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Director

Kenneth N. Levy, Ph.D.

  • Director

I am a broadly trained developmental psychopathologist with interests that bridge the areas of social, personality, and developmental psychology. My research focuses on mental representations, attachment relationships, and affect regulation. I am particularly interested in how mental representations develop, consolidate, and change, especially in the context of close relationships, and how they influence personality development. I am also interested in the role of impaired or distorted representations in regulating affect, and in turn, their role in the development of psychopathology. I am interested in infant-parent relationships, romantic relationships, and psychotherapy process and outcome as paradigms for studying how representations develop, perpetuate, and change. Ultimately, I want to understand the psychological mechanisms that influence personality development, elucidate clinical phenomena, and inform clinical strategies.

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Co-Director

Kristen M. Kelly, Ph.D.

  • Co-Director

My research interests center on the areas of parent-infant mental health and developmental psychopathology, particularly as they relate to parents' mental representations, cognitive-affective attributions, and corresponding parent-infant behaviors. Specifically, one of the main functions of my research is to develop more accurate and comprehensive models for understanding how distortions in parents' perceptions of themselves and of their children influence parenting behavior, the quality of parent-infant interactions, and child developmental outcomes. I am especially interested in studying how such distortions manifest in vulnerable populations, such as mentally ill parents and those who have suffered severe trauma, given that these parents are at higher risk for experiencing impaired perceptions and difficult interpersonal relationships. My research has required developing expertise in research methodologies and clinical interventions that facilitate empirical research related to parent-infant mental health such as Mary Main's Adult Attachment Interview, Arietta Slade's Parent Development Interview, Mary Ainsworth's Strange Situation, Karlen Lyons-Ruth's scales for Atypical Maternal Behavior (AMBIANCE), and Beatrice Beebe's micro-analytic coding measures. The overarching goal of my research program is aimed at increasing psychology's understanding of processes related to parenting perceptions, interactions and associated behaviors in order to develop more effective methods of assessment, intervention, and prevention with at-risk families. Thus, I want my research to have implications for clinical practice and public policy, as well for enhanced understanding of basic psychological constructs.

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Graduate Students

Tracy L. Clouthier

  • Fifth-Year Graduate Student

Tracy is in her fifth year of the doctoral program in adult clinical psychology. She was born in Montréal, Québec, and graduated from Université de Sherbrooke in 2009. Following her undergraduate degree, she spent two years completing an honours thesis and independent project on attachment and affect regulation at Bishop's University. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys running, gardening, and finding ways to maintain her French skills in central Pennsylvania.

Research/Clinical Interests:

Tracy's main research interests concern psychotherapy process and outcome, in particular in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. She is interested in attachment and how it relates to the symptomatology and treatment of borderline personality disorder, as well as in the contribution of client and therapist variables to psychotherapy process. She also hopes to explore mechanisms of change in psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder.

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Thomas M. Crow

  • First-Year Graduate Student
(814) 863-1149

Thomas is a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology program. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia where he studied psychology for his bachelor’s degree. He went on to complete a Master’s degree in general psychology at CUNY Hunter College in New York City, where he completed his thesis on male populations at risk for HIV. Back in Atlanta, Thomas spent over three years working at Emory University School of Medicine on two large research studies of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in the clinics and emergency department of Grady Memorial Hospital. There he developed further interests in trauma, emotion regulation, and attachment. In his free time, Thomas enjoys playing guitar, mountain biking, hiking, and eating eggs.

Research/Clinical Interests:

Thomas is interested in the intersections among personality disorders, trauma, emotion regulation, and attachment. He plans to conduct research that will ultimately inform and improve treatment and early interventions around these issues.

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Benjamin N. Johnson

  • Second-Year Graduate Student
(814) 863-1149

Ben is in his second graduate year in the Clinical Psychology program at Penn State. He was born in Pomona, CA, but spent most of his life in the sunny South, near Atlanta, GA. He received his B.A. from Emory University in 2012 with a double major in Psychology and English. Afterwards, he spent two years as a Research Coordinator in the Emory Child and Adolescent Mood Program working with adolescents and young adults with symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD). His recreational interests include cooking, writing, playing piano and guitar, and being barefoot.

Research/Clinical Interests:

Ben is fascinated by the complexity and difficulty of working with borderline personality pathology. He is interested in translational research on BPD, specifically in understanding the developmental trajectory of this disorder in order to design and implement effective early interventions. Ben is currently utilizing both an attachment theoretical framework and ecological momentary assessment to better understand BPD and its correlates.

