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 two cats, Allie and Curtis.

Contact: sblack1@uno.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Students

Lauren Aaron, M.A.

Lauren holds a B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina State University, and an M.A. in General/Experimental Psychology from the College of William & Mary. 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. Lauren is especially interested in methodological considerations of measuring and analyzing poverty and risk. She is a first-year doctoral student and heads the behavioral coding team in the BE-RAD lab. 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

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David R. Brabham, B.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 differential timing effects of trauma during pregnancy on child adjustment. When he’s not working he enjoys music, sports, and arguing about each of those.

Contact: drbrabh1@uno.edu

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Sarah Butt, M.S.

Sarah earned her B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of Mississippi in 2017. She is currently a Master’s student at the University of New Orleans and will graduate in July 2019. In the future, she would like to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist. She is excited to be a part of the BE-RAD lab and research attunement in parent-child dyads. She is especially interested in researching the relationship in the parent-child dyads of adopted families. Her non-academic interests include exploring New Orleans, kayaking Bayou St. John, and hanging out with her many pets and houseplants.

Contact: sbutt@my.uno.edu

Miranda L. Evans, B.S.

Miranda received her B.S. with honors from Oglethorpe University in 2017. While in undergrad, Miranda did independent research on peer and parental relationships and how they can be protective in stressful situations. Her current research interests are how individual differences and stressful experiences contribute to the development of psychopathology, particularly internalizing disorders. Miranda is excited to be working in the BE-RAD lab because it is an opportunity to learn more about research she is very interested in and work with great people! In her free time, Miranda likes to explore New Orleans and see theater.

Contact: mlevans1@uno.edu

Rachel M. Kaplan, B.A., B.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 affective 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 fulfil her insatiable sweet tooth). When she has free time, she enjoys spending it with her husband and two dogs.

Contact: rmkapla1@uno.edu

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Undergraduate Research Assistants

Jordan Herbert

Jordan is currently an undergraduate at the University of New Orleans, and is working to receive a B.S. in psychology in 2019. She hopes to receive a PhD in applied developmental psychology at the University of New Orleans. Her main psychological interests are childhood/adolescent development, subjective well-being, and the environmental factors surrounding development of affective disorders. She is excited to be a part of the BE-RAD lab and gain firsthand knowledge from distinguished professionals. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her cats.

Contact: jvherber@uno.edu