Graduate Students

EMP Lab Graduate Students

Allison Borges

Allison is a fifth year working with Eddie Selby and Teresa Leyro. She is interested in the role of cognitive-affective vulnerabilities in the maintenance of substance use. Allison also hopes to extend her research into work on treatment development and dissemination for substance use and co-occuring disorders. Prior to graduate school, Allison received her B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Boston University. As an undergraduate, she worked in the Translational Research Program with Dr. Michael Otto. Following graduation, she worked as a research assistant in the General Medicine Research Unit at Butler Hospital with Dr. Michael Stein. In both settings she worked on research examining risk factors for anxiety disorders, depression, and substance use in individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence as well as for individuals living with HIV.

Kathryn Coniglio

Kathryn Coniglio is a second year student in the EmP lab. Broadly, Kathryn’s research focuses on eating disorders, and specifically the factors that give his e to compulsive exercise. She is also interested in emotion dysregulation, including positive emotion dysregulation. Prior to Rutgers, Kathryn earned a BA in clinical psychology from Tufts University, and worked as the clinical research coordinator for the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Kathryn also currently serves as the co-chair of the Early Career SIG in the Academy for Eating Disorders.

Joanne Kim

Joanne Kim is a first year clinical PhD student in the EmP lab. Her research interests focus on emotion regulation, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicide risk factors. Before coming to Rutgers, she received her B.A. in psychology from Dartmouth College and worked as a clinical research coordinator and lab manager for the Suicide Prevention Research Laboratory at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Affiliated Graduate Students

Maribel Plascencia

Cindy Chang

Cindy Chang (she/her) is a clinical psychology doctoral student in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Her research and clinical interests focus on sexual and gender minority mental health, risk factors for suicidality, and mechanisms of change in transdiagnostic treatments. Her ultimate goal is to translate this research into developing and adapting interventions to improve mental health and prevent suicide in underserved populations.

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes is a 5th year clinical Ph.D. student at Rutgers University. He received his BS from James Madison University and his MA in psychology from American University. His clinical interests include BPD, suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, emotion dysregulation, substance use, and behavioral medicine. His clinical experiences include: working as an individual and group therapist at DBT-RU, Trinitas regional medical center’s child and adolescent outpatient unit, the program for addictions consultation and treatment (PACT), family medicine at monument square, and the psychological services clinic at Rutgers University. His research interests include: BPD, DBT, emotion regulation, experiential avoidance, repetitive negative thinking, treatment and assessment development, and the incorporation of mobile technology into treatment and research.
Alexandra King 
Alexandra King is a clinical Ph.D. student at Rutgers University. She received her B.A. in psychology from Cornell University and began her career in DBT as the treatment coordinator on a study of the intervention for suicidal adolescents at the University of Washington. She has had clinical experience working with BPD, depression, anxiety, and treatment in an integrated care setting. Her research interests include the treatment processes in DBT, emotion dysregulation, validation and invalidation, and severe psychological disorders in a family context.