Dr. Susan T. Tran, Research Director

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Dr. Tran (she/her) 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.

Anjana Jagpal, 5th year Doctoral Student

Clinical Child Track

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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, 4th 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.

Helen Bedree, 2nd year Doctoral Student

Clinical Child Track

Helen received her bachelor of arts in psychology at Mount Holyoke College. After graduating, she moved to Chicago and worked as a post-bac research assistant at DePaul’s Center for Community Research on the pediatric epidemiology project, which aimed to determine the prevalence of chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis among a community-based sample in the Chicagoland area. Helen’s general research interests are understanding health disparities and pediatric chronic illness with community-based approaches. She is very excited to join the CHILL lab as a first year clinical-child doctoral student!

Keely Bieniak, 2nd year Masters Student

General Psychology

Keely graduated from North Central College earning a BS in Psychology as well as minors in Neuroscience and Wellness. During her undergraduate career, she found a passion for working with children with neurodevelopmental differences and mental health challenges. Her time as a social skills group intern and intake coordinator intern at Susan Myket PhD & Associates presented her with the opportunity to see how the mental and physical health of children impacts not only the life of the child, but the entire family system. She is excited to have the opportunity to engage in research that she is passionate about with the CHILL Lab while she works to earn her MS in General Psychology at DePaul.

Monica Estrada, 4th year Undergraduate

Research Assistant

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.

Talia Neuhaus, 4th year Undergraduate

Research Assistant

Talia is a senior undergraduate at DePaul majoring in psychology and double minoring in biology and early childhood education. Currently she is a preschool teacher, and plans to go to graduate school to become a pediatric occupational therapist. She is so excited to gain skills and experience working with the Pediatric CHILL lab!


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