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COAP Meet the Lab


Lab Members

Katherine CroweKatherine Crowe
Katherine is a 6th-year student in the C.O.A.P. lab who will be on internship for the 2017-2018 academic year at NYU-Bellevue Hospital. She is interested in understanding the expression and treatment of anxiety disorders primarily in children and adolescents. Katherine's doctoral dissertation uses multilevel modeling and profile analysis to understand how certain family variables predict a child's treatment trajectory in different interventions for anxiety. She originally hails from the Bay Area and enjoys spending time outdoors on the 5 days per year that New York delivers beautiful weather.

Ashley DreissAshley Dreiss
Ashley is a student in the Clinical Research Methods Master’s program at Fordham. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies from New York University in 2016. She is interested in the treatment of anxiety disorders among children and adolescents. When she’s not being delayed by the MTA, Ashley spends her time working as an assistant teacher at Learning Spring School; a K-8 school for children on the Autism spectrum, and singing strictly Beyoncé songs at karaoke.

Brandon Frank
Brandon is a third-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Fordham University. His research interests include neuropsychology, statistics and methodology, and behavioral interventions. His main hobbies include riding Amtrak, being the only person over 20 in the Fordham gym, and wishing he were practicing guitar.

Lauryn GarnerLauryn Garner
Lauryn is a first year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Fordham. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Brandeis University. For two years following college, she was the research coordinator at the OCD Institute's Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at McLean Hospital. Lauryn is currently interested in studying transdiagnostic maintaining factors for psychological disorders, mechanisms underlying symptom change, and augmentation strategies for current treatments. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, reading, and making pottery.

Mark HimmelsteinMark Himmelstein
Mark is a student in the Clinical Research Methods Master's program. His primary research interest is the relationship between anxiety and decision making. When he's not studying, enjoys lamenting the mediocrity of the New York Mets and trying to debate politics in 140 characters or less.  



Austin HarrisonAustin Harrison 
Austin is a student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. At Fordham, he is currently involved in research investigating cognitive-behavioral treatment for the sound sensitivity disorder misophonia.  In addition to his focus on the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, Austin is also interested in the use and proliferation of contemplative practices like meditation in contemporary psychotherapy, and the relationships between art, aesthetics, and important psychological constructs such as creativity, pleasure, well-being, and meaning.  Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Austin was a research coordinator and lab manager at Columbia University Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center, where he studied the use of brain stimulation for the treatment of psychiatric illness and as a tool for elucidating the neural correlates of working memory, visual search, cognitive reserve, and decision-making.

Katherine KennedyKatherine Kennedy
Curriculum Vitae
Katherine is a second-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Fordham. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Finance from the University of Miami. Following graduation, Katherine spent two years as a research assistant in Dr. Barlow’s Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab at Boston University. Her research interests include cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial factors that may contribute to the etiology and maintenance of OCD, anxiety, and mood disorders. Relatedly, she is also interested in examining mechanisms of change in cognitive-behavioral treatments and applying the most efficacious components to improve treatments for these disorders. Katherine is currently an extern at New York Presbyterian Women's Inpatient Unit in Westchester. When she's not studying, Katherine enjoys spending time with friends, picking up her cat, and exploring NYC.

Lauren MancusiLauren Mancusi
Curriculum Vitae
Lauren is a fifth-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Fordham University. Her research interests include examining the role of disgust in the conceptualization and treatment of OCD. Her clinical interests focus on treatment of children and families with anxiety and OCD.


Emily SteinbergEmily Steinberg
Emily is a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Fordham. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and spent two years after graduation as a Research Coordinator at Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute. While there, Emily coordinated studies using multimodal MRI techniques to investigate the neural circuits implicated in OCD and other disorders that commonly arise during childhood and adolescence. Emily's research interests include assessing the impact of familial factors on cognitive-behavioral treatment outcome for youth with OCD and related disorders, as well as investigating treatment strategies for patients with both obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic symptoms.