Current Doctoral Students

Current Doctoral Students

Annie Steele, MA


Annie received her B.A. in Classics at Brown University.  She is currently in her sixth year of doctoral study at UT Austin, but lives in San Francisco, CA, where she works as a User Experience Researcher at Facebook. Her research focuses on the psychosocial effects of peer feedback in different computer-mediated and face-to-face social contexts, which is just a fancy way of saying she’s interested in comparing the emotional effects of social interactions on and off Facebook.


Cindy L. Lancaster, BA


Cindy received her B.A. with a double-major in psychology and religious studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.  Following graduation, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio studying post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury in active duty military personnel.  She is now a fourth-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her current research interests include studying mechanisms of the onset and treatment of anxiety disorders, and developing augmentation strategies for anxiety treatment.  She is particularly interested in applying cutting-edge findings from behavioral neuroscience research on fear reduction to enhance exposure-based treatments for anxiety disorders.  In her free time, she enjoys the fantastic array of coffee shops, restaurants, and music venues in Austin.


Adam R. Cobb, MA, LPC


Adam attained a BA in Psychology and English from Howard Payne University in 2005, and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2008.  In 2012, he was admitted to the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, and he’s presently in his 3rd year in the program.  He has had 7 years of active research experience in diverse subfields of psychology, but with concentration in clinical psychology, and a strong interest in anxiety and stress-related psychopathology.  Adam first joined the LSAD in the summer of 2010 as a clinical assessor and research coordinator for a multi-site treatment study testing whether the pharmacological cognitive enhancer, methylene blue, enhances the efficacy and efficiency of exposure therapy for PTSD. His subsequent projects have had a similar focus, with the overarching aims to enhance the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapies with innovative augmentation strategies, and to delineate the mechanisms of pathology and treatments for anxiety, trauma-, and stress-related disorders.  In his free time, Adam enjoys art, running, playing tennis, and rock climbing. He’s also a budding master carpenter of fine modern furniture.


Michael D. Lee, BS

Mike Lee

Mike received his B.S. in Physics from UCLA in 2008. After graduating, he took a job at Mission Control in Houston, Texas, working as an Attitude Determination and Control Officer for the International Space Station.  He moved to Boston in 2011, and soon after began assisting with a study investigating the evolution and classification of suicidal behaviors at the Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Research at Harvard University.  Mike was admitted to UT Austin’s clinical psychology doctoral program in 2014, and is currently a second-year student working with Dr. Telch in the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders. Present research interests include studying the role of cognitive processing biases in anxiety disorders, and developing new strategies for augmenting bias modification paradigms. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and exploring Austin’s live music scene.


Mikael Rubin, MA

Mikael received his B.A. in Art History from McGill University in 2010, and an MA in Psychology from The City College of New York in 2015. While pursuing his MA  he studied PTSD and attention. As he was completing his MA thesis, he began to work as a research coordinator at the PTSD Research and Treatment Program at Columbia University Medical Center where he assisted with studies on treatment for PTSD. Mikael was admitted to UT Austin’s clinical psychology doctoral program in 2015 and will be a first-year student working with Dr. Telch in the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, biking, and swimming.


Michael Mullarkey, MA


Michael completed the combined B.A./M.A. program in Psychology at American University in 2011. He worked as a counselor for teenagers with mental illness in Maryland and Virginia while completing the M.A. portion of his degree. He moved to Chapel Hill, NC in 2013 and worked on interventions promoting self-compassion in adolescents with the Program on Mindfulness-Based Stress and Pain Management at UNC-Chapel Hill. He also did restorative justice work with youth through the Dispute Settlement Center. Michael was admitted to UT-Austin’s Clinical Psychology doctoral program in 2014, and is currently a 2nd year student working with Dr. Caryn Carlson, Dr. David Yeager, and Dr. Michael Telch. Present research interests include examining distress tolerance and resilience through the lens of emotion regulation. In his free time he enjoys riding his bike and playing guitar.