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

Joanie Wilbanks, M.Ed.

Joanie is currently a 6th 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. Joanie is currently completing her clinical internship at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, FL.

Kara Braunstein West, M.A.

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Kara Braunstein West is a 5th graduate student in the DAP Lab. Kara earned a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2014 and a M.A. in Experimental Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2016. Kara is broadly interested in examining risk and protective factors in families experiencing chronic stress, such as poverty or mental illness. Much of Kara's research has focused on understanding the role of physiological processes (e.g., respiratory sinus arrhythmia) in the development of children's self-regulation and subsequent psychosocial functioning. Kara is also very interested in advanced statistical techniques that are often necessary to answer these complex questions. Email:

Molly E. Hale, M.S.

Molly Hale is a 1st year in the DAP Lab. Molly earned her B.A. from the University of Washington in Community Psychology in 2017. She went on to complete a year-long post-baccalaureate position at George Mason University in the Clinical Psychology department. She then received her M.S. in Experimental Psychology in 2020 from William & Mary. Molly is an emotion researcher who seeks to better understand predictors of child psychopathology, specifically anxiety and depression, through the analysis of important socialization agents (e.g., parents and peers). She is interested in examining these pathways through both behavioral and physiological forms of assessment. Further, Molly is pursuing a quantitative minor into order to better apply advanced statistical techniques to answer these questions. Email: 

Andrea M. George, B.S.

Andrea George






Andrea George is a first year student in the DAP Lab. Andrea earned her B.S. from the University of Georgia in 2020. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant in the lab for 2 years, and did additional research assistantships at the University of Kentucky. Andrea's research focuses on youth internalizing disorders within a developmental psychopathology framework. She seeks to understand how contextual factors and individual characteristics can impact maladaptive emotional development and later psychopathology in youth by exploring emotion socialization and regulation processes in samples of varying risk. Email:


Marni Jacob, Ph. D.

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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.

Kristel Thomassin

Lab Director
Emotional Development & Mental Health Lab                                   
University of Guelph
Internship: NYU/Bellevue Hospital Child & Adolescent Psychology Track
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Harvard University

Diana Morelen, Ph.D.

Diana Morelen

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

Monica Whitehead, Ph.D.

Monica Whitehead

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
University of Cincinnati
Internship: Clinical Child/Pediatrics Psychology, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Integrated Pediatric Primary Care, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville PA

Anna Jones, Ph.D.

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Psychologist and Instructor
Transition Oncology Program
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Internship: Children's Hospital Colorado Pediatric Health Track
Postdoctoral fellowship: Pediatric Psychology-Akron Children's Hospital

Molly Davis, Ph.D.

Molly Davis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Postdoctoral Fellow
Penn Center For Mental Health
Department of Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Internship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Research Assistants

Annabelle Ebela Armah

Anna Hutchins

Hasssantou Diallo

Julia Pavon

Alden Loftis