Learn more about our research team at Maryland.

Dr. jessica magidson, phD

Lab Director

Dr. jenn belus, phD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Frances loeb, ba

Faculty Research Assistant


Learn more about our grad students at Maryland.

Mary kleinman, mph

Clinical Psychology PhD Student

Alexandra rose, msc

Clinical Psychology PhD Student

KRISTEN REGENAUER, BA

Incoming Clinical Psychology PhD Student


Learn more about our student RAs at Maryland.

Hannah Tralka

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Valerie bradley, BA

Graduate Research Assistant

christine wan

Undergraduate Research Assistant

MORGAN ANVARi

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alison li

Undergraduate Research Assistant

alyssa precil

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Xavier Phelps

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lakendra schwendig

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

Learn more about our project team in Cape Town.

SYBIL MAJOKWENI, Bs

Senior Research Assistant

neliswa kotelo, ba

Research Assistant

SIBABALWE NDAMASE, ba

Research Assistant


Learn more about our interventionists. 

Nonceba ciya

Interventionist

 

DWAYNE DEAN

Interventionist

 

Learn more about our project team in Baltimore.

Sophia crooks

Summer Research Intern

 
 

Learn more about our lab alumni.

emily satinsky, msc

Faculty Research Assistant

VALERIE BRADDICK, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator

Courtney Colgan, MA

Clinical Research Coordinator

Kayla griffin

Summer Research Institute Scholar

samantha cohen

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

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Dr. Jessica Magidson, PhD
Lab Director

Dr. Jessica Magidson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and as a Staff Psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Her research focuses on evaluating brief behavioral interventions to address substance use in the context of medical and psychiatric comorbidity in the US and sub-Saharan Africa. Current active research projects include an implementation science trial to evaluate a paraprofessional-delivered behavioral intervention for substance use and HIV medication adherence in Cape Town, South Africa. She also has a funded line of research evaluating the clinical and cost effectiveness of recovery coaches, peers in substance use recovery, who are formally integrated into primary care. Prior NIH-funded research projects include an effectiveness trial evaluating a brief behavioral activation intervention to address depression and substance use treatment outcomes at Salvation Army Harbor Light substance use treatment center in Washington DC, and an evaluation of factors explaining the relationship between depression and HIV medication adherence among individuals living with HIV/AIDS and substance use disorders in Washington DC. In addition to research, she provides clinical care, training, and supervision for cognitive behavioral therapy-and mindfulness-based interventions for depression and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and co-occurring chronic health conditions. 

Education:

University of Maryland, College Park
PhD Clinical Psychology

University of Maryland, College Park
MS Clinical Psychology

Dartmouth College
AB Psychology

Contact: jmagidso@umd.edu


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Dr. Jenn Belus, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Jenn Belus is a postdoctoral fellow with interests in developing and disseminating culturally-sensitive interventions for mental health and HIV in low- and middle-income countries. Her clinical and research background focuses on intimate relationships and working with couples to treat psychopathology and general relationship distress. She is passionate about including intimate partners and other loved ones in treatment, where appropriate. She has previously conducted mixed methods research to improve couple-based programs targeting HIV prevention and alcohol reduction for South African couples. 

Education:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PhD Clinical Psychology

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA Clinical Psychology

Ryerson University
BA Psychology

Contact: jbelus@umd.edu


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Frances Loeb, BA
Faculty Research Assistant

Frances Loeb is the faculty research assistant and lab manager at GMAP. Her interest in implementing mental health treatments grew out of her undergraduate research experience focused on anxiety disorders and her research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health studying childhood-onset schizophrenia. Frances developed a passion for global mental health and got first-hand experience implementing education and health programs as a Peace Corps volunteer in Vanuatu. She has previously worked at Martha’s Place, a Baltimore transitional housing program for women recovering from addition and is thrilled to be contributing to substance use treatments in Baltimore again with the Peer Act!vate study, while continuing global mental health work on Project Khanya in South Africa.

Education:

Johns Hopkins University
BA Psychology


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Mary Kleinman, MPH
Clinical Psychology PhD Student

Mary Kleinman is a doctoral student in the University of Maryland Clinical Psychology program. Her research interests include behavioral interventions for substance use and the intersection of mental health and infectious disease prevention and treatment. Mary previously worked as an epidemiologist at Maryland Department of Health where she monitored community-based programs to test and treat hepatitis C. She has also worked internationally on research investigating social and biological determinants of tuberculosis treatment outcomes, including the effect of alcohol use on TB treatment outcomes in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. 

