Project DirectorChristine 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 has been a member of the lab since 1994, and worked with BGALS since its inception. 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.
Laura 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.
Ashley 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 Henry completed her B.S. at Northwestern University and then a post-baccalaureate research fellowship at the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health where she studied autism spectrum disorder and genetic disorders associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Laura is interested in characterizing and predicting developmental trajectories and functional outcomes in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. To this end, she is currently studying neurocognitive skills in girls with ADHD in relation to trajectories of academic and social functioning from childhood to adulthood. She is also interested in the reduction of stigma of developmental disorders and mental illness in schools.
Enitan 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.
Megan 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.
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.
Shaikh Ahmad received his Bachelors degrees in Philosophy and Business Administration from UC Berkeley . 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.
Christopher Adalio received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida. He is 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 He is currently studying cognitive skills in children with ADHD. Christopher is also interested in parenting practices in families of children with disruptive behaviors.