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Wes Scala

  • Fourth-Year Graduate Student
(814) 863-1149

Wes is in his fourth year of doctoral training in the adult clinical psychology graduate program. He grew up in State College and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. His research interests include attachment theory, personality disorders, and psychotherapy outcome and process research.  He is also interested in the development and maintenance of mental representations and their role in psychopathology. When not in the lab, he enjoys playing his guitar, listening to music, reading, and playing ultimate frisbee.

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Christina M. Temes

  • Graduate Student on Internship

Christina is currently on internship at Massachusetts General Hospital's (MGH) pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship site at Harvard Medical School. She was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, and she graduated from Swarthmore College in 2007 with a B.A. in psychology. Following college, she spent two years working as a research assistant at the Center for Psychotherapy Research at the University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of Dr. Paul Crits-Christoph.  In her spare time, Christina enjoys baking, cooking, watching films, and attempting to keep up with current events.

Research/Clinical Interests:

Christina is interested in developmental models of psychopathology, particularly with regard to personality disorders. She is interested in examining the potential developmental precursors of adult borderline personality psychopathology in order to seek a better understanding of the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of the disorder. She is also interested in the study of non-suicidal self-injury as well as psychotherapy process and outcome.

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Lab Managers

Caroline Gooch

  • Lab Manager

Caroline Gooch is a junior at Penn State pursuing a B.S. in psychology (Bio evolutionary sciences option) as well as a Spanish minor. Caroline is interested in psychotherapy and attachment research as well as mood disorders and personality disorders. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and later a career in research and practice.  Outside of class and the lab Caroline enjoys baking, performing, and being involved with THON.

Joanna Pantelides

  • Lab Manager
  • Participant scheduling/recruitment Coordinator

Joanna Pantelides is a junior at Pennsylvania State University pursuing a B.S. (Life Sciences option) in psychology. She is interested in the development and psychology of mood and personality disorders. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and later a career in practice and research. Outside of the lab and classroom settings, Joanna enjoys dancing, working out, doing yoga, spending time with her friends and family, and traveling.

Megan Parker

  • Lab Manager
  • Logistics Coordinator

Megan Parker is a junior at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing a B.S. in psychology with a neuroscience focus. She is also working towards a minor in health policy and administration. Her professional interests include emotion regulation, eating disorders, and self harm . She plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of becoming a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders. Outside of the lab she participates in THON, enjoys reading, and hanging out with friends.

Lab Coordinators

Madison Altmyer

  • Data/Informatics Coordinator

Madison Altmyer is a sophomore at Penn State still deciding on her major, but has a strong interest in both psychology and biology. After obtaining her undergraduate, she plans to attend either medical or PA school. Outside of the lab and classroom setting, Madison is involved in THON, Habitat for Humanity, and is currently organizing a new chapter called FeelGood on campus. She also enjoys baking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Kayla La Sal Jones

  • AAI Coordinator
Kayla is a Junior at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing her B.S in Psychology with a Life Sciences option. She is interested in development and the interpersonal relationships between adults. She plans to attend grad school and eventually get her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Outside of lab, Kayla enjoys going on adventures, listening to music, exercising, and hanging out with friends.

Jacqueline Proszynski

  • Website and Scheduling Coordinator

Jacqueline Proszynski is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing a B.S. in psychology, biological-evolutionary option and a minor in sociology. She is drawn toward research topics related to interpersonal functioning, adult attachment formation, identity disturbance, and the underlying impacts that these processes may have on the development of personality disorders. After finishing her undergraduate studies, Jacqueline plans on earning her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy. Outside of the lab, she enjoys painting and drawing, spending time with friends, traveling, exercising, and cooking.

Research Assistants

Mary Abraham

Mary Anjali Abraham
Semester 6, Pennsylvania State University
Research Assistant

Mary Abraham is a junior at Penn State majoring in Psychology (neuroscience) and minoring in Biology. Her interests lie mostly within the realm of psychopathology, especially in those areas relating to Major Depressive disorders. After undergrad, she hopes to work toward a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with the intention of eventually helping adolescents and young adults. Outside of the Psychology department and academics, Mary is involved with Penn State's Newman club, THON, and counts eating good food and curling up with a good book among her favorite activities.

Lauren Anthony

  • Research Assistant

Lauren is a Senior at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing a B.S. in Biology, with an emphasis in neuroscience. Her interests in psychotherapy and abnormal psychology, specifically mood disorders, substance abuse, and attachment theory, led her to seek a minor in psychology. Her ultimate goals include attending graduate school and earning a Ph.D. in the field of clinical psychology or attending PA school. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time with friends, running, working as a Pharmacy Technician, and being involved in THON.

