Meet Our Team

Principal Investigator

Andrea Goldstein-Piekarski, PhD

Dr. Goldstein-Piekarski currently directs the Computational Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Sleep Laboratory (CoPsyN Sleep Lab) as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and as a PI within the Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Palo Alto VA. Dr. Goldstein-Piekarski’s research program aims to harness findings from trans-disciplinary clinical research that leverage her unique background in human brain imaging, computational methods, clinical psychology, and sleep research to improve the way we diagnosis and treat psychiatric disorders. The themes of her work include (a) examining the role of sleep physiology in the development, maintenance, and treatment of psychopathology across the life span, (b) identifying transdiagnostic subtypes of dysfunction that are linked to brain function, and (c) identifying objective biomarkers that predict general and medication-specific responses to pharmacological and psychosocial treatments for insomnia, anxiety, and depression. She currently is the acting PI of two ongoing clinical trials investigating moderators and mediators of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia.

Clinicians

Raquel Osorno, PsyD

Raquel Osorno, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist and clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where she serves as a member of the CoPsyN Sleep Lab, Sleep Health and Insomnia Program, the Psychosocial Treatment Clinic, and the Sports Medicine team. She specializes in the treatment of sleep, mood, and anxiety disorders in adults. Dr. Osorno completed her doctoral training at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Prior to her doctoral training, she worked as a research assistant in a memory and aging clinic in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Osorno holds a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University.

Clinical Research Coordinators

Allison Morehouse, BA

Allison is currently the Lab Manager of the CoPsyN Sleep Lab. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a BA in Cognitive Science. As an undergraduate, she researched with the Center for Human Sleep Science and the Jagust Lab investigating how sleep impacts the cognitive and brain functioning normally associated with aging. Allison enjoys hiking, camping, reading, and going to the beach. Currently, for the CoPsyN Lab, she is studying how sleep treatment can improve emotional regulation abilities in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Allison hopes to continue this line of research in the future.

Mateo Lopez, BS

Mateo earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2019. At Berkeley, he was a research assistant in the Whitney Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Computational Psychiatry and Affective Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Mateo hopes to further pursue neuroscience and clinical translational research in the future. Outside of research, he enjoys reading, discovering new music venues, and going out salsa dancing. 

Abby Cirelli, BA

Abby Cirelli graduated from Loyola University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minor in Statistics. As an undergraduate, she participated in the William C. Dement fellowship at Brown University and researched sleep EEG recordings of children with ADHD. Abby also presented her work on sleep and caffeine consumption in early adolescents at the World Sleep Congress in Vancouver, Canada. Abby hopes to continue researching sleep and neuroscience in adult populations. In her free time, Abby enjoys playing piano, drawing, cooking, and cycling. 

Pandora Lam, BA

Pandora graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She worked as a research assistant at the Zhou Family and Culture Lab of UC Berkeley as an undergraduate, examining the effects of grandparent involvement in parenting and children’s cognitive and emotional development. She hopes to continue pursuing research in the field of clinical psychology, particularly regarding the efficacy of interventions, in the future. In her free time, Pandora enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, and going to the movies.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Dena Sadeghi Bahmani, PhD

Dena Sadeghi Bahmani, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow and a clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (as a member of the CoPsyN Sleep Laboratory) and the Department of Psychology (as a member of the Psychophysiology Laboratory) at Stanford University. Dr. Bahmani earned her Ph.D. from the University of Basel in Switzerland. The main focus of her Ph.D. dissertation was on sleep disturbances, well-being, and physical activity among people with multiple sclerosis. In addition, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Exercise Neuroscience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Dr. Bahmani’s current research focuses on emotion regulation and physical activity interventions on sleep, well-being, and symptom management in multiple sclerosis. In parallel, she studies the link between physical activity and affect dysregulation in insomnia.

Adam Krause, PhD

Maryam Ahmadi, PhD

Volunteer Clinical Students

Jennifer Stephens M.S.

