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Graduate Students

Janelle Y. Wee, M.S.

Janelle Wee is a fifth year doctoral student in the CRISIS Lab. She completed her Master’s degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University. Janelle has begun her assessment training at Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health in a private practice setting. She has previous clinical training at both Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center and Swedish First Hill Family Medicine Residency in a primary care behavioral integration setting. She has experience working as a Behavioral Health Assistant in a Primary Care clinic administering SBIRT surveys in a primarily Korean-speaking population. 

Research Interests: Mental health and suicidality in Asian American and Asian immigrant populations. Gut microbiome composition, somatization, and neurobiological risk factors of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.

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Yuchin (Gina) Lin, M.S.

Yu-Chin Lin is a fourth-year doctoral student in the CRISIS Lab. She received her master’s degrees from California Lutheran University and Seattle Pacific University. She has experience with R and R Studio for data management, visualization, and statistical modeling procedures.

Research Interests: Suicidality in Taiwanese population, role of shame as both protective and risk factors in suicide-related processes and outcomes.



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Joshua ‘Rocky’ Marks, M.S.
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Rocky Marks is a fourth-year doctoral student in the CRISIS Lab. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master's degree from Seattle Pacific University. He has experience as a Psychometrist at a personal injury firm and also works as a Graduate Assistant in the Neuroscience Department of SPU.


Research Interests: Primarily interested in two areas: the first is suicide within the incarcerated population, and the second relates to neuroinflammation theory of suicide. 



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Samantha Jacobson, M.S., LMHCA(she/her/hers)

Samantha is a fourth-year doctoral student in the CRISIS lab. She is currently doing a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy practicum placement at The Seattle Clinic treating BPD, PTSD, and eating disorders in teen and adult clients. She also provides low-fee evidence-based treatment to a diverse range of clients at The Affirmative Collective, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. She has past practicum experience at Seattle Children’s Hospital Intensive Outpatient Program for OCD, and on Seattle Children’s inpatient unit. She has successfully proposed her dissertation, “Impact of DBT Skills Training Modules on Suicidal Ideation, Internalized Stigma, and Community Connectedness in LGBTQ+ Adults”, and was a recipient of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Psychological Science Research Grant, and Psi Chi Honors Society’s 1. Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant to help fund her dissertation study. Outside of graduate school, Sam enjoys spending time with her Basset Hound (Hoover), painting, and baking for her lab-mates.

Research Interests: Suicide and NSSI in the LGBTQ+ community, borderline personality disorder, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, compulsive self-injury, body focused repetitive behaviors.

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Nicole Moreira, MS, MA, LMHC-A
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Nicole Moreira is a third-year doctoral student in the CRISIS Lab. She completed her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and master's degree from George Washington University. Nicole is a trained mental healthcare professional with experience treating forensic and adult outpatient populations. She also has experience in involuntary assessment and intervention in her role as a Designated Crisis Responder.

Research Interests: Biopsychosocial factors contributing to psychopathy, recidivism, violent offending and suicide risk in forensic and civilly committed populations. She is also interested in applications of DBT and trauma-informed care to treat suicidality and psychopathology.

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Katherine O'Connell, M.S.
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Katherine O'Connell is a 2021 Tillman Scholar and third-year doctoral student in the CRISIS Lab. She completed her Master of Science in Psychology from Regent University. She is a former counterterrorism analyst and army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was selected by the Pat Tillman Foundation for her remarkable service and high potential for impact as demonstrated through a proven track record of leadership, the continued pursuit of education and the commitment to service beyond self. She is currently administering psychological assessments for ADHD and differential diagnosis


Research Interests: Crisis Intervention, trauma and acute suicidality in 911 community and veteran population.

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Anna Gilbert, B.S.

Anna Gilbert is a second-year doctoral student in the CRISIS Lab.  She received her Bachelor of Science at Fordham University, and she served as a clinical research assistant at the PediMIND Program through The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Her research experience thus far has focused almost exclusively on suicide and NSSI, specifically in adolescent and chronic pain samples.  

Research Interests: The relationship between suicide and sexual victimization, borderline personality disorder, risky sexual behaviors and sexual dysfunction, NSSI and acquired capability, evidence-based treatments for the LGBTQ+ population.

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Ben Barnette, B.S.

Ben Barnette is a second-year doctoral student in the CRISIS Lab. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from John Brown University. Ben has experience providing behavioral assistance and crisis stabilization to support therapeutic intervention in a day treatment program. He was selected for the US Navy’s Health Professions Scholarship Program and will serve three years in active duty as a staff psychologist following his predoctoral internship.

Research interests: Biopsychosocial factors impacting suicidal thoughts, behaviors, and capability among military service members and veterans, particularly justice-involved veterans. Best practices in suicide risk management and application of psychophysiological markers in the measurement of suicide risk and capability.

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Erin McMeekin, B.S.
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Erin McMeekin is a first-year doctoral student in the CRISIS Lab. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University and was a research assistant focused on political and cognitive psychology. She has experience as a counselor at a residential treatment center providing crisis support and therapeutic skills. 

Research Interests: Suicidal gestures and escalation in borderline personality disorder population, crisis intervention, emotion regulation.

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Michelle Pei, B.A.
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Michelle Pei is a first-year doctoral student in the CRISIS Lab. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ithaca College. She has experience volunteering at nonprofits such as Active Minds and The JED Foundation providing awareness towards mental health to college students particularly within BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and video gaming communities.

Research Interests: Self-destructive and help-seeking behavior within historically underrepresented and online communities.


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Jingyan (Joel) Gu, M.S.
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