Lab Members
Regina Miranda, Ph.D.
Lab Director
Ana Ortin-Peralta, Ph.D.
My research focuses on understanding the developmental pathways of suicidal behavior from childhood to young adulthood. I am interested in identifying the age-specific risk factors and mechanisms associated with suicidal behavior at each developmental period. I have been awarded with a Pilot Grant from the American Foundation of Suicide Research (2017-2019) to study the intergeneration transmission of suicidal behavior with colleagues at NYS Psychiatric Institute and different universities in Finland.
    
Research Associate
Jhovelis Mañaná, B.A.
I graduated from Baruch College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Survey Research. I have a professional background in data collection and survey research, and intend to pursue a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I am interested in examining the interplay between the precursors to suicidal ideation and self-actualization. I take particular interest in the role that family plays in helping children and adolescents lead successful lives.
    
Lab Manager
Lillian Polanco-Roman, M.A.
I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. I am interested in how cultural experiences increase risk for or protect against suicidal behavior among racial and ethnic minority adolescents and emerging adults.  My dissertation research examines models of racial discrimination as forms of traumatic stress, and cognitive mediators of its relation to suicidal ideation and attempts. 
    
Doctoral Student
Mani Garcia, M.A.
I am a doctoral student in the CUNY Health Psychology and Clinical Science program at the CUNY Graduate Center. I am interested in improving access to physical/mental health assessment and interventions for Deaf and deaf-blind individuals - drawing on biopsychosocial theory and methods. Specifically, my research is focused on (1) clarifying how patterns of both positive and negative self-focused thought can influence physical/mental health; (2) better understanding the role of mindfulness and movement literacy in health and well-being; and (3) using psychophysiological measures to develop better tools for assessing clinical needs and outcomes.
    
Doctoral Student
Natalia Macrynikola, B.A.
I am a doctoral student in the Health Psychology and Clinical Science program at the CUNY Graduate Center. I earned my B.A. from the University of Georgia and have a professional background in health communications. I am interested in studying the underlying cognitive mechanisms of suicidal behavior and the impact of social media use on cognitive processes associated with depression and suicide in adolescence and emerging adulthood. 
    
Doctoral Student
Guadalupe Bermejo
I am a senior at Hunter College, CUNY and a scholar in the McNair Program.  I am interested in decreasing barriers to mental health treatment seeking and improving mental health outcomes among racial and
ethnic minorities.  I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.

    
McNair Scholar
Clark Gentile
Macaulay Honors Scholar
I am a senior in the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY.  I am interested in understanding ways of modifying hopelessness-related thinking through mental rehearsal in emerging adulthood.
Marielle Ray
I am a senior in the Macaulay Honors College of CUNY.  I am interested in understanding racial and ethnic differences in risk for self-harm and suicide attempts in emerging adulthood.  My future goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Macaulay Honors Scholar
Danelly Rodriguez
I am a junior in the RISE Program at Hunter College, CUNY.  I am interested in understanding cognition, decision-making, and risk for suicidal behavior in adolescence. My future goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
RISE Scholar
Khadija Ahmad
I am Master's student in the CUNY MA program in liberal studies, with a concentration in psychology of work and family, at the CUNY graduate center. I am interested in examining factors, such as culture, that highlight disparities in suicide among Asian Americans. I am also interested in looking at the cognitive mechanisms of individuals who are diagnosed with long-term illnesses and suicide attempts. I plan to pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology upon graduation.

Research Assistant
Jannatun Ferdowsi
I am a post-bacc research assistant who became a member of the lab in Spring of 2017. I graduated with a BA in Psychology from Hunter College in Spring of 2016. My research interests include the cognitive functioning of suicidal adolescents and the specific life events that lead them to have suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Research Assistant
Hannah Ellerbeck
I am a junior at Hunter College, CUNY and a scholar in the Athena Honors Program and Thomas Hunter Honors program. I am interested in examining the differences in suicidal ideation patterns across various mood disorders. I plan to pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology upon graduation.
    
Athena Honors Scholar
Christina Rombola
I am a current student in the General Psychology MA program at Hunter College, and earned a BA in Psychology from The College of New Jersey. I am interested in exploring potential risk factors for Axis I disorders and suicidal ideation, as well as approaches to clinical treatment. In particular, I am interested in the interplay of various cognitive mechanisms that can contribute to suicidality, such as ruminative thinking and perfectionism. My goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical or Health Psychology.
Research Assistant