McLeod Lab People

Graduate Students

Katrina Markowicz, M.S.

1460132795Katrina grew up in Metro Detroit, MI and received her B.S. in Honors Psychology at Wayne State University in 2014. Her research interests involve the implementation of evidence-based assessment and treatment for youth at risk for behavioral and emotional disorders. Specifically, she is interested the reduction of treatment barriers to enhance treatment delivery in community settings. Katrina entered the lab in Fall 2016.

Stephanie Violante, M.S. 

stephanie-pictureStephanie grew up in Seattle, WA and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Psychology in 2013. Her research interests involve the implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings and how to reduce burden on providers in order to increase treatment integrity. Stephanie entered the lab in Fall 2016.

Jennifer Cecilione, M.S.

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Jennifer Cecilione grew up in central New Jersey and graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in Psychology. Her research interests involve therapist-client alliance and client involvement in youth therapy, specifically how these (and related factors) impact outcomes in evidence-based treatments. Jennifer entered the lab in Fall 2018.

Navneet Kaur, B.S.

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Navneet grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with B.S. in Psychology and Family Human Development in 2018. Her research interests involve the implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings and how to reduce treatment barriers to enhance sustainability of evidence-based practices in community settings. Navneet entered the lab in Fall 2020.

Lab Alumni

Ruben G. Martinez, PhD.

IMG_1124Ruben grew up in Indianapolis, IN and graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2011. His research interests center on frameworks and models of implementation, applying treatment integrity tools to new and diverse settings, and instrumentation and measurement in implementation science. Ruben graduated from VCU in 2020 with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. He is currently a postdoc at UCLA.

Priya Srivastava, B.A.

13445255_1086700318066118_1097248959106424810_nPriya graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in Chemistry and Psychology. She worked as a Project Coordinator for the Treatment Integrity Measure Efficient (TIME) study from 2016-2018. Priya is now pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology.

Ellie Wu, B.A.

Lab Website photoEllie graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. Her current research interests focus on the development and evaluation of tools that promote the implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings. Ellie worked as a Project Coordinator of the IES Goal 5 study from 2016-2018. Ellie is now pursing her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of South Carolina.

Maria E. Gyure, M.S. 

MariMaria_Headshota grew up in southeastern Connecticut and graduated from the University of CT with a B.S. in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences. With both clinical and research interests, she received her Master’s degree from VCU in Genetic Counseling in 2007, ultimately working as a Research Coordinator for a bio-behavioral trial focused on improving family communication about histories of breast and colon cancer. Maria joined the lab in 2014 and served as a research faculty member within the Department of Counseling and Special Education at VCU. As the Project Coordinator for multiple studies involving Dr. McLeod, her research projects included intervention implementation, treatment integrity, and recruitment methodologies. Maria is now the program director of the genetic counseling program at the University of CT.

Emily Wheat, Ph.D.

Emily grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL and graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2006 with a B.A. in Psychology. She received a master’s degree in General Psychology from the University of Richmond in 2010 and graduated from VCU in 2017 with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. . She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado.

Nadia Islam, Ph.D.

Nadia grew up in Portsmouth, VA and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology in 2009 and graduated from VCU in 2017 with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her research and clinical interests involve the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for youth in community and pediatric care settings. She is working at the Pediatric Center in Richmond, VA.

Meghan Smith Lawson, Ph.D.

Meghan grew up in Baltimore, MD and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology in 2010 and graduated from VCU in 2017 with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her research and clinical interests focus on CBT for youth with anxiety, depression, trauma, and autism spectrum disorders. She is currently working at Summit Emotional Health in Richmond, VA.

Lillian M. Christon, Ph.D.

Lily grew up in Maryland and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wake Forest University. She received her master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Richmond and graduated from VCU in 2013 with a PhD in Clinical Psychology and as a Developmental and Clinical Scholar. She is currently a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Bio-Behavioral Medicine, at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research focuses broadly on identifying factors leading to optimal health, adjustment, treatment, and quality of life for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based assessments and treatments and family-centered care practices in pediatric, adolescent, and young adult populations. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Elizabeth Wheeler, Ph.D.

Beth received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary in 2006 and her Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. She joined the lab in Fall 2009 and graduated from VCU with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2012. She is currently employed as a forensic evaluator at Central State Hospital and also owns her own private practice, Bay Forensic Psychology. Her main research interests involve the integration of forensic and assessment practice.