Mood, Emotions, and Clinical Child Assessment (MECCA) Lab

Faculty Members

Eric Youngstrom

Dr. Eric Youngstrom, MECCA Lab Director, and HGAPS Co-Founder and Executive Director


Research Interests: Evidence-based assessment; dissemination and implementation science; psychological science knowledge transference/translational research; emotions and developmental psychopathology; translated and culturally adapted and validated assessment.


Dr. Jennifer “Jen” Kogos Youngstrom, HGAPS National Board Member


Current Position: UNC Clinical Professor, Director of Clinic Services, and Director of Assessment at UNC Psychology and Neuroscience Community Clinic, and UNC Research Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Korea University Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jen Kogos Youngstrom is a Licensed Psychologist in North Carolina and her clinical expertise includes evidenced-based assessments for child and adult ADHD, child and adult learning disability, pediatric bipolar disorder, giftedness, and early kindergarten assessments. She conducts and supervises evidence-based assessment practices as well as cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems work. Dr. Youngstrom is an investigator on assessment and therapy effectiveness grants. She is also a beloved supervisor for graduate students in the Child and Family Clinic for assessment and therapy and teaches and conducts research on transporting treatments into the community. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware and completed her postdoctoral training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. For 8 years, she directed and supervised an APA accredited internship in a large community mental health facility in Ohio while developing and evaluating assessment and therapeutic interventions with children. Dr. Youngstrom has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health as a Co-Investigator and from the Ohio Department of Mental Health as a Principal Investigator. On top of all of that, she is also married to Dr. Eric Youngstrom, with whom they have two daughters that are also researchers. Her family and their research recently caught the attention of UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, leading to a lovely article, It Runs in the Family, published August 23, 2021.

Research Interests: Evidence-based or empirically supported treatments; effectiveness research with children and adolescents; transporting treatments into the community; assessment tools in pediatric bipolar disorder; adapting interventions and assessment utensils to child clinical settings; supervision and training.

Current Graduate Students

Jess Janos

Jessica Janos, M.A. (2018 Cohort)


Research Interests: I am interested in the phenomenology of mood disorders in youth, emphasizing the early identification and treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder. My master’s thesis explores the relationship between puberty and mood in an epidemiological sample. I look forward to investigating prodromal symptoms and other avenues of early identification to improve diagnosis and aid in developing evidence-based treatments.

Joshua Langfus

Joshua Langfus, M.A. (2018 Cohort)


Research Interests: I am broadly interested in using quantitative methods to explore the categories and continua of mental functioning to improve the evidence-based assessment of psychopathology. My master’s thesis used exploratory factor analysis to create and validate a scale measuring childhood irritability, and I am interested in exploring the boundaries of disruptive behavior, reactive aggression, and mood disturbance in youth. I also improve the visualization of complex data in static (graphs, tables) and dynamic (Shiny, Dash) formats.

Emma Choplin

Emma Grace Choplin, B.S. (2021 Cohort)


Emma Grace has been a lab member since her sophomore year at UNC. She graduated in 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology & Neuroscience and minors in Neuroscience and Religious Studies. Her undergraduate research focused on EBA specifically the Multi-Informant Approach and Dissemination & Implementation Science. Her honors thesis “Predictors for Caregiver-Youth Level of Agreement on the Youth’s Mental Health” with Dr. Youngstrom received Highest Honors. She was a founding member, president, and a 3-year exec member of UNC HGAPS. One of the notable team projects she led was creating the 13 Reasons Why clinical vignette for Hannah Baker. After graduating she worked for two years as Research Coordinator and Lab Manager for the University of Miami’s Social and Cultural Neuroscience (SCN) Lab, studying health disparities, doctor-patient relationships, the brain, and racial and gender-biased analgesic prescribing and decision-making. As a post-bac, she continued working with HGAPS as an executive liaison and led in the Assessment Center, Telepsychology, nonprofit visibility, and helped build HGAPS’ national board. Currently, she is an HGAPS graduate student executive and a water-carrier for HGAPS’ free Assessment Center.