Isabel Aragon

  • Research Assistant

Isabel Aragon is a junior at Penn State pursuing a B.S. in psychology (neuroscience option) as well as a minor in biology. Isabel is interested in personality disorders and psychotherapy. She plans on attending graduate school to pursue a Ph.D or a Psy.D in clinical psychology. Outside of class and lab Isabel enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and reading.

Anjali Bhatt

  • Research Assistant

Anjali Bhatt is a junior at Penn State majoring in psychology with the neuroscience option and minoring in Spanish and economics. She is interested in psychotherapy and abnormal psychology research specifically pertaining to its application in different settings. Anjali hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology or to attend medical school with the aims of being a child psychiatrist. Outside of lab, Anjali enjoys writing music and singing in her a cappella group and hiking.

Jane Chung

  • Research Assistant

Jane Chung is a freshman at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing her B.S in psychology with a neuroscience option. She is interested in psychotherapy research, attachment theory, and abnormal psychology. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school. For now, she is undecided what field she would like to go into. Outside of the class and lab, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and listening to music.

Sierra DiBaudo

  • Research Assistant
Sierra is a Sophomore at Pennsylvania State University. She is majoring in psychology and is especially interested in the field of clinical psychology. Her ultimate goal, academically, would be to attend graduate school and eventually earn a Ph.D. Outside the lab, she loves to be outdoors, listen to music, play piano, hangout with friends and family, and read.

Sona Hussian

  • Research Assistant
Sona is a sophomore at Penn State pursuing a B.S (life sciences option) in psychology. Her interests are still broad, and she is unsure of what field she would like to go into. Some interests include neuroscience, clinical psychology, and mood disorders. Outside of the lab, Sona is on the travel club tennis team and is THON chair for club tennis. She loves volunteering, listening to music, doing yoga, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog.

Kiera Kunkle

  • Research Assistant

Kiera Kunkle is a junior at Penn State pursuing a B.A. in psychology. Her interests within psychology include psychotherapy and abnormal psychology, specifically personality and mood disorders. Kiera plans to attend graduate school and obtain a PhD with the aim of becoming a clinical psychologist. Outside of the lab, Kiera is a member of the Delta Gamma fraternity and enjoys music and traveling.

Aidan McMorrow

  • Research Assistant
Aidan is a freshman at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and Biology. He is interested in personality and psychotherapy. He intends to attend medical school and specialize in neurosurgery. Outside of lab he enjoys running, playing the viola, and eating with friends.

Quianna Miller

  • Research Assistant

Quianna Miller is a junior and McNair Scholar at Penn State pursuing a B.A in psychology. Her research interests include how cultural differences impact the efficacy of psychotherapy, as well as the roles personality, family dynamics, relationships and trauma exposure has on ideas of the self and the wellness of children and adults. She plans on getting her PhD in Clinical Psychology, and eventually opening her own private practice in urban neighborhoods that lack sufficient psychological resources. She plans to develop modified intervention techniques geared toward those of various ethnic groups. Outside of the lab, Quianna enjoys watching tv, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.

Adam Qureshi

Adam is a junior at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing a B.S in psychology with a Life Sciences option. Adam is interested in psychotherapy and abnormal psychopathology in both children and adults. Adam intends to get his Ph.D in clinical psychology and develop his own private practice in the future. Outside of class and lab, Adam is involved in THON and enjoys dancing, listening to music, and traveling the world.

Elisabeth Swanson

  • Research Assistant

Elisabeth Swanson is a junior at Penn State pursuing a B.A. in psychology. She is interested in abnormal psychology, attachment theory, and developmental psychology. After completing her undergraduate studies at Penn State, Elisabeth plans to go to nursing school to become a psychiatric nurse. In addition to working in the lab, Elisabeth enjoys playing music (including viola, violin, piano and harp), as well as knitting and playing video games.

Jenna Taimuty

  • Research Assistant

Jenna Taimuty is a sophomore at Penn State pursuing a B.S. in Psychology (life sciences option) and a minor in English. Jenna is interested in abnormal psych and clinical psych, specifically personality disorders and substance abuse. Jenna's main goal is to attend grad school and obtain a Psy.D. in clinical psychology. Outside of the lab, Jenna likes to run, listen to music, and spend time with friends, family, and bulldog puppy, Benny.

Daniella Zubarev

  • Research Assistant

Daniella Zubarev is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing a B.S. in Psychology, with an emphasis on business. She is interested in I/O psychology, specifically leadership and motivation. Daniella plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Outside of the lab she enjoys listening to music and playing sports.

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