Education:

Boston University
MPH Epidemiology

Dickinson College
BS Biology, Minor in History, Certificate in Health Studies


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Alexandra Rose, MSc
Clinical Psychology PhD Student

Alexandra Rose is a doctoral student in the University of Maryland Clinical Psychology program. Her research interests include: behavioral interventions for depression and substance use, the treatment of comorbid physical and mental illness, and implementation science. She previously worked as the Mental Health Officer on the Clinical team at Partners in Health, where she provided project management and technical support to the development, implementation, and evaluation of mental health services across PIH sites. She has been involved in research on the trafficking experiences and mental health outcomes of people trafficked to the UK for domestic work and has worked on the community programs teams of a health systems strengthening organization in southern Malawi and a social services agency in New York City. 

Education:

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
King's College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience

MSc with Distinction, Global Mental Health

Yale University
BA History of Art

 


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Kristen Regenauer, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator and Incoming Clinical Psychology PhD Student

Kristen is a clinical research coordinator at GMAP. She works with Dr. Jessica Magidson on Project Khanya, a hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial for ART adherence and substance use in HIV care in South Africa. Kristen started working with Dr. Magidson in the Behavioral Medicine Program (BMED) at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, and continues to work as a full-time clinical research coordinator in this program.  In BMED, Kristen primarily works with Dr. Conall O’Cleirigh on “Fostering Resilience to Psychosocial and HIV Risk in Indian Men Who Have Sex with Men” (PIs: O’Cleirigh, Mimiaga, Safren), and assists with the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research Behavioral and Social Sciences Core (HU CFAR BSSC; Associate Director: O’Cleirigh). She is currently based at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. This August, Kristen will move to UMD to start her PhD in Clinical Psychology with Dr. Magidson.

Education:

Middlebury College
BA Psychology, Minor in Philosophy


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Hannah Tralka
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hannah Tralka is an undergraduate research assistant at GMAP. She is working with Dr. Magidson on Project Khanya in South Africa and Peer Act!vate in Baltimore. Previously, Hannah has worked at the UMD Motivated Cognition Laboratory as an undergraduate research assistant. She researched regulatory mode theory, unethical behavior, attention, and public health message interpretations. Hannah is also a peer educator at the UMD Health Center for sexual health education. She is passionate about helping people improve their lives, especially through mental and sexual health in minority populations such as the LGBTQ community. She is very excited to be a part of this lab and learn from this opportunity. 

Education: 

University of Maryland, College Park (expected 2020)
BA Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience, Certificate in LGBT Studies


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Valerie Bradley
Graduate Research Assistant

Valerie Bradley is a masters student in the University of Maryland Clinical Psychological Science program and a research assistant at GMAP. She works with Dr. Jennifer Belus on Project START Together, a CIHR-funded study that aims to develop and evaluate a couple-based intervention targeting antiretroviral therapy (ART) medication adherence for HIV-infected women and their male partners living in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Valerie’s research interests include clinical psychology applied internationally, public health policy and global mental health. Valerie previously lived in the United Arab Emirates for five years where she worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate in Dubai and interned at the Human Relations Institute and Clinics.

Education:

University of Maryland, College Park (expected 2019)
MS Clinical Psychology

University of Mary Washington
BA International Relations, Minor in Economics


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Christine Wan
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Christine Wan is an undergraduate research assistant at GMAP. Previously, Christine conducted research in a Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics lab as an undergraduate research assistant and at Uniformed Services of Health Sciences as a summer intern. She volunteers clinically in local hospitals and clinics, and is engaged on-campus as a Tzu Chi Foundation volunteer and Alternative Breaks experience leader. Christine is passionate about and interested in learning more about mental health, particularly in underserved communities. She is very excited to be a part of this lab and looking forward to gaining new research skills!

Education:

University of Maryland, College Park (expected 2021)
BS Physiology and Neurobiology


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Morgan Anvari
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Morgan Anvari is an undergraduate research assistant at GMAP. She is working on Project Khanya, Peer Act!vate, and the systematic review. Currently, Morgan is also working at the Maryland Psychotherapy Research and Clinic Lab, where she is conducting an undergraduate thesis on therapist skills and exploration of feelings in psychotherapy. She is very involved in community service through the co-ed leadership service-based fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Morgan is passionate about novel forms of mental health care delivery and making mental health care more accessible. She is very excited to be part of this research lab and grow through this opportunity!

