Mood and Emotion Regulation Laboratory (MER Lab)

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Dr. Ilya Yaroslavsky, Lab Director

Ilya Yaroslavsky imageDr. Ilya Yaroslavsky received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston in 2011. Prior to joining the Psychology department at Cleveland State University, Dr. Yaroslavsky completed a National Research Service Award post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine where he developed a programmatic line of research focusing on the role of the autonomic nervous system in emotion regulation outcomes and depression risk.

As a member of the Clinical Psychology Master’s program, Dr. Yaroslavsky is committed to clinical research mentorship of undergraduate and masters students. Students in Dr. Yaroslavsky’s lab receive extensive training in laboratory and experience sampling research methods (e.g., ecological momentary assessment & electronically activated recording), clinical interviewing via semi-structured instruments (e.g., SCID-I & -II), and the acquisition, processing, and analysis of physiologic signals that are used to infer autonomic nervous system activity (e.g., electrodermal activity, electrocardiography, and impedance cardiography) and eye tracking data. 

Email: i.yaroslavsky@csuohio.edu

 

Graduate Student Researchers

 

Skye Napolitano (post-graduate)Skye Napolitano

Skye is a post-graduate student of the Clinical Psychology M.A. program. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Statistics at the University of Wyoming in 2014 and her M.A. in 2018. Her research interests are emotion regulation in depression and Borderline Personality Disorder, daily life assessment of emotion regulation processes, and familial transmission and development of mood and personality psychopathology

 

Arishna Agarwal  (2nd Year)Arishna

Arishna is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology M.A. program. She earned her B.S. in psychology and a minor in human biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2016. Her research interests include, emotion regulation, specifically depression and stress and substance abuse among young adults.

 

Pranav Bolla (2nd Year)Pranav Bolla

  • M.A.- Clinical Psychology
  • 2017-2019
  • Graduate Student
  • Cleveland State University
  • Department of Psychology
  • Email: pbolla105@aol.com                                                                                                                                         

Pranav is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology M.A. program. His research interests are emotion regulation and psychophysiology, primarily sympathetic and parasympathetic influences over the body, and how they both relate to depression symptoms. 

 

Angela Bush (2nd Year)A. Bush

  • M.A.- Clinical Psychology
  • 2017-2019
  • Graduate Student
  • Cleveland State University
  • Department of Psychology
  • Email: a.h.bush@vikes.csuohio.edu

Angie is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology M.A program. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Notre Dame College in 2016. Her interests include trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder, coping strategies, and psychophysiology. 

 

Han Na Lee (2nd Year)Han Na

Han Na is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology M.A. program who is Co-mentored by Dr. Yaroslavsky and Dr. Hurley. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and minors in Computer Science, Music Business, and Statistics from Anderson University in 2017. She is currently interning as research assistant at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She is interested in understanding how neuropsychology can be used to improve individual’s wellbeing and help in management of depression. Her research focuses on depression and emotion regulation using ERP. She is also interested in neuropsychological assessment and cross-cultural research. 

 

Kristyn Oravec (2nd Year)Kristyn Oravec

  • M.A.- Clinical Psychology
  • 2017-2019
  • Graduate Student
  • Cleveland State University
  • Department of Psychology
  • Email: k.l.oravec@vikes.csuohio.edu

Kristyn is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology M.A. program who is working with Dr. Yaroslavsky and Dr. Goncy. Her research interests have evolved from studying sympathetic nervous system dysregulation in Borderline Personality Disorder to investigating domestic violence in sexual minority populations.

 

Kayla Scamaldo (2nd Year)Kayla Scamaldo

  • M.A.- Clinical Psychology
  • 2017-2019
  • Graduate Student
  • Cleveland State University
  • Department of Psychology
  • Email: k.scamaldo@vikes.csuohio.edu

Kayla is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology M.A. program. Her research interests are personality disorders, specifically Borderline Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder, substance abuse, gambling, and physiological measures, such as electrodermal activity. 

 

 

Tannaz Mirhosseini (1st Year)

TannazM

  • M.A.- Clinical Psychology
  • 2018-2020
  • Graduate Student
  • Cleveland State University
  • Department of Psychology
  • Email: 

Tannaz is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology M.A. program. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from University of Florida in 2017. Her research interests include child and adolescent anxiety disorders, OCD, and comorbidity of these disorders with others. 

 

Anna Olczyk (1st Year)AnnaO

  • M.A.- Clinical Psychology
  • 2018-2020
  • Graduate Student
  • Cleveland State University
  • Department of Psychology
  • Email: a.olczyk@vikes.csuohio.edu

Annie is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology M.A. program. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Wells College in 2016. Her interests include anxiety disorders and ADHD in children.  

