Current Trainees

Predoctoral Trainees

Gabrielle Rinne, M.A. (she/her)

Doctoral Student, Health Psychology

Gabrielle Rinne is completing her final year in the Health Psychology program with a minor in Quantitative Psychology and will receive her Ph.D. in 2024. Her research focuses on the biobehavioral mechanisms linking exposure to stress early in development to mental health, with a particular focus on exposures in the prenatal period through childhood. She is also interested in how early caregiving adversity and parent-child relationships get under the skin to influence health.

Corinne Meinhausen (she/her)

Doctoral Student, Health Psychology

Corinne Meinhausen is a fourth-year graduate student in the Health Psychology doctoral program. Her research focuses on the psychological impact of medical trauma and the biological and behavioral forces related to resiliency and pathological fear learning. She is particularly interested in how these mechanisms can lead to the development of early interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fran Querdasi, M.A. (she/her)

Doctoral Student, Developmental Psychology

Fran Querdasi is a fourth-year doctoral student in Developmental Psychology with minors in Quantitative and Health Psychology. Her program of research focuses on biopsychosocial mechanisms linking exposure to adversity in childhood with physical and mental health outcomes, particularly internalizing and chronic pain disorders. Her prior work has examined how multigenerational adversity exposure (i.e., adversity exposure in the preconception, prenatal, and postnatal periods) influences development of the gut microbiome in early childhood as well as the microbiome-gut-brain axis. Ms. Querdasi plans to extend her research by characterizing gut microbiome-immune pathways that underlie connections between early life adversity and risk for poorer physical and mental health across the transition to adolescence. Ultimately, Fran aims to inform novel interventions to improve lifelong health for individuals exposed to adversity in early life. 

Postdoctoral Trainees

Yasmin Barrientos Kofman, Ph.D. (she/her)

Ph.D. in Psychological Science, UC Irvine

Dr. Yasmin Kofman’s research interest is in biobehavioral mechanisms linking trauma exposure and health. She is particularly interested in how exposure to gender-based forms of violence, such as intimate partner and sexual violence, can perpetuate mental and physical health problems in women during the perinatal period and across the lifespan more broadly. Dr. Kofman is also interested in personal, cultural, and community resilience factors that buffer the detrimental health effects of trauma and adversity.

Benjamin M. Rosenberg (he/him)

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, UCLA

Dr. Ben Rosenberg is interested in translational and clinical research to increase understanding of the development of anxiety, depression, and related mental health concerns, and the mechanisms underlying effective treatment. He utilizes cross-sectional and longitudinal neuroimaging to investigate how neural processes relate to changes in symptoms throughout development or during treatment. Dr. Rosenberg is also interested in novel treatment approaches, including scalable interventions that can increase access to care.