Current Lab Members
Current Lab Members
The Compas Lab is currently comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, 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.
Abbey Snow, B.A.
Clinical Research Coordinator I
Abbey graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience. In 2020, she worked as a research assistant in the Brain Development Lab at Vanderbilt, where she assisted in the formation and organization of a large neuroimaging dataset designed to openly share data via OpenNeuro. She then worked in Washington, D.C. for a year conducting animal neuroscience research on the cerebellum at Howard University, before returning to Nashville and working in the Stress & Coping Lab at Vanderbilt as a research coordinator.
In the Stress & Coping Lab, Abbey works on the Social Connectedness and Health in Families Study and Helping Families Cope with Huntington’s Disease projects. Abbey is broadly interested in the impact of interpersonal processes in risk and resilience for psychopathology in children and adolescents, as well as understanding how endophenotypic expressions of stress and coping can help illuminate effective intervention research. Abbey hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology.
Outside of the lab, Abbey enjoys reading, yoga, going for long walks, and hanging out with her 2 cats, Milk and Munchkin.
Katie Duncan, MSc.
Senior Research Assistant
In 2022 Katie earned her MSc. from University of College London and The Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice. During her Masters she worked for the National Health Service of England in a Tier 4 Psychiatric In-Patient Unit for Adolescents as an assistant to the psychology team. She also delivered CBT-based and MBT-based remote mental health interventions through the Anna Freud School Support Service to children and young people across England. Katie graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2019 with a bachelors degree in Psychology. Upon graduation she received the Francis H. Burr Scholarship from the Harvard Varsity Club for academic and athletic excellence alongside Academic All American accolades for her on the field performance and gender-inclusivity activism.
Katie is currently working on the Social Connectedness & Health Study and Helping Families Cope with Huntington’s Disease project(s). She is interested in cultivating more inclusive and useful models and interventions for individuals and families exposed to significant stress and trauma.
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Rachel Siciliano, M.S.
Rachel Siciliano is a sixth-year PhD student currently on her clinical internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 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 Stress and Emotions in the Lives of Families, Family Preventative Intervention of Depression, Cognitive Function in Hemophilia Patients, and Thinking and Learning in Children and Adults with Sickle-Cell Disease. She is interested in coping, emotion regulation, and biological and social factors influencing outcomes in at-risk populations, particularly youth and families exposed to adversity and trauma.
Outside of the lab, Rachel enjoys exploring restaurants and music in Nashville, traveling, athletics, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
Allegra Anderson, M.S.
Allegra is a fifth-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 Stress and Emotions in the Lives of Families study. She is interested in familial, sociodemographic, and individual-level factors that influence the development of psychopathology, particularly in the context of individuals exposed to adversity or trauma.
Marissa Roth, M.S.
Marissa is a fourth-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 multiple projects in the Stress and Coping Lab, including Cognitive Function in Hemophilia Patients and Helping Families Cope with Huntington’s Disease. She is interested in neurocognitive development in pediatric populations and interpersonal coping processes in families affected by chronic medical conditions.
Outside of the lab, Marissa enjoys spending time with friends, exploring Nashville’s art scene, biking, and playing with her dog, Nelly.
Abigail Pine, M.S.
Abigail Pine is a 4th year clinical psychology graduate student in the Stress and Coping Lab. She received her BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017, and worked as a research coordinator at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences prior to starting graduate school in Fall 2019. She currently works predominantly on the Social Connectedness and Health research study. Abigail is interested in adolescence and interventions, as well as the role of parenting, parent-adolescent communication, and parental involvement within the context of psychotherapy interventions. She is particularly passionate about bridging the gap between research and clinical work.
Abby Ciriegio, M.S., M.Ed.
Abby is a third 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 August 2022 she received a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University.
Her research interests include understanding how biological, behavioral, and psychosocial mechanisms can promote resiliency among children and families facing various health adversities.
Undergraduate & Independent Study Students
Jun Hee Shin