Graduate Students on Internship
Julia Carmody is an exiting fourth year graduate student in the Pediatric Psychology Lab who is about to begin her internship year.. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Wheaton College. Julia completed her undergraduate thesis on the experience of stress in adolescents with acquired brain injury. Recently, Julia worked at Columbia University’s Child Psychiatry Department, where she contributed to DSM classification research on disruptive disorders and depression in children and adolescents. Julia also served as Columbia’s Project Manager on the American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Child Field Trials. Julia’s current interests include risk factors for pediatric obesity, child and parent health literacy, and the integration of behavioral health practices into the pediatric medical settings. Julia Carmody CV
Alyssa Fritz, M.A.,is an exiting fourth year graduate student in the Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab who is about to begin her internship year. She attended University of North Carolina Wilmington for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology. Her dissertation aims to study the relationship between parent mental health, coping, and lifestyle behaviors on child health outcomes (e.g. lung adherence and health related quality of life) in children diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Alyssa Fritz CV
Sarah Westen is a pre-doctoral intern in the Underserved Pediatric Psychology track within the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, where she also completed her graduate training under the mentorship of Dr. David Janicke. Sarah graduated from Union College in 2009, where she majored in neuroscience and minored in psychology and philosophy. Sarah then completed two years of training at the National Institute of Mental Health as an Intramural Research Training Award recipient. Sarah is interested in the biopsychosocial aspects of chronic illness in children, young adults, and families (e.g., adherence, coping, family management, transition from pediatric to adult care, treatment of comorbid mental health conditions). Sarah is particularly interested in type 1 diabetes intervention and research. She served a 3-year term as a Board Member within the Diabetes Special Interest Group of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54) and is currently involved in several multi-site working groups regarding type 1 diabetes treatment in the context of interdisciplinary care. Sarah Westen_CV
Bridget Armstrong, M.S.
Bridget is an exiting fourth year graduate student in the Pediatric Psychology Lab who is about to begin her internship year. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2009, after which she worked at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. as a project administrator for a randomized controlled trail aimed to increase medical adherence in teens with Type 1 Diabetes. Bridget’s current interests include statistical methods in behavioral research, environmental factors that influence eating and weight behaviors, adherence in pediatric populations, and family functioning. Bridget Armstrong CV
Sarah is an exiting fourth year graduate student in the Pediatric Psychology Lab who is about to begin her internship year. She graduated from the George Washington University in 2009, where she majored in psychology and minored in women’s studies. Sarah worked for two years as a project associate at the NYU Child Study Center following graduation. While at the Child Study Center, Sarah worked on a school- and family-based intervention for preschoolers and their families, focusing on preventing conduct problems and obesity, and promoting socioemotional and academic competence. Sarah’s current interests include pediatric obesity, health promotion, family functioning, family mealtime interactions, and quality of life in children with chronic illnesses.Sarah Mayer-Brown CV