Lab Graduates

Julia Browne, MA
Internship Site: Yale University, Department of Psychiatry

Julia was born in New York City and raised in Glen Head, New York. She graduated from Tufts University in 2011 with a degree in clinical psychology. As an undergraduate, she interned at Conexions Day Treatment Center in East Boston, MA where she led and co-led various therapy groups for adults with schizophrenia. Prior to starting graduate school, she spent two years on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) professional circuit competing in tournaments within the United States and abroad. Julia’s current program of research involves: (1) examining non-specific factors and recovery outcomes within first episode psychosis treatment and, (2) developing and implementing exercise interventions for individuals with multi-episode schizophrenia. In her free time, she enjoys hot yoga, tennis, squash, ping-pong, and hiking. She will begin her internship at Yale University in July 2018.

Benjamin Buck, M.A.

Ben Buck, MA
Internship Site:

Ben grew up in Westfield, Indiana, about 30 minutes north of Indianapolis. He graduated from UNC in 2011 with degrees in Philosophy and Psychology. Ben previously worked in Indianapolis at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, studying metacognition, anhedonia and language disturbances in schizophrenia under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Lysaker. Ben still actively collaborates with this group today ( Ben’s current program of research focuses on assessing cognitive deficits and biases that may contribute to the emergence of psychosis, and using assessments of these deficits to predict risk and inform interventions for psychotic disorders and their associated risk states. Most recently, Ben has been working on measuring explicit and implicit biases toward detecting hostility and intention. Outside of Davie Hall, Ben enjoys reading and talking about books, cooking, and watching basketball.



Emily Gagen, MA
Internship Site: Richard L. Roudebush VAMC

Emily grew up in Hudson, New York, about 2 hours north of NYC. She graduated from Connecticut College in New London, CT in 2007 with a degree in psychology. Before graduate school, she worked at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, first in the department of preventive medicine and later in the department of psychiatry, coordinating research studies on depression, multiple sclerosis, and schizophrenia. Her current research interests include psychosocial treatment for first episode psychosis and the relevance of adolescent development to the definition and assessment of social functioning in this population. She is currently on internship at the Richard L. Roudebush VAMC under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Lysaker. She will begin her postdoctoral fellowship at the Providence VAMC/Brown University Consortium in September 2018.


Kristin Healey, MA
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Brown University

Kristin was born and raised in East Windsor, NJ. Kristin completed her B.A. in psychology at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and subsequently worked as a research assistant at the Schizophrenia Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focused on investigating symptom heterogeneity within individuals at clinical high risk of developing psychosis as a means of enhancing risk prediction models. She has additional research interests in social cognition, psychometric evaluation, and program evaluation. She completed her internship at the Durham VA Medical Center.

Kristin is currently completing her post-doctoral fellowship at the Fellowship Consortium at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is on the clinical adult track and her placement is in the Post-Deployment and Readjustment Program working with Veterans recently returning from conflicts. Additionally, she is co-facilitating a LGBTQI Wellness Group for Veterans and completing a program evaluation project using outcome data.



Katy HarperKaty Harper Romeo, PhD
Staff Psychologist: Main Street Clinical Associates and Developing Minds, Durham, NC

Katy was born and raised outside of Vancouver, Canada. Katy earned a B.A. from McGill University in Psychology before moving to New York City to pursue a M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Columbia University and subsequently completing her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at UNC. Her dissertation focused on the development and implementation of an Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program for individuals experiencing auditory hallucinations. She completed her internship in her hometown of Vancouver at Vancouver Coastal Health.

Katy has continued to work in the Raleigh-Durham area and currently works at two group practices, Main Street Clinical Associates and Developing Minds, in downtown Durham. Although she currently has a generalist CBT practice she continues to work with individuals with severe mental illness when the opportunity presents itself.


Tim Perry, PhD Tim
Staff Psychologist, Trauma Recovery Clinic, Charlie Norwood VAMC, Augusta, GA

Dr. Perry earned a BA in psychology and American History at UNC Chapel Hill and worked in the field of autism and developmental disabilities before returning to UNC for graduate school.  His research there focused on autism and social cognition with his dissertation examining cognitive styles related to the Broader Autism Phenotype.  Dr. Perry completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Charlie Norwood VAMC/Medical College of Georgia Consortium and followed this training with a postdoctoral fellowship focusing on trauma at the Memphis VAMC.  Currently, he works as a staff psychologist in the Trauma Recovery Clinic at the Charlie Norwood VAMC in Augusta, Georgia and is also a member of the internship training faculty.


