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, PsyD

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, 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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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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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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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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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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Chrintine Cho Laurine
Chrintine Cho Laurine

Christine Cho Laurine

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

Christine is a clinical psychology PsyD 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 PsyD student.

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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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David Siegel

Therapist and Graduate Researcher

David is a clinical psychology PsyD student. His clinical and research interests include the development and implementation of transdiagnostic and interpersonal treatments for anxiety and depression as well as suicide prevention.

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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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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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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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Kathryn Coniglio
Kathryn Coniglio

Kathryn Coniglio

Diagnostician

Kathryn is a clinical psychology doctoral student in Dr. Edward Selby’s Emotion and Psychopathology lab. Her research interests include etiological factors that contribute to the development of eating disorders.

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Atara Rosenblatt
Atara Rosenblatt

Atara Rosenblatt

DIAGNOSTICIAN

Atara Rosenblatt is a School Psychology Psy.D Student. Her primary interests include the assessment and treatment of internalizing disorders such as anxiety and depression.

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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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Russi Soffer

Diagnostician

Russi is a school psychology PsyD student. Her clinical interests involve providing evidenced-based treatments for childhood trauma and youth anxiety and mood disorders.

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Elana Fox

Diagnostician

Elana is a school psychology PsyD student. Her clinical interests involve providing evidenced-based mental health services to youth with anxiety and mood disorders.

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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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Tamar Buechler

Diagnostician

Tamar is a school psychology PsyD student. Her interests include evidenced-based treatments for children and adolescents with anxiety and mood disorders.

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Shiela Rouzitalab

Diagnostician

Sheila is a clinical psychology PsyD student. Her clinical interests focus on evidence-based treatments for trauma, OCD, and anxiety disorders in youth, as well as couples therapy.

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Shoshana Mayer

Diagnostician

Shoshana Mayer is a school psychology PsyD student. Her primary research interests have been in the areas of school equity, restorative practices, and identifying barriers to student success.

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Saad Athar

Research Assistant

Mohammad (Saad) Athar is a senior research assistant majoring in Psychology and minoring in Health Administration at Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences.

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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 Quinto

Research Assistant

Danielle is an undergraduate senior research assistant here in the Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic. Her studies revolve around psychology and cognitive science in the School of Arts and Sciences.

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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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Nancy Colorado

Research Assistant

Nancy Colorado is an undergraduate research assistant at the Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic. She is currently a senior at Rutgers University studying Psychology and Political 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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Amalia Tobias

Research Assistant

Amalia is an undergraduate research assistant at the YAD-C. Currently, she is a junior psychology major and music minor at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.

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