Armando Pina, PhD
Principal Scientist, The Courage Lab
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe
Over the past two decades, my scientific curiosity has evolved from exposure to my students, scientific mentors, and community partners. Recently, I have been collaborating with school administrators and individuals who deliver social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum to elementary school youth. Because of these collective experiences, my interests have shifted from working in the laboratory to working in the “real-world”. I am interested in child anxiety research but also in the study of children's courage. I feel that by taking a strength-based approach, that is positive and valued, my research can better serve community organizations, like schools and providers working with children, adolescents, and caregivers.
Ryan Stoll, MA
Director of Research Translation, The Courage Lab
Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology (ABD), Arizona State University, Tempe
My research focuses on understanding the best practices for enhancing fit between mental health interventions and the "real-world". In particular, I am concerned with the application of design, marketing, and entrepreneurial principles to translate science-based programs into effective and sustainable tools for community settings. This includes: market segmentation, product positioning (e.g., branding, pricing, promotion), assessments of consumer and provider preferences, and the re-packaging of interventions into simpler, less intensive interventions that are consumer-focused. I also am interested in examining how mobile and smart technologies can be harnessed to enhance the precision of evidence-based interventions, as well as exploring the viability of alternative funding mechanisms (e.g., crowdfunding, venture capital, commercialization) to implement and disseminate evidence-based interventions at scale.
Current Research Assistants
Former Graduate Students
Geri Zerr, PhD (2012) - Oscar Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellow at San Diego State University
Lindsay Holly, PhD (2015) - Postdoctoral Associate at Boston University, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
Julia Parker, PhD (2016) - Instructor at Florida International University
Henry Wynne, PhD (2017) - Postdoctoral Fellow at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
Amanda Chiapa, PhD (2017) - Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University