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LeslieLeslie Rice, B.A.
Clinical Psychology Intern (University of Alabama-Birmingham/VA Consortium)
Email: lrice(at)

Leslie obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Following undergraduate education, Leslie worked for several years in healthcare policy consulting and project management as a Senior Associate at Atlas Research, LLC. At Atlas Research, Leslie managed veteran mental health care programs and initiatives, including post-traumatic stress disorder educational training for returning veterans and their families, under contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs. During her time in Washington D.C., she was also a volunteer with Honor Flight Network, the organization dedicated to bringing veterans of past conflicts to visit the city and their memorial.

Leslie’s research interests center on the interactions of individual differences (e.g., genes and endocrine profiles) and threatening and supportive environments in the onset and maintenance of psychopathology. She is particularly interested in the development of mental illness in high-risk, yet understudied populations, such as emergency medical personnel.

Outside of the lab, Leslie can be found at Alamo Drafthouse watching new releases or at Barton Springs at Zilker Park.

Ellie 3Ellie Shuo Jin, M.A.
Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology
Email: ellieshuojin(at)

Ellie obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. While at McGill, she completed her senior honors thesis examining the dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in the development and maintenance of depression.

Presently, Ellie’s research explores the hormonal underpinnings of anxiety disorders. She is particularly interested in the anxiolytic effects of testosterone and its application in mental health treatment.

In her free time, Ellie enjoys games nights, traveling, and indulging in new culinary experiences.

julia1Julia Chafkin, B.A.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student (co-advised with Dr. David Yeager)
Email: julia.chafkin(at)
Office: SEA 3.426D

Julia is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology with Dr. Bob Josephs in the Clinical Neuroendocrinology Lab, Dr. David Yeager of the Adolescent Development Research Group and Dr. Caryn Carlson. She is interested in the various hormonal profiles of adolescence and how they compare to the subjective experience of stress and anxiety, and in the influence of oral contraceptives on the endocrine system and the risk for depression, anxiety and postpartum mood disorders.



ciaraCiara McAfee, B.A.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
Email: SEA 3.426A
Office: ciara.mcafee(at)

Ciara obtained her BA in Honors Psychology at Goucher College, graduating Suma Cum Laude while completing an Honors Thesis at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). Prior to choosing a career path in Clinical Psychology, she was studying to become a professional classical violinist. During this time, she observed the high prevalence of performance anxiety that plagued even the top solo and orchestral musicians, leading her to current passion. While in undergrad she also assisted in sleep and performance consultations with athletes, musicians, and executives. After graduating, she worked as a Clinical Assistant on the NeuroBehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She then served for two years as a Project Coordinator for several of Dr. Tamar Mendelson’s NIH funded research projects at JHSPH. These projects focused on working with vulnerable populations in inner city Baltimore Maryland to address chronic stress and anxiety and depressive disorders through third generation Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Techniques.

Currently, she intends to explore the effect of the application of intranasal testosterone on performance anxiety in professional musicians and athletes and the role psychopathology may play in its effectiveness. Additionally, she is interested in the possible involvement of mast cell activation and post-concussion syndrome and Alzheimer’s, as well as if testosterone can be used to decrease mast-cell responses.

In her spare time, Ciara enjoys cooking and baking (everything vegan and from scratch), playing the violin, horseback riding, social activism, and relaxing with her two pups.