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, health disparities in pediatric chronic pain, and barriers to behavioral health interventions. Dr. Tran will not be reviewing applications for admission into the doctoral clinical program for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Anjana Jagpal, 6th year Doctoral Student

Clinical Child Track

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Anjana (she/her) 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 research interests primarily lie in understanding the impact of stress and trauma on youth with chronic medical conditions. She is also particularly interested in understanding how stress influences the experience of pain. Anjana’s broad clinical interests center around the intersection of community and pediatric psychology and she is passionate about reaching populations that are typically underserved by psychological resources. Anjana recently began her pre-doctoral internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she is a pediatric psychology resident.

Marissa Koven, 5th year Doctoral Student

Clinical Child Track

Marissa (she/her) received her bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology from Emory University. After graduation, 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 studies aimed at advancing the understanding of IBD in order to improve treatment. Marissa’s research interests lie in understanding the impact of pediatric chronic medical conditions on children and families’ psychosocial functioning, within the context of broader family factors. She is passionate about fostering resiliency and improving coping among children and their families in both her research and clinical work. She is working on developing a bilingual (English and Spanish) and culturally sensitive coping kit intervention for school aged children with craniofacial conditions and their caregivers for her dissertation. Clinically, Marissa has worked with families from diverse backgrounds in a variety of medical and community mental health settings. She is currently an extern at University of Chicago Medicine completing rotations in pediatric Consultation/Liaison, Hematology/Oncology, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Helen Bedree, 3rd year Doctoral Student

Clinical Child Track

Helen (she/her) 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 related to pediatric chronic illness and access to psychosocial treatment approaches. She defended her thesis examining bidrectionality of daily pain and physical activity among emerging adults using dynamic structural equation modeling in July of 2021 and received her master of arts in clinical psychology. In her clinical training, Helen has completed clinical practicum at DePaul’s Family and Community Services working with underserved children in the Chicagoland area during the 2020-2021 academic year. She is currently an extern at NorthShore University HealthSystem  training in pediatric clinical neuropsychology testing.

Keely Bieniak, 1st year Doctoral Student

Clinical Child Track

Keely (she/her) graduated from North Central College in 2019, earning a BS in Psychology as well as minors in Neuroscience and Wellness. In June 2021 she earned her MA in Psychology from DePaul following the defense of her thesis which focused on the relationships between functional disability, social support, and mental health in individuals with pediatric Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Keely’s main research interests lie in understanding what factors influence the wellness outcomes for individuals with pediatric chronic pain or chronic illness. She is excited to continue at DePaul as she begins working towards her PhD in the fall.

Brittany Ricart, 2nd year Doctoral Student

Clinical Child Track

Brittany received her B.A in psychology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. After graduating, she spent several years working at Children’s National Medical Center with patients in the in-patient psychiatric unit and the emergency department, as well as at George Washington University’s Cancer Center. Brittany’s primary research interests include the relationship between children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions and their mental/physical health outcomes, chronic pain/stress relationship, and health disparities among minority children and adolescents. Outside of the program, you can find Brittany caring for and playing with her cat Remus, hiking and leisure reading.

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