Current Doctoral Students

Current Doctoral Students

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 sixth 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 fifth-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 is a fourth-year student working with Dr. Telch in the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders. His research focuses on attention and psychopathology. He is currently examining virtual reality and attention in the context of assessment and treatment for social anxiety disorder. 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 fifth-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.

Eric Zaizar, BA

Eric received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Currently he is a third-year clinical student, conducting a trial of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in conjunction with exposure therapy for fear-related disorders that he began as an honors thesis during his senior year as an undergraduate. His primary research interest is investigating the use of cognitive enhancers for strengthening the consolidation of fear extinction learning in humans. He is also interested in the role of certain dispositional variables like respiratory sensitivity and dissociative sensitivity in the development of panic attacks and the role panic attacks may play in the exacerbation of mental disorders. In his free time, he enjoys attending music festivals, traveling, and watching international soccer matches.

Alban Foulser, BS

Alban graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015, where she received her B.S. in Psychology and a second major in German. During her undergraduate career, she conducted a wide variety of research, including neuroscience, correctional psychology, and social psychology. After graduation, Alban worked as Lab Manager in Dr. Chris Beevers’ Mood Disorders Lab at The University of Texas at Austin, where she conducted research studies on cognitive mechanisms of depression, including attention bias and working memory, as well as an online treatment program for depression. Alban is currently a second-year student in Dr. Mike Telch’s lab, where she is studying treatments for PTSD and anxiety disorders and how these treatments can be improved. In her free time, Alban enjoys running, cooking, hiking, and camping.

Emma Siegel, BA

Emma graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Psychology in 2015. Following graduation, Emma worked as a research assessor in a PTSD and substance use lab at the VA San Diego Healthcare System on several NIH and DoD funded clinical trials. Emma was admitted to UT Austin’s clinical psychology doctoral program in 2017 and is a second-year student working with Dr. Telch in the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders. Her research interests include treatment outcomes and treatment enhancements for PTSD and anxiety disorders. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and attending live music shows.

Ciara A. McAfee, BA

Ciara graduated from Goucher College with a B.A. in Honors Psychology in 2014. After graduation, Ciara worked as a project coordinator for several of Dr. Tamar Mendelson’s NIH funded research projects at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public  Health. These projects focused on working with vulnerable populations in inner city Baltimore Maryland to address chronic stress, anxiety, and depressive disorders through third CBT and mindfulness techniques. Ciara is now a second-year at UT Austin and is co-mentored by Dr. Michael Telch and Dr. Robert Josephs. Her research focuses on trying to discern testosterone and cortisol reactivity profiles for individuals with social anxiety disorder and whether hormonal reactivity profiles change following an treatment for PTSD. In her free time, Ciara enjoys cooking/baking, playing the violin, and woodworking.