Our Team

Brian C. Chu, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Brian ChuBrian Chu is Founder and Director of the Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic and Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and has received the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Young Investigator Award to support development of behavioral activation and exposure programs in middle schools.  He has co-edited a book, Transdiagnostic Treatments for Children and Adolescents: Principles and Practice (Guilford, 2013) reviewing the science and treatment of basic processes underlying much of youth pathology and is co-authoring a practitioner-oriented book designed to guide clinicians in everyday evidence-based practice. He is Editor of Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, serves on the Editorial Board for several scientific journals, and is an active scholar in the areas of youth mental health and active therapy processes. He is an avid advocate for child and adolescent health and mental health rights and concerns and a committed trainer and supervisor for evidence-based practice and practitioners.

Daniela Colognori
Daniela Colognori

Daniela Colognori

Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Daniela Colognori is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in children, adolescents, and families with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, mood, tic, and body focused repetitive behavior disorders.

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Lauren Hoffman
Lauren Hoffman

Lauren Hoffman

Clinical Supervisor

Lauren Hoffman, Psy.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Dr. Hoffman received her B.A. with honors in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Laura Skriner
Laura Skriner

Laura Skriner

Clinical Supervisor

Laura Skriner, Ph.D. licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and has expertise in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.

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Elaina Zendegui
Elaina Zendegui

Elaina Zendegui

Clinical Supervisor

Elaina Zendegui, Psy.D. serves as a Clinical Consultant at YAD-C. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and works in the Montefiore School Health Program and in private practice (www.drzendegui.com).

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Evan Alvarez
Evan Alvarez

Evan Alvarez

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Evan is a Clinical Psychology PhD student. His research interests focus on the implementation and dissemination of evidenced-based treatments for mood and anxiety disorders among youth with the aid of emerging technologies, cultural understanding and transdiagnostic methods.

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Emily Badin
Emily Badin

Emily Badin

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Emily is a Clinical Psychology PsyD student. Her clinical and research interests focus on evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with anxiety and mood disorders.

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Cindy Chang
Cindy Chang

Cindy Chang

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Cindy is a Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student. Her research and clinical interests focus on evidence-based treatments for youth depression, anxiety, and suicidality.

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Chrintine Cho Laurine
Chrintine Cho Laurine

Christine Cho Laurine

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Christine is a Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student. Her clinical interests involve providing cognitive behavioral therapies for youth anxiety disorders and childhood trauma.

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Michael Friedman
Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Michael Friedman is a Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student.

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Denise Guarino
Denise Guarino

Denise Guarino

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Denise is a Clinical Psychology PsyD student. Her clinical and research interests focus on evidence-based treatment for youth and adults with anxiety and mood disorders.

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Jun Hong Chen
Jun Hong Chen

Jun Hong Chen

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Jun is a Clinical Psychology PsyD student. His clinical interests include evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with mood disorders. 

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Christina Mele
Christina Mele

Christina Mele

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Christina is a Clinical Psychology PsyD student. Her clinical and research interests focus on evidence-based treatments for youth with anxiety disorders and how familial-level factors, including parent-child interactions and parent and parental mental health, impact the development of psychopathology in youth.

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Sydney Brinson
Sydney Brinson

Sydney Brinson

Diagnostician

Sydney is a Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student. Her clinical interests include providing evidence-based treatments to children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.

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Sheva Cohen
Sheva Cohen

Sheva Cohen

Diagnostician

Sheva Cohen-Weiss is a School Psychology Psy.D. student. Her primary research interests include implementation of evidence-based treatments in schools, as well as the study of biological bases of youth anxiety and mood disorders.

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Laura Lesnewich
Laura Lesnewich

Laura Lesnewich

Diagnostician

Laura is pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers. Her long-term goal is to build an independent research program that merges clinical science and practice.

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Sam Nayman
Sam Nayman

Sam Nayman

Diagnostician

Sam Nayman is clinical psychology doctoral student in Dr. Maurice Elias's Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) Lab.

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Brisa Pena
Brisa Pena

Brisa Pena

Diagnostician

Brisa Pena is a Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student. Her clinical interests involve providing evidence-based treatments for youth and their families. She is also interested in clinical work and advocacy with the LGBTQ+ community.

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Tamara Quezada
Tamara Quezada

Tamara Quezada

Diagnostician

Tamara is a doctoral school psychology student. Her clinical interests are in evidence-based treatment for internalizing disorders and childhood trauma.

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Dina Siegel
Dina Siegel

Dina Siegel

Diagnostician

Dina is a school psychology psyd student. Her interests include promoting the use of evidence-based mental health services and positive behavior supports in schools.

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Russi Soffer
Russi Soffer

Russi Soffer

Diagnostician

Russi is a School Psychology Psy.D student. Her clinical interests involve providing evidenced-based treatments for childhood trauma and youth anxiety and mood disorders.

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Sara Ghassemzadeh
Sara Ghassemzadeh

Sara Ghassemzadeh

Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant

Sara is a post-baccalaureate research assistant at the YAD-C. Her clinical interests involve eventually providing cognitive behavioral therapies to youth and adolescents with anxiety and mood dysregulation disorders.

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Dana Manson

Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant

Dana is a post-bac research assistant at YAD-C. She graduated this past May from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Organizational Leadership.

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Jordan Alderman
Jordan Alderman

Jordan Alderman

Research Assistant

Jordan is an undergraduate Aresty research assistant at YAD-C. She is a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University majoring in Psychology. She is interested in clinical psychology and plans to pursue a career working with youth with mood disorders.

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Hye Yoon Jeon
Hye Yoon Jeon

Hye Yoon Jeon

Research Assistant

Hye Yoon is currently in her sophomore undergraduate year at Rutgers University. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Science and Spanish.

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Danielle Nisenson
Danielle Nisenson

Danielle Nisenson

Research Assistant

Danielle is an undergrad research assistant at YAD-C in her senior year at Rutgers University. She is double majoring in Psychology and Information Technology and Informatics with a minor in Education.

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Alic Zhang
Alic Zhang

Alice Zhang

Research Assistant

Alice is an undergraduate research assistant at YAD-C. She is currently a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University majoring in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.

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