Who We Are
Our team of researchers explore evidence-based assessments and interventions for anxiety, building science that can help improve treatment for children and adolescents in community and clinical settings. Read more about our director, graduate students, research assistants, research coordinators and collaborators.
BRAVE Lab Director
Emily (she/her) is a third-year clinical psychology doctoral student in the BRAVE Lab. After graduating with a BA in psychology from Cornell University, she pursued an Intramural Research Training Award fellowship in Daniel Pine's Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health.
Her research interests include understanding the cognitive and social mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders and leveraging these findings to inform behavioral interventions for youth. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how perceptions of social support can buffer against experiences of social acceptance and rejection.
Hannah (she/her) is a second-year student in the clinical psychology doctorate program. She graduated from Leipzig University in Germany with a BSc and MSc in psychology. Her master’s thesis explored post-stressor rumination as a mechanism underlying the comorbidity of social anxiety and sleep difficulties in adolescents. Before joining the BRAVE Lab, Hannah was a research volunteer at the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic at UC Berkeley and held a position as a research coordinator at the Youth Treatment and Evaluation of Anxiety and Mood Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Hannah is interested in mechanism and treatment research targeting youth anxiety and related disorders. More specifically, she is curious to explore cognitive and behavioral processes in response to distress, with the overall goal of improving treatment efficacy and equitable access to care for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders.
Hunter is a first-year undergraduate studying Psychology (BA) and minoring in Japanese. He plans to take this into the future by working on research to help adolescents with anxiety and other mental health disorders. His hobbies include skiing and music. He has a third degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate and enjoys teaching karate as well.
Ansley Mason is a sophomore undergraduate student at the University of Denver in the University Honors Program. She is pursuing a BS in psychology with distinction in cognitive neuroscience with minors in biology and criminology. She is working towards going to graduate school to earn her PhD in clinical psychology. She hopes one day to work as either a clinical psychologist or forensic psychologist. During her free time she enjoys reading books, listening to music and spending time with her friends.
Daniella recently graduated with a bachelors in neuroscience from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is passionate about novel interventions for psychological disorders as well as helping others. Her dream is to become a clinical psychologist for children and adolescents. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, game nights with friends and family, and spending time with animals.
Timothy (TJ) Sheu
Timothy (TJ) is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Denver. He is pursuing a double major in psychology and biochemistry while minoring in biological sciences. TJ is interested in obtaining his MD and working with children as a pediatrician. He plans to balance his career as a physician with conducting research on how mental health disorders manifest within adolescents. In his free time, TJ enjoys coaching youth sports and spending time with friends and family.
Caroline is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Denver. She is pursuing a BA in Psychology and Communications with a minor in Business Administration. She is working toward going to get her master's in social work. She hopes to one day become a licensed clinical social worker to work with children and adolescents in underserved communities. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
BRAVE Lab Collaborators
The BRAVE Lab has collaborations with investigators at several other institutions, including John Piacentini, PhD, and colleagues at the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program in the UCLA Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; V. Robin Weersing, PhD, at the Child & Adolescent Anxiety & Mood Program in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology; and Araceli Gonzalez, PhD, at the Family Anxiety & Mood Program at California State University Long Beach.