Ketl Freedman-Doan


Past education: Ph.D. Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Current program: Head of Psychology Department, Professor of Psychology

Research focus: Developmental psychopathology, identity development, and effective treatments for children, adolescents, and families


Miriam Goldstein

Miriam CurrentMiriam Child

Past education: B.A. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Current program: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Research focus: Parent-child relationships and social/emotional development

Expected graduation: April 2019


Heather Hennrick

Heather CurrentHeather Child

Past education: B.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Current program: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Research focus: Intervention development to increase positive educational outcomes in low-income, chronic stress youth

Expected graduation date: April 2019


Kira Boneff

Kira CurrentKira Child

Past education: B.A. Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

Current program: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Research focus: How family dynamics and sibling relationships affect long-term social and emotional outcomes in children who have experienced trauma and chronic stress

Expected graduation date: April 2020

Leah McDiarmid


Past Education: B.A. Oakland University, Rochester, MI.

Current Program: Clinical Behavioral M.S. in Psychology

Research Focus: The impact of stress and trauma on the development of problem behaviors in children and adolescents.

Expected Graduation Date: April 2018


Kayla Rinna


Past Education: B.A. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Research Focus: The development of interventions to promote functional parent-child relational styles in childhood trauma and neurodevelopmental disorders.


Kara Gardner

Kara CurrentKara Child

Past education: Algonac High School, Algonac, MI

Current program: B.A. in Psychology

Research focus: Parent-child agreement and neuropsychological tests of inattention in 8- to 12-year-old children

Expected graduation date: April 2017

Sara Thompson

Sara Thompson CurrentSara Thompson Child

Past education: Grand Blanc High School, Grand Blanc, MI

Current program: B.A. in Psychology

Research focus: How parenting style affects child stress, and how childhood stress/trauma affects social/emotional development

Expected graduation: December 2016


Zorica “Zo” Baka

Zorica CurrentZorica Child

Past education: Whitemore Lake HS/Early College Program at EMU, Ypsilanti, MI

Current program: B.A. in Psychology

Research focus: the impact of life stressors on the development of children and adolescents and how that affects life at school.

Expected graduation date: April 2016


Jasmine Williams

Jasmine CurrentJasmine Child

Past education: Eaton Rapids High School, Eaton Rapids, MI

Current program: B.A. in Psychology and Communications

Research focus: Family therapy

Expected graduation date: April 2016

Jacob Reynolds

Jacob CurrentJacob Child

Past education: Romulus High School, Romulus, MI

Current program: B.A. in Psychology

Research focus: How social conformity impacts the personalities of adolescents

Expected graduation date: April 2017

Ashley Dixon


Past education: Onsted High School, Onsted, MI

Current program: Bachelor’s in Psychology

Research focus: How stress/trauma in childhood influences identity formation and social/emotional development.

Expected graduation: April 2017


Melanie Tran

Melanie CurrentMelanie Child

Past education: Early College Alliance, Milan, MI

Current program: Bachelor’s in Psychology

Research focus: How media impacts children’s emotions, behaviors, and development.

Expected graduation: December 2017


Fariha Anika


Past education: Maumee Valley Country Day School, Toledo, OH

Current program: B.A. in Psychology

Research focus: Depression, suicidal tendencies, anxiety, and bipolar disorder in children and adolescents: What factors impact onset and how it affects various life aspects

Expected graduation: April 2017


Lab Alumni

Elizabeth “Elle” Morgan
Elle CurrentElle graduated from EMU’s General Clinical Psychology Master’s Program and is now pursuing her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.



Ethan Paschall
Ethan CurrentEthan will be attending Eastern Michigan University’s clinical psychology doctoral program starting in the fall of 2016. His research interests include the impact of maltreatment, trauma, and caregiver/peer support on a child’s behavior and functioning. Additionally, Ethan plans to take a multicultural approach and investigate the ways in which culture impacts a child’s social support and development.

Sarah Rice
Sarah Rice CurrentSarah graduated from EMU’s General Clinical Psychology M.S. Program and is now working at a private practice.




Amanda Ellis
Amanda-CurrentAmanda worked with the CAP Lab until 2015. She currently works as a part-time lecturer in the Psychology Department at EMU.



Andrea Aya
colombiapictureAndrea graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from EMU and now works at an inclusive school for 4 and 5 year old children in Barranquilla, Colombia



Alissa Sneed
Alissa CurrentAlissa graduated from Eastern Michigan University with her Bachelor’s degree in 2016 and is planning to pursue graduate education in psychology.