/ Recent Alumni
Elliana Sherwin | Lab Coordinator - People & Projects
Ellie graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014. Though always interested in psychology and psychodynamic thinking, Ellie's love of writing and social advocacy motivated her to first study English and Anthropology. She pursued documentary filmmaking for three years before ultimately changing careers. Through visual storytelling and working with people, she found that clinical psychology was at the heart of her professional and intellectual pursuits. Dr. Beebe's lab provided the unique opportunity to make this transition into the field. The use of microanalysis in a deeply interpersonal setting has opened Ellie's eye to the possibilities of research and clinical intervention through interactive mediums, like film. She is now eager to build on these skill sets with a PhD in clinical psychology. Inspired by the work and community fostered in Dr. Beebe's Communication lab, Ellie hopes to conduct research that has direct, clinical application.
Emily Hersch, B.A. | Lab Coordinator - Media Management
Emily was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in New York City. She received her BA at Emory University with a double major in Psychology and Media Studies. Her previous research experience includes implementing and testing the efficacy of a remote psychoeducation program for caregivers at the Atlanta VA as well as recruiting and interviewing participants for a study investigating civilian trauma, PTSD, and clinical and physiological implications of trauma at the Grady Memorial Hospital. She currently volunteers with Mind Right, a tech nonprofit offering adolescents on-demand mental health coaching through a digital platform and is the practice manager for the Canarick Center, a psychotherapy practice located in Manhattan. She is enthusiastic about pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the near future.
Abigail Davis | Research Assistant
I graduated with a bachelor's in psychology from St. Olaf College in the spring of 2015. Since graduating I have worked on a mental health and substance use hotline and here at NYSPI as a lab assistant. I will be pursuing a degree in clinical social work starting in the fall of 2019 with the goal of being an child/adolescent therapist in an inpatient setting. Being a part of this lab has given me experience improving my research skills and the opportunity to work in a welcoming, warm environment with a fantastic group of peers.
Cassandra Malouta | Research Assistant
Cassie is from Marco Island, Florida. She attended Fordham University and majored in Psychology. Cassie is interested in pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is particularly interested in multicultural issues and psychoanalysis. Cassie loves working on the Mother Facial affect code and would like to complete research in her graduate education involving mother-infant communication in regards to Mother Facial Affect.
Natasha Yamane, M.A. | Research Assistant
Natasha received her MA in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and her BA in Psychology from Barnard College. She is interested in pursuing a PhD in the future and applying microanalysis to dyadic research in the context of developing social interventions for families of children with autism spectrum disorder. She is currently head of the vocal rhythm coding team and assists with everything from troubleshooting data issues to building computer programs for analysis. Natasha is also working in the Department of Neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center with Dr. Sylvie Goldman on her research in young children diagnosed with autism. In her free time, Natasha enjoys powerlifting and volunteers as a mentor in Apex for Youth, a nonprofit that provides educational, social, and recreational programming to underprivileged Asian and Asian American youth in NYC.
Jiaqi Liu | Lab Coordinator – Statistics, Research Assistant – Coder
After maintaining a BA at University of Toronto, Jiaqi moved to New York to broaden her knowledge in psychology by pursuing a Master's degree at New York University. With a great interest in the study of interpersonal relationships and attachment theory, she joined Dr.Beebe’s Communication Sciences Lab in 2019, working in the statistic team. She also codes mother-offspring vocal rhythm and wants to adopt the same procedure to analyze couples’ communication, which was her master research proposal. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology to study mood disorders (especially depression and bipolar) and treatments, potentially using microanalysis. Outside academia, she enjoys baking and wants to own her own little bakery after retirement.