Treva van Cleave, M.A.
Treva's research focuses on trauma and the body, with an emphasis on perceptual changes as a result of interpersonal violence and complex trauma. She is inspired by psychodynamic, existential and feminist theories, examining these concepts as they relate to the lived experience of the person. Treva draws on psychophysiology and narrative to explore how trauma influences dissociation, identity, self-harm, and body experience. Additionally, Treva is involved with projects related to women's health through trauma informed pelvic exams; interoceptive awareness, childhood trauma and self-injury; dissociation as it relates to loss of time in trauma survivors; and reassessing power dynamics within traumatic family systems. Treva also teaches courses in Introductory, Abnormal and Existential Psychology, and has worked in community mental health centers, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, and the Brooklyn VA New York Harbor Hospital.
Nicholas Fehertoi, M.A.
Nick’s research focuses on the ways in which sense of agency is mediated by felt bodily experience (interoception), as well as undermined by complex trauma. He is interested in questions of agency, authenticity, and the body at the intersection of phenomenology, philosophy of mind, and psychoanalysis, and is influenced by enactive cognition, terror management theory, and the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, and Sartre. Nick has taught Abnormal Psychology and Existential Psychology, and assisted courses in Research Methods and Advanced Personality Testing. He has worked in a range of mental health settings including both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities as well as university counseling centers, and has been the recipient of the David Caul graduate research grant from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), as well as a two-time runner-up for the New School for Social Research’s Dissertation Fellowship.
Elisa Monti, M.A.
Elisa is a doctoral student in experimental psychology. Her concentration is voice, specifically investigating the potential predictive power of different kinds of childhood trauma on different aspects of voice, looking into acoustics and physiology of the "normal" voice.
Sarah Herzog, M.A.
Sarah's research interests include cognitive and affective adaptations to complex trauma and their relations to dissociative processes, physiological responding, risk-perception, and revictimization. Her dissertation focuses on adult survivors of complex childhood trauma, and investigates the trauma-related alterations to the threat response that may create a vulnerability toward repeated traumatization. Sarah assists in fMRI data collection for an NIMH-funded R01 study headed by Drs. Wendy D’Andrea and Greg Siegle, investigating blunted affective responding across clinical diagnoses. She has taught psychology courses at Eugene Lang College, and received clinical training at a number of externship sites in NYC, including Mount Sinai-Beth Israel, Brooklyn College Personal Counseling, and Lenox Hill Hospital. Sarah is the recipient of the Prize Fellowship from the New School for Social Research, the Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholar award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and the David Caul research grant from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).
Erin Stafford, M.A.
Erin is a third year doctoral student. Her research focuses on psychophysiology of dissociation and effective clinical intervention strategies for managing dissociative symptoms in individuals with complex trauma. She is particularly interested in exploring mindfulness-based interventions and their impact on dissociation, anxiety, and physiology in a clinical undergraduate sample. She is also interested in exploring both the underlying neurological mechanisms as well as the interpersonal deficits and benefits of dissociation as a coping strategy through measures of social cognition, visual perception, and self-esteem. She has experience working in an inpatient setting on a Trauma Disorder's Unit specializing in the treatment of dissociative disorders. She currently serves as the laboratory manager for the Trauma and Affective Psychophysiology Lab. She is the recipient of the Prize Fellowship for the New School for Social Research.
Nadia Nieves, M.A.
Nadia is a third year doctoral student. Her main interests include clinical neuropsychology and social-cognitive neuroscience, focusing on anterior insula activity and its role in social behavior in both trauma-exposed and non-traumatized samples. She is mainly interested in researching interoceptive awareness and its impact on the maintenance of interpersonal relationships, especially in individuals who experience dissociative symptoms. She has extensive experience in Applied Behavior Analysis and DIR/Floortime working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder. She also has experience in conducting cognitive remediation therapy with patients suffering from traumatic brain injury. Nadia is the current lab manager for the Trauma Lab. She is also a therapist at Rebecca School and Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center.
Vivian Khedari, M.A.
Vivian Khedari obtained a licentiate in psychology in Caracas, Venezuela before coming to The New School. She is interested in researching how physiological markers can add to the understanding of complex trauma and PTSD in individuals living in or coming from conflict zones. Her interest in the field of trauma stems from her experience working with adults and young people directly affected by Caracas’ widespread violence. Her past experience includes social impact measurements of a youth empowerment program for teenagers living in Venezuelan barrios and qualitative research into school violence and bullying in Caracas. Currently, she spends her time working at Dr. D’Andrea’s Lab and assisting in the psychological evaluations of individuals involved in immigration procedures. Vivian is the recipient of the Dean's Fellowship for the New School for Social Research.
Eran Barzilai, M.A.
Eran's primary interest is concerned with emotion regulation, suicidal behavior and psychotherapeutic interventions for these conditions. Specifically, he is interested with how early interactions with attachment figures shape one's ability to identify, label and verbally communicate painful feelings; it's hypothesized that with increased hopelessness, suicidal behavior ensues. In his future work, Eran aims to answer two questions: 1. what are the cognitive, emotional, physiological and behavioral signatures of suicidal behaviors, and 2. whether the ability to recognize different emotional states, as well as being able to communicate them to a close other, as acquired interpersonal skills, can reduce mental pain and increase distress tolerance. In Eran's free time, he enjoys playing and watching soccer, running and reading poetry.
Kellie Ann Lee, M.A.
Kellie is primarily interested in tonic immobility and muscular modes of control and inhibition measured through electromyography (EMG). She currently is working in collaboration with Global Trauma Project to study the effects of intergroup conflict in South Sudan on emotion regulation and presentations of trauma-related symptomatology. In the clinical setting, Kellie is working with perinatal women and related populations; her work aspires to empower women during this sensitive and transitional frame. Her therapeutic orientation incorporates relational psychotherapeutic techniques and using the body to ground and speak with the client. She is passionate about sustainability, the great outdoors, and clever emoji usage.