Research Interests: EBA, parenting, and emotional regulation with children and families. I aim to improve the clinician-child-caregiver therapeutic alliance through EBA by including culturally informed measures to track therapy and foster better diagnostic accuracy, psychoeducation, communication, and treatment. Most importantly, I contribute meaningful open-access clinical psychology resources for all through dissemination science with HGAPS.

Current Visiting Researcher

Dr. Alberto Stefana

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Current Position
: Researcher at the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) of Barcelona, Spain

Research Interests: Evidence-based assessment, empirically supported psychotherapy, mood disorders, therapeutic relationship, and psychoanalysis. I am currently the recipient of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Global Fellowship from the European Commission for the research project Evidence-Based Assessment in Psychotherapy (EBAP) study.

Current Undergraduate Lab Students

We currently do not have new volunteer positions open for undergraduates. We will update this section as soon as positions become available, likely in Spring 2021.

Dr. Eric Youngstrom’s primary work is inside Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS) national and student organization, which is the way to interface the lab. Join our meetings Thursdays 6 pm-8 pm in Howell 205 or virtually via Zoom.

Caroline Grace Vincent (Class of 2022)


Caroline joined HGAPS her first year at UNC and joined the lab her sophomore year. She served as UNC HGAPS President her junior year and continues to serve diligently as Past-President. Caroline is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience and Computer Science. She is doing her Honors Thesis with Dr. Youngstrom. Over the summer she worked as a research intern at NSF and was inducted into the UNC’s academic honors society, Pi Beta Kappa.

Research Interests: Mood and psychotic disorders, evidence-based assessment and treatment, physical outcomes, and dissemination science.

Research Assistant Alumni


Sydney James

Sydney Howie James, B.S.


Sydney joined the lab her junior year work with Olivia and Dr. Salcedo on Team Translations. She brought more R code and Machine-Learning education and resources to the lab throughout her time. Her research focus surrounded suicidal ideation, and machine learning inside affect, NSSI, and suicide evidence-based assessment. Her best friend and research collaborator is Emma Grace Choplin, who admires her very much. She graduated from UNC with a B.S. in Psychology, minoring in Statistics and Data Analysis. In Fall 2021, Sydney became a UGA Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student for Dr. Greg P. Strauss after working for two years as one of his full-time research coordinators in the Clinical Affective Neuroscience Lab. Her research interests involve identifying mechanisms underlying negative schizophrenia symptoms and the impact of cultural factors on symptoms and outcomes of schizophrenia. She focuses on a bio-ecosystem model of negative symptoms, which evaluates cultural components of the broader macrosystem using a multi-method approach consisting of digital phenotyping, network analysis, and cultural scales.

Hannah Kim, B.S., B.A.


Hannah graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Economics. She has been in the lab and HGAPS since her first year at UNC. She served as the treasurer for HGAPS and is currently an executive liaison for HGAPS. Hannah’s research in the lab explored the school of mental health, the best ways to package psychological first aid for social media, and antiracism. She also received the Highest Honors for her honors thesis with Dr. Youngstrom examining the relationship between Asian cultural identity characteristics and disordered eating. She is interested in social determinants of addictive behaviors and health disparities in alcohol use. Since June 2020, she has been at NIH as a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awardee in the Office of the Clinical Director and has interviewed with several Medical Programs and is waiting to hear their decisions.

Elizabeth D. Wilson

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Deane Wilson, B.S.


