The Kavita Jain Dissertation Award

The Kavita Jain Dissertation Award was established in memory of Kavita Jain, a graduate student in the Clinical Doctoral Program. The award is presented to the student who is judged to have the best dissertation of the year by a committee of faculty in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.

2013

Kristin Ellard (Clinical Program)

“An Examination of the Neural Correlates of Emotion Acceptance Versus Worry in Generalized Anxiety Disorder”

First Reader: David Barlow

2012

Rebecca  K. McHugh (Clinical Program)

“Assessing the Amplification of Distress: Factor Analytic, Experimental & Genetic Evaluation of Distress Intolerance”

First Reader: Michael Otto

2011

Christina Boisseau (Clinical Program)

“Neuropsychological Functioning and Temperament in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders: Investigating the Proposed Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum”

First Reader: Heather Thompson-Brenner

2010

Lauren DeVito (Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program)

“Contributions of the Hippocampus and Prefrontal Cortex to the Episodic Memory Deficits Associated with Schizophrenia: An Analysis at the Genetic, Anatomical, and Behavioral Level”

First Reader: Howard Eichenbaum, Ph.D.

2009

Susan Fenstermacher (Human Development Program)

“Genetic and Environmental Influences on Imitation in Toddlers”

First Reader: Kimberly Saudino, Ph.D.

2008

Jonathan Robitsek (Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program)

“The Hippocampus and Episodic Memory: Insights from Studies on Aging and Place Cells”

First Reader: Howard Eichenbaum, Ph.D.

2007

Sigurros “Rosa” Davidsdottir (Clinical Program)

“Visual, Spatial, and Spatiotemporal Perceptual Deficits in Parkinson’s Disease and Their Association with Veering and Freezing of Movement”

First Reader: Alice Cronin-Golomb, Ph.D.

2006

Stephanie McMains (Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program)

“Mechanisms for Attending to Multiple Spatial Locations: fMRI of Divided Visual Attention”

First Reader: David Somers, Ph.D.

2005

Karin Schon (Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program)

“Functional MRI Studies of Working Memory Maintenance and Long-Term Encoding”

First Reader: Chantal Stern, Ph.D.

2004

Yolanda Black (Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program)

“Role of the Subicular Regions of the Rat Hippocampus on Cognitive Task Performance and Cocaine Self-Administration and Reinstatement Behavior”

First Reader: Kat Kantak, Ph.D.

2003

Meghan Searl (Clinical Program)

“A Combined fMRI and Neuropsychological Investigation of Frontostriatal Dysfunction in HIV-Positive Individuals”

First Reader: Chantal Stern, Ph.D.

2002

Robin Abrahams (Human Development Program)

“Personality, Literary Genre, and the Interpretation of Narrative”

First Reader: Richard Ely, Ph.D.

2001

Jeff Wincze (Clinical Program)

“The Role of Under-Inclusion in the Etiology of Compulsive Hoarding Behavior”

First Reader: David Barlow, Ph.D.

2000

Alison Morris (Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program)

“Chocolate Dandy Bars Can Make You Fat: Sentence Context, Word Recognition, and Repetition Blindness”

First Reader: Cathy Harris, Ph.D.

1999

Lisa Jones-Woodward (Human Development Program)

“Awareness of Motor Deficits Following Stroke: Assessing the Roles of Attention and Intention Using a Quantitative Measure Anosognosia”

First Reader: Jackie Liederman, Ph.D.

1998

Lisi Levisohn (Clinical Program)

“Neuropsychological Sequelae of Cerebellar Tumor Resection in Children”

First Reader: Alice Cronin-Golomb,Ph.D.