Current Lab Members
Current Lab Members
The Compas Lab is currently comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, post-bachelor’s research assistants, staff members, and faculty, all of whom work as a team to implement the Compas Lab goals and current research projects. In addition, the many Compas Lab Alumni have made all current and past projects possible.
Current Research Associate
Kelly Haker Watson, PhD
Kelly graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In 2016, she received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University after completing her clinical internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Kelly completed her postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University as a trainee on the T32 Training Grant: “Development of Psychopathology: From Brain and Behavior Science to Intervention.”
Her primary research interest is in examining factors that contribute to individual differences in coping and emotion regulation across development with a particular focus on the role of parents. Kelly currently works on the Stress and Emotions in the Lives of Families and Helping Families Cope with Huntington’s Disease studies.
Outside of the lab, Kelly enjoys spending time with her two young children, running, and listening to podcasts.
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Maile is a full-time lab coordinator. Maile graduated from Tulane University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Health and Wellness. She continued her education at Vanderbilt University where she received her M.Ed in Child Studies, focusing her coursework and research on Pediatric Healthcare.
Maile is currently working on the Pediatric Cancer Online Intervention Program, Helping Families Cope with Huntington’s Disease, and the Coping with COVID-19 Stress Study. Her research interests include understanding the psychological, biological, and interpersonal processes in stress and coping among children and families facing healthcare adversities.
In her free time, Maile enjoys hiking, playing tennis and trying new restaurants in Nashville.
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Current Graduate Students
Kemar is a sixth-year PhD student currently completing an internship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University in 2015 with a bachelors degree in Psychology. Her interests in pediatric clinical psychology stems from her previous internships at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and her consistent work with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
Kemar leads the Thinking and Learning in Children and Adults with Sickle Cell Disease project and is part of the Pediatric Cancer Online Intervention Program. Her current area of interest on stress and coping in pediatric sickle cell disease and cancer, along with how cognitive functioning is associated with coping in these pediatric populations.
Outside of the lab, Kemar enjoys reading works by F. Scott Fitzgerald, running, and keeping in touch with her three siblings.
Allison is a fifth-year PhD student and is currently competing her internship at University of San Francisco. She graduated cum laude from University of Southern California in 2012 with a bachelors degree in psychology. Upon graduating, Allison worked in the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program at UCLA.
Allison currently works on the Family Preventive Intervention of Depression study and Stress and Emotions in the Lives of Families. Her research interests primarily include understanding the mechanisms of action in interventions for youth at risk for psychopathology, as well as how stress, coping, and executive function are implemented in youth interventions.
Outside of the lab Allison enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends, family, and lab members.
Lauren Henry is a fifth-year PhD student. She graduated from the University of Richmond in 2013 with a dual degree in Psychology and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She then worked for one year as a Research Assistant at Mount Saint Mary College evaluating the effectiveness of programs for at-risk youth and two years as a Postbaccalaureate Fellow with the Child and Family Research Section of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
Lauren is involved in three projects in the Stress and Coping Lab: Family Preventative Intervention of Depression, Stress and Emotions in the Lives of Families, and Cognitive Function in Hemophilia Patients. She is broadly interested in the ways in which stress impacts children and families, as well as the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of interventions that serve this population.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys painting, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Rachel Siciliano is a fourth-year PhD student. She graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University in 2015 with high honors in behavioral neuroscience and a minor in Spanish. She was also on the D1 women’s lacrosse team. Rachel then worked at the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center for two years.
Rachel is currently working on multiple projects in the Stress and Coping Lab, including Family Preventative Intervention of Depression, Stress and Emotions in the Lives of Families, Cognitive Function in Hemophilia Patients, and Thinking and Learning in Children and Adults with Sickle-Cell Disease. Her primary research interests include resilience factors for children at risk for psychopathology, neurocognitive function in the face of stress, and the development and implementation of interventions targeting cognition and caregiver relationships.
Outside of the lab, Rachel enjoys exploring new restaurants and music in Nashville, traveling, athletics, the outdoors, and keeping in touch with friends and family.
Allegra is a third-year PhD student. She graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University in 2016 with a bachelors degree in Psychology. She then worked for two years as a project coordinator in the Affective & Translational Neuroscience Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Allegra is currently working on the Family Preventative Intervention of Depression study and the Stress and Emotions in the Lives of Families study. She is interested in risk and resiliency factors influencing the development of internalizing disorders, particularly in the context of individuals who have experienced early life adversity.
Marissa is a third-year PhD student. She graduated from Stanford University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in biology. From 2017-2018, she worked as a research coordinator in the Stanford Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology Lab.
Prior to joining the Stress and Coping Lab in spring 2021, Marissa studied the effects of early caregiving experiences on infant brain development. She currently works on the project Helping Families Cope with Huntington’s Disease. Her primary research interests include identifying resilience factors in children and young adults with chronic medical conditions and understanding neurocognitive development and executive functioning in these populations.
Outside of the lab, Marissa enjoys exploring Nashville’s art scene with friends, staying active, and playing with her dog, Nelly.
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Abby is a first year PhD student. Abby graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She continued her education at Vanderbilt University where she focused her coursework and practica experiences in Pediatric Healthcare. Abby received her M.Ed. in Child Studies from Vanderbilt University in May 2018. In the Fall, Abby will be a first-year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Compas.
Cara is a first-year master’s student in the Clinical and Developmental Research Track of the Child Studies program. She graduated summa cum laude from Rollins College with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology & Music. Cara is currently working on the Families Coping with Huntington’s Disease (HD) study. Her research interests include understanding the processes involved in child and family adaptation to stress and adverse experiences, particularly the factors associated with risk versus resilience, components of effective interventions, and the role of family members in treatment.
Outside of the lab, Cara enjoys doing yoga, hiking, traveling, and petting other people’s cats.
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Undergraduate & Independent Study Students