 

Steven Sisk (1st Year)Steve Sisk

  • M.A.- Clinical Psychology
  • 2018-2020
  • Graduate Student
  • Cleveland State University
  • Department of Psychology
  • Email: s.sisk@vikes.csuohio.edu

Steve is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology M.A. program. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2013. His interests include emotional regulation and attention bias in adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

 

Undergraduate Student Research Assistants

 

Evan Basting evan

  • Major: Psychology
  • May 2019
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Cleveland State University
  • Department of Psychology
  • Email: e.basting@vikes.csuohio.edu

Evan is a junior undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. His research interests include child and adolescent psychopathology, depression transmission, and emotion regulation.

 

Courtney Dunn CourtneyD

  • Major: Psychology
  • May 2019
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Cleveland State University
  • Department of Psychology
  • Email: s.gilbert@vikes.csuohio.edu

Courtney is a senior undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor’s degrees in psychology and criminology. Her research interests include juvenile delinquency, substance use, and gender differences in these topics.

 

Ashley Gallaher

 

Jade Hawk 

  • Major: Psychology
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Cleveland State University
  • Department of Psychology
  • Email: jadehawk8@gmail.com

 

Kevin JaworskiKevin Jaworski

Kevin is a junior undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. His research interests include examining the role of emotion regulation in the link between depression and addiction, as well as depression transmission between parents and offspring. 

 

      Nolan Kaine

      • Major: Psychology
      • Undergraduate Student
      • Cleveland State University
      • Department of Psychology
      • Email: n.kaine@vikes.csuohio.edu

       

      Alicia Kurtz

       

      Joe LancasterJoe Lancaster

      • Major: Psychology
      • May 2020
      • Undergraduate Student
      • Cleveland State University
      • Department of Psychology
      • Email: j.h.lancaster@vikes.csuohio.edu

      Joe is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in psychology. His research interests include studying emotion regulation as it pertains to affective disorders as well as the precursors to substance use disorders.

       

      Isabel Schweitzer

      Isabel is a junior undergraduate student double majoring in psychology and chemistry.  Her research interests include adult depression and bipolar disorder, psychophysiology measures, and the neurochemical basis of psychopathology

       

      Nicole SondayN. Sonday

      Nicole is a Senior Undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her research interests include Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Attention Deficit Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

       

      Keri Stewart  Keri Stewart

      Keri is a senior undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her research interests include adolescent and adult psychopathology, primarily personality, mood, and eating disorders. She also is interested in neuropsychological assessment.

       

      Kayla WeglickiKayla Weglicki

      Kayla is a senior undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology. Her research interests include abnormal psychology, mood disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders in the clinical population.

       

        Graduate Alumni

        Class 2018

        • Sarah Ghose - Virginia Commonwealth University, Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology
        • Khadeja Najjar - Cleveland State University, Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology
        • Skye Napolitano - post-graduate researcher

        Class 2017

        • Allison Griesmer - Cleveland State University, Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology
        • Meghan Murray - Cleveland State University, Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology
        • Julia Richmond - University of Toledo, Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology

        Class 2016

        • Arielle Bowers - clinical practice
        • Brooke Strumbel - clinical practice
        • Corey Maddox- clinical practice
        • Jessica Durey- clinical practice
        • Kelsey Pritchard - University of Toledo, Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology
        • Krysten Munzon - clinical practice

         

        Undergraduate Alumni

        Class 2018

        • Taylor Szewcyk - Cleveland State University, MA program in Counseling Psychology
        • Joshua Falck - Cleveland State University, MA program in School Psychology
        • Katherine Petrochic - Cleveland State University, MA program in Counseling Psychology
        • Natasha Rupani - clinical practice & research assistant
        • Radhika Taneja - Northeastern Ohio Medical Univeristy-Cleveland State University, Medical School
        • Zachary Tokar - Cleveland State University, MA program in Counseling Psychology

        Class 2017

        • Pranav Bolla - Cleveland State University, MA program in Clinical Psychology
        • Saba Khalid - John Hopkins University, MA program in Counseling Psychology
        • Kristyn Oravec - Cleveland State University, MA program in Clinical Psychology
        • Molly Reitman - Case Western Reserve, MA program in Social Work
        • Kayla Scamaldo - Cleveland State University, MA program in Clinical Psychology

        Class 2016

        • Brock Bodenbender - Cleveland State University, MA program in Counseling Psychology
        • Elizabeth Golias - University of Colorado-Denver, MA program in Counseling Psychology
        • Ilona Ponomariova - Cleveland State University, MA program in Counseling Psychology
        • Khadeja Najjar - Cleveland State University, MA program in Clinical Psychology