Current Students

Cohort Entering Fall 2017

Jennifer Bartlett

Hometown: Edison, NJ

Education: Montclair State University, B.A. (2017)

Research Interests: guilty plea decision making, especially in circumstances that might contribute to innocent defendants pleading guilty

Clinical Interests: forensic mental health assessment and cognitive-behavioral therapy for justice-involved individuals 

Mentor: Tina Zottoli

Jessica Bonumwezi

Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda

Education: Hendrix College, B.A. (2017)

Research Interests: PTSD and trauma in culturally diverse populations, mental health in war-exposed immigrants, post-traumatic growth, protective factors, discrimination-related PTSD, biological correlates of PTSD

Clinical Interests: PTSD, immigrant and minority mental health, culturally sensitive psychotherapy

Mentor: Sarah Lowe


DeVanté J. Cunningham 

Hometown: Petersburg, VA/Würzburg, Germany

Education: University of Virginia, B.A. (2015); University of Virginia, MPH (2016)

Research Interests: PTSD, trauma-related disorders, coping strategies, anxiety; mentoring relationships involving minority youth; developing evidence-based interventions for school, home, and medical settings; positive psychology

Clinical Interests: minority populations experiencing trauma, anxiety, and other comorbidities; PTSD in military populations; implementing evidence-based interventions 

Mentor: Carrie Masia Warner


Whitney L. Dartnell

Hometown: Great Meadows, NJ

Education: Wilkes University, B.A. (2014), Montclair State University, M.A. (2016)

Research Interests: memory, neurocognitive assessment, child development, forensic psychology 

Clinical Interests: child and adolescent psychopathology, family systems, forensic mental health assessment

Mentors: Jason Dickinson and Jeremy Fox


Jill Del Pozzo

Hometown: Clifton, NJ

Education: Seton Hall University, B.A. (2010), Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A. (2012)

Research Interests: schizophrenia and first episode psychosis, risk factors for psychosis, juvenile and adult violence risk assessment/management, psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, conduct disorder

Clinical Interests: consultation, forensic evaluation, expert testimony, serious mental illness and competency to stand trial

Mentor: Chris King


Conor Hogan

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Education: St. Joseph's College, B.A. (2016)

Research Interests: juvenile justice, plea deals, risk factors for child abuse, competency to stand trial, false confessions, implicit biases

Clinical Interests: severe mental illness, best practices in forensic mental health assessment 

Mentor: Anthony D’Urso


Tanya Singh

Hometown: Gwalior, India

Education: Jacksonville University, B.A. (2013), Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A. (2015)

Research Interests: the role of early life experiences, especially trauma, and individual and cultural differences in risk and resilience to mental health problems, particularly suicidal thoughts and behaviors

Clinical Interests: mental health in underserved populations, technological interventions for youth with depression and suicidality, culturally sensitive evidence-based interventions

Mentor: Jazmin Reyes-Portillo


Melissa Sital

Hometown: Rockland County, NY

Education: Trinity College, B.A. (2014)

Research Interests: risk factors for anxiety and depression in childhood and adolescence 

Clinical Interests: psychological interventions for youth with anxiety and depression

Mentor: Jeremy Fox


Zerbrina Valdespino-Hayden

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Education: University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A. (2015)

Research Interests: psychological impact of traumatic life experiences and traumatic brain injury, building resilience in vulnerable populations, cultural/ethnic differences in symptoms and treatment response of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and comorbid conditions

Clinical Interests: minority mental health, evidence-based treatment, prevention interventions for trauma-related disorders

Mentors: Joshua Sandry and Sarah Lowe