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

Principal Investigator

Dr. Rappaport is a professor (assistant rank, tenure track) 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 examines 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.

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

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Rachel Smail-Crevier, M.Sc.

Graduate student in clinical psychology (year 3)

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

Graduate student in clinical psychology (year 2)

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.


Andrew Nguyen

Medical student at the Schulich School of Medicine (year 2)

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.


Carli Mastronardi

Undergraduate student scientist (year 4) & Study coordinator (COVID-19 Child Mental Health Study)



Erienne Cookson

Undergraduate student scientist (year 4)

Erienne is a student at the University of Windsor entering her fourth year of the Honours Psychology with Thesis program. She plans to complete a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, and aspires to one day run her own practice as a clinical psychologist. Erienne is deeply interested in personality disorders and specifically enjoys doing research on Borderline Personality Disorder and the way that borderline individuals perceive the actions, words, and facial expressions and other social mannerisms of people that they interact with. On a more broad scale, Erienne is interested in the specific characteristics of individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, such as impulsivity and instability.

Aside from research, Erienne loves cats, music, singing, and planning her travels and adventures (that she needs to save lots of money for).


Autumn Davies

Undergraduate student scientist (year 4)

Autumn is entering her fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology at the University of Windsor. She will also be completing a minor in Spanish. She hopes to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. Autumn is interested in the etiology, development, diagnosis, and treatment of depressive disorders and other internalizing disorders in youth and young adults. Additionally, she is interested in the efficacy of suicide prevention programs and treatment of suicidal behaviours.

Outside of research Autumn enjoys traveling, learning languages, singing, and having a good cup of coffee with friends.


Maiza Saqib

Undergraduate student scientist (year 3)

Maiza is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Windsor. She is in the Combined B.Sc. Honours Program in Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience. She hopes to attend medical school in the future and pursue a career in Neurology to help patients who deal with neurological and psychological disorders. She is very interested in the etiology, development, and treatment of anxiety disorders, as well as other psychological disorders in childhood. In additional, she is passionate about spreading awareness regarding mental health, especially in children and adolescents. 

Outside of research, Maiza enjoys spending her free time travelling, painting, knitting, and discovering new music.


Jade Powers

Undergraduate student scientist (year 3)

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. 

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Emily Seguin

Postbac scientist

Emily recently graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology and a minor in Biology. She is looking to pursue a graduate education in mental health. Emily is interested in the etiology and development of anxiety and depressive disorders in youth and young adults. Additionally, she is interested in how dissemination of knowledge on these topics may help mitigate factors that increase risk for developing these disorders. Her current research is evaluating the effects of stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic impact the prevalence of anxiety, depressive, and substance use disorders. 

Outside of research, Emily is a world traveler, she enjoys experiencing different cultures and meeting new people. In her spare time she likes to dance, watch movies, and plan her future adventures.