STUDENTS

Jeea Yang

Student Affiliate

Jeea Yang (she/her/hers) is a second-year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Palo Alto University. Jeea graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology and received an M.A. at New York University for Guidance and Counseling. Before entering the Psychology field, she worked as a Math teacher for over 10 years. For research, she was involved in a research lab at NYU evaluating the experience of first-year mothers through qualitative analysis. Concurrently, she engaged in the Champ lab at Columbia where she back-translated various assessments from Korean to English and analyzed data on parenting interventions in schools. Jeea’s most formative internship was through the APA at the UN. She presented her research on the impact of trauma on North Korean refugees in the EPA and APA symposiums, while advocating for the inclusion of mental health care in the fight for basic human rights. At PAU, she is the president-elect in the ATSS club and pursuing the trauma and DCMH emphasis. Professionally, she hopes to specialize in trauma-informed care to implement evidence-based interventions for refugee and immigrant populations. She is a student affiliate for APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) and Division 27 (Community Psychology).

Danielle F. Gonzalez

Student Affiliate

Danielle F. Gonzalez graduated from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduation, she moved to the United States, where she graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C., with an M.A. in Forensic Psychology. In 2018 she studied abroad in Berlin, Germany, for two weeks to comprehend the differences of correctional counseling between the USA and Germany. In 2019, she started at Palo Alto University (PAU) for the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Program. She plans to specialize in the Trauma Area of Emphasis and Diversity and Community Mental Health Emphasis. Her clinical and research interests are the impact of trauma in families and children in risk situations or that experienced complex trauma and minoritized ethnic groups. Danielle is currently working as the treasurer for the Latino Student Organization (PULSO) at PAU. She is also a student member of the APA Divisions 48 (The Society for the Study of Peace Conflict & Violence) and 56 (Trauma Psychology).

Shaune-Ru Wang

Student Affiliate

Shaune-Ru (Shaune) Wang graduated from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, in 2016 with a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures, focusing on Chinese-English Translation and Interpretation. Prior to graduation, she also did a year of exchange study in Social Psychology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. After graduation, she spent two years working as an elementary school teacher and guidance counselor in rural Taiwan, in affiliation with Teach for Taiwan. In 2019, she began the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Program at Palo Alto University (PAU), where she aims to pursue the Trauma Area of Emphasis and Diversity and Community Mental Health Emphasis. Shaune’s clinical and research interests lie in the impact of trauma among refugees, asylum seekers, and minoritized ethnic groups; specifically, she is interested in relational healing of Complex PTSD. Shaune serves as the president of the Union of International Students (UNITS) at PAU. She is also a student member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) as well as APA Divisions 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race), 52 (International Psychology), and 56 (Trauma Psychology).

Induni Wickramasinghe

Student Affiliate

Induni (Indy) Wickramasinghe graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Science. After graduation, she spent three years working as a clinical research assistant at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and was involved in randomized controlled trials examining telehealth-based psychotherapy for PTSD. In 2018, she began the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Palo Alto University (PAU), where she plans to pursue the Trauma Area of Emphasis. Her research interests include cognitive risk and resiliency factors in PTSD, PTSD and comorbid traumatic brain injury, and PTSD among older adult and ethnic minority populations. Clinically, she is interested in assessing and treating PTSD and comorbid conditions in veteran, older adult, and ethnic minority populations. Indy serves as co-president of the Students for Global Mental Health group at PAU and is a student affiliate of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology). She also serves as a peer reviewer and editorial assistant for the APA Division 56 newsletter. 

Nicole Greenberg

Student Affiliate

Nicole Greenberg received a B.A. in Psychology in 2017 from the University of Southern California (USC). As an undergraduate student, she worked in the Section on Clinical Research in Aging and Psychology (SCRAP lab) examining sex differences in loneliness on cognition among older adults. Prior to starting at Palo Alto University’s Ph.D. program in clinical psychology, she worked at San Francisco Suicide Prevention. She is currently collaborating with the Palo Alto VA Health Care system/Stanford Alzheimer’s Research Center examining the physiological mechanisms of loneliness in older adults. She is a student member of APA Divisions 20 (Adult Development and Aging) and 12 (Clinical Geropsychology).