Jennifer is a first year doctoral student at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and graduated from Washington & Lee University with a B.A. in psychology. Prior to graduate school, Jennifer was a project coordinator at Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center where she coordinated a NCI-funded multi-site, longitudinal, randomized trial assessing the effectiveness of telephone counseling and nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation with older, long-term smokers undergoing lung cancer screening. Jennifer joined the CoPsyN Sleep lab because she is interested to explore the ways in which sleep affects mental health, particularly in the era of COVID-19. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new restaurants, going on long walks, and binging the newest Netflix series.

Kelly Showen B.A.

Kelly is a third year doctoral student in the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. Her primary clinical interests include health psychology and the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. Kelly holds a B.A. from Stanford University. In her free time, Kelly enjoys yoga, baking, and going on long walks with friends.

Emily Fox M.S.

Emily is a 4th year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and a proud UC Berkeley grad (go bears!). Throughout her time in graduate school, Emily has received specialty training in working with LGBTQ+-identified individuals as well as in treating complex trauma. Emily enjoys using mindfulness-based approaches to help clients connect with the present moment and live by their values. In addition to her clinical work, Emily has a research background in healthy relationship functioning, early violence exposure, and cognitive aging, and has co-authored several publications and presentations on these topics. Prior to beginning graduate school, Emily worked as clinical research coordinator at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center conducting neuropsychological assessments and supporting a variety of NIH-funded research studies on cognitive functioning in the context of healthy aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and dementia. In her free time, Emily loves to hike, do yoga, and take day trips around the Bay Area.

Aileen Kucsera M.S.

Aileen is a fourth-year doctoral candidate at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She has received specialized clinical training working with Latinx populations and substance use disorders, and is current training as a clinician at the San Francisco VA Health Care System in the Integrated Care Psychology Clinic. Aileen is passionate about the mind-body connection and how psychotherapeutic interventions, especially mindfulness-based interventions, can impact positive health behaviors and physiological markers of health. Her research interests include exploring the use of psychedelic substances for various psychiatric disorders and her current research involves investigating the knowledge and attitudes of mental healthcare towards psychedelics. Prior to beginning graduate school, Aileen worked as a physician assistant in primary care and continues this work part-time as she pursues her doctoral degree. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, and taking care of her many house plants.

Michaela Moss B.A.

Michaela is a third year doctoral student in the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. Her primary clinical interests include health psychology and trauma-informed care. Michaela holds a B.A. in psychology and public health from UC Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, Michaela worked as a health educator for a federally qualified health center in San Francisco. In her free time, Michaela enjoys hiking, tending to her growing collection of plants, and exploring the Bay Area.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Eyerusalem Alemu

Eyerusalem is a second-year student at Stanford University studying Human Biology and Symbolic Systems, on a pre-med track. Her concentration areas are human development, learning, and brain and behavior which are driven by her interest to study the human brain and improve quality of life. Her primary clinical interests include neuropsychiatry and the impact of sleep on disorders. Eyerusalem hopes to continue working in this field of research at Stanford and beyond. During her free time, Eyerusalem loves to visit parks in San Fransico and hike mountains in the Bay Area.

Carly Smith

Carly is an undergraduate at Stanford studying Human Biology. Her specific interests involve human development and performance, both as flexible products of different environments. Carly's interests in the lab revolve around exploring the ways that sleep impacts both cognitive and physical factors of our lives. She hopes to continue her study of human performance throughout her remaining undergraduate career before heading to medical school. Outside of the lab, Carly enjoys running, weightlifting, gardening, and exploring the world of art. 

Sergio Romero

Jessica Balbin

Rachel Braswell

Brett Strickland

Oluseyi Ogundipe

Richzeska Fandino

Past Visiting Observers

Luca Istrate

Luca is a bachelor student in Software Engineering from the University Politehnica of Bucharest, who benefits from a special training program through research proposed  by MINES ParisTech / PSL University. In this context, he is involved in data science projects with an  interdisciplinary approach. In particular, he studies the representation of analogical reasoning in artificial intelligence. His other interests include low-level programming, Linux and solving Rubik's cubes. He can't play the guitar.

