Student Roles in the Lab

Students working in my lab learn techniques in structured symptom assessment and standardized symptom ratings in people with schizophrenia, administer and score neurocognitive tests, supervise cognitive training sessions and run or help lead social-skills training groups for clients. Over the last two years, with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated difficulties with in-person research, we have placed greater emphasis on students acquiring statistical skills for conducting meta-analyses of the schizophrenia research literature. Publications generated from the lab which are co-written with students are common. Many of the students who join the lab are planning on careers in medicine, clinical psychology, social work and public health. Recent graduates of our laboratory are Julia Lejeune ’18 (now a PhD student in clinical psychology at the University of Illinois-Chicago), Andrew Northrop ’20 (now at the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston), and Christina Arlia ’19 (now a clinical research assistant at Columbia-Irving Medical School in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation). Previous lab alumni include Ari Tolman ’10, a JD/PhD candidate in Sociology at Northwestern University working on issues related to incarceration of the mentally ill, Ralph Gerraty ’09, who completed his PhD and post-doctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at Columbia University, Shyle Mehta, ’15, who completed his MD at Drexel University and is currently a resident in neurosurgery at Northwell Health in NYC, and Lisa Kremen ’14, who completed her MD at Albert Einstein and is currently on residency in psychiatry. There are many more alumni with similarly stunning accomplishments but there is simply not enough space to list them all. I have been deeply honored to work with such talented students.