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WELL Center Graduate Students

PhD Students



Claire Trainor

Claire Trainor
cmt389@drexel.edu

Claire Trainor is a doctoral student working under the mentorship of Stephanie Manasse, PhD and Adrienne Juarascio, PhD. She completed her BA in Psychology and English at DePaul University in 2018. After graduating, Claire worked as a research coordinator at the University of California, San Francisco Eating Disorders Program where she coordinated a treatment trial and the clinic's research program. Claire's research interests include novel treatment development, emotion-regulation mechanisms, and eating disorders in underrepresented populations.

Michael Berry

Michael Berry
mpb334@drexel.edu

Michael Berry is a third-year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Evan Forman, PhD. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Yale University and worked as a research technician at Massachusetts General Hospital for two years prior to joining the WELL Center. He earned a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in 2021. His research interests center on optimizing behavioral coaching and technology-based lifestyle modification treatments, especially through use of intervention tailoring (e.g., assigning personalized or adaptive goals).

Christina Chwyl

Christina Chwyl
cmc646@drexel.edu

Christina Chwyl is a third year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Dr. Evan Forman. Her current research interests focus on how day-to-day changes in emotions and social relationships affect health and wellbeing. Prior to joining Drexel University, Christina received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Stanford University, and then worked as a research coordinator at Portland Psychotherapy studying the interpersonal effects of emotions.

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Kelsey Clark
kelsey.clark@drexel.edu

Kelsey Clark is a fifth year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Adrienne Juarascio, PhD. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Kelsey worked as a laboratory coordinator at the University of Kansas Center for the Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors before beginning her graduate studies. Kelsey’s research explores how treatments can better target emotion-related mechanisms that maintain eating pathology, and how to ensure that such advances in eating disorders treatment are effectively implemented in routine clinical practice. She is particularly interested in psychotherapies that target experiential avoidance, such as exposure- and acceptance-based interventions, and in improving clinician education in evidence-based practices.

Nikki Crane

Nikki Crane
nvt24@drexel.edu

Nikki Crane is a first year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Meghan Butryn, PhD. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia in 2014. After graduation, Nikki moved to Michigan where she worked as a research assistant at Wayne State University and also volunteered in the Food Addiction Science and Treatment Lab at the University of Michigan. Her research interests surround health-behavior decision making, including factors that impact engagement in physical activity, food choice and other weight maintenance behaviors. She is also interested in how aspects of our food environment influence weight management and the implications that has for public health.

Christina Felonis

Christina Felonis
cf687@drexel.edu

Christina Felonis is a first year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Adrienne Juarascio, PhD. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Theater from Bates College in 2017, she worked as the research coordinator for The Renfrew Center's network of eating disorder treatment facilities. Her research interests include elucidating affective and reward maintenance mechanisms in binge eating, and enhancing treatments for eating disorders through the use of technology.

Elizabeth Lampe

Elizabeth Lampe
ewl34@drexel.edu

Elizabeth Lampe is a doctoral student working under the mentorship of Stephanie Manasse, PhD. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and French from Bucknell University in 2018 and her Master's degree in Psychology from Drexel University in 2020. Prior to starting the PhD program at Drexel, Elizabeth worked under the supervision of Stephanie Manasse, PhD and Evan Forman, PhD on several funded clinical trials as a research coordinator and MS student. Her research interests include novel treatment development for eating disorders, particularly those targeting adolescents and athletes, and understanding affective processes maintaining binge eating and compensatory behaviors.

Drexel WELL Center Research Coordinator Megan Michael

Megan Michael
mlm582@drexel.edu

Megan Michael is a doctoral student working under the mentorship of Adrienne Juarascio, PhD. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with a minor in Addiction and Recovery from the University of Alabama. After graduating, she worked as a research coordinator at the Drexel University WELL Center. Her research interests are primarily focused on co-occurring substance use disorders in individuals with eating disorders.

Drexel WELL Center Research Coordinator Emily Presseller

Emily Presseller
ekp55@drexel.edu

Emily Presseller is a doctoral student working under the mentorship of Adrienne Juarascio, PhD. She graduated in 2018 from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Psychology and English. After graduating, she worked as a research coordinator at the Drexel University WELL Center. Emily’s research interests include illness trajectory, predictors of relapse and recovery, and evaluating treatment efficacy in eating disorder.

Olivia Wons

Olivia Wons
obw23@drexel.edu

Olivia Wons is a first year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Adrienne Juarascio, PhD. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Public Health from American University in 2017. Prior to starting at Drexel, Olivia spent two years working as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Eating Disorders and Clinical Research Program. Olivia’s research interests are focused on understanding the relationship between exercise and eating disorder pathology and studying eating disorders in athletes. She is particularly interested in exploring exercise motives in eating disorders and the overlapping mechanisms between anxiety, eating disorders, and exercise pathology.

