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

Michelle Rozenman

Michelle Rozenman

Associate Professor

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Our Team

  • Graduate Students
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    Emily Jones

    Emily (she/her) is a fourth-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.

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    Hannah Ishimuro

    Hannah (she/her) is a third-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.

  • Research Assistants


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    Hunter Whitehouse

    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.




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    Ansley Mason

    Ansley Mason is a senior 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 a minor in biology. 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. During her free time she enjoys reading books, listening to music and spending time with her friends.



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    Timothy (TJ) Sheu

    Timothy (TJ) is a third-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.



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    Estelle Halbrooks

    Estelle is a graduating senior pursuing her BS in psychology with minors in leadership and biology. She plans to receive graduate training in psychology with the hopes of working in a clinical setting as a therapist or psychologist, primarily focused on adolescent and child patients. In addition, she is interested in working in rural communities to provide mental health care in areas that may struggle to find it. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and camping with her friends and family.



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    Grace Schroeder

    Grace is a second-year undergraduate pursuing a BS in psychology with minors in biology and sociology. She plans to complete a PhD in clinical psychology and is interested in researching buffers of stress as well as improving access to mental health care. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, climbing and kayaking. 




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    Sarah Adams

    Sarah is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Denver. She is pursuing a double major in psychology (BS) and criminology and minors in human health science & systems and socio-legal studies. She is working towards attending graduate school to earn her PhD in clinical psychology and hopes to work as a clinical psychologist in the future. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, spending time with family and friends, and coaching youth dance.



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    Cooper Floto

    Cooper (he/him) is a first-year student in the MA in Counseling Psychology program. He graduated from Grand Canyon University in Arizona with a BA in Communications and a minor in Psychology. He has spent the past two years working with adolescents as a Program Therapist at The Eating Recovery Center in Denver and teaching skiing in Breckenridge. His goal is to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology to be a licensed clinical psychologist. His hobbies include skiing, rock climbing, and playing piano. 


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    Allie Cohen

    Allie is a first-year graduate student in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. She is pursuing an Ed.S in School Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood. Allie is interested in how clinical research on anxiety and other mental health disorders can be used to inform school-related issues. In her free time, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and journaling.




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    Anna Roberts

    Anna is a sophomore undergraduate at the University of Denver. She is pursuing a double major in psychology and public policy with a minor in Spanish. She plans to work in the healthcare field by either providing it or advocating for those who are without it. Anna’s hobbies include being outside- skiing, hiking, or being on the lake. She also enjoys going to concerts and spending time with her friends and family.



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    Alexa Myles

    Alexa (they/she) is a first-year student in the graduate school social work (GSSW) program. They graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in psychology and a minor in law and society. Their undergraduate research spanned both social psychological and clinical research. Alexa entered the GSSW program with aims to obtain licensure as a clinical social worker to provide therapy to those with affective and anxiety disorders, and trauma. They intend to continue evolving in the fields of both research and clinical practice, as both inform the other with key insights for bettering treatment.

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    Mary McGann

    Mary is a second-year student from Texas. She is studying psychology, public policy, and leadership studies, and has a goal to work as a children's mental health counselor. She is especially interested in diversity and inclusion among children and teens. Mary works with several offices within DU, including New Students and Family Programs. She enjoys live music, visual arts, and hiking and running, and has a delightful black Labrador named Declan.


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    Mason Schribman Charney

    Mason is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Denver. He is pursuing a BS in psychology and triple minoring in kinesiology, biology, and criminology. He plans to get his master's and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is interested in working with children with autism in a clinical setting. In his free time, Mason enjoys spending time outdoors, watching movies, and reading. 


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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.


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