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Emily Treichler, PhD [she/her] is a Research Psychologist in the Desert Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the VA San Diego, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She also provides clinical services in the Inpatient Service at Sharp Healthcare.

 

Dr. Treichler completed her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016, along with an internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center/VA Maryland Consortium in the serious mental illness track. She completed a fellowship in psychosis research at the Desert Pacific MIRECC/UCSD in 2019. Dr. Treichler holds a Career Development Award from the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development program. She has received awards from the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Psychosis and Schizophrenia Spectrum Special Interest Group, the Mather Institute, UCSD, and the University of Nebraska. She is a co-author, with Dilip Jeste, MD, of a blog in Psychology Today, Practical Wisdom.

Email: etreichler@health.ucsd.edu

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Kasey Yu is a third-year Biochemistry/Chemistry major at UC San Diego. Outside of class, she enjoys learning about the world through research and team projects. Kasey is interested in implementation science as a way of evaluating the efficacy of medical interventions and health policy. She is also interested in patient-centered care, mental health, and environmental health research. 

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Lauren McBride is the study coordinator for the Collab Lab. She got her bachelor’s degree from Emory University in 2019 in Business Administration and Physics, and she joined the Collab Lab after working in consulting for two years. Lauren is passionate about finding psychosocial interventions for people with Severe Mental Illness. She hopes to get her PhD in Clinical Psychology so that she can have a career as a researcher and clinician.

Jillian Abasta is a second-year undergraduate at UCSD majoring in Clinical Psychology. She is interested in a career in mental health research, specifically investigating effective treatments and preventative measures for mental health disorders. She is enthusiastic about utilizing the skills she gains from the Collab Lab in her future research to ensure interventions are readily accessible and attainable to those in need. 

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Elijah Sosa is a third year undergraduate student majoring in global health with goals of becoming a physician. His research interests include topics in addiction, including addiction treatment outcomes and addiction prevention.

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Elissa Gomez [she/her/hers] is a second-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego majoring in Public Health Community Sciences and minoring in Psychology. Her future career interests include working with refugee and immigrant women to help them develop interpersonal skills to navigate gender discrimination in healthcare. She intends to apply what she learns at the Collab Lab about ethical clinical practices, mental health stigmatization, and autonomy in treatment decision-making in her future work endeavors to respect individuals’  lived experiences.

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Izzy Vismara is a third year undergraduate at UCSD and she is double majoring in Psychology and Ecology, Behavior and Evolution with a minor in Critical Gender Studies. She plans on getting her PhD in Clinical Psychology. She plans on becoming a psychologist in couple and individual therapy. She wants to promote more awareness about public mental health and work towards making therapy more accessible to lower income communities. 

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Sydney Seaton is a third-year undergraduate at UCSD and she is majoring in Clinical Psychology. She plans on becoming a therapist and working with middle and high school students in underrepresented communities to make mental healthcare more accessible and destigmatize the discussion of mental illness and treatment in the school system. She hopes that education about mental health and wellness will encourage teenagers to share their experiences and be comfortable with making decisions about treatment with their clinicians. 

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Joanna Nazari Jain is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Human Biology at UC San Diego. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine, and is excited about patient-centered care and improving healthcare access and delivery for vulnerable communities.

Jasmin is currently a first year Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate student at Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health & Human Longevity Science with a concentration in epidemiology. She received her BA in Sociology of Science and Medicine at UC San Diego in 2020. She is a motivated researcher with experience contributing to research team projects designed to investigate and analyze the intersections of race, gender and class on subjective experiences of mental health in underrepresented populations. Her undergraduate thesis investigated the ways in which individuals with serious mental illness use social media to interact with others with similar backgrounds, give and receive support and manage daily life and stigma.

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Robert Mercado [he/his] was the study coordinator for the Collab Lab at the VA San Diego. Mr. Mercado completed his bachelor's of science at the University of California, San Diego in 2019. He was previously a research assistant at the UCSD Emotion Lab and the UCSD Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) program. His research interests include treatments in psychosis and substance use disorders.