Education:

University of Maryland, College Park (expected 2020)
BA Psychology, Minor in Non-Profit Leadership and Social Innovation


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Alison Li
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alison Li is an undergraduate research assistant at GMAP, where she primarily works on Project START Together and literature reviews. Alison is passionate about volunteering in her community. She currently volunteers as a Patient Care Volunteer at Children’s National Hospital and as a Blood Donor Ambassador for the American Red Cross. Alison is very excited to work at GMAP and looks forward to learning more about global mental health and initiatives aimed at addressing HIV in underserved communities.

Education:

University of Maryland, College Park (expected 2021)
BS Public Health Science


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Alyssa Precil
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alyssa is an undergraduate research assistant with GMAP working primarily on projects in Baltimore. She has previous research experience working with young children to understand the development of moral values, such as unfair resource allocation. She volunteers at Shady Grove Hospital and has future plans to work in the medical field as a researcher and practitioner. She is excited to gain further research skills with GMAP and contribute to work that informs improvement of treatment outcomes for people living with substance use disorders.

Education:

University of Maryland, College Park (expected 2020)
BS Psychology


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Xavier Phelps
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Xavier Phelps is an undergraduate research assistant at GMAP and is primarily involved in Project Peer Act!vate in Baltimore. Xavier has previous experience working in social entrepreneurship in Ecuador, where he consulted for small businesses and non-profits in underserved rural areas of the country. Xavier is very excited to gain research experience in the field of mental health and substance use treatment. He looks forward to learning from and contributing to the fantastic work done at GMAP!

Education:

University of Maryland, College Park (expected 2020)
BA Psychology, Minor in General Business


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Lakendra Schwendig, VASII
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lakendra is an undergraduate research assistant at GMAP. She is a double major and aims to obtain her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology. Lakendra has worked across the Mid Atlantic on projects aimed at addressing substance use disorder, trauma, and social determinants of health from a community approach. She is passionate about providing individuals with the tools they need to improve their quality of life and educating care providers in corporate and healthcare settings on best practices to better serve community needs. Lakendra is very excited to join the lab and is looking forward to learning from and collaborating with the team.

Education:

University of Maryland University College (expected 2020)
BS Psychology and Criminal Justice


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Sybil Majokweni, BS
Senior Research Assistant

Sybil Majokweni is a Senior Research Assistant in the HIV Mental Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. Her main research interest is the economic feasibility of up-scaling evidence-based interventions in developing countries. Sybil has worked on a parenting randomized control trial with Oxford University and a pre-treatment study on substance using women in South Africa with the South African Medical Research Council. She currently works on a study looking at the effectiveness of nurse-delivered care for adherence and mood in HIV in South Africa, and primarily works with Dr. Magidson on Project Khanya.

Education:

University of Fort Hare
BSoc Sc Hons in Sociology and Political Studies


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Neliswa Kotelo, BA
Research Assistant

Neliswa Kotelo is a research assistant in the HIV Mental Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. She is working part time with Dr. Andersen on a study looking at the effectiveness of nurse-delivered care for adherence and mood in HIV in South Africa, and with Dr. Magidson on Project Khanya, a hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial for ART adherence and substance use in HIV care in South Africa. Previously, Neliswa has worked at Matrix Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centre as a psychological counselor while doing her Honours practicum. Her main interest is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy--she favors this approach as it is evidence-based and effective for a broad base of problems of varying severity. 

Education:

University of the Western Cape
BA Honours in Psychology


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Sibabalwe Ndamase, BA
Research Assistant

Sibabalwe recently joined the Project Khanya team as a research assistant in South Africa. She previously worked as an interventionist at the Medical Research Council, in collaboration with Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, with Dr. Myers and Dr. Wechsler on a pilot pre-treatment study aimed at linking young women with substance and sexual abuse treatment services. Additionally, Sibabalwe worked with Dr. Carney on a pilot study aimed at delivering evidence-based, manualized, behavioral interventions to a small group of young women and one-on-one intervention sessions with teenagers and their parents. She has also worked as a senior research assistant on Project Mind with Dr. Myers, as well as a research assistant on a pilot study on text-messaging and community-based antiretroviral therapy to improve antiretroviral adherence among pregnant women living with HIV in South Africa at Stellenbosch University with Professor Nachega and Dr. Skinners.

Education: 

University of Fort Hare
BS Social Sciences

University of the Western Cape
BA Honors Psychology


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Nonceba Ciya
Interventionist

Nonceba Ciya is working as an interventionist on Project Khanya, a hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial for ART adherence and substance use in HIV care in South Africa. Previously, Nonceba worked as an interventionist at the Psychiatry and Mental Health Department at the University of Cape Town on a trauma study focused on developing a coping intervention to improve traumatic stress and HIV care engagement among South African women with sexual trauma histories. She has also worked on various research projects with Stellenbosch University's Psychology Department as a data collector and research assistant. She is passionate about working on projects that seek to help individuals infected with HIV better mentally and emotionally cope with their diagnosis. Through these programs she hopes to help individuals develop life skills that can be adapted to their community setting and that can transfer to their peers to encourage better ART adherence. 

