the Fordham Undergraduate Law Review. After graduation from Fordham, she plans on continuing to work in research and attend graduate school for clinical psychology.


Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

  • Heather Schatten, PhD: Assistant Professor, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Butler Hospital
  • Blair Morris, PhD: Pediatric Psychologist, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Emily Brackman, PhD: Postdoctoral Fellow, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Center at NYU Langone
  • Caroline Holman, PhD: Postdoctoral Fellow, Post-Deployment and Readjustment Program and Trauma Recovery Services at the Providence VAMC
  • Abigail Wren, PhD: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy & Research
  • Kelsey Luks, M.S. 

Undergraduate Students
Margaux Bruzzese
Gianna Castellano
Anna Gilbert
Dillon Gurciullo
Gracie Jenkins
Meagan Kelley
Gabrielle Longobardi
Kate McGrath
Michael Mullinax
Brittany Rohl
David Schillinger
Caitlin Schroen
Erin Shanahan
Isabella Shattenkirk
Kate Sheehan
Kaitlin Walsh
Patrick Wester