Advanced Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow
Jessica D. Nasser, Ph.D.
Dr. Nasser received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duke University in Durham, NC, and her masters and doctoral degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She completed her predoctoral internship at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine in Charleston, WV, where she conducted assessment and therapy with adolescents and adults suffering from eating, anxiety, depression, and emotion regulation difficulties. Throughout her training, she has worked in inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient settings with children, adolescents, and adults.
Dr. Nasser is currently completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Emory at the Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP) and at the Department of Psychology’s Healthy Eating and Weight Support Lab (HEWS). Dr. Nasser specializes in using evidence-based treatments to help adolescents and young adults who are struggling with anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and body image concerns. Dr. Nasser’s research examines mechanisms of action in mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral therapies and investigates underlying causes of disordered eating behavior.
Dr. Nasser is also fluent in Spanish and is able to work with Spanish-speaking patients.
Advanced Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students
Allie Macdonald, MA
Allie is an advanced doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Emory University. After she graduated from Emory University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology, she went on to work as a research coordinator for the North American Prodromal Longitudinal Study (NAPLS), a large multi-site project focused on identifying precursors to psychosis in youth. Allie's masters thesis examined the relationship between corticolimbic brain characteristics and social cognitive deficits in adolescents at risk for serious mental illness. Her current research is focused on studying the effect of stress and environmental experiences on brain development in children and adolescents and understanding how these changes increase risk for internalizing and externalizing problems. At CAMP, Allie specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavior Activation (BA), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for children and adolescents, and co-leads DBT Skills Training groups.
Meg Martinez, MA
Meg is an advanced doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Emory. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale University. After college, Meg worked as a research assistant at the Eating Disorders Research Unit at Columbia University, where she coordinated a multi-site clinical trial of a novel pharmacological intervention for Anorexia Nervosa. Meg's research is interested in the development and evaluation of novel psychotherapeutic interventions for eating disorders; her master's thesis explored the effects of a brief mindfulness intervention on implicit reactions towards food stimuli. Clinically at CAMP, Meg specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and in the treatment of eating disorders.
Joya Hampton, M.Ed., M.A.
Joya is an advanced doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Emory University. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Spanish from Vanderbilt University in 2011, and her Master's degree in Child Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2013. Her research interests include the psychosocial factors that lead to non-restrictive eating pathology in children. She is also interested in cross-cultural psychology and its implications for disparities in mental health development, prognosis, treatment and how these inequalities inform culturally competent clinical practice and research. Her master’s thesis was an analysis of the relationship between stress, weight, and atypical antipsychotic use in youth at clinical high risk for psychosis. Current work involves an analysis of a psychosocial differential risk model of increased weight in minority children. Joya co-leads child anxiety groups and sees individual patients at CAMP.
Katrina Bridgman Goines, M.A.
Katrina is an advanced doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Emory. She graduated from the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in both biochemistry and psychology. After college she went on to complete a graduate Honor’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Africa before moving to the US and working in ADHD research at Boston Children’s Hospital for a few years. As a graduate student at Emory, Katrina joined the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study (NAPLS), a large multi-site project focused on identifying precursors to psychosis in youth, and her master’s thesis explored the prevalence and clinical significance of an ADHD diagnosis in this population. Her research interests include early childhood psychopathology as a risk factor, and early identifier, for later mental illness, as well as the impacts of stressful life events and resilience factors on the development of psychopathology. At CAMP, Katrina specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for children and adolescents and co-leads DBT Skills Training groups.
Aubrey Toole, M.A.
Aubrey is an advanced doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Emory University. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from UC Berkeley where she completed an honors thesis investigating eating and weight issues in college women. After graduation, Aubrey served as the clinic coordinator of the UC Santa Barbara Koegel Autism Center where she also worked a behavioral aide for children and young adults with an autism spectrum disorder. Aubrey’s current research is focused on mindfulness- and compassion-based approaches to the prevention and treatment of body image concerns and disordered eating. Her master’s thesis examined the effect of self-compassion meditation on body image concerns in young adult women. Clinically, Aubrey is interested in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and eating disorders, as well as body image concerns and trauma.
Kate is a recent graduate from Cornell University. There she received her bachelor's degree in Human Development with a concentration in Cognitive Development. She works full time as a research coordinator at CAMP.
Valeria Tretyak, MSc, MRes.
Valeria recently moved to the United States, after graduating from University College London with a Master's degree in Brain Sciences, where she specialized in the investigation of how premature birth impacts cognitive and motor development in infants. Prior to that she completed a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, from City University of London. She currently works as a part time research assistant both at CAMP and with Dr. Justine Welsh, and aims to pursue a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in the near future.