Education:

National Diploma in Food Service Management


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Dwayne Dean, ICPR, CPRS, RPS
Peer Recovery Advocate

Dwayne Dean works as the Peer Recovery Advocate for the substance use intervention for guests at Paul's Place, a community outreach center in Southwest Baltimore. Additionally, Dwayne works as a Registered Peer Supervisor on the S.B.I.R.T. Team in the Emergency Room at the University of Maryland-Midtown Hospital. Dwayne is an Internationally Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, a Maryland State Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, and a Registered Peer Supervisor through the MD Addictions and Behavioral Health Certification Board. 

 

 


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Sophia Crooks
Summer Research Intern

Sophia is a Summer Scholar through the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Sophia started her first year of nursing school in the fall of 2019. She will work on Project Peer Act!vate this summer as a research intern, where she will coordinate on-site day to day operations. Sophia is excited to see the impact this study has on the Baltimore community and use what she learns to positively impact her future patients.

Education:

University of Maryland School of Nursing (expected 2021)
BS Psychology


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Emily Satinsky, MSc
Faculty Research Assistant

Emily Satinsky was the faculty research assistant and lab manager at GMAP from January 2018 to July 2019. She worked on Project Khanya in South Africa, Project Peer Act!vate in Baltimore, and the systematic review on peer-delivered interventions for substance use in low- and middle-income countries. Before joining the lab, Emily worked at the Mental Health Foundation in London conducting research and developing peer-focused prevention programming for populations at risk of mental ill-health. Emily is passionate about improving access to mental health care locally and globally. She has conducted past research on psychosocial support services for children and adolescents and for refugees and asylum seekers. Currently, Emily works in Mbarara, Uganda as the Project Coordinator for a 5-year longitudinal cohort study through Massachusetts General Hospital and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

Education:

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
King's College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience

MSc Global Mental Health

Cornell University
BS Biology and Society, Minor in Anthropology


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Valerie Braddick, BA

Valerie Braddick was a clinical research coordinator on Project Khanya, a hybrid-effectiveness implementation trial for ART adherence and substance use in HIV care in South Africa. Valerie worked with Dr. Jessica Magidson at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and continued her work with GMAP during Dr. Magidson's first semester at UMD (through June 2018). Valerie recently began a full-time research coordinator position in the OCD & Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She is applying to medical school for matriculation in Fall 2019. 

Education:

Middlebury College
BA Neuroscience, Minor in Global Health


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Courtney Colgan, MA

Courtney Colgan was a clinical research coordinator with the lab. She worked with Dr. Jessica Magidson at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School on the integration of behavioral interventions into global HIV care. Courtney continued to work at GMAP during Dr. Magidson's first semester at UMD (through June 2018). In addition to her interest in global mental health, Courtney’s research interests include the social determinants of mental health, psychological trauma, and the development of culturally-sensitive mental health interventions. Courtney will be starting a Counseling Psychology PhD program at Boston College this fall. 

Education: 

Boston College
MA Mental Health Counseling

Boston College
BA History


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Kayla Griffin
Summer Research Fellow

Kayla was a summer research fellow through the BSOS Summer Research Institute Scholar program. Kayla is a senior at Morgan State University. Her research interests include the effects of childhood trauma and social functioning in adolescents. She is currently an ASCEND scholar (A Student-Centered, Entrepreneurship Development), where she is developing her own research project. Her experience with GMAP helped prepare her for graduate school applications and provided her with new research skills.

Education:

Morgan State University (expected 2019)
BS Psychology


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Samantha Cohen, BS
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Samantha Cohen was an undergraduate research assistant at GMAP from June 2018 to May 2019. She worked on Project Khanya in South Africa and Peer Act!vate in Baltimore. Samantha has also worked as a Patient Care Volunteer at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., and has had plenty of experience working in clinical or educational settings abroad, including in Pula, Croatia, Costa Rica, and Zambia. Samantha also worked for the University of Maryland Office of Accessibility and Disability Services as a note taker. She is passionate about and interested in global mental health initiatives, as well as making sure that underserved communities have access to quality mental health and physical health resources.

Education:

University of Maryland, College Park
BS Psychology