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Current Graduate Students

Henry Xiao, M.S., Seventh Year

I received my B.A. in Biology with a minor in Psychology at Johns Hopkins University, and worked as a lab manager at Stony Brook for a year after graduating. I currently live with my wife and newborn son. He is pretty cute :).  I completed my masters in the clinical psych program in 2015, examining prediction of dropout from counseling centers. In general, my research focuses on delivery of efficient psychotherapy with an emphasis on improving attendance and dropout rates for clients. In my spare time, I like to be unproductive and watch inordinately long TV series, play video games, and play board games with the lab.

Rebecca Janis, M.S., Fifth Year

I received my BS in psychology from Brigham Young University in 2014 and joined Louis’ lab the subsequent fall. My research interests generally include the prediction of therapeutic outcomes, as well as methodological issues in modeling change over the course of treatment. My master’s thesis focused on creating a predictive model for client sessions utilization in college counseling centers. I am concurrently a data analyst for The Center of Collegiate Mental Health, and much of my time is spent playing with data in R. I enjoy visualizations, tidy data, and knitting Rmarkdown documents. You can check out some of my work at my website. In my spare time I enjoy playing board games with the other members of the lab, visiting my husband in Michigan, reading fantasy novels, and traveling.

Dever Carney, M.S., Fourth Year

I earned my bachelor's from the University of Virginia in 2012, where I double majored in psychology and cognitive science. After graduating I spent three years at Virginia Commonwealth University working as the project coordinator of a multi-site behavioral genetics study. My current research interests include examining how therapeutic outcomes are influenced by factors like graduate training, supervision, and case assignment patterns within clinics. My master's thesis investigated how administrative or center-wide policies affect treatment outcomes in college counseling centers. In my spare time, I stress-bake, take long naps, play with puzzles/books/board games, practice ukulele, and watch movies with my boyfriend.

Ryan Kilcullen, B.A., Second Year

I graduated from Williams College in 2015 where I received my B.A. in Psychology. Prior to joining the Castonguay Lab, I worked for two years as a Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital. Broadly speaking, I am enthusiastic about the integration of clinical research and practice as a fruitful avenue for better understanding the therapeutic process and improving therapy outcomes. My ongoing master’s thesis is investigating the prevalence of clients who return for additional therapy treatment courses and factors associated with return to therapy. Beyond the academic realm, I enjoy precious time with friends, the fantasy genre in pretty much all forms (novels, movies, video games, tv shows—you name it), listening to lots of music, anything golf related, and also basketball (as I am officially a washed-up former collegiate athlete).