Graduate Students

Cendrine Robinson

Cendrine Robinson entered the Medical & Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in 2009. Cendrine earned her bachelor's degree in Brain & Cognitive Science (2007) from the University of Rochester. Cendrine is interested in utilizing mobile devices to assess and modify cognitive biases in smokers. Cendrine is also interested in cigarette use among African Americans. For her Masters she examined the Acute Tobacco Withdrawal Syndrome among Black smokers. For her dissertation she is conducting a mobile device-based intervention to reduce the influence of smoking cues among African Americans. Cendrine is currently receiving training in treating polysubstance abusers at the Washington, D.C. Veteran Affairs Hospital. Cendrine can be contacted at:

Nicole Kang

Nicole Kang (U.S. Navy) entered the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in 2010. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice (2005) from California State University, Long Beach. While at Long Beach State, she developed her senior honors thesis, examining verdict and sentencing as a function of pre-trial attitudes in alleged rape cases. As a clinical research associate at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Los Angeles, CA, she examined neurocognitive functioning in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and assessed disease damage and progression. She also worked as a research assistant at San Diego State University in CA, investigating alcohol's terotogenic effects on development, using a neuropsychological framework. Nicole is particularly interested in investigating the roles of neurocognitive functioning as it applies to drug addiction. Nicole can be contacted by email at:

Chantal Meloscia

Chantal Meloscia (U.S. Navy) entered the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in 2011. She earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. After graduating, Chantal was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. After three years, she transferred to the Information Warfare community serving for an additional 3 years. Prior to attending USUHS, Chantal studied at the Ohio State University and assisted in their Depression Research Lab and Memory and Language Laboratory. Her current research is focused on the use of a handheld computer to deliver cognitive bias modification and to measure variables in "real-time" (such as craving) to assist with smoking cessation. Another research interest is the role of attentional bias in anxiety and mood disorders. Chantal can be contacted by email:

Edwin Szeto

Edwin Szeto entered the Medical & Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in 2011. He graduated from Ohio State University (2008) with two B.S. in Psychology, Mathematics, and Chinese, with a minor in sexuality studies. He then served as the research/lab coordinator at Dr. Marjan Holloway's Laboratory for the Treatment of Suicide-related Ideation and Behavior at USU, working on suicide behavior clinical trials, medical chart & psychological autopsy reviews, and a Marine suicide prevention program evaluation. Edwin's EMA research interests in depression and addiction lie in the context of etiology and treatment mechanism: (1) the role & re-formation of verbal behavior, (2) reaction strategies (e.g. mindfulness/acceptance and attention/emotion regulation, etc), and (3) non-consummatory addictions (e.g. sexual and gaming addictions). He is collaborating with Dr. Schoenmakers and Michelle Snelleman at IVO, Rotterdam, the Netherlands to complete a thesis project on relapse, craving, negative affect, and trait-mindfulness in recently treated alcohol dependent patients. Edwin is also interested in the psychology of sexuality/gender issues such as sexual behaviors and orientations. He speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, and Taiwanese, and is a travel & movie/TV enthusiast.

Joanna Sells

Joanna Sells entered the Medical & Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in 2012. Joanna is a graduate of American University, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Forensics. After graduating, she worked on cultural diversity studies at the University of Southern California before she was awarded the Intramural Research Training Award Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. At NIH, Joanna coordinated inpatient studies of alcohol addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. In her clinical experiences, she has assisted dually diagnosed and homeless populations improve their functioning, while securing housing and social services. Joanna's current research is focused on reducing relapse in substance dependent populations by enhancing cognition using mobile technology. She was raised in Canada, is fluent in French, and enjoys playing soccer. Joanna can be reached at:

John Lammers

John Lammers (U.S. Army) entered the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in 2013. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in German from the University of Alabama. After graduating, John was commissioned as an Engineer Officer in the U.S. Army. He spent three years on active duty serving as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. John is interested in examining cigarette smoking within the military population. John can be reached at:

Research Staff

Emily Brede

Emily Brede Ph.D., RN, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Cognitive Interventions. She has earned degrees in music and psychology from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a nursing degree from Texas Woman's University. She completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 2012 at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she studied with Robert J. Gatchel, Ph.D., ABPP. Her previous research has focused on the treatment of chronic pain conditions with interdisciplinary rehabilitation based on the biopsychosocial model of pain. Her work has been published in Spine, The Spine Journal, the Clinical Journal of Pain, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Pain Practice ( Current research interests include the relationships between implicit cognition, pain, psychological distress, and substance use and the use of mobile technology to deliver attentional retraining for chronic pain patients. Emily is also a registered nurse (RN, CCRN) and worked in neurological and neurosurgical critical care for 8 years. Emily can be reached at:

Romano Endrighi

Romano Endrighi is a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Cognitive Interventions. He has trained in Health Psychology at the University of London Institute of Psychiatry and at University College London under Professor Andrew Steptoe and Dr. Mark Hamer. His main expertise is in experimental stress induction and measurement of cardiovascular and immune functions. At USUHS Romano is keen to learn methods of measuring attentional bias and automatic cognition in a range of conditions including addiction and eating behavior in order to design effective health behavior intervention. Moreover, Romano is collaborating with fellow members of the MPS Department in the analysis of data from an ongoing study of psychosocial and inflammatory factors as determinants of outcomes in heart failure patients. Romano can be reached at: