Current Research Vertical Team Members
Jana DeSimone Wozniak, MS
Jana is a seventh-year doctoral candidate in the Mezulis lab. She is largely interested in the positive and negative effects of trauma, and specifically focuses on post-traumatic growth in her research and clinical pursuits. Jana is currently on internship at the Southwest Consortium Doctoral Psychology Internship in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Outside of her studies, Jana enjoys running, hiking, and traveling with her husband and pup whenever possible.
Jaclyn T Aldrich, MA, MS
Jaclyn joined the program in 2014 and is a sixth-year graduate student. Her research interests include cognitive and biological emotion dysregulation and the development of depressive symptoms, NSSI, and suicidal behaviors during adolescence. Jaclyn's dissertation focuses on co-rumination between adolescents as a mechanism of interpersonal stress generation and depression.
Madeline Noland, MS
Madeline joined the lab in 2014 and is a sixth-year graduate student. Her research interests include psychophysiology, emotion regulation behaviors, and mild traumatic brain injury. Her clinical focus is in adult neuropsychology. She is currently on internship on the neuropsychology track at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.
Andrew Fox, MS
Andrew joined the program in 2015 and is a fifth-year graduate student. His research interests include identifying how risk and protective factors such as cognitive style, emotion regulation, and physiology interact and predict developmental trajectories of depression, emotion dysregulation, and self-harm from early to late adolescence. He is also interested in the roles that parenting and parent-child interactions play in the development of youth emotion regulation and depression.
Lauren Hammond, MS
Lauren joined the program in 2015 and is currently a fifth-year graduate student. Her research interests include maladaptive emotion regulation strategies in young adults, particularly nonsuicidal self-injury. She is interested in the intersection between self-report and physiological responses to laboratory paradigms, as well as temperamental, physiological, and environmental vulnerabilities that may contribute to the development of psychopathology.
Hailey Caudle, MS
Hailey joined the program in 2016 and is a fourth-year graduate student. Her research interests include risk and protective factors for functional and mental health outcomes in children and adolescents. She is interested widely in depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, and eating disorders and the importance of early intervention in these and other mental health conditions.
Jordan Skalisky, MS
Jordan joined the program in 2016 and is a fourth-year graduate student. Her research interests include risk and protective factors for adolescent and young adult externalizing problem behaviors, such as substance use and self-injury. She is also interested in the emotional and behavioral motives for externalizing behaviors and the psychological consequences.
China Bolden, MS
China joined the program in 2017 and is a third-year student. Her research interests include the development of emotion regulation and its relationship to trauma and psychopathology in children and adolescents. Additionally, she is interested in psychophysiology as it relates to mental health outcomes in these populations. In her spare time, she mentors local high school students for college readiness, is a potter, and spends as much time as she can with her baby boy.
Ben Johnson, MS
Ben joined the program in 2017 and is a third-year graduate student. His research interests include developmental trajectories of psychopathology and emotion regulation within late adolescence. He is also interested in risk and protective factors for problem behaviors among male adolescents.
Ellie Lisitsa, MS
Ellie joined the program in 2017 and is a third-year graduate student. Her research interests include risk and resilience factors contributing to development of adolescent psychopathology, and the role of relationships in shaping physiological stress response and emotion regulation strategies.
Kate Benjamin, BA
Kate joined the program in 2018 and is a second-year graduate student. Her research interests include risk and protective factors for child and adolescent onset depression. Specifically, she is interested in how emotion regulation, cognitive style, and biological factors interact to influence the development of depression.
Sarah Chun, BS
Sarah joined the program in 2018 and is a second-year graduate student. Her research interests include investigating pathways of adolescent mood disorders, the use of emotion regulation strategies, and how both positive and negative life events contribute to youth outcomes.
Luke Vaartstra, BA
Luke joined the problem in 2019 and is a first-year graduate student. His research interests include looking at how adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies relate to adult depression and mood disorders and how positive and negative life events influence mental health. His interests further include researching clinical psychology strategies and interventions for refugees.