Lab Director: Dr. Leanne Quigley
Dr. Leanne Quigley is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program in the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada and a clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Quigley’s research focuses on the interplay between cognitive and emotional factors in the etiology and treatment of emotional disorders, particularly depression and anxiety. She has studied biases in cognitive processes, such as executive functioning and attention, in depressed and remitted depressed populations. Some of her other projects have focused on emotion regulation and avoidance in depression, psychometric evaluation of measures of cognitive vulnerability factors, and cognitive mediation of treatment response in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression. Dr. Quigley teaches Statistics, Data Analysis, and Cognitive Therapy in the Ferkauf Clinical PsyD program. Click here to view Dr. Quigley's faculty page.
Caroline is a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program. As the lab’s research assistant, she assists in study administration and oversees assessment training for new students entering the lab. Caroline graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies from Williams College. Her honors thesis explored gender and sexuality in Jonestown and the Peoples Temple. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Caroline worked at a small PR firm, assisting media and tech companies with their public messaging. She is currently working with Dr. Quigley on a study that examines how difficulties with cognitive control may increase an individual’s vulnerability to depression. Independently, Caroline's dissertation will look at the effects of attachment style on support-seeking in depression.
Stephanie La Gamma
Stephanie is a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University and her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her master's thesis focused on the media's impact on perceptions of sexual offending. Prior to her graduate training at Ferkauf, Stephanie worked as a Psychiatric Technician on an inpatient unit at New York-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center. She is currently involved in research examining barriers to treatment for criminal justice-involved individuals diagnosed with personality disorders. Her dissertation will examine the influence of adverse childhood experiences on cognitive control in depressed adults. Stephanie's research and clinical interests include trauma-informed treatment as well as violence risk assessment and management of adults involved in the criminal justice system.
Sarah is a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University, where she completed an Honor’s Thesis examining the effects of affective expectations on experience in individuals varying in anhedonia. She also served as a research assistant in the McNally Laboratory throughout her undergraduate career. Sarah is currently working with Dr. Quigley on her Master’s thesis, a systematic review examining the relationship between depression and motivation for reward. Her primary research interests include depression, anhedonia, affective forecasting, reward motivation, and reward learning.
Hannah is a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program. She earned a B.A. in Psychology/Neuroscience from Yale University and a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She was an undergraduate research assistant at the Yale Child Study Center wherein she explored the biological-basis of autism spectrum disorder using EEGs. Hannah also was a research assistant in Yale’s OCD Research Clinic at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. She studied OCD using neurofeedback technology and fMRIs. At John Jay, she explored the construct of “successful psychopathy” in police officers through a longitudinal study. Hannah’s clinical interests center around forensic neuropsychology, while her research interests include cognitive inflexibility and executive functioning more broadly.
Courtney is a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy and Slavic Studies from Connecticut College and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The New School for Social Research. Prior to starting at Ferkauf, Courtney worked as a research assistant at the Substance Use Research Center of New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is currently an extern at New York Presbyterian-Westchester Behavioral Health's Substance Use Recovery Unit and the Database Coordinator for the Clinical PsyD program. Her research and clinical interests include the functions of substance use, identity continuity, and mood disorders.
Caroline is the lab's research coordinator. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining the lab, Caroline was a research assistant at Montefiore Medical Group's Behavioral Health Integration Program, at the Hebrew Home for the Aged, and the Memory and Aging Lab at Fordham University. She is currently working with Dr. Quigley on a study looking at cognitive control and vulnerability to depression to identify how thinking difficulties and depression are linked. Caroline's master's thesis focused on comorbid mental and chronic physical health concerns in late-life, with specific focus on diabetes, depression, and suicidality. Her primary research interests include cognition, aging, and chronic illness.