Clare Marks Gibson, PhD 
Staff Psychologist, Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Center, VAMHCS, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Clare Gibson graduated from the UNC clinical program in 2012. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS)/University of Maryland Internship Consortium in the serious mental illness track. Dr. Gibson then went on to complete a one year postdoctoral fellowship in the VA’s Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery (PSR) at VA Connecticut Health Care System (the Paul Errera Community Care Center) & Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gibson is now a staff psychologist in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Center at the VAMHCS in Baltimore. She is also a Social Skills Training national trainer and consultant for VA Psychosocial Rehabilitation Training Program. Dr. Gibson’s interests are in psychosocial treatments for SMI and factors related to recovery. Her professional interests include integrating recovery into mental health systems and self-care for mental health professionals.


Allison RattoAllison Bassett Ratto, PhD
Staff Psychologist, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC

Allison was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She completed her BA in Psychology and Education Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, during which time she also worked as a research assistant at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She was subsequently accepted as a graduate student in the UNC Clinical Psychology Program. For her master’s thesis, Allison collaborated with Dr. David Penn and Dr. Gary Mesibov of Division TEACCH to develop the Contextual Assessment of Social Skills (CASS), a peer-based role play measure of social skills for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. Allison completed her dissertation with Dr. Mesibov and Dr. Steven Reznick on the screening and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders among Latino infants and children. Allison is currently a member of the faculty at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she is involved in both clinical services and research with children with ASD and their families. Her current research interests focus on underserved populations of individuals with ASD, particularly ethnic minority families and autistic girls/women.


Sarah MintzSarah Uzenoff Mintz, PhD
Staff Psychologist, The Wake-Kendall Group, PLLC, Washington, DC

Dr. Sarah Uzenoff Mintz graduated from UNC in 2011 and completed a postdoctoral residency at Saint Elizabeths Hospital (DC Department of Mental Health) in August, 2012. Dr. Mintz is currently in practice in Washington, DC with the Wake-Kendall Group, PLLC, where she sees adult and adolescent psychotherapy patients and is a member of the group’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) team


David-Johnson-120x150David Johnson, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Ogden Center for Change, Ogden, Utah

Dr. Johnson graduated with his PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2010 and and worked as a clinical psychologist in the area of rural mental health on the Pacific Island territory of Guam. He has experience in Veterans Affairs Healthcare, community mental health, wilderness and residential therapy. He recently co-founded the Ogden Center for Change and now primarily works with adults, treating trauma and PTSD. He also provides evidence-based treatment of anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders. David maintains an interest in multicultural psychology, trauma, and group therapy as well as training of students and other mental health care staff.


Abigail JudgeAbigail Judge, PhD
Private Psychotherapy and Forensic Practice, Cambridge, MA

Dr. Abigail Judge graduated from UNC-CH’s clinical program in 2009. She completed her predoctoral and post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School, including two post-doctoral fellowships in child forensic psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Judge presently maintains a full-time private psychotherapy and forensic practice in Cambridge, MA and she is also on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School. In addition, Dr. Judge writes and presents widely about the commercial sexual exploitation of adolescent girls in the United States and the effects of digital technology and social media on psychotherapy with adolescents. Recent writing projects include, for example, an edited book under contract with Oxford University Press about the interface among digital technology, adolescent sexual behavior and the law. More information about Dr. Judge’s practice can be found at


Evan WaldheterEvan Waldheter, PhD
Staff Psychologist, MIT Mental Health and Counseling Service

Evan graduated from the UNC Clinical Ph.D. Program in 2008, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School in August, 2009. Currently, he is a staff psychologist at the MIT Mental Health and Counseling Service, teaches part-time at Boston College, and supervises psychiatry residents at the Harvard Med School Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program.


David RobertsDavid Roberts, PhD
Staff Psychologist, University of Texas Health Science Center

Dr. Roberts is a clinical psychologist studying psychosocial treatment and social cognition in psychosis. He is interested in using normative models of social judgment and decision-making to understand and enhance abnormal social cognition. For the past eight years, he has focused largely on the development and testing of Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT), an intervention that he developed with David Penn and Dennis Combs. Dr. Roberts also studies paranoia, delusion, and treatment of early psychosis.


Amy Pinkham, PhD Amy Pinkham, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

After finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brain Behavior Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, Amy joined the psychology faculty of Southern Methodist University as the Director of the Social Cognition and Schizophrenia Research Lab. Her research program at SMU linked the fields of clinical psychology and neuroscience in an effort to address fundamental questions regarding the behavioral characteristics and neural basis of social cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia. In 2014, Amy joined the psychology of faculty the University of Texas at Dallas in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences as an Associate Professor, where she continues to investigate the characteristics, neural basis, and behavioral consequences of social cognitive impairment in schizophrenia. Her Schizophrenia and Social Cognition Lab uses functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral techniques to examine how the human brain processes social information, how these neural systems may be disturbed in schizophrenia and related disorders, and the behavioral consequences of these impairments.


