People

Principal Investigator

ben-hankinBenjamin L. Hankin, Ph.D., Principal Investigator and Professor of Psychology at University of Illinois

I am a developmental psychopathologist interested in understanding the etiology, ontogeny, trajectories and patterning of depression over the lifespan, especially in children and adolescents. In particular, I have sought to understand and advance knowledge in three fundamental areas: 1) accurate and appropriate description, structure and classification of depression and co-occurring disorders, 2) etiological vulnerabilities and mechanisms underlying the development of depression and the specificity of these risks for prediction of depression versus co-occurring disorders, and 3) the emergence of sex differences in depression and explanations for why more girls are depressed than boys.

Graduate Students

Version 2Tina Schweizer, M.A., M.A., Graduate Student, Clinical/Community Psychology Division, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I am a graduate student in the Youth Emotion, Development, and Intervention Lab. My research primarily focuses on understanding the structure and development of cognitive vulnerabilities, or negative thinking tendencies (e.g., rumination, negative inferential style), which increase risk for internalizing problems (e.g., depression and anxiety). I am also interested in the development and dissemination of evidence-based prevention programs for youth that focus on interpersonal and coping skills in order to decrease risk for mental health problems and enhance wellbeing.

I received an M.A. in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, an M.A. in Psychology from Stony Brook University, and a B.A. in Psychology from New York University.

As a Nevada native, I love sunshine! In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, traveling, and meditating.

erin-longErin Long, M.S., Graduate Student, Clinical/Community Psychology Division, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I am a 6th year graduate student in the Youth Emotion, Development, and Intervention Lab. My current research investigates the comorbidity of depression and anxiety during childhood and adolescence, and the role that interpersonal stress plays in their co-occurrence. I received a M.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am a Wisconsin native, and I enjoy hiking and traveling, seeing live music, and attempting to cultivate a green thumb.


dustin-haradenDustin Haraden, M.S., Graduate Student, Clinical/Community Psychology Division, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hello website viewer! I am a 6th year graduate student in the YEDI Lab. My current research seeks to examine the relationship between sleep and  child/adolescent mental illness, particularly depression and anxiety. I received my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Denver. Upon graduating, I began volunteering in the GEM Lab and eventually took on the position of Project Coordinator for the Personalized Depression Prevention Project.

I was born in Massachusetts (Go Sox and B’s!) and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where I spent my childhood playing with tumbleweeds and prairie dogs. However, when the tumbleweeds failed to roam the streets, I enjoyed playing on my local hockey team (yes, there is ice in New Mexico) as well as being able to take any chance to get out on the golf course.

When I am not in the lab, I am spending my time with my wife and our beautiful daughter. My wife and I have attended every Comic-Con in Denver (and will do our best to continue even though we are now in Illinois) and have hopes of one day going to Comic-Con International in San Diego.

dsc4111-e1507050140364Julianne Griffith, M.S., Graduate Student, Clinical/Community Psychology Division, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I am a graduate student in the Clinical/Community Psychology Program. My research is focused on investigating positive emotionality as it relates to adolescent depression. I am particularly interested in understanding how adolescent positive affect emerges and functions in the context of close interpersonal relationships.

Prior to joining the YEDI Lab, I completed my B.S. in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, I worked as a research assistant and study coordinator under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Silk, assisting with studies investigating adolescent mood disorders and adolescent emotion regulation.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy running (slowly) and hope to participate in the Illinois Half Marathon in the spring! I also enjoy attending community arts events and exploring the local public library.

 

Staff

IMG_2878Talia Farrell-Rosen, B.S., Project Coordinator,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I graduated with a degree in in Clinical/Community Psychology and Spanish from University of Illinois in  May 2020, where I also worked in the YEDI lab as an undergraduate research assistant.

I am particularly interested in studying how early parenting influences the development of psychopathology in youth in addition to how attachment styles shift throughout adolescence. 

When I’m not in the lab, I can be found working on my educational start-up, Campus Ventures, eating Mexican food, and consuming everything crime and mystery-related.

 

Research Assistants

Ashley Serna

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Hi! My name is Ashley Serna and I am a senior studying Clinical/Community Psychology and Spanish at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My primary research interests include cultural and familial influences on the development of psychopathology. In the future I hope to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology in order to research and disseminate culturally sensitive prevention and intervention programs for underserved communities. Outside of the lab, I enjoy going to concerts, reading, and watching anything crime-related.

 

Caley

  Caley Lane

Hello! My name is Caley Lane, and I am a junior with a major in Clinical/Community Psychology and a minor in Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am happy to be a research assistant in the YEDI Lab because I am interested in attending graduate school for Clinical/Community Psychology after I receive my degree. In particular, I find mood and anxiety disorders in adolescents very interesting and want to learn more about the role stress plays in the development of these disorders.

Outside of the YEDI Lab, I am involved in a mental health awareness organization here on campus called Active Minds. I also enjoy running, reading, playing with my dogs, and consuming way too much coffee.

 

Larysa

Larysa Brandys

Hi! My name is Larysa Brandys and I’m a junior majoring in clinical psychology. In addition to being a research assistant in the YEDI Lab, I’m also a research assistant in the Infant Cognition Lab. Through these opportunities, I look forward to learning more about emotion regulation methods in children and its effects on the development of depression and anxiety – since my goal is to one day get a PhD in Clinical Psychology so I can be a child psychologist and further apply such principles to my practice. Outside of school, I play violin in the Illini Strings orchestra and I’m on the executive board for UIUC’s Ukrainian Student Association. I also enjoy going to music festivals and concerts with my friends.

 

Olivia Luca   Olivia Luca

Hi! My name is Olivia Luca and I’m a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign triple majoring in Psychology, Spanish, and Portuguese. I plan on going to grad school to earn a PhD in Psychology and later pursuing a career in academia. This semester, I will be focusing on developing my programming skills in Python and R for future research application, while at the same time establishing a direction for my bachelor’s thesis.

Outside of the lab, I love traveling and any culturally-enriching experience. I often visit family in Romania or explore a new country when I can– 44 countries and counting so far! Though given the pandemic, you can likely find me watching movies and spending time with friends and family.