Anxiety & Trauma Lab
At The University of La Verne
Faculty
Aaron Baker, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology; received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California – Los Angeles in 2012.

My clinical and research interests are broadly focused on the treatment of Anxiety and Trauma-related disorders, with a public health perspective of making extant treatments more effective and ultimately more efficient.  My research explores cognitive and behavioral mechanisms in exposure-based treatment using subjective, objective (e.g., psychophysiology), and behavioral indices of fear and learning. This includes applying animal models of fear learning and extinction to exposure and looking at mechanisms of inhibition in the treatment of trauma, as well as exploring Cognitive memory mechanisms and how they interplay with Anxiety and Trauma.  

Beyond my academic work, I am an avid Boston sports fan, Star Wars nerd, and love spending time with my wife and 3 children.
Amy Demyan, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology and Program Chair of the MFT Program; received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University in Athens Ohio. I completed my APA Doctoral Internship at California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, I have earned an MA, with a Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) emphasis, in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.

My research interests focus on clinical practice, mindfulness, preventative psychoeducation, and mass-media communication. 
Graduate Students
Katherine Courtney, MS
4th-year Clinical Psy.D. student at the University of La Verne; M.S. in Clinical Psychology from University of La Verne in 2017.

My clinical and research interests are in mental health needs that are associated with traumatic experiences including posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic suicidality and personality disorders. I am particularly passionate about working with survivors of childhood and adult sexual trauma. 
I also have an interest in the use and evaluation of evidence-based treatment for these and other psychological needs. I am currently on my third practicum at Loma Linda Veterans Affairs Healthcare Systems where I provide individual and group therapy to veterans with various needs. Additionally, I conduct psychological assessments and work as part of an interdisciplinary team. My long-term professional goals are to grow within the VA system to serve diverse veterans with extensive trauma histories, while remaining active in outreach and advocacy for victims of sexual trauma.

In my free time I enjoy staying active by running, watching and attending sporting events, and traveling to new places any chance I get.
Brittany Tolstoy, MS
4th-year Clinical Psy.D. student at the University of La Verne; M.S. in Psychology from the University of La Verne in 2017; Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of La Verne in 2015. 

My research interests include treatment efficacy and the ability of current treatments in targeting non-symptom related difficulties including functional impairment and quality of life interfering behaviors. My clinical interests include rehabilitation psychology and the treatment of trauma and anxiety disorders within a military and Veteran population.

Outside of clinical and research activities, I enjoy being outdoors and traveling with family, friends, and my dog. I also really love baking and DIY Pinterest projects.

Kimberly Griffin
3rd-year Clinical Psy.D. student at the University of La Verne; Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach in 2015.

My clinical interests include trauma, mood disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, foster care, and adoption. I am currently working as a practicum trainee with Department of Mental Health Specialized Foster Care, where I do field-based work with children from zero to 14 years old. I work with children with a diverse range of diagnoses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, with a predominately Latino/a and African American population. I use TF-CBT and PCIT in my work. My career interests are working with a foster and adoption population in a community mental health setting.

As for my dissertation, I am looking at the attachment style of children of single parents, how it impacts their relationships, how it impacts their feelings of self-worth, and if other factors, such as multigenerational parenting, can moderate these relationships.

In my spare time, I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, and playing with animals.   
Katelyn Young
3rd-year Clinical Psy.D. student at the University of La Verne; Bachelors degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton in 2016.
 
My clinical interests include working with individuals who have trauma, depression, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders. I am currently working as a practicum trainee at the California Institution for Women where I provide individual and group therapy services to prison inmates who require various levels of mental health care. I work with inmates who voluntarily seek out psychological services as well as inmates who are required by the state to receive psychological services. My research interests include studying forensic populations, hospital populations, and treatments for trauma- and stressor-related disorders. I am also passionate about studying inmates’ ability to access psychological care both while incarcerated and after they are released.  My career goal is to work as a clinical psychologist in a correctional setting. 

Beyond my clinical and academic work I enjoy spending time with my three dogs, going to music festivals, and traveling. 

Emily Zhang
3rd-year Clinical Psy.D. student at the University of La Verne; Bachelors degree in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles in 2015.
My clinical interests include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and posttraumatic stress disorder. My dissertation aims to examine distress tolerance and perceived social support and ways in which they may act as vulnerability factors that affect alcohol use and coping styles among college students.
My career interests focus on working with a population struggling with addiction in a hospital or a community mental health setting. I completed my first practicum with the Tarzana Treatment Centers, where I provided treatment planning, chemical dependency counseling, mental health diagnoses, and individual psychotherapy and conducted skills-focused
groups and process-oriented group psychotherapy for patients with a dual diagnosis. I am currently on my 2nd practicum at Gateways CONREP, a forensic conditional release program where I provide group and individual psychotherapy to individuals who are deemed incompetent to stand trial or
are found not guilty by reason of insanity and write court reports to assist the California Court system to understand any psychological matters that are considered relevant to the legal proceedings.

In my spare time, I enjoy trying out all sorts of cuisine and traveling with my loved ones. I love traveling to different places because it always brings me new perspectives and broadens my horizons.
Jonathan Dougherty
2nd-year Clinical Psy.D. student at the University of La Verne; received my B.A. in Psychology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2017.

