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Jennifer Suor PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Institute for Juvenile Research
  • Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Jennifer Suor, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois – Chicago. Dr. Suor is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois. Dr. Suor received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester, with emphasis in developmental psychopathology. Dr. Suor completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois – Chicago.  

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Aida Adriano

  • Research Assistant, PEACE Lab
Aida is an undergraduate at UIC’s Liberal Arts and Science College studying Biological Sciences. She began in the Fall of 2020, and this is her third year. Aida is part of the Honors College at UIC. She is a volunteer for Dr. Cope Feurer in the adolescent research lab, FAM lab. She is interested in the psychiatric field, specifically in children and teens.

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Emily Barron MA

  • Ph.D. Student at Northwestern University, Biological Anthropology
  • PEACE Lab Volunteer Research Assistant

Emily began her doctoral studies at Northwestern University in the fall of 2021. She is a biological anthropologist interested in understanding human brain development through an evolutionary lens.

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Kywei Huang BS

  • Research Volunteer, PEACE Lab
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Kywei Huang is a current medical student at UICOM interested in psychiatry. He is a regular volunteer with Chicago Street Medicine and has a strong interest in helping the homeless community in Chicago. Kywei graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in 2018. 

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Caley Lane BS

  • PEACE Lab Research Associate
Caley Lane joined the FAM Lab as a Research Associate in June 2022 after receiving her B.S. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and now working in PEACE Lab. Her research interests include understanding cognitive-affective mechanisms underlying risk for internalizing psychopathology, specifically anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, in youth. 

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Adamari Lopez BS

  • Research Associate I, PEACE Lab
Adamari joined the lab as an undergraduate research volunteer Fall 2022 primarily working on behavioral coding and assisting with in-person participant visits. Adamari recently graduated from UIC with her B.A. in Applied Psychology and Sociology and will be starting her Clinical Psychology PhD program this Fall at the University of Rhode Island. Adamari is particularly interested in addressing the role of family adversity, parenting, and familial well-being in the development of risk or resilience for psychopathology within youth.

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Rebecca Mueller BS

  • Research Associate I, PEACE Lab and Research Volunteer, CCAN Lab
  • Project Coordinator for EPIC
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Becca graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2023 with a B.S. in Psychology and Human and Organizational Development. She is a member of Dr. Suor’s Parenting, Environmental Risk, Affective Neuroscience, and Child Emotions (PEACE) Lab. In the PEACE Lab, she serves as the project coordinator for the EPIC study. Becca is also a volunteer in Dr.

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Amtul Najiya

  • Volunteer Research Assistant, PEACE Lab
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Evelyn Pizano

  • Undergraduate Research Volunteer, PEACE Lab

Evelyn is an undergraduate student at UIC studying Biological Sciences and General Psychology. She intends on applying to graduate school in order to further her education and pursue a PhD in the field of Neuroscience. 

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Emily Schamber MA

  • Research Volunteer, PEACE Lab

For the longest time, Emily thought she wanted to become a mental health counselor. After high school, she attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology. For a time, she even went for her master’s in clinical mental health counseling.

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Leen Subei

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, PEACE Lab

Leen is an undergraduate LAS student majoring in Neuroscience. She is a volunteer research assistant in the PEACE lab, working under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Suor. Leen is particularly interested in the connection between abstract concepts of behavior and their tangible physical manifestations. She aspires to pursue a Ph.D.

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Katie L. Burkhouse PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, The Ohio State University
Dr. Burkhouse is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and a Clinical Psychologist affiliated with UIC’s Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY) and completed her Clinical Internship at UIC. Her program of research broadly focuses on identifying behavioral-brain risk phenotypes and preventive interventions for youth depressive disorders. Much of this work focuses on utilizing multiple levels of analysis (i.e., behavioral, EEG, pupil dilation, fMRI) to identify cognitive-affective processing styles involved in the transmission of depression from parents to their offspring. A second focus of her research involves applying this mechanism-based work to prevention efforts for youth at high risk for depression. The ultimate goal of this work is to improve the identification and prevention of internalizing disorders in children and adolescents.

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Marc S. Atkins PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Atkins is a licensed clinical psychologist and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and past Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). He developed and led the internship in clinical psychology for the Department of Psychiatry for two decades and has mentored numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on career development awards and postdoctoral fellowships. He currently directs the Community Engagement and Collaboration core for UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science. He is the recipient of numerous grants from the NIMH and private foundations examining new models for mental health practice in urban communities to address long-standing disparities in mental health care for children and families living in high poverty urban communities. He currently is Co-PI with Dr. Tara Mehta on a grant from the NIMH studying community health worker navigation into mental health services for urban children and families. He is active in public policy, including as a consultant to the Chicago Public Schools, the Illinois Division of Mental Health, and the Illinois State Board of Education on guidelines for school and community based mental health programs and practices, and to Chief Judge Timothy Evans of the Cook County Circuit Court on behavioral health programming for Restorative Justice Courts.

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Kate Fitzgerald MD

  • Associate Professor, Psychiatry
  • Research Affiliate, Center for Human Growth and Development
  • University of Michigan

Dr. Fitzgerald is interested in a number of clinical and research areas, but is most passionate about pediatric anxiety, including obsessive compulsive disorder. Her current research involves using fMRI, EEG, and behavioral assessments to look for possible neurological biomarkers of anxiety disorders. For more information, visit Dr.

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Stewart Shankman PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Psychology)
  • Northwestern University
  • Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Chicago, IL

Dr. Shankman's research focuses on the relation between depression and anxiety disorders, with an emphasis on neurobehavioral processes that are common vs. specific between the two. Currently, Dr. Shankman is the Principal Investigator and co-investigator on multiple NIH-funded projects.

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