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.

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Caroline Capute

Caroline is a fourth-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. Email:

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Stephanie La Gamma

Stephanie is a fourth-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. 


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Sarah Horne

Sarah is a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University, where she worked in the McNally Laboratory studying anxiety disorders and depression. Her undergraduate thesis examined the effects of affective expectations on experience in individuals varying in anhedonia.  Sarah’s research at Ferkauf has centered around understanding the relationship between depression and motivation.  For her Research Project I, Sarah conducted a systematic review of the willingness to expend cognitive versus physical effort for rewards in anhedonic and depressed individuals. She is currently working on her Research Project II, in which she is testing the effectiveness of an affective forecasting manipulation to increase the willingness to expend cognitive effort in depressed and anhedonic individuals.  Her primary research interests include depression, anhedonia, affective forecasting, motivation, and reward learning. Email:

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Hannah Samson

Hannah is a third-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 Townsend

Courtney is a third-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.  Email:

Akiva Gornish

Akiva is a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program. He earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State University and a B.A. in Psychology from Kean University where he published a study examining differences in the student populations of condensed and full term courses. Prior to his graduate studies at Ferkauf, Akiva worked as a supervisor at a special education service and volunteered as a crisis counselor for the Crisis Text Line. His clinical and research interests include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotherapy integration. Email:

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Kaitlin Levin

Kaitlin is a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program. She earned a B.A. in psychology and religious studies from Northwestern University before completing a master's degree in social psychology at Arizona State University. Prior to attending Ferkauf, Kaitlin spent several years working as a trial consultant for a Chicago-based litigation strategy firm. She is currently externing at the Marymount Manhattan Counseling and Wellness Center. Her primary research interests include the role of metacognition and mindfulness in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of mood disorders. Email:

Aryeh Schwartz

Aryeh is a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program. He earned a B.A in Psychology with a minor in Marketing Management from Touro College. Prior to his doctoral training at Ferkauf, Aryeh worked as a research assistant at the Emotion Regulation Lab at Hunter College, where he helped conduct experiments investigating emotion regulation, anxiety, and attention bias. His first doctoral clinical placement was at the Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Center, and this year he will be working as an extern at The Manhattan Psychiatric Center. Aryeh’s clinical interests center around psychotherapy integration and providing psychoeducation and treatment to underserved populations. His research interests include the cognitive mechanisms of depression, particularly the deficits in autobiographical memory and future thinking present in mood disorders, which will be the focus of his Research Project I.


Chloe Hirschowitz

​​Chloe is a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Hunter College while volunteering for a research study exploring PTSD in World Trade Center first-responders. Prior to attending Ferkauf, Chloe worked at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center investigating topics ranging from childhood trauma to sexually transmitted infections in minoritized teens and young adults. She also spent some time volunteering as an emergency room advocate for sexual assault and intimate partner violence survivors. Chloe is currently externing at Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Program. Her clinical and research interests include anxiety, depression, PTSD, and sexual wellbeing in adolescents and young adults. Email:

Eli Silverman-Lloyd

Eli is the lab's research coordinator. He earned his B.S. in Psychology from Oberlin College prior to joining the lab. Eli was a research assistant the Rhode Island Hospital working on a NIH-funded study testing a dyadic web-based dating violence intervention program that teaches healthy dating relationships, emotion regulation, and communication skills for middle-school boys. Contact Eli for any questions about the research study or the lab: