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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



Alexandra MacTavish, M.A.
Graduate Student (they/she)

Alex graduated in May 2020 from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology (First Class, with Distinction). She started in the child clinical psychology PhD program at the University of Windsor in September 2020 and completed her master's degree in September 2022. Broadly, their research investigates the role of social support to mitigate mental health disparity (e.g., the COVID-19 pandemic, socioeconomic status, health stress). Outside of research, Alex is a life-long equestrian, an avid reader, and a fierce advocate for marginalized groups. 



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

Rachel completed her master’s degree in Neuroscience at Queen’s University in 2016 and her BSc in Psychology at the University of Ottawa in 2014. She is currently in her fifth 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 impact of emotional well-being and daily experiences on eating disorder symptoms in daily life.


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.



Emily Jerome, M.A.
Graduate Student

Emily completed her B.A. Honours in Psychology with a minor in French at Carleton University in 2017 and her M.A. in Psychology at Carleton University in 2020. She began her first year of the Child Clinical Psychology PhD program at the University of Windsor in 2021. During her first year in the DEAR lab, Emily participated in data collection for a North- American open-label trial to evaluate change in anxiety and related distress while using a smartphone mental health app called MindShift (Anxiety Canada). For her M.A. thesis, she examined perceived stress, namely the two factors of helplessness and self-efficacy, as potential moderators of improved well-being, during use of the MindShift app. During her third year, Emily began participating in data collection for the Adolescent Mental health and Well-being study. She plans to continue studying perceived stress throughout her doctoral research, which will clarify the role of self-efficacy in response to stress experienced in adolescent's daily lives. Outside of research, Emily enjoys visiting family in Ottawa, hiking, and spending time with her three cats.



Carli Mastronardi, M.A.
Graduate Student 

Carli completed her BA in Psychology at the University of Windsor and her MA in Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor. She started the child clinical PHD program at the University of Windsor in September 2023. Carli is primarily interested in adolescence mental health and internalizing disorders. Specifically, she is interested in examining the risk and protective factors of the prognosis of eating disorders. Currently, Carli’s research is focused on the relationships between peer relationships and eating disorders over time.


Outside of research, Carli enjoys traveling, crocheting, dancing, going on walks, and hanging out with her friends and family.





Lauren Bricker
Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Lauren is currently in her fourth year of the Behaviour, Cognition, and Neuroscience Honours Thesis program at the University of Windsor. She is interested in how the psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic differed in children with pre-existing chronic health conditions or psychiatric conditions. She aspires to use her background in psychology to pursue a medical career focused on enhancing the well-being of individuals, encompassing both their physical and mental health.


Beyond her research, she is a runner, reader, and music lover. Additionally, she actively participates in various initiatives within both the University of Windsor and her local community.


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Clara Mouawad
Undergraduate Student Volunteer

Clara is a fourth year student completing her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor. She is fascinated by all things psychology, especially when it comes to researching the cause of anxiety and related conditions. Her goal in this lab is to learn more about not only anxiety, but the overall well-being of adolescents and how their state of mind changes as they mature. Clara's creativity is what initially inspired her to pursue dentistry as a career.

Outside of research, she is the graphic/website designer behind this lab, as for many other extracurricular groups within the University of Windsor. She also takes part in an intramural basketball league every week. Lastly, she is a self-taught makeup artist, rather this time fascinated by all things beauty. 


Lab Alumni

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)
Abigail Kwofie (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Elaria Hissy (Honours Thesis Student)
Jade Powers (Honours Thesis Student & Study Coordinator)
Andrew Nguyen (Medical Student at the Schulich School of Medicine)

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