When Lizzie was a senior in the lab, she received the 2020 Dashiell-Thurstone Prize for her outstanding senior honors thesis with Dr. Youngstrom, her mentor, titled “The Effect of Blue-Light-Blocking Amber Glasses on Sleep & Affect.” Using a randomized crossover design with a wide variety of objective and self-report measures, her honors thesis examined the effect of blue-blocking amber glasses on sleep quality, latency, efficiency, and duration, as well as positive and negative affect in 15 participants over 14 days. Though there was no observed effect of amber glasses on the sleep outcomes, Lizzie’s results provided solid preliminary evidence that amber glasses enhance the positive mood at night. Lizzie is also a former Gil Intern and undergraduate Psychology major and the 2020 Edward Kidder Graham Award recipient named after the 1914-1918 UNC president. It honors the graduating senior who has made the most outstanding contribution to the University through their work as members of an officially recognized student organization. The recipient will have demonstrated consistent leadership, dedication, and innovation within the organization, contributed to the organization’s strength, vitality, and longevity, and assisted the organization in supporting the University’s overall mission. Lizzie was recognized as she has been a leader in Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS).



Rachael Kang, M.S.


Research Interests: I worked on Team Wikipedia to make available the best evidence-based assessments in psychology. We collaborated with schools, researchers, and professionals worldwide and made over 50 Wikipedia and Wikiversity pages about various assessments for various disorders. I received the highest marks for my honors thesis, which created and established the reliability of a measure that will assess the quality of a web page’s quality to ascertain the credibility of information found on that page. By doing so, my research aids in assuring the public that the Internet and, in particular, Wikipedia/Wikiversity can be a reliable source of information for Evidence-based Assessments (EBA). My future research interests include developmental psychopathology in Asian children and adolescents and EBA/EBP implementation.


Kenny Le, B.S.


Research Interests: Kenny was attached to Team Wikipedia, which focused on disseminating evidence-based assessment tools collaboratively with researchers, clinicians, and the general public. His honors thesis tested a cognitive debiasing module to improve diagnosis for American and Asian clinicians to implement an easy-to-use tool to be used across cultures. Kenny joined the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at the University of South Florida in 2020 and works in the Alliance and Suicide Prevention Lab.

Yumei “Olivia” Chen, B.S.


Research Interests: Olivia worked with the translation team to validate the quality of translated versions of psychological measures and design Qualtrics surveys to ensure broader access. Her honor thesis on the relationship between self-stigma and the severity of depression among Asians, and if academic achievement moderates the strength of that relationship received Highest Honors. Olivia is from Hangzhou, China, and graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Statistics and Psychology and a minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). She started her journey as the Social and Cultural Neuroscience Lab‘s graduate student in the Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Program at the University of Miami in 2021.

Hannah Lucero


Research Interests: I am currently a Senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in Psychology. I have been working in the MECCA Lab for two years now. I am currently involved in Team Wikipedia, which works to create Wikipedia pages about evidence-based assessment to disseminate this information throughout the field of psychology. I am also involved with Helping Give Away Psychological Science, a club at UNC related to this lab’s Wikipedia project.

Affiliated Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars


Dr. Guillermo Perez Algorta, HGAPS National Board Member

Current Position: Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University in the Department of Health Research

Dr. Pérez Algorta was a post-doctoral researcher in the Child Mood Disorders lab at The Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Palermo University, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received his B.A. in psychology at Catholic University in Montevideo, Uruguay. From April 2010 to 2018, Dr. Perez Algorta was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at UNC. His research interests include phenomenology, evidence-based assessment, and treatment of bipolar spectrum disorders. He opened a research stream at Lancaster about circadian dysregulation’s impact on sleep and mood symptoms. He is also interested in aggressive and self-destructive behaviors, externalizing disorders (ADHD), and risk-taking behaviors. In May 2021, he was awarded the Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He is still collaborating actively with Dr. Youngstrom and HGAPS while serving as one of the National HGAPS Board Members.


Dr. Sabeen Rizvi

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Delhi University, India;
Adjunct Assistant Professor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests: I completed a Fulbright Fellowship in the MECCA Lab from 2013-2014. My current research interests include assessing the prevalence of psychotic traits in clinical (particularly Bipolar disorder) and nonclinical populations and how these are moderated by culture, ethnicity, and gender. I am also interested in evidence-based approaches to assessment and therapy.

