Students

Would you like to assist in the research at the EEDP? If so, please review the information below. If you are interested, please email Becca Meza at rmeza@wustl.edu.

General area of research

Developmental psychopathology and emotional development in early childhood—preschool children/ mood disorders

Prerequisites/special skills required of research assistants

All students must have completed 6 hours of upper level psychology courses or discuss course experience with our research team. Because of the intense training required to work with this unique study sample, we would like students to make a 2-semester commitment to the lab. Learning our procedures is time consuming and students often take most of the first semester simply learning the procedures in the lab. Thus students gain better experience by spending two semesters in the lab. Often, in the second semester students are given more responsibility and have the opportunity to learn new skills. We also ask students to work a minimum of 11 hours per week.

About our research

The EEDP has several on-going, grant funded studies. Students are involved with a study evaluating early therapeutic interventions in preschoolers with depression.  Participants eligible for treatment receive 18 weeks of a treatment intervention called Parent Child Interaction Therapy – Emotion Development (PCIT-ED). Students are also involved with assisting in the administration, data collection, and data entry of a supplemental study examining treatment response and neural markers of emotion development and treatment response to PCIT-ED using EEG and fMRI.

RAs are also involved in the third follow-up phase of a longitudinal study of mood disorders (depression and mania) in children. At the beginning of the study, children were preschool ages 3.0-6.0 from a large community based sample.  In the current phase, we are re-assessing our original sample children who are now ages 12.0-16.0.  Assessments include dyadic observational tasks, a diagnostic psychiatric interview, cognitive measures, and EEG and fMRI.

With each of these studies, research assistants gain “hands on” experience using state of the art assessment techniques, are exposed to current trends in diagnostic assessment, and become familiar with diagnostic criteria for mental disorders in young children.  Students will gain understanding of the logistics of conducting research and with the administration of study protocols in a research setting.

Duties of research assistant

Student research assistants have a very important role in our research. Students’ responsibilities will include assisting in the collection, coding, and entry of data obtained from parent and child assessments. Students will also have various administrative duties such as organizing research related materials, assisting in the quarterly newsletter, and obtaining the most current published data. Students are often relied upon heavily to assist in assessment set-up and take an active role interacting with subjects during assessments, including subject childcare.


Current undergraduate research assistants

 

Melanie Marcille

Melanie Marcille

Melanie Marcille is a junior majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. After graduation, she hopes to take a gap year to do more research before attending medical school. At the EEDP, she is currently involved in the PCIT-ED study and enjoys interacting and assisting with children during their assessments. She is particularly interested in mood disorders that affect young adults, and she dedicates some time outside of the EEDP to the mental health awareness organization, Active Minds, as well as the Synapse neuroscience club.


jasmine-han Jasmine Han

Jasmine Han is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Anthropology: Global Health and the Environment and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. After graduating, she hopes to obtain a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and ultimately pursue a career focused on working with children and adolescents.


lindsey-wanberg Lindsey Wanberg

Lindsey is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. She plans on attending medical school after graduation, and is particularly interested in the fields of pediatrics and child psychiatry. Her research interests include early-onset anxiety disorders and eating disorders, deviant behavior in children, the biological foundations of psychopathology, the effects of mental illness on development, and the efficacy of different treatment options for children with mental illnesses.

 


brooke-nosratian Brooke Nosratian

Brooke is a junior majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, on the cognitive neuroscience track. Her interests lie broadly in the medical field, mainly in the fields of abnormal and developmental psychology, and even more specifically she is interested in studying mood and anxiety disorders as well as cross-cultural psychology, culturally-sensitive psychological practice, and the study of how psychological disorders can manifest differently across diverse cultures. She enjoys research, in particular research that involves the study of higher brain function and its connection to human behavior. and has always loved working with children, and hopes to go to medical school after graduation to pursue a career in child and adolescent psychiatry.


mindy-rosengarten Mindy Rosengarten

Mindy is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Global Heath and The Environment and English. After college, she hopes to obtain a degree in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include treatments for depression and anxiety, mood disorders in children, and the effects of mood disorders on children’s later development.

 



Alyssa Hunt

Alyssa Hunt is a sophomore majoring in Psychology with a potential second major in Anthropology or Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. At the EEDP, she is involved with the PCIT-ED study, and hopes to continue working with children and their families in the future. Her research interests broadly include childhood mental illness, trauma, and addiction. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a degree in clinical psychology and focus her career on working with children and adolescents.



Arielle Hamburg

Arielle Hamburg is a junior majoring in Psychology. She plans on taking a gap year before attending medical school to focus more on research and volunteering. She hopes to become a Psychiatrist. Arielle’s research interests in particular are anxiety, eating disorders, and depression, as well the intersection between psychotherapy and pharmacology.

 

 

 



Tommy Baumel

Tommy is a sophomore majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience and minoring in Medical Humanities. His research interests include the biological bases for psychopathology and their behavioral and cognitive consequences. He plans on attending medical school after graduation, and is especially interested in the fields of psychiatry and pediatrics.

 



Bruce Ramphal

Bruce Ramphal is a junior at Brown University concentrating in Neuroscience. He is interested in discovering ways to attenuate the impact of structural inequality on brain development and mental health. He is also interested in how embodied practices such as mindfulness meditation and yoga influence anxiety disorders. Bruce hopes to bridge these interests in graduate school.



Emma Kintisch

Emma Kintisch is a junior majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and minoring in both Writing and Children’s Studies. She is currently involved with the PCIT-ED study at the EEDP, and enjoys helping with assessments, childcare, and data collection. She is especially interested in the influences of education, language, and health on cognitive development, and plans to pursue a career in the future that integrates these fields.


Meghana Kunam

My name is Meghana Kunam and I am a Junior majoring in Psychological Brain Sciences with a minor in Children’s Studies and Biology. In the future I hope to attend medical school for neonatology. I am currently working on the Optimism Project with Laura Hennefield.