My areas of interest and research are medical trauma and how it differs between cultures, how social support along with group dynamics effects treatment outcomes in a hospital setting, how a patient's personal view of treatment effects the healing process, and practical therapeutic techniques for patients, as well as their family, diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Angelica Guerrero
2nd-year Clinical Psy.D. student at the University of La Verne.

My clinical and research interests include emotional regulation and the treatment of trauma-related disorders within a military population. Currently, I am on practicum at the Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House where I provide clinical services in English and Spanish to children with serious medical illnesses and their families. In addition to clinical services, my work also involves interacting with families in milieu and developing and leading workshops. I am also currently assisting in an epidemiological study of female sexual dysfunction. My long-term goal is to work in a Veterans Administration.

When I am not pursuing academic interests, I enjoy photography, watching documentaries, and traveling. 
Caitlin Shaw
2nd-year Clinical Psy.D. students at the University of La Verne.

I am currently enjoying my practicum experience at Youtherapy, a non-profit where we work with individuals of all ages from the community. I am interested in studying health psychology, social justice topics, and anxiety. I am currently involved in the Alcohol Use and Media Perceptions Study in the ATL lab.  

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and my pets.
   
Leah Sufrin
2nd-year Clinical Psy.D. students at the University of La Verne.
Bachelors degree in Human Development from Binghamton University in 2016.

My clinical interests include working with adolescents and young adults, particularly those facing anxiety and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. I am also interested in coping mechanisms used to mitigate psychological distress. I am currently a practicum trainee at the University of La Verne Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) where I provide individual therapy to ULV students presented with a wide variety of psychological struggles.

In my spare time, I enjoy cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, playing with my dog, painting, and relaxing at the beach.
Giselle Gomez 
1st Year Clinical Psy.D. student at the University of La Verne
Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of La Verne in 2018

My clinical interests include treatment of anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, and intimate partner violence. My ultimate goal is to provide high-quality mental health services to low-income communities. Outside of school, I work with domestic violence perpetrators at a counseling center that provides services for court-ordered individuals. I will start applying for my first practicum site soon and I am looking forward to that.

In my free time, I enjoy going on hikes with my family, traveling, and trying new food.
Cassandra Lloyd
1st-year Clinical Psy.D. student at the University of La Verne;
Bachelors degree in Psychology from Roger Williams in 2015.

My research interests include trauma, personality disorders, and I am interested in researching the impact of trauma on maintaining relationships. I hope to eventually work in treating individuals with borderline personality disorder using DBT.  

When I am not doing work, I enjoy knitting while watching crime documentaries or, if the sun is out, I spend as much time as I can reading by the pool.
Emily Romero
1st Year Clinical Psy.D. student at the University of La Verne
Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of California San Diego in 2016
  
My clinical interests include depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder. I am currently working as a mental health aide at the Emergency Screening Unit where I utilize trauma-informed care practices when working with children and adolescents in need of crisis stabilization. My research interests include the functional impairments in those with posttraumatic stress disorder and treatment dropout/efficacy amongst veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Eventually, I would like to work with veterans suffering from PTSD.
When I am not pursuing academic interests, I enjoy playing soccer, attending football games, and traveling    

Undergraduates
Chris Calzada
Current Undergraduate CAPA student at the University of La Verne majoring in Psychology, Graduating Fall 2020

After graduation, I will be applying to grad school in hopes of being accepted into a doctorate program in clinical psychology. My ultimate goal is to become a licensed clinical psychologist however, I am still undecided on which population I want to work with. My research interests are; trauma-related disorders, treatment of anxiety disorders, and multicultural issues, specifically LGBTQ related issues. I am currently the undergrad Co-President of Psi Chi and I am actively involved in the Presidential Ambassador Program at ULV as well.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to the beach, watching the Lakers games, hanging out with my family, and playing with my English Bulldog Bubba.
Samantha Liu
Current Undergraduate student at the University of La Verne majoring in Psychology and Child Development, Graduating January 2020

After graduation, I plan on attending a post-baccalaureate pre-med program so as to be admitted into med school in order to pursue pediatric psychiatry. I am primarily interested in working with adolescents 11-17 and in conducting my own clinical treatment research further on in my academic career. My research interests include; treatment of anxiety disorders as well as personality disorders, adolescent development, and multicultural issues.

On top of my involvement in ATL, I also tutor in psychology statistics and am the concert pianist for the University of La Verne. When I am not in class or working, I enjoy training in Muay Thai, hiking, catching up on sleep and spending time with my friends and family.
Louis Salinas
Current Undergraduate student at the University of La Verne  majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology

After I graduate from ULV, I plan to take a gap year before I attend medical school. I plan to be a physician in the U.S. military. My major goal is to give medical care to the underserved community. Some of my research interests include treatment of anxiety/trauma-related disorders, and the impact of mindfulness/self-compassion on stress responding and well-being. I am a volunteer tutor for homeless children, and I work as a peer tutor at the Academic Success Center for the STEM/Statistics cohort. 

For my free time, I am an avid traveler with my family to Tijuana and Ensenada. I have a passion for soccer since I used to play and I currently enjoy watching my teams play. I play the acoustic guitar and I enjoy going to Frank and Sons in the city of Industry.