Kyle Rosales

Student Affiliate

Kyle Rosales graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2017, with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate student, Kyle worked as a research assistant at the Minds in Technology/Machines in Thought (MIT2) laboratory where he assisted with studies on trust in robotics. In 2018, he began the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program at Palo Alto University (PAU) and aims to pursue the Trauma Area of Emphasis. His clinical and research interests are focused on veterans who have experienced trauma. Specifically, he is interested in how PTSD develops and the use of efficacious treatments. At PAU, Kyle serves as the treasurer of the Student Veteran Organization. In 2019, he was awarded the Pacific Research Society Student Veteran Organization Award for Outstanding Research in Military Populations from PAU. Kyle is a student member of APA divisions 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods), 12 (Clinical Psychology), 19 (Society of Military Psychology), and 56 (Trauma Psychology).

Amanda Wallick

Student Affiliate

Amanda graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas ​in 2016, with a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Minor in Marriage and Family Therapy. She began the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Palo Alto University in 2017 and recently completed a specialization through the trauma area of emphasis. Amanda has first-authored several manuscripts including peer-reviewed journal articles, a book chapter, and two newsletter contributions about individual and global experiences of trauma. She also co-developed a COVID-19 decision aid. Amanda served as secretary for the Association of Traumatic Stress Studies student group for the 2018-2019 academic year and Campus Ambassador for APA. Her research interests include trauma/PTSD, severe mental illness, and personality. Amanda is also a student affiliate of APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), as well as the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).

Mandana Mostofi

Student Affiliate

Mandana Mostofi graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant at the Berkeley Early Learning Lab where she assisted with experimental studies on cognitive function and development. She also conducted research at the Center for Human Sleep Science where she was involved in investigating the role of sleep in human health disorders. Following graduation, Mandana worked as a family support counselor and provided community-based mental health services to minors and their families. In 2017, she began the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU). Her research and clinical interests include aging, trauma, and diversity. Mandana first-authored a book chapter titled "Cultural Competence and Disaster Mental Health". Currently, she is continuing her passion for research on the role of sleep in cognitive aging as a visiting scholar at Memory and Aging Center (MAC) at the University of California - San Francisco as well as Sierra Pacific MIRECC at VA Palo Alto Health Care Systems. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Pacific Research Society First Place Award for excellence in research design and presentation. Mandana serves as a co-chair for the Aging Policy and Social Activism Special Interest Group of APA Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging). She is also on the student committee for APA Division 52 (International Psychology). 

Juliet Sobering

Student Affiliate

Juliet Sobering received a B.A. in Psychology from Quinnipiac University in 2008. She continued her education at Manhattan College where she earned an M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 2011 and became licensed as a School Counselor in New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. From 2012-2017 Juliet worked at McLean Hospital as a Community Residence Counselor and then as a School Counselor at the Arlington School. In 2017 she began the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program at Palo Alto University with an emphasis in adult trauma. Juliet has received clinical practicum training at Gronowski Clinic working with the general population and with the LGBTQ community. She is currently receiving training at the Palo VA Health Care System Community Living Center, Geropsychiatry Unit. Juliet will be at the Oakland Vet Center for the 2020-2021 training year. She was an extern at the National Center for PTSD working on a telehealth study for women veterans with military sexual trauma. Juliet’s clinical and research interests are focused on veterans, aging, older adults, trauma, and animal-assisted interventions. At Palo Alto University, Juliet is the Public Relations Officer for the Animal-Assisted Therapy Club. She is a student affiliate of APA divisions 20 (Adult Development and Aging), 19 (Military Psychology), and 56 (Trauma Psychology).

