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Dr. Jill Hooley

Jill M. Hooley is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. She is also the head of the experimental psychopathology and clinical psychology program at Harvard. Dr. Hooley was born in England and received a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Liverpool. This was followed by research work at Cambridge University. She then attended Magdalen College, Oxford, where she completed her D.Phil. After a move to the United States and additional training in clinical psychology at SUNY Stony Brook, Dr. Hooley took a position at Harvard, where she has been a faculty member since 1985.

Dr. Hooley has a long-standing interest in psychosocial predictors of psychiatric relapse in patients with severe psychopathology such as schizophrenia and depression. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and by the Borderline Personality Disorder Research Foundation. She is currently using fMRI to study emotion regulation in people who are vulnerable to depression and in people who are suffering from borderline personality disorder. Another area of research interest is non-suicidal self-harming behaviors such as skin cutting or burning.

In 2000, Dr Hooley received the Aaron T. Beck Award for Excellence in Psychopathology Research. In 2009 she was elected president of the Society for Research in Psychopathology. The author of many scholarly publications, Dr. Hooley is an Associate Editor for Applied and Preventive Psychology as well as Clinical Psychological Science. She also serves on the editorial boards of several journals including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Clinical Psychology, Psychological Science, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Family Psychology, Family Process, and Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment.

At Harvard, Dr Hooley has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, schizophrenia, mood disorders, psychiatric diagnosis, and psychological treatment. Reflecting her commitment to the scientist-practitioner model, she also does clinical work specializing in the treatment of people with depression, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders.

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Kenneth Allen

Kenneth Allen is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Science program at Harvard, under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Hooley. Kenneth graduated from Oberlin College in 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology. His undergraduate research focused on adolescent-maternal conflict (with Dr. Nancy Darling), young adult psychosocial stress (independent project), and environmental psychology (with Dr. Cynthia Frantz and Dr. Stephan Mayer). He spent the following two years as a research assistant to Dr. Frances Gabbay and Dr. Connie Duncan at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where he examined personality, pharmacological, and psychophysiological endophenotypes for substance abuse. Kenneth received his A.M. from Harvard in 2013 for his work exploring emotional response inhibition in self-injurers. Extending from his master's thesis, his current research seeks to determine whether a maladaptive response to criticism is associated with risk for suicide and self-injurious behavior. Currently, in the fall semester of 2013, Kenneth is a Teaching Fellow at Harvard for the course Sex, Evolution, and Human Behavior. His clinical experience includes practicum placements at Cambridge Health Alliance, the Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Institute at McLean Hospital, and the 3East Intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for teens and young adults with impulsive and self-endangering behaviors, also at McLean Hospital.

Kenneth can be reached at kennethallen@fas.harvard.edu. 

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Tina Chou

Tina Chou is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Science program at Harvard under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Hooley. Tina graduated from Boston University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During her undergraduate studies, she worked with Dr. Stefan Hofmann at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders on his D-cycloserine trials of augmented cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder. After graduation, she worked for three years as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital's Psychiatric Neuroimaging Department, Division of Neurotherapeutics. She worked with Dr. Darin Dougherty on his clinical trials of deep brain stimulation for intractable obsessive compulsive disorder and depression as well as vagal nerve stimulation for severe depression, Dr. Thilo Deckersbach on the neuroimaging components of treatment outcome studies for bipolar disorder and depression, and Dr. Karleyton Evans on investigating the neural circuitry of dyspnea in panic disorder. Tina's current research interests involve studying spontaneous self-referential cognition following an affective challenge and its potential contribution to the etiology, maintenance, and/or treatment of depression.

Tina can be reached at tinachou@fas.harvard.edu.  

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Kathryn Fox

Kathryn Fox is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Science program at Harvard, under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Hooley. Kathryn graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Studies and Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she worked with Dr. Judy Garber examining the correlates and predictors of recurrent depression as well as the prevention of depression in at-risk youth. After graduating, she worked for two years as a project coordinator with Dr. Mitch Prinstein at UNC-Chapel Hill. In this position, she studied the role of interpersonal, cognitive, and physiological processes on the course of depression and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Kathryn is currently interested in understanding how transactions among thoughts, emotion, and psychophysiology are related to the development of internalizing psychopathology. Specifically, she is interested in studying the relationship among self-criticism, pain, and pain-offset relief to better understanding how nonsuicidal self-injury develops.

Kathryn can be reached at kfox@g.harvard.edu. 

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Stephanie Gironde

Stephanie Gironde is a sixth-year graduate student in the Clinical Science program at Harvard under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Hooley. She is currently completing a predoctoral internship at McLean Hospital. Stephanie graduated from Swarthmore College in 2004, after which she spent two years as a clinical research coordinator at the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Stephanie entered the Clinical Science program in 2007. Her research focuses on using novel methods to investigate how self-injurious behaviors develop and are maintained. Stephanie's master's thesis research explored how virtual worlds and avatars may be used to understand self-concept among people who engage in self-injurious behavior. She received her M.A. from Harvard in 2009. As part of her doctoral dissertation research, Stephanie is using functional neuroimaging to examine cognitive and affective processing in people who engage in self-injurious behavior. Stephanie also serves as an undergraduate psychology concentration advisor and resident tutor in Pforzheimer House.

Stephanie can be reached at sgironde@fas.harvard.edu.  

