Director of the Development and Psychopathology Lab

Cynthia Suveg, Ph.D.


B.S. Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. University of Maine (Developmental-Clinical Track)
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Temple University

Office: Room 161
Phone: (706) 542-1173
Fax: (706) 542-8048

Graduate Students

Monica Whitehead, M.S.


Monica is currently a 6th year graduate student in the Development and Psychopathology Lab. She is completing her pre-doctoral internship at Geisinger Medical Center. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University with honors in both Psychology and Mathematics and then went on to complete her Master's degree at Eastern Illinois University in 2011 in Clinical Psychology. During her time at EIU, Monica studied the relationship between intrusive parenting, emotion regulation, and anxiety. At UGA, Monica has enjoyed continuing her work with anxious youth, specifically, examining social functioning of this population, understanding their nuances in emotion regulation, and exploring factors related to treatment outcome. Currently, Monica is conducting research concerning children’s predictors of the therapeutic alliance during early, mid, and late portions of treatment for anxiety.

Anna Jones, M.S.


Anna is a 5th year clinical graduate student in the Development and Psychopathology Lab. While an undergraduate at UGA, Anna worked with Dr. Suveg researching an emotion-focused cognitive behavioral treatment for children with anxiety disorders. After undergrad, Anna worked for Dr. Eric Storch at the University of South Florida researching modified treatments for kids with autism and comorbid anxiety disorders, as well as impairment-focused treatments for kids with tic disorders, and finally research with both the etiology and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Anna was born and raised in Marietta, GA and her general research interests include the etiology and treatment of childhood anxiety and related disorders and school reluctance in anxious youth. 

Molly Davis, M.S.


Molly is currently a 5th year graduate student in the Development and Psychopathology Lab. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2012 and joined Dr. Suveg's lab the following fall. At Emory, Molly wrote an honors thesis on factors contributing to low positive affect in infants of mothers with a history of depression and/or anxiety. As an undergraduate, Molly also researched the effects of academic case study competitions on students' levels of salivary cortisol and testosterone. In the Development and Psychopathology Lab, Molly has continued to pursue her interest in child positive affect, conducting several projects examining the implications of children's positive emotions for their overall adjustment.  Additionally, Molly is interested in how aspects of the parent-child relationship (both physiological and behavioral) relate to children's socioemotional well-being. 

Joanie Bilms, M.Ed.

Joanie is currently a 2nd year graduate student in the Development and Psychopathology Lab.  She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2012 and continued on to Vanderbilt University to complete her Master’s degree in Human Development Counseling in 2015.  While at Columbia, Joanie worked on projects investigating treatment outcomes for individuals with OCD.  While at Vanderbilt, Joanie worked on a study evaluating novel prevention and intervention efforts for students with severe learning disabilities.  Joanie is excited to join the Development and Psychopathology Lab, and she is interested in conducting research on risk and protective factors for the development of psychopathology in children, and the role that different familial processes and contextual factors play in children’s adjustment and socioemotional development.

Kara Braunstein, M.A.


Kara is a 1st year graduate student in the Development and Psychopathology Lab. Kara graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Psychology in 2014. Following graduation, Kara completed her master's degree in Experimental Psychology at William & Mary under Dr. Janice Zeman. Kara's research interests center on emotion as it relates to child development (i.e., emotion regulation & emotion socialization). 


Marni Jacob, Ph. D.


Private Practitioner
Boca Raton, FL
Internship: University of Florida Health Sciences Center
Postdoctoral Fellowship: The Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry at the University of South Florida

Kristel Thomassin, Ph. D.


Assistant Professor
School of Psychology
University of Ottawa
Internship: NYU/Bellevue Hospital Child & Adolescent Psychology Track
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Harvard University

Diana Morelen, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
East Tennessee State University
Internship: Virginia Treatment Center for Children
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan

Research Assistants



An active member of the lab, Spencer serves as a willing critic of study procedures and provides invaluable assistance with the refinement of study protocols. He is currently focused on the development of language, motor, and socioemotional skills. In the future, Spencer hopes to drive fire trucks, race cars, or really anything with a motor.

Lindsey Powell

Kat Barker

Sarah Still

Tony Rhone