Dr. Adam Grabell
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
135 Hicks Way, Tobin 123
Amherst, MA 01003-9271
Dr. Adam Grabell’s research focuses on emotion regulation and its relation to cross-diagnostic symptoms of psychopathology in early childhood. Dr. Grabell is particularly interested in the fine details of how the emerging emotion regulation system works and which parts of this system aren’t functioning well in young children on the cusp of persistent mood and behavior problems.
Katie is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology, where she studied neuropsychology and patterns of cognitive decline in individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. She later worked at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she worked in the ADHD and Development Lab and studied executive functioning and risk-taking behaviors in individuals with ADHD. Her research interests lie in early childhood development and different underlying factors that effect mental and physical health outcomes across development. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, watching horror movies, reading books, and going on hikes.
Zachary is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. He graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Psychology and is originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey! Zachary is interested in investigating emotion regulation, and is particularly fascinated with how our appraisals, beliefs, and other cognitions about emotions (i.e., metaemotions) impact emotion regulation outcomes.
Sarah is a fifth-year graduate student in the Developmental Science PhD program at UMass Amherst. She graduated from UMass Amherst in 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience, and spent the following three years working on a project examining the neural bases of emotion processing in infancy and early childhood at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Sarah is interested in how family systems and context promote or inhibit early social-cognitive development.
Her master’s thesis focused on how household chaos influences associations between neural physiology and internalizing symptoms in early childhood.
Adrelys Mateo Santana
Adrelys graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 2020 with a B.S. in Psychology, a certificate in Developmental Disabilities & Human Services (DDHS), and a secondary major in Spanish. She stayed at UMass Amherst to work as the Lab Coordinator for the SEED Lab and expand her knowledge on young children’s emotion regulation across various units of analysis. Adrelys hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Outside of research, Adrelys loves translation, photography, and interior design.
Katherine Edell is a third-year student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Commonwealth Honors College. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology with certificates in social work and international studies. She is very interested in clinical psychology and plans on pursuing graduate school after graduation where she will be able to obtain a Ph.D in clinical psychology. With that degree, she hopes to work in the field of therapy. Outside of the lab she enjoys writing, baking, and hiking.
Philip is a third-year student in the Commonwealth Honors College, pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. He plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is particularly interested in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other therapeutic interventions for treating psychological disorders. His research interests include psychopathology in children and adults, as well as the effectiveness of various treatment interventions. Outside of the lab Philip plays for the Ultimate Frisbee team, makes wheel-thrown pottery, and plays the cello.
Cody is a Senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, currently pursuing a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular biology. He hopes to continue his education and go into medical school in order to become a physician. Cody is an active student on campus who is a resident assistant, peer advisor, cadet in ROTC, and a former varsity athlete at the university. Outside the university, Cody loves to snowboard, scuba dive and skydive along with hanging with friends and trying new restaurants.
Caitlyn is a third-year student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Commonwealth Honors College. She is currently majoring in psychology on the neuroscience track and minoring in biology. Caitlyn hopes to attend medical school and become a pediatric physician concentrating in the field of neuroscience. Outside of lab, Caitlyn loves to play piano, bake sweets with her mom, and play outside with her two dogs.
Makayla is a fourth-year student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience Psychology within the Commonwealth Honors College. She is on the pre-med track and plans to go to medical school or a physician assistant program. She would like to work in pediatric neurology because she loves working with kids. In her free time, she volunteers at a homeless shelter for children and works at Baystate Medical Center. Her favorite things to do are paint and draw, listen to music, and go on adventures!
Portteia is a first-year student at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has a passion for working with children and is interested in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. In the future, she would like to work in the field of research and therapy for children. In her free time, she likes to volunteer, collect records, and play the violin.
Shriya is a second-year student in the Commonwealth Honors College, double majoring in Biology and Studio Art. She is interested in Developmental and Clinical Psychology, and possibly integrating her passion for art and psychology through art therapy. Her research interests include the cognitive and physiological basis of emotion regulation in children and adults with mood disorders, and the early treatment of such disorders. In her free time, she likes to read, write, draw, and listen to music.
Sherley De La Rosa Mejia
Sherley is a second-year student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Commonwealth Honors College. She is currently double majoring in Biology & Psychology, and is also on the Neuroscience track. She is also currently on the Pre-Med track and plans to attend medical school. Sherley enjoys working with children and would like to become a pediatric neurosurgeon. She was a member of the Bio-Pioneers cohort and is now a member of the Future Healthcare Leaders Network. In her free time, she volunteers with a bilingual hotline crisis and as an English tutor for Syrian refugees. Some of her favorite things to do are watch Netflix series, read books and listen to music!