Lance M. Rappaport, Ph.D. C.Psych. R.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 registered/licensed in Canada (Ontario, Alberta) 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.

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Rachel Smail-Crevier, M.Sc.

Graduate student in clinical psychology (year 2)

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 second 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 B.A. (Hons.)

Graduate student in clinical psychology (year 1)

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 will be starting her first year in the child clinical psychology PhD program at the University of Windsor in September 2020. She is interested in how parenting and interpersonal behaviours contribute to- and interact in- the development of internalizing disorders in children. Additionally, she is interested in how gender identity and roles develop throughout childhood. More recently, in our ever-changing world, she is interested in how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the development of internalizing disorders in children. 

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 Seguin

Undergraduate Honours Student & Study Coordinator (Community Applications of the MindShift App)

Emily is entering her fourth year at the University of Windsor to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology with 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. 


Carli Mastronardi

Undergraduate Student Scientist & Study Coordinator (COVID-19 Child Mental Health Study)


Ava Hamelin

Undergraduate Honours Student

Ava is a student at the University of Windsor. She will be completing the final year of her degree in 2021 and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Developmental Psychology. She is interested in furthering her education in developmental psychology and hopes to attend a master’s program in the future. Ava is focused on understanding children’s mental health and how to better the programming and community services surrounding children's mental health. Furthermore, she is concerned with how the dissemination of resources involved in children’s mental health can aid them in their development.

Outside of research, Ava spends much of her time reading, especially about true crime, and painting. 


Autumn Davies

Undergraduate Student Scientist

Autumn is entering her third 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.

Erienne Cookson

Undergraduate Student Scientist & Research Assistant (COVID-19 Child Mental Health Study)

Erienne is a student at the University of Windsor entering her third 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).

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