Dr. Susan T. Tran, Research Director

Dr. Tran completed her graduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her internship and fellowship training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Tran’s research, teaching, and clinical interests are in pediatric psychology. Specifically, her research focuses on the relationships between biological and psychosocial determinants of health in children and adolescents.  Current projects focus on physical, academic, social, and emotional functioning in youth with pediatric chronic pain, the effects of stress on pain, and barriers to behavioral health interventions.

Dr. Tran is not accepting applications for graduate students for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Anjana Jagpal, 3rd year Doctoral Student

Clinical Child Track



Research Gate Profile 

Anjana received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University.  During her undergraduate career Anjana was involved in research focusing on health related quality of life of breast cancer survivors.  Following graduation, she spent a few years at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital coordinating a study aimed to provide a systematic tailored approach to treatment for patients with Functional Abdominal Pain (FAP) and anxiety within the context of multidisciplinary care.  Anjana’s primary interests lie in understanding the intersection between pediatric pain and children with a history of trauma.  She is passionate about developing an intervention specifically tailored toward this population with hopes of reaching children typically underserved by psychological resources.

Marissa Koven, 2nd year Doctoral Student

Clinical Child Track



Marissa received her BA in Psychology from Emory University. After graduating, she worked as a clinical research coordinator in the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. There she worked with families and children on a variety of studies aimed at advancing the understanding of IBD in order to improve treatment. Marissa’s research interests focus on understanding the impact of pediatric chronic medical illness across physical, mental health, academic and social domains. She is passionate about fostering resiliency and improving coping among children and their families. Marissa is currently working on her Master’s Thesis which will center on what life is like for children and their parents impacted by hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Monica Estrada, 3rd year Undergraduate

Research Assistant

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Monica is an undergraduate research assistant, majoring in Psychology. She is currently working on the hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome project and is particularly interested in the relationship between parent and family factors, parent and child pain catastrophizing, parental pain stages of change, and protective parenting responses.

Cristina Candel, 3rd year Undergraduate

Research Assistant

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Cristina is a junior at DePaul majoring in Psychology and has a minor in English. She is new to the Pediatric CHILL Lab and is very excited to further her research experience and apply gained knowledge and skills to her graduate and professional careers! In the future, she would like to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Click here to learn more about the exciting things our team members go on to do: Pediatric CHILL Lab Alumni