Graduate Students

Dr. Kendall will be accepting graduate students for the upcoming academic year.


Lesley Norris, M.A.

Lesley Norris

Lesley is a sixth year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. She graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology. Before coming to Temple, she spent two years working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Program at McLean Hospital. Her current research interests include precision interventions, predictors/moderators of treatment outcome, and machine learning approaches.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

lesley.norris@temple.edu


Lara Rifkin, M.A.

Lara Rifkin

Lara is a sixth year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Lara graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology. Following graduation, she spent two years working as a Clinical Research Coordinator for Drs. Thröstur Björgvinsson and Courtney Beard at the Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program at McLean Hospital. Her current research interests include identifying mediators and mechanisms of change with a focus on intolerance of uncertainty.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

lara.rifkin@temple.edu


Tessa Clarkson, M.A.

Tessa

Tessa is in her sixth year of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D program. She is interested in studying the underlying neural mechanisms of cognitive flexibility and social behavior. She is also interested in developing targeted interventions for children and adolescents with impairments within these domains. She is co-mentored by Dr. Johanna Jarcho, Dr. Phil Kendall, & Dr. Matt Lerner (Stony Brook University).

Pronouns: she/her/hers

tessa.clarkson@temple.edu


Margaret Crane, M.A.

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Margaret Crane is a fifth year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Margaret graduated in 2014 with an BA in Psychology and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. Prior to graduate school, she worked with Professor Matthew Sanders at The University of Queensland in Australia, where she studied the dissemination of an evidence-based parenting program. Margaret is interested in dissemination and utilization of evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

margaret.crane@temple.edu

@margaret_crane1



Kate Phillips, M.A.

Kate Philips

Kate is a fifth year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic.  Kate graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Human Development with a concentration in Cognitive Development.  Following graduation, she spent two years working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Child and Adolescent Mood Program at Emory University in Atlanta, GA under the direction of Dr. W. Edward Craighead.  Her current interests include the development, implementation and dissemination of evidence-based treatments for child and adolescent disorders, as well as the role of parental factors in the course and treatment of youth anxiety disorders.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

kate.phillips@temple.edu


Colleen Maxwell, M.A.

Colleen Maxwell

Colleen is a fourth year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. After graduating (2015) with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish, she spent three years at the University of Miami serving as coordinator of the Community study of Outcome Monitoring for Emotional disorders in Teens (COMET) under the direction of Dr. Amanda Jensen-Doss and Dr. Jill Ehrenreich-May. Colleen is interested in predictors of provider and agency uptake of evidence-based practices in community settings and its relationship to client outcomes, particularly for traditionally underserved youth and their families.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

colleen.maxwell@temple.edu

@colleenmaxwell_



Jonathan Rabner, M.A.

Jonathan Rabner

Jonathan is a fourth year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Jonathan graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology and Economics and in 2015 with a M.A. in Psychology. He then spent three years working at Boston Children’s Hospital as the Clinical Research Coordinator in the Pediatric Headache Program. Jonathan’s research interests center around identifying factors that affect treatment outcomes for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, with a specific focus on treatment personalization and the characterization of non-responders to CBT.

Pronouns: he/him/his

jrabner@temple.edu

@JonathanRabner



Kyler Lehrbach

Kyler Lehrbach

Kyler is a second year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. He graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice. He then spent two years working at the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health as a Clinical Research Assistant with Dr. Megan Ranney. Kyler’s current research interests include individualized treatment and using predictors to optimize treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders.

Pronouns: he/him/his

kyler.lehrbach@temple.edu

@KylerLehrbach



Julia Spandorfer

Julia Spandorfer July 2020

Julia is a second year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall. Julia graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. In the past, she has held research positions at UPenn’s Character Lab, Sesame Workshop, NYU Langone’s Anxiety & Complicated Grief Program, and NYU’s Center for Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence Based Practices among States. As an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Julia is interested in examining the role of peer-to-peer advice giving after treatment for anxiety disorders.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

julia.spandorfer@temple.edu


Dominique McKnight

Dominique McKnight is a first-year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Dominique graduated in 2017 with a BA in psychology. Following graduation, she worked as a Clinical Research Associate at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, looking at treatment safety and efficacy. Dominique is interested in self-reported measures of anxiety, treatment, and disseminiation.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

dominique.mcknight@gmail.com



Practicum Students

Samantha Birk, M.A.

Samantha Birk

Samantha Birk is a fifth year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program working with Dr. Thomas Olino. Samantha graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Business Administration. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Brandon Gibb’s Binghamton Mood Disorders Institute and a research coordinator for Dr. Tracy Dennis’ Emotion Regulation Lab. Samantha’s research interests involve studying risk factors for the development of depression and anxiety, including behavioral, social, cognitive, and neurobiological markers, as well as the role of perseverative cognition in the development and maintenance of these disorders.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

tuh37868@temple.edu


Megan Quarmley, M.A.

Megan Quarmley

Megan is a fifth year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. Megan’s research focuses on the interplay of peer victimization and social impairment. She is also interested in neural correlates of social functioning deficits and in developing treatment interventions for children and adolescents with impairments in these domains.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

tue50988@temple.edu


Rafaella Jakubovic, M.A.

Rafaella (“Rafi”) is a fourth year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program under the mentorship of Dr. Deborah Drabick. Rafi graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Public Health and Sociology. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Rafi worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, a clinic serving veterans, service members, and their families, where she focused on the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based treatment for PTSD and resilience-building interventions for military families. Rafi is interested in the advancement of evidence-based interventions targeting predictors of risk and resilience among children, adolescents, and families exposed to trauma and chronic stress.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

rjakubovic@temple.edu


Erin Dunning, M.A.

Erin

Erin is a fifth year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program under the mentorship of Dr. Lauren Alloy. Erin graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology in 2015. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she worked as a clinical research coordinator in the OCD and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Erin’s research focuses on identifying risk and resilience factors for the deleterious impact of adolescent psychosocial life stress, as well as examining intergenerational transmission as a mechanism underlying the development of adolescent psychopathology.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

erin.dunning@temple.edu