Lab Director

Gregory S. Chasson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Current Graduate Students

Amanda Ramirez, M.A.
Amanda graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a bachelors degree in psychology. She is currently a PhD candidate with a clinical and research focus in neuropsychology. For the 2020-21 academic year, she will be completing her internship at the Lovell VA in Chicagoland.

C. Elizabeth Hamilton, M.S. 
Elizabeth is completing her graduate school tenure with a clinical internship at The University of Michigan for the 2020-2021 academic year. She won a prestigious grant from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization for her dissertation research, which examines whether certain types of executive functioning deficits, in addition to emotional attachment to possessions, may exacerbate and maintain symptoms in hoarding disorder. Conducted entirely over secure video conference, data collection for the project involves a combination of neuropsychological testing and experimental sorting tasks. Elizabeth’s past research has been published in The Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (JOCRD) and The Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, and she has served as reviewer for manuscripts submitted to the JOCRDDigital Health, and The Journal of Infant and Reproductive Psychology, as well as poster presentations submitted to the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Elizabeth completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University in New York and worked as a segment producer for MSNBC prior to pursuing graduate study in clinical psychology.

Sage Bates, M.S.
Sage received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. She is currently a PhD candidate with research interests in hoarding disorder and stigma. Her clinical interests include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention.

Emily Ginger, B.A.
Emily is a fifth-year student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and worked as a research coordinator for three-years at Northwestern University before graduate school.  Her research interests include the biological, psychological, and social correlates that contribute to the etiology and maintenance of anxiety and depressive disorders, with a particular emphasis on female mental health issues.  Her other interests include the description of anxiety, depression, and PMDD phenomena, and the development of self-report measures for anxiety and depressive disorders.

Alexandria Luxon, M.A.
Alexandria is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Her research and clinical interests include the intersections between anxiety, specifically Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, with sexual orientation and gender. Alexandria earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Towson University in Maryland with Dr. Chasson as her thesis advisor.

Nisha Jagannathan, M.S.
Nisha is a fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She earned a Master’s degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Osnabrück in Osnabrück, Germany. Her current research interests include the neural correlates of OCD and related disorders, examined using the predictive coding framework and neuroimaging techniques such as EEG.

Andrew De Leonardis, M.S.
Andrew is a fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. He previously earned a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Creighton University, and earned his Master of Science in Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. His current research interests include the intersection of anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and religion in the context of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders including an emphasis on scrupulosity.

Maria Izabel Lockwood, B.S.
Bel is a third-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. She graduated from Davidson College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her clinical and research interests center on the presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across the lifespan.

Weilynn Chang, B.S.
Weilynn is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Prior to beginning graduate school, Weilynn studied Journalism and Psychology at Boston University (BU). Following graduation, she worked at BU’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders as a research assistant in their child and adolescent program. She then worked as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital, and subsequently as a counselor and research assistant at partial and residential treatment programs at McLean Hospital. Her research interests are in transdiagnostic emotion regulation factors (e.g., distress tolerance) in anxiety, OCD, hoarding, and related disorders, and how understanding these mechanisms can improve treatment outcomes. She is also interested in how technological advancements and psychological science can be integrated into the development of innovative technology-based interventions. Her clinical training and interests include CBT, DBT and ACT.

Nataliya Turchmanovych, B.S.
Nataliya is a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her current research interests include investigating the stigma around OCD and related disorders and exploring the impact that culture has on individuals struggling with mental illness, specifically repetitive behaviors.

Current Undergraduate students

Angie Thomas