Rachel N. Ward

Student Affiliate

Rachel N. Ward received her BSc in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2017. As an undergraduate student, Rachel worked as a lead research assistant at LifeMoves Homeless Shelter Network in Northern California. In 2017, she started the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Palo Alto University, where she is completing the Trauma Area of Emphasis. In 2020, Rachel received her MS in Clinical Psychology from PAU. Her primary research interests include how factors such as social support and gender modulate risk of developing PTSD and related disorders and in the utilization of risk and resilience factors to better screen for mental health outcomes. Her clinical interests include working with individuals who have experienced trauma, specifically trauma related to military service and sexual violence. Rachel is currently working with Dr. Rachel Kimerling at the National Center for PTSD in Menlo Park exploring gender differences in PTSD. Clinically, Rachel has received training in working with LGBT+ individuals through the Sexual and Gender Identity Clinic at the Gronowski Center and working with individuals with Severe Mental Illnesses through San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Currently, she is gaining experience working with substance use disorders and dual diagnosis in residential and outpatient settings through the First Step program at the Palo Alto VA. Rachel is a student member of the APA divisions 56 (Trauma Psychology), 19 (Military Psychology) and 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) and of ISTSS. Rachel currently serves as the student representative of the VA section of Division 18.

Emma L. Lucas

Student Affiliate

Emma Lucas received her Master in Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley and her Master in Public Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology from the University of Alabama. After gaining valuable experience working for several mental health and health care organizations, she began the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University in 2015 with emphases in neuropsychology and trauma. She is currently training at the University of California, San Francisco Memory and Aging Center, Stanford University Center for Neuroscience in Women’s Health, and the Feeling Good Institute. Her clinical and research interests include neurobehavioral and neuropsychiatric disorders and exploring how trauma, chronic stress, and the social determinants of health affect physical and mental health across the lifespan. Emma is a student member of the Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST) at Palo Alto University, the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), and APA Divisions 40 (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology), 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), 56 (Trauma Psychology), and 38 (Society for Health Psychology).

Nicole Newman

Student Affiliate

Nicole Newman graduated from the University of Southern California in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and later from University of Pennsylvania with a M.S. in Counseling and Mental Health Services. In 2016, she began the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program at Palo Alto University. She completed PAU's Neuropsychology area of emphasis in May 2019 in preparation for becoming a board-certified neuropsychologist. Nicole has completed clinical practicum rotations at the Gronowski Center with specific training in Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy, the Neuropsychology General Medical Clinic and the Acute Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at the VA Palo Alto . She began her Doctoral Internship at the Sacramento VA in July 2020 for specific training in neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, severe mental illness, and motivational interviewing. She is working toward furthering her understanding of cognition, neuropsychological assessment, and the biomechanisms of psychopathology and trauma. Nicole is passionate about advocacy and education as well, teaching college courses at San Quentin State Prison. She is a student member of APA Divisions 56 (Trauma Psychology), 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), 19 (Military Psychology), 12 (Clinical Psychology) as well as the International Neuropsychological Society (INS).

Mayra A. Gomez Padua

Student Affiliate

Mayra A. Gomez is a fifth year PhD doctoral candidate in the adult trauma track, clinical psychology program at Palo Alto University (PAU). In June, 2020, she was selected to be a Psychology Summer Institute Recipient for the prestigious American Psychological Association (APA), Minority Fellowship Program. Mayra is currently doing her predoctoral internship at the San Francisco VA Healthcare System this year. She received a Psychology B.A. in 2011 from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and her psychology M.S. at PAU. Prior to her graduate training, Mayra spent several years working in research at UCSD and at the VA San Diego. Her research and clinical interests centers around adult trauma related psychopathology, comorbid disorders, substance use, neurocognitive functions, risk and resilient factors, behavioral medicine, health disparities among marginalized groups, and Latinx psychology. She is a student affiliate of the APA, International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and National Latino/a Psychological Association (NLPA). 

Katie J. Carlson

Student Affiliate

Katie Carlson graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2015, earning her B.A. (Honors) in Psychology with a concentration in Therapeutic and Community Psychology. As an undergraduate student, Katie worked as a clinical research assistant at the San Diego VA, where she assisted with studies on PTSD and substance use in veteran populations. Following graduation, Katie was certified in Trauma-Informed Care and worked as a behavioral specialist at a residential treatment facility for foster teenagers. In 2016, she began the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University, specializing in the Trauma Area of Emphasis. In 2019, Katie received her MS in Clinical Psychology from PAU. Katie currently works at the San Francisco VA Medical Center as an extern with the PTSD treatment team, where she provides PTSD treatment for veterans in addition to working as a research assistant for Dr. Shira Maguen studying Moral Injury in combat veterans. Her primary research interests include moral injury, PTSD/trauma, and psychological resilience, particularly in active-duty military and veteran populations. In 2017, she was awarded the PRS Student Veterans Organization Award for outstanding research in military populations from Palo Alto University.  Katie served as Co-President for Palo Alto University's Student Veterans Organization and continues to serve as the Division 19 (Military Psychology) Campus Representative for Palo Alto University.  She is a student member of APA Divisions 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), 19 (Military Psychology), and 56 (Trauma Psychology) as well as the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Tristan Hansell

