- 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.
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.
- First-Year Graduate Student
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.
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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- Second-Year Graduate Student
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.
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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- Fourth-Year Graduate Student
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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- 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.
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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