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Jasmine Sun
jus324@drexel.edu

Jasmine is a second-year doctoral student under the mentorship of Dr. Evan Forman. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 2019 and then acted as a research coordinator at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research interests include the use of games for promoting health, and the mediators and moderators of such effects. She is also interested in the gamification of existing therapies or treatments.

Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor
lct42@drexel.edu

Lauren Taylor is a first-year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Evan Forman, PhD. In 2020, she graduated with honors from Lehigh University with a BA in Psychology and Health, Medicine, and Society. After graduating, she worked as a research coordinator at the Drexel University WELL Center. Lauren’s primary research interests are focused on developing and improving treatments for obesity and eating disorders.

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Jianyi Liu
jl4528@drexel.edu

Jianyi Liu is a first-year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Adrienne Juarascio, PhD. She earned her BS degree in clinical psychology from University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2020, where she worked as a research assistant at UCSD Eating Disorder Center. Then in 2021, she graduated with an MA in clinical psychology from Northwestern University, where she worked as a graduate research assistant at Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies. After graduating, she worked as a program coordinator in a psychiatric unit for treatment and research in China. Jianyi's research interests include testing and developing novel eating disorder treatment to improve patients' long-term outcome maintenance, and also improving access to proper care for eating disorder population.

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Ross Sonnenblick
rs3725@drexel.edu

Ross Sonnenblick is a first-year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Adrienne Juarascio, PhD. He graduated from Tufts University in 2020 with a BA in Psychology. After that, he worked for two years as a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ross is interested in incorporating positive psychology and brief, technology-based interventions into the treatment of disordered eating.

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Reena Chabria
rsc69@drexel.edu

Reena Chabria is a first-year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Meghan Butryn, Ph.D. After graduating from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience, Reena worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research interests focus on exploring how psychosocial factors and social determinants of health (SDOH) influence the health outcomes of patients with chronic illnesses. She is also interested in exploring the use of behavioral interventions to promote healthy behavior change and increase the accessibility of care.

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Laura D’Adamo
lad374@drexel.edu

Laura D’Adamo is a first-year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Drs. Stephanie Manasse and Adrienne Juarascio. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2018 with a BA in Psychology. After graduating, she worked as a research coordinator at the Drexel University WELL Center. Her research interests focus on using technology to improve interventions for eating disorders, identifying predictors of treatment engagement and outcome, and using novel strategies to disseminate evidence-based digital interventions from research to practice.

MS Students



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Hannah Dart
hed52@drexel.edu

Hannah Dart is originally from Australia, and has also lived in China and Toledo, Ohio. She attended Southern Methodist University where she was a varsity rower, and majored in Applied Physiology and Health Management and English. Through the Applied Physiology major, she became interested in health behaviors and health promotion, and is particularly interested in the utilization of technology to improve compliance to health recommendations. She has worked in SMU’s Health Psychology and Anxiety and Depression labs on mindfulness, and depression and gait studies. She enjoys reading, playing video games, hiking, baking, writing and reading. 

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Lucy Wetherall
lw854@drexel.edu

Lucy Wetherall is an MS student and research coordinator working under the mentorship of Dr. Stephanie Manasse. In 2022 she graduated summa cum laude from St. Mary's College of California, where she majored in psychology and minored in women's and gender studies. There, she conducted her Senior Honors Thesis on the connection between avoidant restrictive food intake disorder and autism. Her research interests center around eating disorders in youth and eating disorder treatment interventions and efficacy. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

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Kate Worwag
kw3243@drexel.edu

Kate is a first-year master student working under the mentorship of Dr. Erica LaFata. She grew up in Colorado but chose to study abroad in the Netherlands for her undergraduate degree. In June 2022 she received her BS from the University of Groningen. She also attended Arizona State University as part of her minor in neuroscience. Here, she held a position as an undergraduate research assistant in a Behavioral Neuroscience Lab investigating the effect of stress and depression on spatial memory. This allowed her to deepen her interest in psychology and simultaneously incorporate more biological and neuroscientific approaches as well. She is interested in how these domains might be helpful when looking at food and sugar addiction, mood and eating disorders. In her free time, Kate enjoys hiking, going to the gym, traveling, baking and reading.

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Alyssa Giannone
arg349@drexel.edu

Alyssa Giannone is a first-year MS student working under the mentorship of Paakhi Srivastava, Ph.D., and Adrienne Juarascio, Ph.D. She graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in Integrative Neuroscience and received a certificate in Evolutionary Studies. After graduating, she held various research positions at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, working with the NKI-Rockland Sample and Autism Spectrum Research Program. She has also worked as a recovery coach at Clementine Briarcliff Manor. Most recently, she worked as a research assistant at the Center for Integrated Healthcare at the Syracuse VA. Her research interests include eating disorder pathology, how determinants of mental health, health disparities, and contextual risk factors impact relationships with food, disordered eating, and body image. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.