Student Affiliate

Tristan Hansell graduated from the University of Vermont in 2007, earning her Bachelors in Geology, with a minor in sociology.  During 2006, Tristan studied abroad in South Africa, allowing her the opportunity to fall in love with the country and continent, while gaining hands on experience in restorative justice and transitional societies.  Aiming to develop on these skills, Tristan attended the University of Amsterdam, earning her Master’s in Political Science, with a concentration in International Conflict Resolution in 2011.  Completing her thesis on acculturation strategies and effects on ethnic identity in immigrant populations in Amsterdam, her career quickly took a turn into psychological aspects of political instability.  She entered Palo Alto University in 2015, to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology to focus on refugee and immigrant population mental health during political instability.  In 2016, Tristan joined the Risk and Resilience Lab at Palo Alto University to develop these interests.  She is currently working on projects related to disaster awareness and global mental health.

MInsu Kim

Student Affiliate

Minsu Kim received his B.A. (with honors) in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. After graduation, he began research on North Korean defectors living in South Korea with PTSD at the Committee for the Democratization of North Korea. In 2015, he enrolled in Palo Alto University’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, specializing in the Trauma Area of Emphasis.  He is currently working on his dissertation using the dataset of National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study at National Center for PTSD as well as continuing his research on Mental Health issues among North Korean defectors in the Risk and Resilience Research Lab at Palo Alto University. He has been providing clinical services at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) in San Jose, CA. His research interests include trauma-related mental health issues among people experiencing cultural transition, such as immigration, military discharge, forced repatriation, etc. He is a student member of APA divisions 56 (Trauma Psychology) and 52 (International Psychology), and a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies since 2015.

Peter Louras

Student Affiliate

Peter Louras received his B.A. in Journalism from Western Washington University in 2004. From 2009 to 2016 Peter was employed as a Lead Research Coordinator for Harborview Medical Center, the Level-1 Trauma Center in Seattle, WA. In 2014 he began the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Palo Alto University (PAU), in the Trauma Area of Emphasis, and received his M.S. Psychology from PAU in 2016. Currently, Peter works as a research coordinator with the Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR), and receives clinical training at the VA Menlo Park Division Community Living Center, providing inpatient mental health services with older Veterans. Peter’s research interests focus upon how the mind, brain and body respond to trauma, stress and adversity, and how to best foster resilience or change in health, performance and wellbeing. He is a graduate student member of APA divisions 19 (Military Psychology), 20 (Adult Development and Aging), 38 (Health Psychology), 47 (Exercise and Sports Psychology), and 56 (Trauma Psychology), Gerontological Society of America (GSA), World Affairs Council, and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).

Osnat Lupesko-Persky

Student Affiliate

Osnat Persky received her LL.B. (Bachelor of Law) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 2002. Following graduation, she worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Israel. Osnat received her Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in 2007, where she focused on International Law and Conflict Resolution. Following graduation, Osnat was officiated as an attorney in NY in 2008. From 2009 until May 2013 Osnat worked as a criminal defense attorney at the Manhattan law firm of Brafman & Associates, where she litigated state and federal criminal cases. In 2015, Osnat began her Ph.D. studies at Palo Alto University and is currently in her second year of school. Osnat is also in her second year practicum at the Gronowski Center in Los Altos, CA. She was recently admitted to Palo Alto Veterans Affairs for her second-year practicum (2017-2018). Osnat’s interests include the fields of Trauma and Forensic Psychology, and she is specifically interested in the Veteran population. Osnat is currently working with Dr. Lisa Brown in the Risk and Resilience Research Lab. She is a student member of the American Psychology Association and of APA Division 41 (The American Psychology-Law Society). In April, 2016 Osnat received the Gary and Dana Shapiro Israeli Student Fellowship Award.

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