Van Meter

Dr. Anna Van Meter, HGAPS National President

Current Position: Assistant Professor at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, The Zucker Hillside Hospital, Division of Psychiatry Research

Research Interests: I am interested in environmental and biological influences on the development and trajectory of bipolar spectrum disorders. Through my research lab at Northwell, Investigating Mood Pathology: Assessment, Course, Treatment (IMPACT Lab), and in collaboration with the MECCA Lab, I am currently studying cyclothymic disorder and other chronic presentations of dysregulated mood, as well as the phenomenology of pediatric bipolar disorder, and evidence-based methods of assessment of bipolar disorder. Additionally, I am interested in the role of emotional sensitivity in the onset and maintenance of severe mood pathology and in identifying biomarkers to aid in prognostication and intervention. I enjoy using various methods to explore research questions, including meta-analyses, secondary data analyses, and new data collection.

Lab Alumni


Jacquee Genzlinger, M.A.


My research interests are assessments and psychiatric disorders that affect children and adolescents (particularly pediatric bipolar disorder). More specifically, I would like to examine: (1) how different demographic characteristics such as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, culture, and education can affect how the individual responds to assessments, what diagnosis is given, and what treatment is prescribed; (2) factors that influence clinician-patient rapport; (3) how the individual can benefit from early identification and treatment.


Mian-Li Ong, Ph.D., HGAPS Co-Founder and National Board Member


Research Interests: Mian is broadly interested in evidence-based assessments and the dissemination of research in psychological science. More specifically, I am interested in: (1) integrated behavioral health in pediatric and inpatient settings, (2) evaluating mood disorder assessments for clinical use, and (3) cognitive and racial (clinician and patient) biases in conceptualization, assessment, and measurement of pediatric bipolar disorder. Before coming to UNC, I graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a B.S. in psychology and worked as a post-baccalaureate research assistant with Dr. Lauren Alloy at Temple University.

Mian co-founded Helping Give Away Psychological Science to disseminate the best psychological science to the world via open-access methods. He is now a member of HGAPS’ National Board. As a graduate student, Mian mentored many undergrads and led several projects. One of these projects used Wikipedia as an online dissemination tool for psychological science. Funded by grants from the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Psychological Science (APS), and Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP), the project more tightly integrate and accelerate evidence-based assessment dissemination efforts by linking initiatives that engaged with Wikipedia to increase the visibility, access, and information available about evidence-based assessment.

He was a clinical child psychology postdoctoral fellow at Mayo Clinic passionate about integrated behavioral health in pediatric and inpatient settings. I deliver care using third-wave cognitive-behavioral strategies. I have successfully applied for more than a dozen grants and received an APA Presidential Citation as a Citizen Psychologist, the only graduate student recognized with this accolade. Here are links to his work on PubMed and ResearchGate.

Salcedo, Stephanie

Stephanie Salcedo, Ph.D.


Research Interests: My main research interests are centered on (1) the cultural differences in service utilization, symptom presentation, and assessment of bipolar disorder, and (2) how culture and environmental factors affect sleep patterns and their underlying mechanisms. Before coming to UNC, I graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in psychology and worked as a clinical research coordinator for the Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic and Research Program. Currently, I am managing a project to translate, validate, and globally disseminate evidence-based measures examining sleep and mood into the most common world languages by replacing paper questionnaires with online survey tools to reduce barriers to access around the world.

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Mark Cooperberg, Ph.D.

Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Behavior Therapy Associates, P.A.

