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Dr. Katherine (Kaite) Gotham

Director, SEAHLab; Principal Investigator

Kaite received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan. As an assistant professor in the Rowan University Psychology Department, Kaite teaches undergraduate courses and mentors junior researchers across many stages of their education. She also trains health professionals on autism assessment as a co-developer of a commonly used autism diagnostic tool, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). Kaite's professional goal is to translate SEAHLab findings into meaningful ways to promote quality of life in the autistic community. She loves to spend time with her daughters (two human, one canine), and is an avid fiction reader and carb eater.
 

Contact: gotham@rowan.edu

Curriculum Vitae

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Erin McKenney

2nd Year Clinical Psychology PhD Student

Erin graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and anthropology & sociology. She completed her undergraduate honors thesis on how access to communication devices in childhood relates to wellbeing in adulthood for nonspeaking people. She's passionate about learning from the neurodiversity movement and accessibility initiatives and applying this knowledge to research.  Outside of the lab, Erin enjoys baking, dancing, and learning to paint.

Contact: mckenn84@students.rowan.edu 
Curriculum Vitae

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Robyn Himelstein

1st Year Clinical Psychology PhD Student

Robyn graduated from Haverford College where she majored in psychology and minored in neuroscience. During and after college, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Aaron T. Beck, contributing to research on the cognitive model of schizophrenia. She also served as a Behavioral Health Technician, working one-on-one helping provide therapy to children on the autism spectrum. She is thrilled to be a part of the Social, Emotional, and Affective Health Lab. In her spare time, Robyn enjoys playing tennis and pickleball, and spending time with her family, friends, and golden retriever, Louie.

Contact: himels13@students.rowan.edu

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Jonathan Gamutan

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jonathan is a Junior or 3rd year student majoring in psychology. After graduation he plans to pursue a career in social psychology. He is an active member of Psi Chi and in his free time enjoys weightlifting, hiking, and watching anime.

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Jared Richards

Study Coordinator

Jared graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology before joining SEAHL as a full-time study coordinator. As an undergraduate student, he completed an Honors Independent Study in Rowan’s Mindfulness, Stress, & Health lab. Jared is interested in studying the interplay of biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors underlying emotional health, and applying these findings toward the development of assessments and interventions for underserved and/or neurodiverse populations. After gaining experience as a Study Coordinator, he aims to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. In his free time, Jared enjoys learning how to cook, listening to music, exploring nature trails and making his friends laugh.
 

Contact: richardsj6@rowan.edu

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Chris Pellegrino

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chris is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Psychological Science. Upon graduation, Chris plans to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology, with the intention to study addiction behavior, specifically amongst prison/formerly incarcerated populations. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing board games with his family, reading, playing video games, and helping those around him.

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Trey Scull

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Trey is a current undergraduate student in his senior year at Rowan. He is looking forward to pursuing his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling after graduation. His main interests lie in promoting wellness in all communities. Trey enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling in his spare time!

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Sydney Fulton

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sydney is a senior from Stratford, New Jersey. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Sydney has an interest in mental disorders and trauma and how they affect the brain and development. After graduating she hopes to pursue a Masters in Psychology and eventually a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is an avid Manga reader and enjoys painting and drawing.

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Megan Mason

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Megan joined SEAHL in February 2020 and graduated from Rowan University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in May 2021. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in psychology program at Rutgers - Camden, where she will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on basic and applied research. Megan is interested in studying the relationships between psychosocial factors and adjustment to chronic health conditions during her graduate training, and currently plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology in the future. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with friends and family and shopping with her twin sister. 

Lab Alumni

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Dr. Samantha Mattheiss

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Inspired by her experiences living and teaching in distressed communities, Samantha received a doctorate in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience from Rutgers University – Newark. She is continuing her work as an Assistant Professor at Felician University. Her research interests include examining the physiological underpinnings of individual differences in cognitive-affective processing; and investigating the benefits of intrinsic rewards for individuals with divergent reward processing. She is passionate about translating research into interventions at both the individual and community level. In her free time, she enjoys exploring nature and doing science experiments with her children. 

Contact:   mattheiss@rowan.edu

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Sarah Transue

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sarah graduated in December 2020. She majored in psychology and minored in neuroscience at Rowan University. She is now providing behavioral health services through the Bancroft system, and plans on going to graduate school for a master’s degree in mental health counseling, specializing in marriage and family therapy. She enjoys reading novels by Dan Brown, cardiovascular exercise, and watching The Office.