Graduate Students

MNorr_headshot2Megan Norr received her BA in Cognitive Science, English, and French from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. There, she worked as a research assistant in the Brain, Mind, and Consciousness Lab of Dr. Anthony Jack, studying socio-emotional processing, individual differences (in personality, cognition, emotion), and moral decision-making using neuroimaging techniques. She also worked in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab of Dr. Chandan Vaidya at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, there studying the brain bases of attention, executive function, and social skills in children with ASD, as well as typically developing children. In the Hinshaw lab, Megan’s interests include attention, emotion, and gender differences between women and men with childhood-diagnosed ADHD, with particular focus on life-long impact and neural consequences of ADHD and attention problems for girls and women. Megan is also collaborating with Dr. Moriah Thomason (Wayne State University), researching prenatal risk factors for fetal and infant brain development. In her free time, she likes to hike, run, play ultimate frisbee, enjoy craft beer, and travel.

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 New York, 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.


Laura HenLauraHenry-Headshot2ry is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science program and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She received her B.S. from Northwestern University and then completed a post-baccalaureate research fellowship at the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. Laura is interested in mechanisms (e.g., executive functioning, stigma) of (a) emotional well-being and (b) functional outcomes in children/adolescents with learning and cognitive differences. To better understand developmental timing and generalizability, she emphasizes longitudinal designs and transdiagnostic approaches to investigating these questions.


Ashley headshotAshley Halkett received her B.A. in Psychology and a certificate in Gender & Sexuality studies from Princeton in 2013, and completed her M.Phil in Social & Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge. She worked for three years at the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry studying depression and elder abuse before coming to Berkeley. Ashley is currently studying sexual health and behavior in girls with and without histories of childhood ADHD, including the role of intimate partner violence in the development of risky behavior.


Laura Bell Headshot (2) - CopyLaura Bell received a B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior from UC Davis with a minor in Human Development. From 2013 to 2017, she worked as a staff research assistant with Drs. Sally Ozonoff and Meghan Miller at the UC Davis MIND Institute, and completed an honors thesis under their mentorship investigating early behavioral markers of ADHD.  She also served as a research assistant for two years at the UC Davis CAARE Center conducting research on Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).  Laura’s current research interests include the interplay among temperament, personality, and psychopathology across development, as well as workplace disclosure of mental illness.


Emily RosenthalEmily Rosenthal received her B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University with minors in Policy Analysis and Management, Psychology, and Gerontology. While at Cornell, she worked as a research assistant in the Adolescent Transitions Lab with Dr. Jane Mendle studying the impact of pubertal development and its timing on adolescent outcomes. Her honors thesis explored ADHD as a form of identity among adults with the disorder. Prior to coming to Berkeley, she spent one year working as a post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) fellow at the National Institutes of Health where she explored quality of life and physical functioning among individuals with chronic graft versus host disease. Emily is currently studying factors that may contribute to the onset of internalizing and externalizing comorbidities among individuals with ADHD, with a particular focus on adolescence and emotion regulation. She is also exploring how individuals with ADHD perceive the disorder and associated social, behavioral, and emotional challenges.

Version 2Sinclaire O’Grady is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science program. She received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University where she worked with Dr. Karen Adolph and completed an honors thesis under her mentorship studying infant locomotor exploration. She also interned for a year in the Child & Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Units at Bellevue Hospital. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, Sinclaire was a research coordinator in the Perinatal Pathways Lab of Dr. Catherine Monk at Columbia University investigating the effects of maternal distress on fetal and infant development and early preventions for mental illness. Sinclaire is interested in developmental pathways to self-harmful behaviors, with emphasis on trait impulsivity, childhood maltreatment, emotion dysregulation, and suicidality to inform preventative interventions.


Lab Alumni
  • 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. Dr. Zalecki was a member of the lab since 1994, and worked with BGALS since its inception, most recently working as the Project Director. She also worked on the MTA study in 1995 and 1996. 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. Dr. Zalecki is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in assessment and differential diagnosis of childhood neurodevelopmental disorders. She is presently Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Services at the HALP Clinic at UCSF.
  • Peter Gillette 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, a Data Manager for the Supporting Father Involvement Project, a lecturer in the History of Psychology at UC Berkeley, and the BGALS Project Coordinator. He is presently working in the Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center and Institute of Human Development at UC Berkeley.
  • Jocelyn Meza is a post-doctoral fellow in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry. She received her B.A. in Psychology and minored in Applied Developmental Psychology from UCLA and her doctorate in Clinical Science from UC Berkeley.
  • Shaikh Ahmad is a post-doctoral fellow in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. He received his Bachelors degrees in Philosophy and Business Administration from UC Berkeley and his doctorate in Clinical Science from UC Berkeley.
  • Christopher Adalio is a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Florida. He received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida, and his doctorate in Clinical Science from UC Berkeley.