Shannon CoutureShannon Couture, PhD
Associate Professor of the Practice of Psychology and Director of the Psychology Services Center, University of Southern California

Shannon graduated from UNC-CH in 2007.  Since then, she joined the faculty at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom from 2007-2008, then the faculty at the University of Maryland College Park in 2008.  While there, she worked with Dr. Jack Blanchard and his lab, investigating cognitions associated with negative symptoms in schizophrenia, and social factors important for individuals with elevated rates of social anhedonia.  Recently, Shannon has joined the faculty at the University of Southern California as Associate Professor of the Practice of Psychology and Director of the Psychology Services Center.  She is actively involved in improving clinical training for students earning their doctoral degree in clinical science at USC, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and supervising therapy and assessment cases.


Jake Godfrey, PhD
Co-Director of the Center for Psychology and Education, PLLC, Chapel Hill, NC

Jake completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology, with a Certificate in Human Development, at Duke University; he received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. He completed his clinical internship at The Children’s Hospital of Denver, in Denver, CO. Since then, he has joined the faculty of the Center for Psychology and Education as a Co-Director. He is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Health Care Provider. His interests and specialties include: psychological and psychoeducational assessment of individuals preschool through adult age; individual and family therapy addressing a wide range of clinical concerns; and parent and school consultation. Jake and his family have lived in Chapel Hill since 2003. In addition to enjoying time with his family, Jake is an avid trail runner and general outdoor enthusiast.


combs_dennisDennis Combs, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Texas at Tyler

Dennis Combs is currently an associate  professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Tyler.  Prior to moving back home to Texas, he  worked at the University of Tulsa for 5 years in the Ph.D. Clinical psychology program.  Dennis was a student of Dr. Penn’s at LSU.  He received the 2009 Early Career Award from the National Register of Health Service Psychologist.  Dennis spends his time researching paranoia, social cognition, and methods to improve these areas.  He has published over 45 papers since finishing grad school in 2002.


martin_jamesJames Martin, PhD
Forensic Psychologist, Gainesville, GA

James had the opportunity to work with Dr. Penn in his labs at IIT and LSU. He interned at the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute in South Carolina and completed his doctorate from LSU in 2002. This was followed by a one year temporary appointment as an assistant professor at the North Georgia College & State University, after which he settled into private practice in Gainesville, Georgia. Now, his practice predominately involves conducting forensic/court-ordered assessments for various juvenile and superior courts and the Department of Juvenile Justice. When not working he prefers to spend his free time with his 12-year old daughter and digging through the dirt in various locales in search of semi-precious gemstones and minerals. David has had a deep impact on my professional career, and was a great mentor to work with.


racenstein_megJ. Meg Racenstein, PhD
Clinical Neuropsychologist, Chicago, IL

J. Meg Racenstein, Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist in private practice. She has two offices located in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Dr. Racenstein has extensive experience conducting neuropsychological assessments of school age children, adolescents and young adults with known or suspected attentional, psychological, learning or substance-induced disorders, as well as intellectually gifted individuals. Dr. Racenstein focused her research on patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the dual diagnosis of substance abuse. She studied the diagnosis and assessment of psychiatric symptomatology as well as cognitive and psychosocial functioning in these population subsets.

Dr. Racenstein received her B.S. degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois, Champaign, followed by her M.A., in Community Counseling at Loyola University, Chicago. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Psychology. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship training in Neuropsychology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.


Jennifer Francis, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Jennifer is currently an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) of mood and anxiety disorders and provides training and supervision in CBT for psychiatry residents and psychology interns and externs.  Jennifer is also a study therapist on a NIMH RDoC grant examining the impact of CBT and SSRIs on brain function, physiology and behavior among individuals with anxiety and depressive symptoms. Prior to moving to Chicago, Jennifer spent 4 years treating active duty military at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  She provided CBT for service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who were diagnosed with PTSD, panic disorder, and other post-deployment health issues.  Jennifer was the lead psychologist on a grant funded PTSD treatment intervention comparing prolonged exposure to virtual reality exposure for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Jennifer received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2003 and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, WV.  She completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in anxiety disorders with the Clinical Psychology Training Consortium at Brown University Medical School. She was an NHLBI T32 fellow on a behavioral medicine cardiovascular training grant at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD where she studied the impact of anxiety on cardiovascular disease.