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. 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.


Annedore Wilmes, M.A.

Annedore works at the intersection of trauma and social psychology. Trained in conflict transformation and systemic consulting, she brings a background in international peacebuilding to her work. Annedore has a strong interest in intercultural issues of research and clinical practice, especially as they pertain to marginalized populations, such as refugees. Turning to the body and measuring the ways trauma and stress manifest physically can help circumvent some of the translational difficulties that tend to arise in cross-cultural settings. At the same time, there are limits and the risk of biological reductionism and psychophysiological imperialism. Annedore seeks to articulate what a reflective practice and interculturally sensitive research needs to consider to be able to address these challenges. She currently works with The Global Trauma Project on evaluating trauma-informed interventions of community empowerment in South Sudan.


Sarah Beranbaum, M.A.

Sarah's research focuses on the biopsychosocial impact of trauma-informed, group interventions. Sarah has partnered with community-based organizations to design respectful and collaborative research protocol in varying contexts including New York City domestic violence shelters, Cape Town beaches, and in Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp. In addition to research Sarah works as a trauma-informed yoga teacher, mindfulness counselor, and a student fellow at the Zolberg Institute for Migration and Mobility. Currently, Sarah is the lab manager of the Trauma and Affective Psychophysiology Lab.


Noga Miron, M.A.

Noga is a second-year M.A. student at The New School. With a background in social work, Noga has experience working at a Child Development Center, as well as with families in harsh custody disputes after divorce or the passing of one of the parents. Noga's main research interest is suicide bereavement. More specifically she is interested in studying how factors like attachment and flexibility determine bereavement trajectories in individuals who have lost a parent to suicide. She is also interested in how repressive coping mechanisms, that can be characteristics of suicide bereavement, are embodied, and whether they may actually predict a resilient path of coping in this population.


Lauren Krulis, M.A.

Lauren is a second-year M.A. student of Psychology at The New School for Social Research. Prior to commencing the Master's program she worked as a physical therapist for 7 years and treated a number of clients with chronic pain. It was here she came to realize that, in many instances, her patients’ suffering was deeper than the physical symptoms they presented with. Lauren’s primary area of research is in sensorimotor psychotherapy and self-regulation. More specifically, she is interested in how trauma can influence perceptual changes, body experiences and arousal levels. She is also interested in exploring how different states of arousal can induce dissociation. She has been influenced by the work of Pat Ogden.