Dan Matei

Dan is a bachelor student in Computer Science from the University Politehnica of Bucarest (Romania), who benefits from a special training program through research proposed by MINES ParisTech / PSL University. In this context, he is involved in data science projects in an interdisciplinary approach. In particular, he studies the representation of analogical reasoning in artificial intelligence. Aside from academia, he enjoys reading Sci-Fi books, listening to 80's rock and taking walks around the city. Sometimes he gets a little too excited about the latest tech news.


Alumni


Andrea Cordero, BA

Andrea earned Bachelor of Art degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2017. She also earned her Master’s of Education in Institutional Research from Penn State in 2020. At Penn State, she was a lab manager for the Emotion Development Lab, Child Attention and Learning Lab, and Lab of Developmental Neuroscience. Andrea hopes to continue to pursue cognitive psychology in the future.

Kathleen O'Hora, BS

Kathleen earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at Villanova University in 2017. At Villanova, she studied the cognitive architecture and neural bases of human memory in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory Lab. Kathleen worked as the Lab Manager in the CoPsyN Sleep Lab. She is currently a first year student in UCLA's Interdepartmental Neuroscience PhD program

Clara Lee, BA

Clara graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in Psychological & Brain Sciences and minored in Computer Science. As an undergrad she was a research assistant in Dr. Tom Rodebaugh’s Anxiety and Psychotherapy Lab. She is currrently working as a UX research deisgner.

Alison Buchanan, BS

Alison earned a double degree in Psychology and Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington. During her time as a Research Assistant for the CoPsyN Sleep Lab, she realized her passion for designing and improving people’s experiences as they navigate new systems, digital or otherwise. Alison is excited to return to the University of Washington in the fall of 2018 to pursue her interests in research, design, and human behavior through a Master’s in Human Centered Design and Engineering. In her spare time Alison likes to travel, read, and show everyone pictures of her houseplants.

Tess Brown M.S.

Tess is a third year doctoral student at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Psychology. Her primary clinical interests are in anxiety and trauma and how sleep impacts well-being. Tess currently works as a clinician at Menlo College. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time outdoors.

Alix Simonson M.S.

Alix Simonson is a fourth year Doctoral Candidate at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She has received clinical training in a variety of outpatient and inpatient adult settings and is passionate about SMI, trauma, evidence-based treatments, and underserved populations. Alix emphasizes the importance of making behavioral changes in her work with clients and is dedicated to research that investigates treatment effectiveness and increases access to care. Prior to her doctoral training she worked as a research assistant in a neuroimaging lab studying neurodegenerative diseases. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Politics from Oberlin College.

Becky Poplawski M.S.

Becky is a fourth year doctoral student at the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. She is interested in examining the ways that treatment of insomnia can impact other psychiatric symptoms. In addition to working at the CoPsyN Sleep Lab, Becky also works as a clinician at Menlo College and on the Stanford DBT Team.

Margot Paul

Margot is a third year doctoral student at PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She has always been interested in the way sleep interacts with one’s quality of life and overall functioning. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, going on hikes, and watching movies.  

Maria Ocampo M.S.

Maria is a third year doctoral student at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Psychology. Her primary clinical interests are in anxiety and depression and how sleep affects and mediates a wide array of mental health diagnoses. Maria also currently works as a clinician at the Stanford Faculty and Staff Help Center. She also conducts research to provide the best psychological care for parents at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. During her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, cooking, listening to podcasts, and playing tennis.


Collaborators

Clete Kushida, MD PhD

Donn Posner, PhD CBSM

Leanne Williams, PhD

Jerome Yesavage, MD

Nolan Williams, MD

Leah Freidman, PhD