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Our Alumni. The following is a partial list of many of the talented and dedicated individuals who have worked in Dr. Chorpita’s lab over the years, whether as RAs, graduate students, postdocs, and/or in other roles. If you are interested to find out how our alumni and alumna are making a difference, click on the contact information to find out more.

If you worked in the lab at UCLA or University of Hawaii and you would like to have your information added or updated, please send us an email.


Dates in Lab Name and Current Position Contact / Info
1997 to 2009

Charmaine Higa McMillan, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology

University of Hawaii at Hilo

1998 to 2005 Sarah Francis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training

University of Toledo

1999 to 2007 Brad Nakamura, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology

University of Hawaii at Mānoa

2000 to 2009 Farrah N. Greene-Palmer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Alaska Pacific University

2000 to 2007 A. Aukahi Austin Seabury, Ph.D.

Executive Director, I Ola Lāhui

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

2001 to 2007 C. Ki’i Kimhan Powell, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Economic Security

Colorado Department of Human Services

2001 to 2008 John Young, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

University of Mississippi

2002 to 2007 Kimberly D. Becker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

University of South Carolina

2003 to 2009 Kathleen Grubbs, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist VA San Diego Healthcare System / Assistant Clinical Professor

Department of Veterans Affairs / University of California, San Diego

2003 to 2008 Rita Leigh Smith, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Kaiser Permanente 

Clinical Supervisor, University of California, Berkeley

2005 to 2009 Kelsie H. Okamura, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Hawaii Pacific University

2005 to 2011 Chad Ebesutani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Duksung Women’s University, South Korea

2006 to 2012 Adam Bernstein, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

PracticeWise, LLC

2006 to 2012 Nicole Starace, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Stanford University

2006 to 2012 Alyssa Margaret Ward, Ph.D.

Behavioral Health Division Director

Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

2008 to 2014 Jennifer Regan, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist II

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

2008 to 2011 Emily Pichler, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Burlington, Vermont

2009 to 2013 Michelle Claire Levy, Ph.D.

Consultant and Trainer

PracticeWise, LLC

2009 to 2011 Ashley Cheng, Ph.D.

UX Researcher


2010 to 2016 Michael Reding, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Mt Sinai St Luke’s Hospital

2010 to 2014 Angela Chiu, Ph.D.

Assistant Attending Psychologist, Weill Cornell Medicine

Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital

2010 to 2011 Irene Tung, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh

2010 to 2020 Alayna Park, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Palo Alto University

2011 to 2013 Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Mental Health Training, Intervention, and Response

University of California, Los Angeles

2011 to 2013 Priya McLennan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

2011 to 2017 Rachel Kim, Ph.D.

Implementation Associate/Staff Clinician

Judge Baker Children’s Center

2011 to 2013 Evelyn Cho

Graduate student

University of Missouri

2012 to 2020 Karen Guan, Ph.D.

Community Mental Health Program Evaluator & Implementation Specialist

Uplift Family Services

2013 to 2018 Michael Sun

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dartmouth Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

2013 to 2017 Andrew Moskowitz, Ph.D.

Manager, Advanced Analytics


2014 to 2014 Casey Meinster, MA, LMFT

Senior Clinical Director


2014 to 2016 Deepika Bose

Graduate Student

Florida International University

2015 to 2021 Jennifer Gamarra, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

UCLA Semel Institute

2016 to 2021 Resham Gellatly, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Boston Medical Center

2016 to 2018 Maya Boustani, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Loma Linda University

2017 to 2019 Wendy Chu

Graduate Student

University of South Carolina

2017 to 2021 Jonathan Westman, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

West Los Angeles VA

2018 to 2020 Angelina Ruiz

Program Assistant in Training and Implementation

Judge Baker Children’s Center

 2019 to 2021 Kaitlyn Pham

Clinical Research Coordinaror

GREICIUS Lab, Stanford Univeristy

2016 to 2022 Dana Saifan, Ph.D.

Full Time Lecturer

California State University, Long Beach

2020 to 2022 Carolina Lechuga

Research Assistant

CARE in Youth Mental Health Lab, UCLA

2017 to 2023 Meredith Boyd, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

2020 to 2023 Sophie Arkin, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Resident

Emory University School of Medicine