Research Assistants

Interested in becoming an RA?

The CAADC is no longer recruiting undergraduate research assistants for the Fall 2018 semester. We will most likely be accepting new applicants for the Spring 2019 semester.  Research assistants help with data entry, assisting children with questionnaires, providing childcare during sessions, and other administrative and organizational tasks. Undergrads may be asked to briefly assist during therapy sessions, transcribe or code sessions, participate in recruitment, track completion of study forms, and tasks related to the operation of our research clinic. There is no minimum experience requirement. Research assistants are required to work for 9 hours per week for at least 2 semesters, either as a volunteer or for course credit. Interested candidates should complete this application by December 7, 2018. Please email Margaret Crane, margaret.crane@temple.edu, if you have any questions.

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:

Brennah Ross

Brennah graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2015 with a B.S. in economics and minors in public health, politics, and law. She completed a psychology post-bachelor’s degree at Villanova University in 2017. She joined the CAADC the summer of 2018, and is a research coordinator for the AACT. She also works as an advocate for victims of sexual assault and other crimes for Chester County. Her research interests include improving and disseminating treatment for anxiety and traumatic stress disorders. Brennah hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

Amanda Bartolome

Amanda is a second semester senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. Amanda joined the CAADC in January of 2018. She also works as a research assistant in the Child and Adolescent Devlopment of Emotion, Personality and Psychopathology (CADEPP) lab at Temple. She is interested in post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety in both children and adults. After graduation, Amanda hopes to enroll in a Clinical Mental Health Counseling masters program.

Noelle Tweedie

Noelle is a second semester senior, majoring in fine art with a minor in psychology. She joined the CAADC in the summer of 2018. Prior to joining the CAADC, Noelle has enjoyed working with children as a nanny. She is interested in psychopathology, specifically the causes and treatment of anxiety and depression in children and adults. After graduation, Noelle hopes to attend graduate school for counseling psychology.

Ester Chung

Ester is currently a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. She joined the CAADC in the fall 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.

Julia Cogdell

Julia is a senior majoring in neuroscience with a minor in psychology. She joined the CAADC fall 2018. Prior to joining CAADC, Julia was a research intern in the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics at CHOP working on Project EARLY, a child autism study. She is interested in child development and understanding how anxiety impacts the developing brain. After graduation, Julia hopes to attend graduate school to obtain a degree in clinical psychology.

Lucas Mahabir

Lucas is a senior majoring in psychology. He joined the CAADC in the fall of 2018. Prior to joining the CAADC, Lucas interned at the Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia. He worked as an aid to victim advocates while providing emotional support and writing assistance to children who were receiving psychological treatment after experiencing the loss of loved ones due to violence. Lucas is interested in learning and understanding how to improve the treatment of anxiety and depression in children and adults. After graduation, Lucas hopes to attend graduate school for health psychology.

Rachel Joseph

Rachel is a senior, majoring in psychology. She joined the CAADC in the spring of 2018. She is interested in learning new ways to help people cope with fears and worries. After graduation, Rachel hopes to enroll in a counseling psychology program.

Cameron Kaczor

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.

Maia Perone

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 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.

Carissa Bethel

Carissa is a sophomore majoring in psychology with a minor in cognitive neuroscience and neuroscience research. She joined the CAADC in the fall of 2018. Prior to joining the CAADC, Carissa was a child life volunteer at Nikolaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL. She is interested in Psychopathology and understanding the relationship between the mind and brain as they relate to psychotic disorders. After graduation, Carissa hopes to enroll in a clinical neuropsychology graduate program.

Eliza Meketon

Eliza is a sophomore majoring in psychology with a minor in history. She joined the CAADC in the fall of 2018. Prior to joining the CAADC, Eliza worked as a Data collector for Temple’s Infant and Child Lab at Acelero Learning Center following it up with an eight-week summer internship at their lab in Temple Ambler. She is interested in finding more holistic approaches to treating childhood depression and anxiety within the public school system. After graduation, Eliza hopes to enroll in a clinical psychology program.

 

Samantha Baker

Samantha graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University in May 2016. She is currently a first year masters student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, studying mental health counseling. She joined CAADC in the fall of 2018. Prior to joining CAADC, Samantha has volunteered as a one-to-one aide for special needs children at Elwyn’s T-Camp. She plans to obtain her doctorate in clinical psychology, with a concentration on child and adolescent anxiety. She is interested in learning about cognitive behavioral methods of treatment for anxiety in children.