/ Lab Members
Beatrice Beebe, PhD | Lab Director
As a leading expert in the analysis of mother-infant interaction, Dr. Beatrice Beebe is a clinical professor of psychology at Columbia University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department. She is faculty at several psychoanalytic institutes, and has a private practice for adults and mother-infant pairs. She is author or co-author of six books. Her work focuses on the mutual mother-infant bond and optimizing 4-month infant social development. Her studies examine; the roles of infant distress and maternal distress (such as depression and anxiety) on mother-infant communication; the effects of early mother-infant communication patterns on emerging infant attachment styles and infant cognition; the long-term continuity of communication and attachment styles from infancy to young adulthood.
Nurdan Emanet, M.A. | Project Coordinator
Nur received her BA from Bogazici University, Istanbul. During her last year at Clinical Psychology Masters Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, she enrolled Dr. Beebe's Communication Sciences Lab as a research assistant to advance her knowledge in developmental psychology within the scope of mother-infant communication and infant social-emotional development. Currently, she manages Dr. Beebe and Dr. Herbstman's NIH funded project: "Prenatal endocrine-disrupting chemicals and social/cognitive risk in mothers and infants: Potential biologic pathways." At the same time, she works as a research assistant at Dr. Kimberly Noble's Neurocognition, Early Experience, and Development (NEED) Lab. Nur is interested in understanding the effects of early adverse environmental experiences on children's social, cognitive and neurological development. In the future, she hopes to develop better interventions to optimize child development especially in underprivileged communities.
Rachel Ende, LMSW | Research Assistant
I grew up in Los Angeles, California and moved to New York City to attend Barnard College of Columbia University. I graduated in 2016 with a BA in Psychology. After college, I had the opportunity to attend New York University for a Masters in Social Work. I am now an LMSW practicing psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Training Institute for Mental Health Sarah Meehan Center. My previous research experience includes PTSD treatment for combat veterans at the Weill Cornell Medical College Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress; the Minority Conflict and Mediations lab and a Mindfulness Meditation lab at Barnard. I hold a certificate in Trauma-Informed Care from SUNY Buffalo.
Lila Bruynesteyn | Lab Coordinator - People & Projects
Raised in New York City, Lila studied in Canada and the Netherlands, and received her BA in Psychology from McGill University in 2018. Prior to joining Dr. Beebe’s team, Lila interned with the NY Police Department’s Counseling Unit, where she led group counseling sessions for officers sidelined due to incidents of alcohol abuse and domestic violence. She currently is employed by the Center on Addiction, working on Dr. Aaron Hogue’s Adolescent and Family Research team. She assists in the development of family-based interventions for adolescent substance abuse and externalizing behaviors. Lila is interested in child development and substance abuse, and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Robert DelGaudio | Research Assistant
Robert is from Staten Island, NY who is an undergraduate psychology major at the City College of New York with an interest in borderline personality disorder specifically. Robert joined the lab through the psychology club at City College. As a volunteer research assistant and part of the stats team, he oversees all the data entry and creates tables, figures, and graphs for papers and presentations. Ultimately, Robert hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. Apart from psychology, he plays guitar and has an interest in exploring music theory outside of academia.
Ariyan Bowman | Research Assistant
Ariyan is a student from Charlotte, NC who is inspired by the world of psychology. While studying at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she decided to take a leap of faith and move to New York in efforts to obtain hands on experience in the field. Since working with Dr. Beebe, she has become immersed in mother-infant attachment and wants to continue research in the future. Her goals are to pursue a PhD in a Clinical Psychology program that focuses heavily on research. Later, she would like to start her own practice and specialize in the treatment of traumatized mothers. In her free time, Ariyan loves to indulge in the arts, whether it be painting, film, or photography.
Sevgi Carney, M.Ed, M.A. | Research Assistant
Sevgi is currently working towards getting licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and finishing up her post-graduate program at Columbia University — The College of Physicians and Surgeons in order to become as a certified parent-infant psychotherapist. Along with Dr. Beebe's lab, she also completed a research assistantship position at Dr. Nim Tottenham's Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab (DAN Lab) at Columbia University. In her future doctoral program, Sevgi is interested in understanding intergenerational persistence of mental health, how emotional development and the gut microbiome are affected by early childhood experiences (particularly those of adversity), and how parents regulate these processes in their children.
Gavkhar Abdurokhmonova, M.S. | Research Assistant
Born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Gavkhar received her BA combined with MA in Psychology from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. As a primarily research oriented program, it laid the foundation for her interest in research in clinical psychology. Gavkhar's developing passion for psychology and her willingness to apply theory in practice motivated her to pursue a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University, Brooklyn. In her last year in the program, she joined Dr. Beebe's Communication Sciences Lab, where she loves working on the Mother Touch code and assisting in mother-infant interaction filmings. As a part of Dr. Beebe's research team, Gavkhar learned about the immense capacities of microanalysis in clinical research, which inspired her to consider it for her own research and clinical practice in the future. Gavkhar is interested to pursue a PhD in Clinical or Developmental Psychology. Outside of academia, she loves to play piano and learn foreign languages in order to explore diverse cultures and ethnicities.