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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.

Lauren Hoffman
Lauren Hoffman

Lauren Hoffman, PsyD

Clinical Supervisor

Lauren Hoffman, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Dr. Hoffman received her bachelor of arts with honors in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Laura Skriner
Laura Skriner

Laura Skriner, Ph.D.

Clinical Supervisor

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

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Andrea
Andrea

Andrea Temkin

Dr. Andrea Temkin is an Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian and a member of the NYP Youth Anxiety Center.

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Elaina Zendegui
Elaina Zendegui

Elaina Zendegui, PsyD

Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Elaina Zendegui is a licensed clinical psychologist at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine.

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Abdelwahab, Yasmin
Abdelwahab, Yasmin

Yasmin Abdelwahab

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Yasmin Abdelwahab is a Clinical Psychology PsyD student. Her clinical and research interests include the assessment and treatment of youth anxiety and depression disorders using evidence-based methods. 

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Evan Alvarez
Evan Alvarez

Evan Alvarez

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Evan is a clinical psychology Ph.D. 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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Hannah
Hannah

Hannah Brody

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Hannah is a clinical psychology PsyD student. Her research and clinical interests include promoting access to evidence-based treatments, improving population health, and identifying therapeutic mechanisms of change. She is especially interested in family systems and exploring risk and protective factors in high-need communities.

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Cindy Chang

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Cindy Chang (she/her) is a clinical psychology doctoral student in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University.

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Michael Friedman
Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Michael Friedman is a clinical psychology PsyD student.

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Gabrielle
Gabrielle

Gabrielle Gunin

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Gabrielle is a clinical psychology PsyD student. Her research and clinical interests focus on the delivery of evidence-based practices, including cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based treatment modalities.

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Kilada, Germeen
Kilada, Germeen

Germeen Kilada

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Germeen Kilada is a Clinical Psychology PsyD student. Her clinical interests include the assessment and treatment of internalizing disorders, specifically in children and adolescents.

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headshot of Melissa Pedroza

Melissa Pedroza

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Melissa is a clinical psychology PsyD student. Her clinical interests involve evidence-based treatments for youth with anxiety and mood disorders.

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Atara Rosenblatt
Atara Rosenblatt

Atara Rosenblatt

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Atara is a School Psychology PsyD student. Her clinical interests involve providing evidence- based treatment for youth with anxiety and mood disorders. Her research interests focus on mechanisms of change in evidence-based treatments.

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Tian Saltzman

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Tian is a clinical psychology PsyD student. Her clinical and research interests focus on evidence-based treatments for children and adolescent with anxiety and mood disorders.

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Gemma Stern
Gemma Stern

Gemma Stern

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Gemma is a clinical psychology PsyD student. Her clinical and research interests focus on evidence-based treatments for children and adolescent with anxiety and mood disorders.

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Tran, Alvin
Tran, Alvin

Alvin Tran

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Alvin is a clinical psychology PsyD student. His clinical interests focus on evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders.

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Angela Wang

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Angela Wang is a clinical psychology Ph.D. student in Dr. Maurice Elias's Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab.

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Rebecca Khiralla

Diagnostician

Rebecca Khiralla is a school psychology PsyD student. Her clinical interests involve providing evidence-based treatments for youth with anxiety and mood disorders in both a school and clinical setting.

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Bhatt, Yukti
Bhatt, Yukti

Yukti Bhatt

Research Assistant

Yukti is a research assistant at the YAD-C. She is an undergraduate student at Rutgers University, majoring in Psychology. Yukti plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

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Daniel, Simon
Daniel, Simon

Simon Daniel

Research Assistant

Simon Daniel joined the YAD-C as a research assistant in Summer 2021. He is an undergraduate student at Rutgers University, majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science and pursuing an undergraduate certificate in data science.

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Sanjna Nandal

Research Assistant

Sanjna is a junior undergraduate research assistant at the YAD-C through the Aresty Research Assistant Program. She is currently double majoring in Biology and Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University.

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Qureshi, Anam
Qureshi, Anam

Anam Qureshi

Research Assistant

Anam Qureshi is a research assistant at the YAD-C. She is currently double majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science, with a focus on Neuroscience in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University.

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Ravi, Mallika
Ravi, Mallika

Mallika Ravi

Research Assistant

Mallika Ravi is an undergraduate research assistant at the YAD-C. She is currently majoring in Cell Biology and Neuroscience on the pre-med track. She is also pursuing a minor in Spanish and in Comparative Literature.

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Shamsi, Anam
Shamsi, Anam

Anam Shamsi

Research Assistant

Anam Shamsi is an undergraduate research assistant at the YAD-C. She is currently double majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science at Rutgers University.

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Trinity
Trinity

Trinity Tse

Research Assistant

Trinity is an undergraduate research assistant at the YAD-C. She is currently double majoring in Psychology and Communication (on the Relationship and Family Communication specialization track) in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University.

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Brennan, Emily
Brennan, Emily

Emily Brennan

Emily is a clinical psychology PsyD student. Her research and clinical interests include the assessment and treatment of mood disorders in adolescents and young adults.

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Cosgrove, Andrew
Cosgrove, Andrew

Andrew Cosgrove

Andrew is a School Psychology Psy.D student. His clinical interests include implementing evidence-based interventions for students with developmental or intellectual disabilities, mood disorders, and learning disabilities.

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DeCapua, Angel
DeCapua, Angel

Angel DeCapua

Angel is a School Psychology PsyD student. Her clinical interests center on applying evidence-based practices in the treatment of various disorders with a cognitive behavioral focus.

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Fielder, Adia
Fielder, Adia

Adia Fielder

Adia Fielder is a Clinical Psychology Psy.D student at Rutgers University. Her clinical interests lie in the assessment and treatment of mental disorders in minority youth specifically.

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Hackshw, Janna
Hackshw, Janna

Janna Hackshaw

Janna is a School Psychology PsyD student. Her clinical interests involve applying evidence-based treatment for youth with trauma, anxiety, and mood disorders.

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Kellerman, Kai
Kellerman, Kai

Kai Kellerman

Kai Kellerman (he/him) is a clinical psychology PhD student. His clinical interests focus on minority stress-informed evidence-based treatments for LGBTQIA+ children and adolescents. His research interests focus on identifying risk and resilience factors...

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Krass, Jessica
Krass, Jessica

Jessica Krass

Jessica is a School Psychology PsyD student. Her clinical interests center around the implementation of interventions using social emotional learning strategies and cognitive-behavioral therapy to improve student engagement.

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Mattia, Alexis
Mattia, Alexis

Alexis Mattia

Alexis is a clinical psychology PsyD student.

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Siegel, Isabelle
Siegel, Isabelle

Isabelle Siegel

Isabelle is a Clinical Psychology PsyD student. Her clinical and research interests focus on cognitive-behavioral and third-wave treatments for youth with obsessive-compulsive, anxiety, and mood disorders.

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Treene, Julianna
Treene, Julianna

Julianna Treene

Julianna is a School Psychology PsyD student. Her research and clinical interests include the implementation of evidence-based trauma interventions with children and adolescents.

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Vazir, Sheila
Vazir, Sheila

Sheila Vazir

Sheila Vazir is a Clinical Psychology PsyD student. Her clinical interests include cognitive behavioral assessment and treatment for youth with anxiety and mood disorders.

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Rex
Rex

T Rex

Mascot

Rex, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, is the beloved YAD-C mascot. He is always happy to lend a hand (no matter how small his hands are).

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