Graduate Students

Hannah Frank, M.A.

Hannah Frank

Hannah Frank is a sixth year student in the clinical program, working with Dr. Philip Kendall. She graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Georgetown University in 2012. Following her graduation from Georgetown, Hannah spent two years working as a research assistant for Drs. Jennifer Freeman and Abbe Garcia at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic (PARC) at Brown Medical School. Her current research interests include identifying predictors and mechanisms of optimal treatment outcome for youth with anxiety disorders, as well as disseminating effective interventions for this population.


Mark Knepley, M.A.

Mark is a sixth year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic.  Mark graduated from Harvard University in 2006 with an AB in Psychology.  Prior to graduate school, he worked at two consulting companies in Boston, and most recently spent two years as a research assistant in Dr. Matthew Nock’s lab at Harvard University studying suicide and self-injury.


Sophie Palitz, M.A.

Sophie Palitz

Sophie is a fifth year graduate student in the clinical program, working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Sophie graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology. Following her graduation, she spent two years working as a Clinical Research Coordinator for Dr. Naomi Simon at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders (CATSD) at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her current research interests include mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral therapy and optimizing treatment for youth with anxiety disorders.


Jordan Davis, M.A.

Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis is a fifth year graduate student, working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University in 2013. Following graduation, Jordan spent two years working as a lab manager for Drs. Renee Thompson and Tammy English at Washington University in St. Louis. Her current research interests include the role of emotional clarity in treatment process and outcome for youth with anxiety disorders, and the dissemination of evidence-based interventions.


Lesley Norris, M.A.

Lesley Norris

Lesley is a fourth year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. She graduated from Boston College 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 individualized interventions, predictors/moderators of outcome, and machine learning methods.


Lara Rifkin, M.A.

Lara Rifkin

Lara is a fourth year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Lara graduated from Skidmore College 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 interests include treatment development and outcome research as well as the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for youth.


Tessa Clarkson, M.A.

Tessa Clarkson

Tessa is in her fourth 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).


Margaret Crane, M.A.

Margaret Crane

Margaret Crane is a third year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Margaret graduated from Harvard University 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. 


Kate Phillips, M.A.

Kate Philips

Kate is a third year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic.  Kate graduated from Cornell University 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.  


Colleen Maxwell

Colleen Maxwell

Colleen is a second year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. After graduating from Saint Louis University (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. 


Jonathan Rabner

Jonathan Rabner

Jonathan is a second year graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Jonathan graduated from Brandeis University in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology and Economics and from Boston University 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 and utilizing that information to improve and disseminate evidence-based treatments.


Practicum Students

Zuzanna Wojcieszak, M.A.

Zuzanna

Originally from Gdansk, Poland, Zuzanna is a sixth year graduate student in the clinical psychology program working with Dr. Thomas Olino. She received her A.B. in Psychology from Harvard College in May 2013, where she worked in labs in the social and developmental psychopathology areas. Prior to starting at Temple, she worked with Dr. Katie McLaughlin in the Stress & Development Lab at University of Washington. Her research interests include adolescent mental health in relation to social stressors (e.g., experiences of discrimination, stigma, and interacting with people different from ourselves), youth’s access to treatment and prevention, and continuity/comorbidity of internalizing and externalizing disorders.


Lindsay Myerberg, M.A.

Lindsay Myerberg

Lindsay is a fourth year graduate student in the clinical program working with Dr. Deborah Drabick. She graduated from Catholic University in 2014 with an M.A. in Psychology and from University of Richmond in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology. Before coming to Temple, she spent two years working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Alvord, Baker, and Associates, LLC, a private psychotherapy practice in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Her current research interests include child peer processes (i.e., engagement in bullying, victimization by peers) and their associations with internalizing and externalizing symptoms.


Rebekah Mennies, M.A.

Bekah Mennies

Rebekah is a fourth year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Olino. Rebekah graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology in 2014. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Jennifer Silk’s lab, which conducts research on the etiology and treatment of anxiety and depression in youth. She is interested in studying social, cognitive, and neurobiological factors that contribute to perseverative cognition (e.g., worry, rumination) in youth at risk for anxiety or depression.


Samantha Birk, M.A.

Samantha Birk

Samantha Birk is a third year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program working with Dr. Thomas Olino. Samantha graduated from Binghamton University 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.