Predoctoral Trainees

Name:  Everett Delfel
Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Anticipated 2028, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program; B.A. in Psychology, 2018, Cal State University Long Beach
Mentor: Joanna Jacobus
Research Interests: Adolescent brain development and cognitive functioning throughout the transition to adulthood; factors that may predict substance misuse and other risky behaviors such as traumatic brain injury, alongside structural and functional brain changes.
Appointed: 2022
Name: Riley Felicicchia
Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Anticipated 2026, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program, B.S. in Psychology, 2019, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Mentor: Sarah Mattson
Research Interests: Neurobehavioral functioning in children with prenatal alcohol exposure and neuropsychological assessment tools to identify children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Appointed: 2021
Name: Jackie Soja
Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Anticipated 2028, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program; B.A. in Neuroscience, 2020, Duke University
Mentor: Jennifer Thomas
Research Interest: In progress.
Appointed: 2022
Name: Christina Veziris
Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Anticipated 2028, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program; B.A. in Psychology, 2018, University of San Francisco
Mentor: Sarah Mattson
Research Interest: Socioemotional behavior, emotional well-being, and neurodevelopment in children with prenatal alcohol exposure; using emotional interventions in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Appointed: 2022

Postdoctoral Trainees

Name: Jessica Baker
Education: Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences/Neuroscience, 2021, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
Mentor: Jennifer Thomas
Research Interests: Investigate role of neuroinflammation following exposure to alcohol during development. Explore interventions that may alter the developmental trajectory following early alcohol exposure.
        Appointed: 2021
Name: Laura Hatz
Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 2022, University of Missouri
Mentor: Kelly Courtney and Joanna Jacobus
Research Interest: Young adult substance use and substance-related risk-taking (e.g., sexual risk-taking, alcohol impaired driving), quantitative modeling of intoxicated decision-making, and associations between polysubstance use, impulsivity and psychological and behavioral consequences.
Appointed: 2022
Name: Amanda Miller
Education: Ph.D. 2021, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health; M.S. in Global Health Sciences, 2011, UCSF; B.A. in Anthropology, 2009, UCSB
Mentors: Susan Kiene
Research Interest: Implementation of evidence-based interventions to address alcohol use, intimate partner violence and HIV among populations with a high public health burden attributable to this syndemic such as pregnant and breast feeding women in sub-saharan Africa. Integration of personalized biofeedback using novel objective measures for alcohol use and HIV prevention and treatment adherence into intervention programming.
Appointed: 2022
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