CURRENT LAB MEMBERS
Mark McCurdy is a fifth year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Drexel University, under the mentorship of Drs. Brian Daly and Nancy Raitano-Lee. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of Idaho in 2011 where he completed his honors thesis examining the neuropsychological underpinnings of executive dysfunction following traumatic brain injury. Prior to Drexel, Mark worked as a research assistant in the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute where he collaborated with faculty at both the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine on several clinically-driven research projects. Broadly, Mark is interested in the neuropsychological sequelae of acquired brain injury and the impact that complex childhood medical conditions have on cognitive and behavioral development.
Jennie David is a fourth year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Drexel University, working under the mentorship of Drs. Brian Daly & Doug Chute. Jennie earned her Psychology with Honors degree from Boston University in 2013, where she completed a thesis investigating medical decision-making characteristics of adolescent patients with chronic rheumatologic illnesses and their parents. She has worked in a variety of disease populations, including HIV, cardiac surgery, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Jennie is interested in medical decision-making, informed consent, and medical literacy in a pediatric trans-diagnostic chronic illness population, with a particular emphasis on adolescents transitioning to adult care.
Chandler Puhy is a second year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Drexel University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Georgia State University where she majored in psychology and completed an honors thesis in neuroscience investigating sex-specific patterns of neural activity in the amygdala utilizing an animal model. Before beginning her doctoral work, Chandler worked with a large-scale study aimed at developing a screening tool for the early detection of autism. She also completed an internship with the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy where she worked with families dealing with allegations of child maltreatment. She is interested in developing and evaluating school-based early intervention programs for at-risk youth in low income, urban areas, specifically focusing on social and emotional skill building.
Chelsea Day is a second year Master’s student at Drexel University under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Daly. Prior to entering the program, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in psychology from Duquesne University in 2016. Her past research experience includes helping to develop an eye-tracking diagnostic tool for Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism. Chelsea’s research interests include behavioral interventions in school-aged children, as well as pediatric psychology, particularly in working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Michael Silverstein is a first year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Drexel University. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Yeshiva University with a double major in psychology and biology, and completed his honors thesis examining the influence of future-oriented intentions on false memory. Before beginning his doctoral work, Michael worked as part of the NYU Adult ADHD Program, where he coordinated the final phase of a study to update a screener for adult ADHD, and with whom he maintains an active research collaboration. His interests include child posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and traumatic stress, particularly pediatric traumatic stress due to acute traumatic injury and chronic illness. He is also interested in psychosocial school-based interventions for at-risk youth in low income areas.
Lila is a recent Drexel University graduate who majored in Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to pursue graduate study in School Psychology in California, where her family resides. Lila joined the Pediatric and Child and Adolescent Psychology Lab in the fall of 2015 and is interested in continuing to work with children.
FORMER LAB MEMBERS
Ke Ding graduated from the Psychology Master's program at Drexel University, where she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Daly. Prior to Drexel, Ke earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Management Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2014. She later worked as a research associate at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego and SDSU Research Foundation. Ke's research interests include psychosocial functioning and treatment adherence in pediatric populations with chroic illnesses. She is also interested in school and community-based preventions and interventions in promoting children's prosocial behaviors and psychosocial health. Ke is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida.
Aimee Hildenbrand, PhD is a former student in Clinical Psychology at Drexel University, working under the mentorship of Drs. Brian Daly and Doug Chute. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Aimee completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Drexel University. Her research interests include psychosocial and neurocognitive sequelae of pediatric chronic illness and acute medical trauma, with a particular emphasis on the intersection between pediatric pain and traumatic stress. She is also interested in developing and evaluating empirically-based preventative and early interventions for at-risk, underserved children and their families. Aimee completed her pre-doctoral internship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and is currently completing postdoctoral training.
Elise Turner graduated from Drexel's Psychology MS program in June of 2015. During her time at Drexel, Elise completed a master’s thesis examining the relationship between neuropsychological functioning, cognitive engagement, and reading achievement in pediatric brain tumor survivors. Elise is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida.
Elizabeth Nicholls, PhD completed her doctoral studies in the PCAP lab. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, where she also completed her predoctoral internship at Nemours. Elizabeth completed her undergraduate degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and received a Master’s in Teaching from Seattle University in Seattle, Washington. Elizabeth is interested in various areas of pediatric and clinical child psychology affecting underserved and minority populations including resiliency and mental health promotion among children with chronic illness. As a postdoctoral fellow, Elizabeth's research and clinical activities focus primarily on children and families experiencing cardiac conditions and chronic pain.
Kelly Jones, Ph.D. graduated from Drexel University's clinical psychology doctoral program in December of 2013. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in pediatric neuropsycholgy at UCLA-Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and is currently working within the department of neuro-oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In the summer of 2014, Kelly will begin a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/ Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine. Kelly’s research and clinical interests relate to neurocognitive functioning in pediatric populations, especially children with sickle cell disease or brain tumors.
Richa Aggarwal, MS graduated from Drexel University in 2013 with a Master's Degree in Psychology. Prior to coming to Drexel, she earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Virginia and later worked as a research assistant at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her Master's thesis involved the implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based behavior management intervention for at-risk preschool children in North Philadelphia. Richa is currently pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Temple University. Her research interests in child clinical psychology include assessment and interventions of pediatric and at-risk populations, neurodevelopmental pathways, and reactions to stressful life events among youth. She is particularly interested in examining how family functioning is associated with the development and adjustment of these populations.
Elicia Wartman joined the PCAP lab in the summer of 2016 as a volunteer. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Ithaca College, where she did her senior thesis on the history of autism. At Ithaca College she worked in a child cognition lab, with typically developing children and children with autism. After college, Elicia worked as a behavior interventionist for children with autism under a BCBA, in homes and schools in central New York. She then accepted a position at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, working first for the department of anesthesia and later for the division of psychosocial oncology. Her research interests include; pediatric health psychology, patient reported outcomes, transition back to school settings, school based interventions, developmental disabilities and diagnostic measure development.
Nicole Ruppe completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Scranton in 2014. During her time at Drexel, Nicole worked as a research assistant for Dr. Brian Daly, focusing on school-based behavioral health interventions and pediatric chronic illness. Currently, Nicole works as a Clinical Research Assistant at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in the Center for Health Care Delivery Science. Her research experience has been focused on pediatric sickle cell disease and psychosocial stressors. Nicole hopes to pursue her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Pediatric Psychology.
Rhae Gamber completed her undergraduate degree (BS) in Psychology at Drexel University in 2014. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Daly's lab and completed a thesis examining executive functions of college students with and without childhood trauma histories. She also worked as a research coordinator in pediatric endocrinology at Thomas Jefferson/Nemours Children's Clinic, performing cognitive testing in genetically disordered populations and behavioral interventions in diabetic populations. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health program at the University of Pennsylvania and working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Maternal Fetal Medicine within the Penn health system.