Dr. Meredith Gruhn 

Meredith Gruhn, PhD, received her degree in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2020 and completed her pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a first-year postdoctoral fellow in the UNC-CH Neurodevelopmental Disorders T32 program. A central theme in her research involves the developmental consequences of childhood adversity. Specifically, Dr. Gruhn is interested in investigating neurodevelopmental and psychosocial mechanisms that compound risk for psychopathology following childhood adversity. The long-term goal of this work is to inform, develop, and disseminate preventive interventions for high-risk children and adolescents. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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Dr. Ilana Berman 

Ilana S. Berman, PhD earned her degree in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas in 2020 and completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at Duke University Medical Center with a concentration in child trauma. She is a postdoctoral fellow in the CIRCLE Lab with Dr. Margaret Sheridan and the Brain and Early Experiences (BEE) Lab with Dr. Cathi Propper. Dr. Berman’s research focuses on intergenerational transmission of the impact of potentially traumatic experiences, specifically within caregiver-child relationships and broader family systems. In addition to improving cognitive and socioemotional outcomes for youth and families affected by trauma, she is also invested in dissemination, implementation, and program evaluation to improve delivery of evidence-based and trauma-informed services to increase access to care for traditionally under-served populations. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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Dr. Andrea Pelletier-Baldelli

Andrea Pelletier-Baldelli, PhD, received her degree in clinical psychology and neuroscience from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018 after completing her clinical psychology internship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the CIRCLE Lab working with Dr. Margaret Sheridan and Dr. Adam Miller. Dr. Pelletier-Baldelli’s research focuses on understanding social and biological risk markers of psychopathology using functional magnetic resonance imaging, with an emphasis on severe mental illness. A primary goal of her work is to utilize indices of neural connectivity to inform heterogenous behavior and symptomatology relevant to prognosis and neurodevelopmental trajectories of psychopathology. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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Dr. Megan Davis

Megan Davis, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical and community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2021 and completed her predoctoral clinical psychology internship at the Charleston Consortium. Dr. Davis’ research has two primary aims: (1) to explore why certain youth are at greater risk for psychopathology based on their early experiences and neural and psychological reactivity to the environment and (2) to identify how factors such as cognitive control and family and peer support might amplify or attenuate risk for psychopathology in youth. The ultimate goal of this research is to better identify targets for interventions that promote healthy youth development. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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Dr. Anna Kawennison Fetter

Anna Kawennison Fetter, PhD (she/her/hers) received her degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and received a Master’s in Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. Dr. Fetter completed her doctoral internship at the University at Albany’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Fetter is a first-year postdoctoral fellow in the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity. Dr. Fetter’s research focuses on the longitudinal development of resilience among Indigenous and marginalized youth with a particular focus on educational experiences as well as cultural and identity-based stressors and coping. In partnership with community stakeholders, Dr. Fetter aims to ultimately inform educational policy and practice to best support Indigenous youth resilience. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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