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.
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.
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.
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.
Honors Thesis Students
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.
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.
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.