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Our Research Group

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Lance M. Rappaport, Ph.D. C.Psych.

Lab Director

Dr. Rappaport is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor and a psychologist in Canada (Ontario) and the USA (Virginia). His research and clinical expertise focus on child and adolescent mental health. Specifically, his work clarifies the genetic and environmental etiology of psychological and psychiatric conditions, especially anxiety and depressive disorders, from childhood through adulthood. Dr. Rappaport completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from McGill University, B.A. in psychology from New York University, and postdoctoral fellowship at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics in the Department of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University where he is an external affiliate.

Dr. Rappaport also maintains a private practice in Southwestern Ontario where he provides psychological assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of mental health concerns.

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Research Office Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 2293

Clinic Office Phone: (519) 948-1623

Graduate Trainees


Rachel Smail-Crevier, M.Sc. M.A.

Graduate Student

Rachel completed her MSc in Neuroscience at Queen’s University in 2016 and her BSc in Psychology at the University of Ottawa in 2014. She is currently entering her third year of the child clinical psychology PhD program at the University of Windsor.  Rachel is primarily interested in adolescent mental health. Specifically, she is in interested in eating disorders, including the etiology, course, and impact of these disorders and symptoms on children, adolescents, and young adults. Currently, Rachel’s research is focused on the relationship between anxiety and eating disorders to better understand the high rate of comorbidity between these two disorders.


Outside of research, Rachel was a competitive figure skater for much of her life and continues to enjoy the sport on a much more recreational basis. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs.


Alexandra Mactavish, M.A.

Graduate student

Alexandra graduated in May of 2020 from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology (First Class, with Distinction). She also obtained a minor in Gender, Feminism, Sexuality, and Social Justice Studies. She started in the child clinical psychology PhD program at the University of Windsor in September 2020. She is interested in how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the experiences of anxiety, depressive, and irritability symptoms in children. Additionally, she is interested in how social support may act as a protective factor against worsening mental health as a result of the pandemic.

Outside of research, Alexandra is a life-long equestrian, an avid reader, and a budding photographer. She can either be found with a book in hand or surrounded by horses- or both.


Emily Jerome, M.A.

Graduate Student

Emily completed both her B.A. Honours in Psychology with a minor in French and her M.A. in Psychology at Carleton University. She began her first year of the Child Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Windsor in 2021. Emily is currently involved in the Community Applications of the MindShift App study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a smartphone app (Mindshift) to help adults in the community to manage anxiety. She is interested in examining the role of perceived stress as a potential moderator and is excited to learn more about the growing field of e-mental health!

Outside of research, Emily enjoys visiting her family in Ottawa, volunteering, hiking, and spending time with her three cats. 


Andrew Nguyen, M.Sc.

Medical Student at the Schulich School of Medicine

Andrew completed both his MSc in Global Health and BSc in Biology with a minor in Psychology at McMaster University. He is currently completing his second year of medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Program. Andrew is primarily interested in combining his academic research on adolescent mental health with his clinical learning experiences. He is investigating whether specific psychopathologies in adolescents are correlated with emotional processing and altered emotion dynamics. 


Outside of his work with the lab, Andrew is a big foodie, entomology enthusiast, and loves to experience the serene aspects of nature through his photography, hikes, and exploration escapades.

Undergraduate Trainees


Jade Powers

Honours Thesis Student & Study Coordinator (Study of Adolescent Emotional Well-Being)

Jade is a 2020 graduate of the Child and Youth Care program at St. Clair College (with Distinction). She is currently entering her third year of the Honours Psychology with Thesis program at the University of Windsor. Jade is currently interested in researching the association between distress tolerance and trauma. She aspires to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology while continuing research and contributing to the community.


Outside of research, Jade is a School-Based Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, an Advocate for the Windsor-Essex Child/Youth Advocacy Centre, and an Undergraduate Representative for the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor. In her spare time, Jade enjoys reading, meditation, spending time with her two dogs, and caring for her house plants. 


Elaria Hissy

Honours Thesis Student

Elaria is currently in her fourth year of the Honours Psychology with Thesis program at the University of Windsor. Her research interests include exploring how factors such as emotion and perfectionism interact with psychological disorders and negative mood states, as well as the effects of childhood trauma on cognition and behaviour in adulthood. Currently, Elaria is researching the relationships between the dimensions of perfectionism and various psychological disorder symptoms. She aspires to pursue her doctorate in clinical psychology, and to continue contributing to the field of psychology through research. 


Outside of the research lab, Elaria loves to experience new foods and places, listen to music, and volunteer. 


Abigail Kwofie

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Abigail is in her fouth year of the Honours Psychology program at the University of Windsor. She is currently interested in researching academic motivation and achievement and their relation to family life. She aspires to pursue a doctorate in School and Clinical Psychology and have a career in the education system. 


Outside of research, Abigail enjoys volunteering, cooking and trying new cuisines. She also loves playing the piano and finding new music to listen to.


Lauren Bricker

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lauren is currently in her third year of the Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience Honours Thesis program at the University of Windsor.  She is currently interested in researching different cognitive aspects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the various effects in relation to post-traumatic growth.  She aspires to pursue a career in medicine aimed at the betterment of both individuals physical and mental health. 


Outside of research, Lauren is an avid runner, gym goer and yoga lover.  She also enjoys reading, paddle boarding and getting involved with both the school and the local community. 

Carli Mastronardi (Honours thesis student)

Autumn Davies (Honours thesis student)

Erienne Cookson (Undergraduate student researcher)

Nicole Di Nardo (Undergraduate student researcher)

Emily Seguin (Honours thesis student)

Brooke Carter (Honours thesis student)

Jaimme Meglei (Honours thesis student)

Lab Alumni

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