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Laura Perrone MA

  • Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern, Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Laura Perrone is a pre-doctoral psychology intern at the University of Illinois – Chicago and a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Stony Brook University. Her research and clinical work has focused on the impact of early adversity on children’s biopsychosocial well-being, the dissemination of evidence-based interventions among underserved children and families, and trauma-informed care.

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Melanie Tran BA

  • Psychiatry Volunteer
Melanie Tran is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Broadly, her research aims to reduce disparities in access to mental health services for marginalized communities and to utilize a community-based, public health approach to promote youth mental health and resilience. Her specific research interests include enhancing youth mental health and positive development in settings natural and accessible to children and families, such as schools, recreational programs, and community organizations; building capacity in youth-serving organizations and workforces to sustainably deliver effective services; and promoting mental health in ethnic minority and immigrant communities through culturally responsive practices.

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Jennifer Kurian

  • Research Associate

Angela L. Walden PhD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry
  • Research Assistant Professor, Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science, Department of Medicine
Dr. Angela Walden is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science in the Department of Medicine. She is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Community Engagement & Collaboration Core in UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Walden received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University and Master of Arts and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral training at the Institute for Juvenile Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Walden provides clinical services through the Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic. Her training as a clinical-scientist and background in both clinical and community psychology informs her clinical approach; she utilizes empirically-supported models while also recognizing that clients’ cognitions and behaviors are influenced by individual-, family-, and social-level factors. Her theoretical orientation incorporates a multilevel understanding of mental health and intervention, rooted in cognitive-behavioral approaches.

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Loretta Hsueh MA

  • Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Loretta is a pre-doctoral psychology intern at UIC and a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology (health psychology emphasis) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She previously earned degrees from San Diego State University (MA in Psychology, Physical/Mental Health track) and UC Santa Barbara (BA, Psychological and Brain Sciences).

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Erika L. Gustafson PhD, MA

  • Postdoctoral Research Volunteer
Erika L. Gustafson, PhD is a postdoctoral research volunteer at UIC’s Institute for Juvenile Research, and a postdoctoral fellow at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Gustafson completed her doctoral training at UIC and her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Broadly, her research focuses on community-based interventions to promote healthy psychological development for children and families in communities of urban poverty. Her specific research interests include broadening the boundaries of mental health treatment through a focus on upstream ecological factors impacting mental health (i.e. the social determinants of health), non-traditional service providers such as community health workers, community settings such as schools and community organizations, and Latinx mental health.

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