Christine Zalecki

Project Director

Christine A. Zalecki received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and attended UCSF for her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship. She currently is Director of the BGALS Program. Dr. Zalecki has been a member of the lab since 1994, and worked on the MTA study in 1995 and 1996. She was a researcher at Professor Hinshaw’s summer programs for girls with ADHD in 1997-1999, and has worked on each of the 5-year follow-up studies of these girls. From 2009-2013 she was Director of the Child Life and Attention Skills Project, which was a multi-site randomized trial of psychosocial interventions for school-aged children with ADHD-Inattentive. Her research interests have included basic emotion processes in children and adolescents with ADHD, physical and relational aggression in children with ADHD, and family processes related to ADHD. Dr. Zalecki is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in assessment and differential diagnosis of childhood neurodevelopmental disorders. In addition to working in Professor Hinshaw’s lab, she also is a Staff Psychologist at the Langley Porter Children’s Center at UCSF, an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Clinical Science Program at Cal, and has an assessment private practice in Corte Madera, CA.


Project Coordinator


Peter Gillette Peter received his A.B. in Philosophy at Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from U.C. Berkeley. His research has ranged from numeric competency in young children to family systems intervention work. He has worked as an editor and developer for the California Desired Results Developmental Profile, as series editor for, and as Data Manager for the Supporting Father Involvement Project here at U.C. Berkeley. He is a lecturer in the History of Psychology at UC Berkeley. In his spare time he enjoys old-timey music, cooking, gardening, and playing with his two kids.
Liz Owens

Data Scientist


Liz Owens has been a research scientist at IHD for 15 years, previously receiving her B.A. in biology from Stanford University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She works primarily on two projects: a long-term longitudinal study of girls with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and a randomized clinical trial for children with inattentive-type ADHD. On both projects she serves as a statistical consultant and data analyst. On the latter, she also served as the licensed clinical psychologist, working with parents individually and in groups, as well as providing consultation to teachers. In addition to ADHD, Liz is interested in the development of externalizing problems in young children and resilience among children at risk for developing psychopathology.
Graduate Students

Chanelle GordonChanelle Gordon is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Science program at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.A. from Loyola University of New Orleans in 2005. In 2009, she completed a M.S. in Child Development at the University of California, Davis, where she studied parenting and adolescence. She currently studies how parental stress and different parenting practices, such as parental monitoring, influence the development of internalizing and externalizing symptoms in individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).




Christopher Adalio

Christopher Adalio is a graduate student in the Clinical Science program and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, he was an intramural postbaccalaureate research fellow in the Unit on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health. While at the NIMH, he worked on neuroimaging studies with youth with Conduct Disorder and Callous-Unemotional Traits. Christopher received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida. He is currently studying cognitive skills in children with ADHD. Christopher is also interested in parenting practices in families of children with disruptive behaviors.

Jocelyn Meza received her B.A. in Psychology and minored in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of California of Los Angeles (UCLA). While at UCLA she was the Lab Manager for the ADHD and Development Lab and was a McNair Research Scholar under the mentorship of Steve Lee. For her Psychology Honor’s Thesis she investigated the association between Positive Parenting Behaviors and Response Inhibition in Children with and without ADHD. Currently she is interested on the mediating role of peer rejection and victimization on the association between response inhibition and self-injury in young adult women with and without ADHD.



Megan NorrMegan Norr is a third-year graduate student in the clinical science program at UC Berkeley. Megan received her BA from Case Western Reserve University, where she studied cognitive science, English, and French. She worked as an undergraduate research assistant and lab manager in the Brain, Mind, and Consciousness Lab of Dr. Anthony Jack, studying socio-emotional processing and moral cognition using neuroimaging techniques. From 2011-2013 Megan was the lab manager in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab of Dr. Chandan Vaidya at Georgetown University, where she coordinated projects examining executive control functioning in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Megan’s research interests include cognitive control processes in relation to attention and emotion, the role of cognitive control in developmental disorders, and brain-based sex differences in children and adults with ADHD.

Shaikh AhmadShaikh Ahmad is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Science program within the Hinshaw Lab. He received his Bachelors’ degrees from UC Berkeley in Philosophy and Business Administration. After spending a few years working in the technology sector, he continued pursuing his passion in the psychological sciences by working as a research assistant and lab manager at UC Berkeley prior to graduate study. Shaikh has collaborated on various research projects, exploring health outcomes of ADHD, intimate and online relationships, as well as the transmission of various behaviors and psychopathologies across generations of families. Broadly, Shaikh’s research interests include: developmental psychopathology; emotion regulation; social and interpersonal relationships; stigma and resilience associated with mental illness.


E.MarcelleEnitan Marcelle received her B.A. in both Psychology and Music from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also minored in Jazz & Popular Music Studies. Prior to attending UC Berkeley Enitan was as a research assistant at the Child Mind Institute in Manhattan, NY. Here, she worked on neuroimaging studies exploring brain development in healthy and clinical populations, with the goal of identifying the signatures of mental illness and markers of treatment response. Currently Enitan is a graduate student in the Clinical Science program at UC Berkeley, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her research interests include investigating the neural basis of working memory development, studying mechanisms of successful working memory training, and the development of internet-based working memory therapies.


Stephanie CardoosStephanie Cardoos is a seventh-year graduate student in the Hinshaw Lab. She graduated from Connecticut College in 2006 and was a Research/Program Coordinator for Wediko Children’s Services’ Summer Program for two years. Stephanie is interested in the development of risk-taking behavior, particularly (a) the role of ADHD symptoms, (b) the influence of peers, and (c) the impact of pubertal maturation on social valuation processes. In the future, Stephanie hopes to apply basic research on the mechanisms of risk taking to the development, implementation, and assessment of interventions for health risk behaviors. She hopes to remain active in both clinical work and research throughout her career.  She is currently interning at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.