Research Interests: Dr. Cooperberg earned his doctorate in clinical psychology specializing in children and adolescents at Case Western Reserve University after completing his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. He is the Clinical Instructor at the Department of Psychiatry at the Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Cooperberg has collaborated with three of Behavior Therapy Associates’ doctors to co-author the Behavior Problems Resource Kit: Forms and Procedures for Identification, Measurement, and Intervention. He has extensive experience conducting therapy and evaluations with children, adolescents, adults, and their families, including individuals with a wide range of presenting problems. He has worked in numerous settings, including schools, specialized summer programs, community mental health centers, day treatment, residential placement, inpatient hospitals, and specialty outpatient clinics. Dr. Cooperberg has expertise in various areas, including children and adolescents with mood, behavioral, and social disorders. He has worked with many students with ADHD, ODD, ASD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Cooperberg has conducted numerous evaluations at B.T.A. and specializes in providing comprehensive Psychoeducational and ADHD evaluations. These evaluations identify students’ strengths (including giftedness) and needs (including learning disabilities) and yield comprehensive recommendations to maximize the student’s opportunities for success in and outside the classroom. Dr. Cooperberg provides individual and family therapy for individuals of all ages as well as Behavior Parent Training. He conducts weekly social skills training groups for children and adolescents throughout the year. Dr. Cooperberg also provides behavioral consultation to numerous school districts throughout the state while conducting Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and writing Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP).


Carla Kmett Danielson, Ph.D.
Current Position: Associate Professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at MUSC

Research Interests: Dr. Danielson’s research interests focus on treating and preventing high-risk adolescent and traditionally underserved populations, including basic and translational science studies that inform such applied clinical research. In the area of treatment, her current program of research, funded by a NIDA R01 award (R01DA031285), involves the evaluation of Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT), an ecologically-based intervention targeting substance abuse, trauma-related psychopathology, and HIV-risk behaviors among adolescent trauma victims. In the area of prevention, Dr. Danielson is the PI and Program Director on the SAMHSA-funded EMPOWERR Program (1U79SP015156), which focuses on the prevention of HIV and substance abuse among local ethnic minority adolescents. As an extension of this HIV prevention work, she is currently investigating web-based approaches to bringing evidence-based HIV prevention curriculum to African American teen girls. Dr. Danielson also has an active translational research program focused on possible biomarkers (e.g., candidate genes, hair cortisol) and mechanisms (e.g., methylation, low distress tolerance) underlying the etiology of PTSD, addiction, and other psychopathology trauma-exposed young people. She serves as PI on an NIAAA-funded Alcohol Research Center Clinical Research Component (P50 AA010761; Center PI: Becker), which is a 5-year lab-based study examining the relationship between acute stress and drinking behavior in trauma and non-trauma exposed emerging adults, as well as an NIMH-funded survey (R21MH086313) focusing on the identification of mechanisms underlying the development of PTSD, substance abuse, and other high-risk behaviors among disaster-exposed teens. Finally, Dr. Danielson is actively involved in the training of future researchers, mentoring NCVC predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows, and serving as Training Director and Co-PI on a T32 grant (T32MH18869-26). She has published more than 60 papers on high-risk adolescents, addiction, and mental health issues. She has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her work in the areas above, such as the APA (Division 37, Child Maltreatment Section) Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice (2008) and the APSAC 2012 Award for Outstanding Research Article for making a significant scientific contribution to the child maltreatment field (for Danielson et al., 2012; see below).

Danielson, C. K., McCart, M., Walsh, K., de Arellano, M. A., White, D., & Resnick, H. S. (2012). Reducing substance use risk and mental health problems among sexually assaulted adolescents: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 628-635.


Andrew Freeman, Ph.D.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Research Interests: I received my Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill in August 2013 after completing my predoctoral internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. I am now faculty, and you can click on the link above to read my page and current interests. 🙂


Megan Joseph Freeman, Ph.D.

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Research Interests: I received my Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill in August 2012. I completed my predoctoral internship at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford/Children’s Health Council consortium in Palo Alto, CA. During graduate school, my research interests focused broadly on evidence-based assessment of pediatric bipolar disorder, risk and resilience factors that contribute to the etiology of bipolar disorder, family environment effects on mood disorders, and gene-environment interaction. During my dissertation research project, I gathered questionnaire data on family history, mood symptoms, and personality characteristics from over 450 undergraduates, and 101 of those provided a DNA sample for genotyping.

