Staff

Director

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Brandon Gibb
Brandon E. Gibb, Ph.D.
Professor
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Graduate Students

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Claire Foster
Claire Foster received her B.A. in psychology from Cornell University. She joined the BMDI as a graduate student in the Fall of 2017. Her research interests focus primarily on proximate mechanisms of development, and the processes through which disparate developmental trajectories arise early in life. In particular, she is interested in examining the processes through which environmental factors, such as parental symptomology and parenting behavior, may increase risk for depression in children by impacting early social learning and attentional patterns in infancy and early childhood.


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Elana Israel

Elana Israel received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Maryland in 2018. She joined the BMDI as a graduate student in the Fall of 2020. She is interested in targeting markers of depression and anxiety risk in children and adolescents. Specifically, she aims to understand the intergenerational continuities of these disorders and how certain vulnerabilities, such as information-processing biases and deficits in reward processing, develop in youth and contribute to internalizing symptoms.


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Pooja Shankar

Pooja Shankar received her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Barnard College in 2020 and her M.A. in Psychology from American University in 2022 prior to joining the BMDI as a doctoral student in the fall of 2022. Her research interests involve the use of multimodal assessment to predict risk for depression, anxiety, and suicidality in youth. In particular, she is interested in examining the role of factors such as early life stress and adversity (e.g., social contexts, parenting), which may affect the developmental trajectory of mood disorders during childhood.


Project Coordinators

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Celeste Beauvilaire
Celeste Beauvilaire received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Buffalo in the spring of 2022 and joined the BMDI in August of 2022. Her research interests include examining pathways that lead to the development of depression and bipolar disorders as well as emerging treatment methods. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future, and work primarily with adolescent poplulations.


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Nia Cole

Nia Cole received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia in the spring of 2022 and joined the BMDI in August of 2022. She is interested in using multiple levels of analysis to understand trauma-induced psychopathology such as anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.  After her time as a lab manager, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.