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Lab Director

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

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Graduate Student

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

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Graduate Student

Lauren received her B.S. in psychology with a minor in biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. From there she went on to earn an M.S. in clinical mental health counseling where she studied filial therapy, and gained an interest in the connection between family interaction and the following behavioral symptomology in children. She hopes to expand upon her prior research in developmental and community models of prevention of disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders. In her free time, Lauren enjoys listening to music, bartending, and spending time with her dog and two cats.

Contact: lherbe1@uno.edu

Curriculum Vitae

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Graduate Student

Trang is a University of New Orleans alumnus who holds a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a graduate student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at UNO. Her research interests include learning about family stress and environmental effect in children socioemotional development. Trang is enthusiastic about working in the BE-RAD Lab to broaden her knowledge on behaviors and biomarkers in relation to psychopathology. In her free time, Trang enjoys singing karaoke and eating New Orleans’ famous Angelo Brocato gelato.

Contact: ttpham17@uno.edu

Curriculum Vitae

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Graduate Student

Elizabeth, also known as Libby, received her B.A. in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is currently working on obtaining her M.A. in Psychology, also, from Southeastern Louisiana University. Elizabeth is currently volunteering as a graduate research assistant in the BE-RAD Lab at UNO to expand her research experience. Elizabeth plans to continue her educational career in clinical psychology and is currently in the application process of pursuing a PhD. Her interests include conduct and behavior problems throughout development, forensic psychology, and adult psychopathology. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys singing, reading, and gardening. 
Contact: elizabeth.farizo@selu.edu

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Research Assistant

Abby is an undergraduate at UNO obtaining her B.S. in psychology, and is very grateful to be apart of the BE-RAD lab. She intends to pursue a doctoral program in School Psychology. Abby is interested in researching child psychopathology, particularly anxiety disorders. Besides assisting in the lab, Abby volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club here in New Orleans.

Contact: ajbuchho@uno.edu



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Kennen is an undergraduate at the University of New Orleans completing his B.S. in Psychology and is grateful to be a part of the BE-RAD lab. He intends to pursue a graduate degree in Neuroscience. Kennen is interested in researching trauma based neuroinflammation and its influence on depression and other factors. Outside the lab, Kennen coaches' cross country and soccer, likes to listen/write music, and is an avid Pelicans fan.

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Research Assistant

Hailee is an undergraduate student pursuing her B.S. in Psychology at the University of New Orleans. She plans to further her education by pursuing a Ph.D in clinical psychology. She is interested in researching adult psychopathology and is specifically fascinated with stress and its relation to affective disorders in the workplace. She is pleased to be a part of the BE-RAD team and looks forward to expanding her research experience. In Hailee’s free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, exploring delicious restaurants in New Orleans, and listening to music.


  • Rachel M. Kaplan, M.S.

  • David Brabham

  • Miranda Evans

  • Martin Tallent, B.S.

  • Sara Meunier, B.S.

  • Cheyenne Gilchrist, B.S.

  • Madelyn McGovern, B.S.

  • Lydia K. R. Barbry, B.S.

  • Austin Cortiz

  • Britt Baudier

  • Sarah Butt

  • Liz Dockter

  • Jordan Herbert

  • Meredith Knauer

  • Mariah McGowan

  • Tyler Ramsey

  • Gabby Sheets