Scarlett Baird, M.A.
Scarlett Baird graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2013. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant in the Anxiety & Health Behaviors Lab at the University of Texas at Austin as a Project Coordinator for several funded clinical trials. She is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at UT Austin. Scarlett is interested in identifying reintegration strategies for returning combat veterans. She is also interested in program development and implementation.
Jolene Jacquart, M.A.
Jolene Jacquart graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S. in Psychology and Neurobiology in 2012. After graduating, Jolene worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital for several funded clinical trials examining mind-body practices. Jolene is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at UT-Austin under Dr. Jasper Smits. Jolene’s broad research interests are understanding the mechanisms, dosing, and adherence of alternative treatment and augmentation strategies for anxiety and depressive disorders (e.g., aerobic exercise, yoga).
Santiago Papini, M.A.
Santiago received a B.A. in Philosophy from UT Austin, and an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY-City College. His prior experience focused on psychotherapy trials for PTSD. Santiago joined Dr. Smits’s lab to expand his training to include other disorders, treatments, and analytic methods. Santiago’s research involves applying two complementary methods examining recovery from anxiety and addiction. To examine potential causal treatment mechanisms, he applies the experimental psychopathology approach to Pavlovian learning and memory processes. To examine how individual differences impact recovery, he applies data-driven approaches including machine learning prediction and network analysis.
Emily Carl, M.A.
Emily received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. in Psychology from Boston University. Between these degrees, she held a position in addiction treatment and later worked for NIMH-funded research studies at the Psychosocial Department of Butler Hospital. She began working toward a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin under Drs. Mark Powers and Jasper Smits in 2016. Her research interests include novel treatments and augmentative strategies for anxiety, depression, and health behaviors, with an emphasis on interventions such as physical activity that are widely accessible and cost-efficient.
Aliza Stein, B.A.
Aliza graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2014. Following graduation, Aliza worked as a research assistant in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine on several NIH funded clinical studies. Aliza is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at UT-Austin under the mentorship of Dr. Jasper Smits. Her research interests include identifying mechanisms of treatment response and developing novel interventions for mood and anxiety disorders.
Christy Dutcher, M.Ed.
Christy Dutcher received a B.A. in Psychology from St. Edward’s University and an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Houston. Christy worked as a clinical research coordinator for Dr. Anka Vujanovic at UTHealth Science Center before joining the Anxiety and Health Behaviors Lab as a research clinician and project coordinator. She is especially interested in examining the effect of emotion dysregulation in maladaptive coping with anxiety and substance use disorders and augmenting existing evidence-based treatments for PTSD and anxiety disorders.