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Dianne Hezel

Dianne Hezel is a fourth-year graduate student in Harvard’s Clinical Science Doctoral program under the primary mentorship of Dr. Richard McNally. She has been fortunate to also enjoy the mentorship of Dr. Jill Hooley, with whom she is currently conducting research that examines personality factors in non-clinical hoarding. Dianne’s other research examines theory of mind in Social Anxiety Disorder and cognitive factors in OCD. Prior to entering the Clinical Science program, Dianne graduated from Georgetown University, where she majored in psychology and English. After graduating, she worked for a short time in developmental psychology and then later at Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals, where she was a project coordinator for a number of studies on the treatment, long-term outcome, and genetic underpinnings of OCD and related anxiety disorders. Dianne is currently completing a practicum placement at MGH's Bipolar Clinic and Research Program.  

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Sara Masland

Sara Afienko Masland is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Science Doctoral program at Harvard University, where she studies under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Hooley. Sara is originally from Maine and graduated from Bowdoin College in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. While at Bowdoin Sara worked with Dr. Barbara S. Held in the area of philosophical psychology. After graduating, Sara joined Dr. John Weisz's research lab at Judge Baker Children's Center, where she was a research assistant and project coordinator for several large-scale randomized clinical trials investigating the use of evidence-based treatments for children in the child welfare system in Maine. Sara has been fortunate to receive clinical training at McLean Hospital's Obsessive and Compulsive Disorders Institute as well as McLean's Gunderson Residence, a residential treatment facility for women with Borderline Personality Disorder. She is currently continuing her clinical training as a neuropsychology practicum student at Boston's V.A. Medical Center. Sara is conducting research to examine cognitive processing differences in individuals who perceive high levels of criticism in their social environments. More broadly, she is interested in social cognition in depression and personality disorders. Sara can be reached at afienko@fas.harvard.edu
Crockett (pictured with Sara Masland) is originally from Tennessee. He joined Dr. Hooley's lab in 2012 and must have slipped through the cracks because he has no interest in research. However, he does have an interest in clinical work and will happily let you pet him to relieve stress. 

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Sadie Cole Monaghan

Sadie Cole Monaghan is a seventh-year graduate student in the Clinical Science doctoral program at Harvard, under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Hooley. Sadie graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 2005, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. While at Temple, Sadie studied in the honors program in psychology, conducting undergraduate research in executive function and mood disorders under Prof. Willis F. Overton, and worked as an office assistant for Prof. Nora Newcombe. Upon graduating, Sadie worked as a research assistant in the Pain and Analgesia Imaging and Neuroscience (P.A.I.N.) Group at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, headed by Dr. David Borsook. The P.A.I.N. Group studies chronic pain conditions and analgesia using functional magnetic resonance imaging in neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and migraine, as well as the relationship between pain and psychiatric illnesses.

In 2007, Sadie entered the Clinical Science program at Harvard, under Dr. Hooley, and has completed clinical work at the Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Institute at McLean Hospital, conducting exposure and response prevention with individuals diagnosed with severe OCD and OCD-spectrum disorders. Sadie returned to McLean in fall 2009 to work with Dr. Michael Hollander in the Adolescent DBT Program. In 2010, Sadie worked at the Klarman Center for Eating Disorders, again at McLean. Sadie had the opportunity to work as a teaching fellow in Abnormal Psychology at Harvard from fall 2008 through spring 2011, and was awarded a Bok Center Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching in 2010. Sadie completed her predoctoral internship at McLean Hospital in June, during which she split her time between the Behvaioral Health Partial Program and the Klarman Center for Eating Disorders. Sadie is currently working as a research and clinical fellow at the OCD Institute and the OCDI’s Office for Clinical Assessment and Research (OCAR) as she completes her dissertation research.

Sadie's dissertation explores the relationship between psychopathology, personality, and problematic Internet use (or Internet addiction), in the general population and in individuals who utilize online role-playing games. Current research examines the causal role that anxiety, mood, and personality characteristics, as well as executive function, may play in Internet addiction. The purpose of this work is to examine possible risk factors and sequelae of Internet addiction, with the goal of informing treatment methods and future editions of DSM.

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Lab Graduates

Sarah St. Germain is currently a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Science program at Harvard working with Dr. Jill Hooley. Sarah graduated from Trinity College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Following her graduation, Sarah accepted a position as a clinical research assistant at the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center--part of the Institute of Living (Hartford, CT). At the Olin NRC, Sarah collaborated with Dr. Robert Astur on projects involving functional imaging, mental disorders, and virtual environments. She worked with various clinical populations (including individuals with Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, PTSD, and Eating Disorders) as well as healthy controls.

Sarah entered the clinical science doctoral program at Harvard in the fall of 2005, under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Hooley. Sarah has completed clinical placements at the Klarman Center (residential eating disorder treatment- McLean Hospital), Cambridge Hospital, the OCD Institute (McLean), and the Behavioral Health Partial Program (mood and personality disorders- McLean). Currently she is involved in a neuropsychological testing practicum at the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). Additionally, Sarah has served as a teaching fellow for Abnormal Psychology and as the instructor for PSY 971: Intensive Cross Level Analyses: Sophomore Tutorial in Psychology for three terms. She received her M.A. from Harvard in June of 2007.

Sarah is currently involved in research examining the psychological and behavioral clinical correlates of self-injurious behaviors. Her masters thesis and doctoral dissertation research investigate whether the current conceptualization of self-injurious behaviors (e.g., cutting and burning) should be broadened to include more indirect methods of self-injury such as substance use, engagement in eating disordered behavior, continued involvement in abusive relationships, and performing risky/reckless behaviors.

Sarah can be reached at: sstgerm@fas.harvard.edu.