I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where my research focuses on bringing evidence-based practice to a large child welfare and child mental health organization serving 1,500 children and families annually statewide. My focus during the fellowship is on program evaluation and dissemination, and implementation science. Though the scope of my research has changed, I remain interested in systems (both family and organizational), evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy, and mood disorders as a highly impairing illness of childhood and adolescence.


Kristen W. Green, Ph.D.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brenau University; Director of the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services; Private Practice, Gainesville, GA

Research Interests: Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Green holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in School Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Green earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, concentrating in child and adolescent psychology, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Green completed her internship and postdoctoral training in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at Applewood Centers, Inc., a community mental health center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Green is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA, and Director of the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Green teaches the psychological assessment course sequence in the Masters in Clinical Counseling Psychology program and supervises the clinical work of counselors in training. Dr. Green’s research interests center around youths in the juvenile justice system and psychological correlates of delinquency. In addition, Dr. Green has a part-time private practice specializing in providing psychological services for children, adolescents, and university-age students. Dr. Green has been in private practice in Gainesville, GA, since 2008.


Melissa M. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California San Diego

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Maria Martinez

2013-14 Internship: Medical University of South Carolina/Charleston Consortium

I graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Psychology and worked as a research assistant at the Biological Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health/Mood Disorders Section with Robert Post, M.D. and Kirk Denicoff, M.D. examining novel treatments for mood disorders and the longitudinal course of bipolar disorder. My research interests have since centered on factors impacting the course and assessment of mood disorders (e.g., socio-cultural variables and parenting). My master’s thesis examined the relationship of culture and ethnicity on parent reports of child behaviors using the Child Behavior Checklist. As part of an NIH pre-doctoral research fellowship, I developed expertise in mood disorder assessment with recently immigrated Spanish-speaking families and adaptation of evidence-based interventions for community settings. The resulting initial data may lead to piloting a bipolar screening measure used in community settings. My dissertation studied the relationship between mood symptoms, parenting, and child behavior among at-risk families. This research inspires me to improve early intervention as well as assessment and treatment in community settings. I completed my internship at the Charleston Consortium/Medical University of South Carolina, delivering evidence-based therapies in community settings to underserved, high-risk populations experiencing trauma symptoms. Currently, I am transitioning into a postdoctoral research fellowship at UNC’s School of Nursing Interdisciplinary T32 training program in Health Care Quality and Patient Outcomes. I look forward to working with Dr. Youngstrom again and returning to UNC.

Van Meter

Anna Van Meter, Ph.D. and National HGAPS President

Current Position: Assistant Professor at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, The Zucker Hillside Hospital, Division of Psychiatry Research

Anna received her Clinical Psychology Ph.D. and Quantitative Psychology Minor from UNC in 2013. She is a licensed practicing clinical psychologist in New York.

Research Interests: I am interested in environmental and biological influences on the development and trajectory of bipolar spectrum disorders. Through my research lab Investigating Mood Pathology: Assessment, Course, Treatment (IMPACT Lab), and in collaboration with the MECCA Lab, I am currently studying cyclothymic disorder and other chronic presentations of dysregulated mood, as well as the phenomenology of pediatric bipolar disorder, and evidence-based methods of assessment of bipolar disorder. Additionally, I am interested in the role of emotional sensitivity in the onset and maintenance of severe mood pathology and in identifying biomarkers to aid in prognostication and intervention. I enjoy using various methods to explore research questions, including meta-analyses, secondary data analyses, and new data collection.


Melissa Noya, Ph.D.

Current Position: Psychology Faculty at Keiser University

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Gillian M. Woldorf, Ph.D.

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Past lab undergraduates and volunteers:

Gregory Egerton, Graham Ford, Coty Burke, Karen Bourne, Camille Sowder, Uchenna Uzomah, Lindsey Freeman, Emily Goldman, Ellie Wu, Aundreya Shepherd, Yen-ling Chen, Addie Jeffs, Chloe Bryen, Jeremiah Hartsock, Logan T. Smith