Lab Director

Sarah R. Black, Ph.D.

Sarah Black is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Orleans. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Her research interests lie broadly in the area of developmental psychopathology, with particular interest in the mechanisms by which normative hormonal, social, and environmental events of childhood and adolescence can be disrupted and lead to increased risk for depression. She is further interested in how parenting, parental psychopathology, and stress may interact with biological processes to leave children and adolescents especially vulnerable to psychopathology across the lifespan. In her free time, Dr. Black enjoys cooking, exploring the New Orleans theater scene with her husband, and wrangling her young son, Max.

Contact: sblack1@uno.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Students

Lauren Aaron, M.A., M.S.

Lauren holds an M.A. in General/Experimental Psychology from the College of William & Mary and an M.S. in Applied Psychology from UNO. Her research interests focus on the effects and experiences of poverty and environmental risk on children and families, and she has published work on how having a parent incarcerated in jail or prison uniquely impacts children in middle childhood. She is especially interested in methodological considerations of measuring and analyzing poverty and risk. Lauren is a fourth-year doctoral candidate and research coordinator for the BE-RAD lab, and she also heads the lab's behavioral coding team. In her non-academic time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her two children, teaching a variety of fitness classes, and exploring the cultural experiences of New Orleans.

Contact: laaron2@uno.edu

Curriculum Vitae

David R. Brabham, M.S.

David obtained a B.S. in psychology from the University of Washington. He spent time during and after his undergrad researching children’s academic attitudes and self-concept in Dr. Dario Cvencek’s lab at UW’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. He is currently a doctoral student in UNO’s applied developmental psychology program, where he works under Drs. Sarah Black and Laura Scaramella. His research interests include parent-child physiological attunement, as well as parenting consistency's associations with child behavioral outcomes. The latter was the topic of his recently accepted master's thesis. When he’s not working he enjoys music, sports, and arguing about each of those.

Contact: drbrabh1@uno.edu

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Miranda L. Evans, M.S.

Miranda received her B.S. with honors from Oglethorpe University in 2017 and her M.S. from the University of New Orleans in 2019. Miranda is interested in comorbidity in psychopathology particularly within internalizing disorders. She is excited to be working in the BE-RAD lab because it is an opportunity to learn more about researching internalizing disorders and the biological processes related to the development of internalizing disorders. In her free time, Miranda likes to explore New Orleans and see theater performances.

Contact: mlevans1@uno.edu

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Rachel M. Kaplan, M.S.

Rachel graduated summa cum laude with honors from Salem State University in 2016, with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy. Her primary focus is on behavioral endocrinology in relation to child and adolescent psychopathology. Specifically, she is fascinated by the intersection of puberty, hormones, and the symptomology of psychological disorders. Rachel joined the BE-RAD Lab in early 2019 to investigate cortisol reactivity and affective disorders in children. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology and intends to apply her knowledge to both the clinical and research realms of psychology. Rachel’s non-scholarly interests include nature walks, referential humor, and tasting as many of the fantastic culinary creations that New Orleans has to offer (and trying to fulfill her insatiable sweet tooth). When she has free time, she enjoys spending it with her two dogs and two kittens.

Contact: rmkapla1@uno.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Research Assistants

Lydia Barbry

Lydia is an undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Psychology at the University of New Orleans. She Plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a focus on adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She looks forward to exploring the parent-child dynamic and its effects on inherited disorders within the BE-RAD Lab. In her free time, Lydia enjoys painting, music, and the company of her two cats.

Contact: lkbarbry@uno.edu

Britt Baudier, B.S.

Britt is an alumna of UNO, having graduated with a B.S. in Psychology in 2016. She is currently attending UNO to finish a secondary B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and will be graduating this fall. She is aiming to attend graduate school next fall to begin working towards a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include the respective roles of "nature" and "nurture," as well as the neuroscience of the development of psychological disorders in teens and young adults. She is very excited to be a part of the BE-RAD lab and is looking forward to gaining research experience. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Contact: babaudi1@uno.edu

Liz Dockter, B.S.

Elizabeth is an undergraduate completing her B.S. in Psychology, and also has a B.S. in Zoology from North Dakota State University. She hopes to complete a Ph.D. in Psychology after graduation. She is looking forward to the education and experience she will receive participating in the BE-RAD lab. In her free time, she enjoys movies, cooking, and exploring the city.

Contact: edockter@uno.edu

Sarah Meunier

Sarah is an undergraduate completing her B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology at UNO. She plans to pursue graduate school in clinical or counseling psychology with a focus on child psychopathology. Sarah is grateful for the opportunity of working in the BE-RAD lab and gaining research experience. Outside of academics, Sarah loves to teach children’s dance classes and spend time with her dog.

Contact: smmeunie@uno.edu

Trang Pham, B.S.

Trang is a University of New Orleans alumnus who holds a B.S. in Psychology. She works in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis providing interventions for children in the New Orleans Metro Area. In the future, Trang hopes to obtain a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. Her research interests include learning about developmental patterns and the environmental effects that influence behaviors in youth. Trang is grateful to be a member of the BE-RAD lab where she will gain beneficial knowledge about the research process. In her free time, she likes to explore the different streets of New Orleans with friends.

Contact: ttpham17@uno.edu

Marty Tallent

Marty is an undergraduate completing his B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish at UNO. He is interested in counseling and harm-reduction based recovery. He has been trained in National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) acupuncture, meditation, and has been involved in recovery-based groups, such as Refuge Recovery. He enjoys riding his bike, listening to music, and doing crossword puzzles.

Contact: mptallen@my.uno.edu