Alumni - 2016 to present

Since the inception of the postdoctoral training program in 1987, more than 179 have been trained and supported by the NIAAA Alcohol Intervention Treatment Outcome Research Training (PI: Peter Monti) and the NIDA Substance Abuse Intervention Outcome Research Training (PI: Damaris Rohsenow).  The NIAAA Training Grant is currently in its 35th year, while the NIDA has provided support since 2003. 

During the last six years, 31 fellows have completed their postdoctoral training at CAAS.  Sixteen are currently members of the faculty at Brown, while almost all are involved in research either as faculty at other institutions or as practicing clinicians.  The following is a listing of our most recent CAAS alumni describing their background and research interests upon entering into the program, their mentor(s) while at CAAS, and their current position.  Please visit the additional site ALUMNI 1989-2015 for information about our other alumni. 

2021

Melissa Pielech, PhD (2019) in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico. As a pediatric psychologist, her research focuses on intervention development and implementation to co-treat adolescent substance use and pain in integrated care settings.  Dr. Pielech is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Mentor: Robert Miranda, Ph.D.

Robert Rosales, Ph.D. (2018) in Social Work from the Boston College School of Social Work. His research focuses on the effects of structural discrimination and minority stress on access to care and alcohol use/problems. Dr. Rosales is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. Mentors: Christina S. Lee, Ph.D., Suzanne M. Colby, Ph.D., and Robert Miranda, Ph.D.

 

2020

Ryan Carpenter, Ph.D. (2018) in  in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He uses intensively longitudinal approaches and mobile technology to understand, treat, and prevent alcohol, opioid, and other substance use as it occurs in daily life. Dr. Carpenter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Mentor: Robert Miranda, Ph.D.

Noah Emery, Ph.D. (2018) in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Dakota. His research uses mobile technology (e.g., smart phone applications, wearable devices) to identify mechanisms of behavior change that underlie substance use vulnerability and factors affecting treatment success in youth, with the goal of developing interventions targeting these mechanisms. Dr. Emery is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University.  Mentor: Robert Miranda, Ph.D.

Sarah Helseth, Ph.D. (2017) in Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology from Florida International University. She is a clinical researcher and licensed clinical psychologist working to reduce the public health impact of substance use disorders through the development and dissemination of effective behavioral interventions. Dr. Helseth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University.  Mentor: Sara Becker, Ph.D.

Lidia Meshesha, Ph.D. (2018) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis.  Her research focuses on examining innovative and technologically enhanced approaches for improving treatment outcomes for alcohol use disorder.  Dr. Meshesha is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Central Florida.  Mentors: Ana Abrantes, Ph.D. and Jane Metrik, Ph.D.

Kelli Scott, Ph.D. (2018) in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University. Her research focuses on enhancing the implementation of evidence-based substance use interventions on community treatment settings, with a specific focus on enhancing the use of measurement-based care in opioid use disorder treatment. Dr. Scott is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University.  Mentor: Sara Becker, Ph.D.

Alexander Sokolovsky, Ph.D. (2017) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on the etiology and consequences of tobacco use and dependence in young adults and adolescents and the application of intensive longitudinal research methods to better characterize these behaviors. Dr. Sokolovsky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. Mentor: Kristina Jackson, Ph.D.

2019

Michael Bernstein, Ph.D. (2017) in Behavioral Science from the University of Rhode Island.  He is an experimental psychologist who focuses on harnessing the placebo effect to improve medical treatment. Dr. Bernstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and in the department of Diagnostic Imaging at Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Mentor: Molly Magill, Ph.D.

Kimberly Goodyear Chavanne, Ph.D. (2016) in Neuroscience from George Mason University. Her research aims to improve interventions and treatments for individuals with alcohol and other substance use disorders. Dr. Goodyear Chavanne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. Mentors: Robert Swift, M.D. and Carolina Haass-Koffler, Pharm.D.

Rachel Gunn, Ph.D. (2017) in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research aims to understand the etiology of alcohol use and related problems in young adult populations, including the study of impulsive personality and executive cognitive functioning. Dr. Gunn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University.  Mentor: Jane Metrik, Ph.D.

Lauren Micalizzi, Ph.D. (2017) in Psychology from Boston University.   Her research involves examining familial and individual factors that influence the initiation and trajectory of substance use in adolescents.  After some time as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT., Dr. Micalizzi has returned to CAAS and is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Behavioral and Social Studies. Mentor: Anthony Spirito, Ph.D. ABBP.

2018

Tim Janssen, Ph.D. (2015) in Developmental Psychology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  He studies how automatic alcohol-associations differ based on context, and how their relation to underage alcohol use is qualified by context. Dr. Janssen is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Behavioral and Social Studies at Brown University. Mentor: Kristina Jackson, Ph.D.

