Meet the Lab Members!
Sarah A. O. Gray
Dr. Sarah Gray is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tulane University. She earned her B.A. in History from Yale University and completed a post-baccalaureate fellowship in early childhood development and education at the Yale Child Study Center. After teaching for several years, she earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She completed her internship and post-doctoral training in the Early Childhood program at the Yale Child Study Center.
Dr. Gray’s research focuses on mental health and physiological consequences of exposure to early life stress and trauma, with a focus on relationship-based sources of resilience. She is particularly interested in understanding the impacts of poverty, violence exposure, and early caregiving relationships on children’s outcomes, and in informing interventions for young children and their caregivers. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NICHD), the Brain & Behavior Foundation, and the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Victoria Parker – Lab Manager
Victoria graduated from Tulane with majors in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. After working in the Child and Family Lab for 3 years as an undergraduate, Victoria took a year away from research to teach 1st Grade while pursuing her Louisiana Teacher certification. Victoria has now returned to the Child and Family team, currently serving as Project Coordinator for the Mom Power Study. Victoria’s research interests include child resilience in the face of stress, self-regulatory processes, and translational research approaches surrounding school-family coping mechanisms. She hopes to pursue a career working to support children and families in the school setting.
Erin Glackin- 5th year Graduate Student
Erin is interested in the biological embedding and intergenerational transmission of trauma, as well as the power of early caregiving relationships. She also seeks a greater understanding of how children differentially experience trauma and early caregiving.
Elsia Obus- 4th year Graduate Student
Elsia is interested in the effects of early life stress and trauma on children’s development of executive function and socioemotional skills. She is particularly interested in pathways to resilience for children who have experienced parental loss or incarceration.
Ginny Hatch– 3rd year Graduate Student
Ginny is interested in the impact of parenting and contextual stressors on children’s developing social-emotional skills and later school readiness. Specifically, she is interested in how parent-child interactions act as a buffer to early life stress.
Chloe Pickett- 3rd year Graduate Student
Chloe worked as behavioral health clinician in hospital, school, and community settings for four years prior to beginning the Tulane School Psychology PhD program. She earned a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Virginia State University in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Alabama State University in 2011. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Renee Lamoreau- 1st year Graduate Student
Renee is interested in understanding how early adversity influences social-emotional development in preschool-aged children. She graduated from Tufts University in 2015, worked in education policy research for three years, and then obtained her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education before coming to Tulane. She is passionate about studying how interventions like Mom Power can buffer the negative effects of trauma exposure for young children and their caregivers.
Justin Carreras- Internship year Graduate Student
Justin is interested in the role of emotion regulation in the psychosocial development of children in high-stress environments. Additionally, he is interested in the quality of parent-child interactions in these stressful contexts, and the potential protective effects they may have on children’s outcomes.