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.
Hannah Swerbenski – Lab Manager
Hannah graduated from Tulane with majors in Psychology, Cognitive Studies, and Asian Studies, with a minor in Philosophy. After working in the Child and Family Lab for 3 years as an undergraduate, Hannah has decided to take on research full time, currently serving as Research Coordinator for the Parent and Child Coping Study. Hannah’s research interests include developmental psychology, adverse childhood experiences, and physiological stress responses. She hopes to pursue a career in academia.
Justin Carreras- 5th 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.
Erin Glackin- 4th year Graduate Student
Erin is interested in the effects of early exposure to trauma on the development of heightened stress response, emotional dysregulation, cognitive abilities, internalizing and externalizing symptomatology, and resilience. She hopes to contribute to the development and implementation of school-based interventions for trauma-exposed and juvenile justice-involved youth.
Elsia Obus- 3rd 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– 2nd 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- 2nd 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.