Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Aidan Wright joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 after receiving a PhD in clinical psychology from Penn State University in 2012. Dr. Wright completed his clinical internship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Subsequently he completed an individual NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the University at Buffalo in 2013. The goals motivating Dr. Wright's work are (a) improve our basic understanding of the phenomena that make up personality disorders, (b) identify clinically actionable targets for intervention, and (c) develop novel ambulatory assessment methodologies and techniques. Dr. Wright primarily teaches graduate courses on advanced quantitative methodology (e.g., Structural Equation Modeling; Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis).
Brinkley Sharpe graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2013. She served as an indigent criminal defense investigator in Birmingham, AL until joining the Personality Processes and Outcomes Laboratory in August 2017 as the lab manager. Brinkley is interested in the application of clinical research to forensic settings and intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology in the future.
PhD Student, Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Marlissa Amole is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on the affective, behavioral, and physiological display of emotions in individuals in close relationships. She is particularly interested in the influence of psychopathology on positive and negative interactions in parent-child and romantic relationships.
Blessy Bellamy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a minor in Chemistry, and a certificate in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine Certificate. She joined the Personality Processes and Outcomes Laboratory in 2015 as the lab manager. She is now a graduate student in the Biomedical Masters Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
PhD Student, Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Betsy Edershile received her BA in psychology with minors in economics and French from Washington University in St. Louis. Beginning fall, 2016, she will be a first year student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is interested in the ways in which variations in normal and maladaptive personality affect decision-making and risk-taking behavior, especially in real world decisions.
PhD Student, Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Will Woods is a first year student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Pittsburgh. He previously received an M.A. in Social Science with an emphasis in Quantitative Methods from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy from Grand Valley State University. Will is interested in developing techniques to quantify individuals' unique profiles of affect, thought, and action as they interact with their social environments, and utilizing these profiles for clinical benefits.
Hot Metal Bridge Post-Baccalaureate Fellows
Taylor is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. She is interested in the link between atypical cognitive function and how it affects intrapersonal functioning and interpersonal relationships. When she graduates, she hopes to attend medical school and go on to further study either neurology or psychiatry.
Shen Chang is a junior majoring in Psychology and Business. She's interested in the research related to psychopathology and everyday life, and her favorite part of the research is how closely it can be apply to everyday life. She is still on the journey of finding her future career.
Jon is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. He is interested in the biological mechanisms that cause mental illness and the subsequent symptomology of those mental illnesses. When he graduates, he hopes to enroll in a medical science training program to continue studying neuropsychiatry and pursue a career in research.
Philip is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and pursuing a minor in neuroscience. He is interested in researching the relationship between personality, psychotherapy, and psychopathology and hopes to develop new methods to improve patient outcomes after psychotherapy. Upon graduation he intends to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.
Marc Khouzami recently graduated with a major in both Psychology and Sociology. He is particularly interested in the research related to the social aspects of technology and how people interact with it. His favorite part of research is finding out all of the practical applications of what he finds and applying it to his everyday life. He hopes to continue his education in a field that allows him to observe the social implications of technology and how people engage with it in an everyday setting.
Sarah is a Junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology, and minoring in Chemistry, English Literature, and Studio Arts. She is interested in neural basis of consciousness and metacognition, and hopes to direct her own research someday. After graduation, she will be pursuing this in a PhD program in cognitive science.
Alexa is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Psychology. She is interested in learning about how personality disorders affect interpersonal relationships and how environmental stressors can add to this effect. Her favorite part of research is collaborating with others to get a broader understanding of the topics at hand. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school to further study pediatrics and rheumatology
Mariah is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and pursuing a minor in Sociology. She is interested in understanding the everyday realities of individuals affected by various psychological disorders. Her favorite part of research is interacting with participants, as well as the potential to discover or further improve intervention approaches. Upon graduating, she hopes to gain more clinical experience and attend a graduate program for counseling psychology.
Linda is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and Anthropology. Her research interests lie at the intersection of psychopathology and health disparities. She is passionate to learn more about the implications of mental illness and social inequalities on individuals as well as societies. In her free time, she enjoys walking briskly, baking pie, and discovering local coffeeshops. Upon graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school for Public Policy.
Leqi is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and minoring in Applied Statistics. She is particularly interested in researching the causes and prevention related to schizophrenia and personality disorders. Her favorite part of the research is its focus on the connection between personality disorders and interpersonal relationships. After graduation, she hopes to attend a graduate program and get her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.
Nkeiruka is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chemistry and Economics. She is interested in the ways personality is affected by biopsychological functioning and disease. She is also interested in neuropharmacology. Her favorite part of research is the patient interaction, and upon graduation she hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology.
Samantha graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 2015 with a major in Psychology. She completed an Honors Thesis in the PPOL, which examined the effect of pathological narcissism on various domains of psychosocial functioning. She is primarily interested in how both overall and interpersonal functioning is affected by psychopathology, specifically in regard to Borderline Personality Disorder and pathological narcissism. In the future she intends to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.
Jillian is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. Her interests include the pathology and cognitive function of neurodegenerative diseases as well as psychiatric disorders. When she graduates, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. program.
Cynthia is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Psychology. Se is now pursuing a Master of Social Degree at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on Gerontology. Upon graduating she intends to gain clinical experience aiding the senior population and ultimately hopes to pursue a doctorate in social work. Her research interests include the development of personality pathology across the lifespan and the manifesting characteristics and challenges present among various age groups.
Jackie is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a concentration in clinical/counseling psychology. Her interests include couples research and observational data collection. She is particularly interested in how individual differences in personality and relationship qualities predict behaviors and outcomes in romantic relationships. Jackie is now a doctoral student in UCLA's clinical psychology program, where she works in the UCLA Marriage Lab with Dr. Tom Bradbury.
Lina received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She is interested in studying personality and interpersonal processes. She is also interested in studying how psychology and technology can be integrated together to study individuals interactions with the environment, and others, more accurately. She hopes to continue her education and attend graduate school in the coming years
Gabe is a senior at Carnegie Mellon University where he is pursuing a Bachelor's of Humanities & Arts in Psychology and Violin Performance with a minor in Neuroscience. He is particularly interested in studying maladaptive behaviors associated with personality disorders, specifically regarding the clinical implications of such research. Upon graduating, he hopes to pursue graduate work related to the intersections between psychology/neuroscience and public policy.
Kirsten Wong is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Public Service with a minor in Psychology. She is interested in the clinical implications of research in personality pathology and mental health policy. When she graduates, she hopes to obtain her masters in Public Administration, influencing policy in mental health, education, and social services.
Anna is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and pursuing a certificate in Public & Professional Writing. She is interested in researching the causes and treatments related to anxiety and mood disorders. Her favorite part of the research is its potential to improve real people’s quality of life. When she graduates she hopes to go on to get her Masters in Social Work.
Lorraine Scott graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and minors in Sociology and English Literature. She joined the Personality Processes and Outcomes Laboratory in 2016 as a Research Assistant. She is interested in interpersonal relationships, personality disorders, and attachment styles . After working in the lab, she hopes to attend attend graduate school to receive her Counseling PhD and become a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Mathi is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. He is interested in researching maintenance and continuation therapies for major depressive disorder. After graduation, he intends to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.