Cara Murphy, Ph.D. (2015) in Clinical Psychology, the University of Georgia.  Her research aims to identify risk factors and inform treatment for the leading causes of preventable death in the US: smoking and obesity. Dr. Murphy is a Research Associate in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. Mentor: Damaris Rohsenow, Ph.D.

2017

Melissa Cox, Ph.D. (2016) in Health Behavior from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her research examines contextual influences on adolescent alcohol use.  Dr. Cox is an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Health Education and Promotion at East Carolina University.  Mentor: Kristina Jackson, Ph.D.

Angelo DiBello, Ph.D. (2015) in Social Psychology from the University of Houston. His research aims to leverage social psychological theories as tools for reducing defensiveness and enhancing the receptivity and duration of prevention and intervention efforts.  Dr. DiBello is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Alcohol and Substance Use Studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Mentor: Kate Carey, Ph.D.

William Lechner Ph.D. (2015) in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University.  His research aims to examine novel treatment modalities targeting executive function deficits in addiction. Dr. Lechner is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University, Ohio. Mentor: Christopher Kahler, Ph.D.

Hector Lopez-Vergara, Ph.D. (2014) in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo (SUNY).  His research involves investigating individual-level and social predictors of the initiation of adolescent alcohol use, with an emphasis on using advanced quantitative methods to disaggregate predictors of alcohol use initiation versus the early escalation of drinking. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island. Mentor: Kristina Jackson, Ph.D.

Matthew Meisel, Ph.D. (2015) in Behavioral and Brain Sciences from the University of Georgia. His research utilizes social network analysis to examine how network composition and structure are related to addictive behavior. Dr. Meisel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. Mentor: Nancy Barnett, Ph.D.

Mary Beth Miller, Ph.D. (2015) in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Her research aims to enhance understanding of the etiology of substance use disorders in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of treatment.  Dr. Miller is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mentor:  Kate Carey, Ph.D.

Mollie Miller, Ph.D. (2014) in Experimental Psychology from the University of Vermont.  Her research investigates the mechanisms contributing to increased smoking rates among vulnerable populations, particularly adults with comorbid psychopathology or substance dependence.  She is a fellow at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products in Washington, D.C. Mentor: Jennifer Tidey, Ph.D.

Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D. (2015) in Clinical Psychology from Clark University.  His research focuses on Latina/o mental health, health disparities, and cultural and contextual approaches to understanding psychopathology (depression and substance use disorders). Dr. Moreno is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.  Mentor: Lynn Hernandez, Ph.D.

Hayley Treloar Padovano, Ph.D. (2014) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri. Her research utilizes ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methods and a range of statistical techniques to model person- and contextual- level risk factors for the progression of alcohol involvement among adolescents and emerging adults.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University.  Mentor: Robert Miranda, Ph.D.

2016

Mark Celio, Ph.D. (2013) in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY).  He examines the behavioral economics of alcohol-related sexual decision making, while developing expertise in sexual minority health, qualitative research methods, and translational science. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University.  Mentor: Peter Monti, Ph.D.

Anne Fernandez, Ph.D. (2013) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island.  Her research focuses on mechanisms of change within BMIs as well as studying the impact of alcohol use on elective surgery.  She is an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.  Mentors: Brian Borsari, Ph.D. and Jane Metrik, Ph.D.

Carolina Haass-Koffler, Pharm.D. (2009) in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a translational investigator who coalesces preclinical and clinical research towards examining biobehavioral mechanisms of addiction and developing novel medications. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and in the Department of Behavior and Social Sciences at Brown University. Mentor: Robert Swift, M.D.

Shannon Kenney, Ph.D. (2006) in Sociology from Brown University.  Her research has focused on examining the predictors and mechanisms of substance misuse in adolescents and young adults. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. Mentor: Nancy Barnett, Ph.D.

Ethan Mereish, Ph.D. (2014) in Counseling Psychology from Boston College.  His research focuses on understanding the effects of social, psychological, and cultural determinants of health for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and racial/ethnic minorities as well as factors that promote their resilience.   He is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University in Washington, D.C.  Mentor: Robert Miranda, Ph.D.

Mollie Monnig, Ph.D. (2014) in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico.  Her research uses magnetic resonance imaging to study the brain’s white matter in alcohol use disorders.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University.  Mentor: Peter Monti, Ph.D.

Ali Yurasek, Ph.D. (2014) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis. She investigates mechanisms of change within BMIs and learning process coding to examine client and clinician utterances. to predict change talk and subsequent reductions in substance use, as well as exploring secondary gains associated with these interventions.  She is an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Health Education and Behavior department at University of Florida, Gainesville.  Mentor: Brian Borsari, Ph.D. and Anthony Spirito, Ph.D.