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Rosanna Breaux, PhD

Director

Dr. Breaux is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She did her undergraduate studies at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy and received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Univeristy of Massachusetts Amhert.  In her free time, Dr. Breaux enjoys playing board games, hiking, cooking, traveling, dancing, and playing with her golden retriever, Eevee. Dr. Breaux's research focuses on the emotional and social functioning of children and adolescents, particularly those with ADHD. In particular, her research focuses on emotion regulation development, and understanding the role parents and the environmental context play in shaping children and adolescent's social and emotional development. Additionally, Dr. Breaux is working to evaluate and disseminate the RELAX intervention which targets dysemotion regulation and interpersonal conflict among adolescents and their parents. 

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Annah Cash

Graduate Student

Annah Cash is a graduate student in the Clinical Science doctoral program at Virginia Tech. In 2018 she graduated from Belhaven University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her post-baccalaureate time she was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer internship at Ohio University. Then went on to become a Researcher III at the University of MS Medical Center where she worked on federally funded grants that helped establish a continuum of care that spanned from the NICU to adolescence. Broadly, her research interests include the intersection between behavioral/emotional disorders and disordered eating patterns, specifically in relation to ADHD; and how emotion regulation/self-coping mechanisms could potentially ameliorate symptoms in children and adolescents with ADHD and other behavioral disorders.

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Jasmine Lewis

Graduate Student

Jasmine Lewis is a graduate student in the Biological Psychology doctoral program at Virginia Tech. She graduated from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill with a Bachelors in Psychology and from Liberty University with a Masters in Biomedical Sciences. Before joining the CALMER lab, she worked as a research coordinator at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Recently, she worked as a hotline coordinator working with survivors of intimate partner violence and human trafficking. Broadly, her research interests include the effects of trauma and stress on parent-child interactions. 

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Delshad Shroff

Graduate Student

Delshad Shroff is a graduate student in the Clinical Science doctoral program at Virginia Tech. She graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi with a Bachelors in Psychology and from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Masters in Developmental Psychology. Before joining the CALMER lab, Delshad worked as a Research Coordinator for the Attention and Behavior Clinic at the Penn State College of Medicine. Broadly, her research interests include examining the development of emotion regulation and executive functioning in early childhood and its implications on the development of psychopathology. Specifically, she is interested in investigating links between parent emotion regulation and children’s emotional and behavioral functioning. Her goal in studying this is to develop and implement
evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies for children with behavioral disorders, especially ADHD.

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Courtney Swanson

Graduate Student

Courtney Swanson is a graduate student in the Clinical Science doctoral program at Virginia Tech. In 2019, she graduated with honors from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minors in Criminology and Counseling. During her years as an undergraduate, she was a Research Assistant in several labs including ISU’s ADHD Clinic. Broadly, her research interests include the role of key demographic factors on treatment utilization and efficacy, comorbidity of ADHD and other behavioral and emotional disorders, and how early identification and intervention can result in improved developmental trajectories. Her Master's Thesis examines whether social competencies in preschoolers predict psychopathology symtpoms in childhood and adolescence. 

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Amber

Attreed

Amber is a Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology major pursuing a minor in Integrative Health and Wellness.  She is from Manassas, Virginia.  Amber is interested in mental health and aspires to attend medical school and study neuropsychiatry.  Outside of the lab, she is a hearing panel member for Virginia Tech’s Honor Council and is involved in Nu Rho Psi, the national honor society for neuroscience. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and drinking coffee.

Jonae'

Crump

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonae' is a senior psychology major from Richmond, Virginia. She loves to work with children and wants to pursue a career as a child psychologist to provide mental health services to under-resourced communities. Outside of the lab she mentors children and is the secretary of Psi Chi, Internation Honor Society in Psychology. During her spare time, she recreates recipes and bakes a variety of sweets.

Tohfe

Beidas

Tohfe is a Psychology major pursuing an Arabic minor from Alexandria, VA. She is interested in studying clinical psychology in graduate school and wants to work with children in this field, possibly in the Middle East. Outside of the lab, she works as an intern at the Women’s Center here at VT and is an active member in her sorority. Tohfe also loves to travel every summer and, when at home, assists instructors at a ballet barre studio.

Alexandra

Tucker

Alexandra is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology. She plans on joining Tech’s BSMS program in the 2021-2022 academic year and working towards obtaining a Masters in Sociology. She has previously been a research assistant in various labs, including the Cognition, Affect, and Psychophysiology Lab (CAP Lab), and the Social Clinical Affective Neuroscience Lab (SCAN Lab). She has also worked at Virginia Tech's Transportation Institute as a data reductionist. Her research interests include the effectiveness of social interventions and how socialization influences individuals behaviors. 

Reshyra Jadooram

 

 

Reshyra is an undergraduate Psychology major with a minor in Spanish.  She is from New Kent, Virginia.  After graduating from Virginia Tech, Reshyra plans to pursue graduate studies in Developmental Psychology.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing tennis, and reading. 

Katey

Woolfolk

 

 

Katey Woolfolk is an undergraduate psychology major from Charlottesville, Virginia.  She has worked extensively with children and adolescents and is particularly interested in childhood socioemotional development, with plans to attend graduate school to continue her studies in this field.  Outside of the lab, she serves as a Resident Advisor for East Campbell Hall.  She also loves animals and enjoys dog-walking as a member of the Veterinary School’s BARC Club (Bonding with Animals through Recreation on Campus.)

Ritika

Kaloji

Ritika is a Biology major with a minor in Leadership and Social Change from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Following her time at VT, she is hoping to continue on to pursue a career in the health professions field, specifically in a pediatric specialty. Outside of the lab, Ritika enjoys mentoring local middle school girls through the A.W.A.R.E. program here at Virginia Tech. She also serves as a leader of the Operation Smile Club and is an active member in her sorority. 

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