Research Assistants

Current Intake Coordinator:

Jacob Blank

Jacob is a sophomore who is majoring in psychology. Prior to joining the CAADC in the spring of 2018, Jacob coached a local youth soccer team and tutored elementary school students. He is broadly interested in improving evidence-based treatments for youth with internalizing disorders. After graduation, Jacob hopes to enroll in a clinical psychology PhD program.


Current Research Assistants:

Anthony Leon

Anthony

Anthony is a Sophomore majoring in psychology with a minor in philosophy. He joined the CAADC in the Fall of 2018. Prior to joining the CAADC, Anthony worked for a private investment firm, specializing in legacy planning. He is interested in understanding the effects of social economic status on child and adolescent anxiety. After graduation, Anthony hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.


Beka Pilkauskas

Beka

Beka is a senior at Temple University majoring in psychology with minors in Spanish and criminal justice. She joined the CAADC in the summer of 2019. Prior to joining the CAADC, Beka worked as a summer camp counselor for 4 years. She is interested in improving the understanding of child anxiety disorders among parents and within school environments. After graduation, Beka hopes to pursue a graduate degree in either developmental or clinical psychology.


Bridget Feler

Bridget

Bridget is a senior at Temple University majoring in psychology. She joined the CAADC in the summer of 2019. Prior to joining the CAADC, Bridget interned at Girls Inc. and taught and mentored students in middle school. She is interested in understanding how to improve the treatment of child anxiety. After graduation, Bridget hopes to go to grad school to study child psychology or neuroscience.


Cameron Kaczor

Cameron

Cameron is a junior majoring in psychology with a minor in education. She joined the CAADC in the fall of 2018. Prior to joining the CAADC, Cameron was an intern for Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia. After graduation, Cameron hopes to attend graduate school and extend her knowledge on child development.


Chelsea Frantz

Chelsea

Chelsea is a senior at Temple University majoring in psychology with a minor in cognitive neuroscience. She joined the CAADC in the summer of 2019. Prior to joining the CAADC, Chelsea assisted children through a summer reading program at a public library and tutored high school students in various subjects. She is interested in understanding effective treatment methods for those with diverse backgrounds. After graduation, Chelsea hopes to enroll in a PsyD program to pursue correctional psychology.


Ester Chung

Ester

Ester is currently a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. She joined the CAADC in thefall of 2018.  Prior to joining the CAADC, Ester volunteered as a research assistant at Temple’s Mechanisms of Affect Dysregulation Lab. After graduating she hopes to obtain a Doctorate degree in Developmental or Clinical Psychology. She is interested in how children’s development with their surrounding environment and people may lead to factors that are conducive to deviant behavior. She wishes to better understand, predict, and rehabilitate the juvenile behavior and mind.


Jennifer Concienne 

Jennifer

Jennifer is a sophomore majoring in psychology. She joined the CAADC in the spring of 2019. Prior to joining the CAADC, Jennifer mentored and tutored middle school students in the Philadelphia area. She is interested in learning how to increase the accessibility and quality of anxiety treatments in lower income schools. After graduation, Jennifer hopes to enroll in a counseling psychology program.


Lauren Milgram

Lauren

Lauren is a senior at the University of Miami in Florida. She has a double-major in Psychology and French and a minor in Spanish. In Miami, Lauren works at the Community Study of Outcome Monitoring for Emotional Disorders in Teens. This summer, Lauren is very excited to start working at the CAADC. Lauren is particularly interested in the use of EBP and exposure therapy in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive related disorders. After her undergraduate studies, Lauren plans to enroll in a Clinical Psychology PhD. program, and she hopes to eventually become a college professor.


Elizabeth Pinney

Liz

Elizabeth (Liz) is a student in Temples +1 Psychology Master’s program. Liz will graduate in May 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience and an M.S. in Psychological Research. She joined the CAADC in the summer of 2019. Prior to joining the CAADC, Liz worked as a preschool and after school teacher for many years. She also has a child of her own. She is interested in adolescent psychology and improving the dissemination of psychological research to populations in need. After graduation, Liz plans to continue to a scientist-practitioner oriented clinical psychology program.


Maia Perone

Maia

Maia is a junior majoring in psychology. She joined the CAADC in the fall of 2018. Prior to joining the CAADC, Maia volunteered at The Social Enrichment Center working with children diagnosed with autism, ADHD, anxiety, developmental delays and more. She is interested in understanding how to improve the treatment of anxiety of children with autism spectrum disorder. After graduation, Maia hopes to enroll in a clinical psychology Ph.D. program.


Mona Hedayatfar

Mona

Mona is a second semester junior majoring in psychology. She joined the CAADC in the winter of 2018. Prior to joining the CAADC, Mona volunteered at Camp Winnipeg at the West Chester YMCA working with children with cognitive disabilities. She is interested in understanding how anxiety impacts people’s life experiences. After graduation, Mona hopes to enroll in a social/personality psychology program.


Roxanne Canfield

Roxanne

Roxanne is a senior at Stockton University majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Empirical Research. She joined the CAADC in the summer of 2019. Prior to joining the CAADC, Roxanne has interned at Behavioral Crossroads (a partial-care mental health facility), worked as a camp counselor, and was a volunteer soccer coach for children with disabilities. She is interested in how to reduce the severity and frequency of intrusive thoughts in OCD. After graduation, Roxanne hopes to enroll in a Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program.


Ryan O’Neill

Ryan

Ryan is a junior double-majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. He joined the CAADC in the spring of 2019. He is interested in understanding and treating mood disorders in both a research and clinical setting. After graduation, Ryan hopes to enroll in Medical School and focus on psychiatry.


Sami Sorid

Sami

Sami is a sophomore at the College of William & Mary, majoring in psychological sciences. She joined the CAADC in the summer of 2019. She was previously an intern at the Character Lab in Philadelphia, and a research assistant for the Raposa Lab at William & Mary. During her time in the Raposa Lab, she helped to coordinate a longitudinal study that examines the effectiveness of community-based mentoring interventions for improving psychosocial outcomes for youth that live in high-stress communities. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology, with a focus on anxiety and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.


Sarah Kelly

Sarah

Sarah is a sophomore majoring in psychology with a minor in cognitive neuroscience. She joined the CAADC in the spring of 2019. Prior to joining the CAADC, Sarah volunteered with children in educational programs. She is interested in the effects of anxiety on children’s social experiences and brain development. After graduation, Sarah hopes to get her doctorate in clinical psychology with a focus on anxiety disorders.