Meet Our Team

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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.

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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

 
Psychology Major (Class of 2019)

Psychology Major (Class of 2019)

Ashleigh Watts

Psychology Major (Class of 2019)

Psychology Major (Class of 2019)

Elizabeth Carnesi

BS Neuroscience/Cognitive Science

BS Neuroscience/Cognitive Science

Kristi Allsup

Psychological Sciences Major (Class of 2018)

Psychological Sciences Major (Class of 2018)

Navneet Kaur

MS in Family and Human Development

MS in Family and Human Development

Simone Tavassoli

 

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