Graduate Students

Gerald Reid, M.A. (Project Manager for the Research Team) is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Boston University’s School of Education and is on tracjerryborderk to become a licensed psychologist.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of San Diego with a minor in Leadership Studies.  He graduated with a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University’s School of Medicine with a specialization in Sport Psychology within the School of Education where he worked with local college athletes. His counseling practice, research, and general interests include social and emotional development, positive psychology/well-being, bullying, college adjustment, sport and performance psychology, mindfulness, and the treatment of depression and anxiety. He was a counselor for the Triumph Center in Reading, M.A., as well as co-director of one of their summer programs located in Bedford, M.A. His doctoral clinical training includes: practicum counselor at Wentworth Institute of Technology and practicum clinician at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at BU. He is also a sport psychology consultant.

Cong Zhang is currently a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at the School of Education, Boston University. Slab profilehe graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a M. Phil. in Professional Counseling & Psychology and a M.S. Ed in Counseling & Mental Health Services. She also holds a M.A. degree in English Literature from Shanghai International Studies University, China. Cong’s career goal is to become a licensed psychologist, a researcher and a writer and help underprivileged populations achieve optimal self-expression and growth. Her inspirational figures include Carl Rogers, Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi.


Debra Bresler is a first year student in the Community Counseling Master’s program at Boston University. She graduated fDebBreslerresizerom the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010 with a BA in Psychology. At UCSC, she worked with both Dr. Su Hua-Wang in the Infant Development Lab and Travis Seymour in the Cognitive Development Lab. Through years of working with youth in multiple settings, she developed an interest in child development. She looks forward to participating in research that seeks to promote relational and emotional health among children, adolescents and young adults.

Sarah Masnik is in her second year at Boston University in the master’s Counseling program with a concentration in Sport Psychology. Sarah developed advanced latent variable models to test the Sociocultural Model of Eating Disorder Development in  athletes durSarah Masniking her doctoral work at the University of Rhode Island.  Her primary clinical interests include the prevention and treatment of eating disorders in athletes and the potential causal relationship between bullying and eating disorders in the LGBTQ community. She hopes to integrate her doctoral focus in research and statistics with her clinical work in a research practitioner model.  Sarah is currently a clinical intern with MEDA, the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, in Newton, MA and has previous clinical experience with psychiatrically ill youth, college athletes, and master’s level athletes.