Meet the team!

Stacey Doan, PhD

Principal Investigator

    Dr. Stacey Doan integrates emotional, socio-cultural and developmental perspectives, focusing on examining the biological, social and individual correlates of physical health and psychological well being. She is interested in how the mind influences physical health, and how the body may affect psychological well-being, with a particular interest on emotions and stress. Moreover, her work is focus on understanding the role of social relationships. Her work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and has been published in the top developmental and health journals.

Cindy H. Liu, PhD

Principal Investigator

    Cindy H. Liu, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her areas of investigation include the measurement and mechanisms of psychosocial stress, cultural differences in socio-emotional development, and developmental and culturally based interventions that reduce mental health disparities. She received her degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. After completing her clinical internship at McLean Hospital, following a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. She served as the Director of Multicultural Research at the Commonwealth Research Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for six years prior to her current position as the Director of the Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Program within Pediatric Newborn Medicine and Psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Patricia Smiley, PhD

Principal Investigator

    Patricia A. Smiley, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Pomona College, in Claremont CA. Her research interests include the roles of parenting and temperament in the development of young children’s emotion and behavior regulation. In her work, she assesses parent and child beliefs, behaviors, and physiology in order to understand mechanisms of socialization of self-regulation. She received her degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Chicago and completed an NIMH post doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She currently co-directs the AMH (Applied Mind and Health) – CARE (Child Attachment, Relationships, and Emotions) Lab at the Claremont Colleges. She is also appointed in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at The Claremont Graduate University.

Ann Carrick, M.A.

Lead Study Coordinator

    Ann Carrick has an M.A. in Positive Health Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and has a strong interest in human thriving and positive contexts, including the family context. With a background in research, programming, and communications, Ann strives for quality research that contributes to scientific knowledge in addition to applied communications and programming that reaches the larger population. In her free time, Ann enjoys baking, playing with her dog, and hiking.

Courtney Chan, B.A.

Study Coordinator

    Courtney Chan earned her B.A. in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College. She is interested in improving physical and mental health outcomes for communities of color, and will be starting nursing school this year. During the stay-at-home period, her favorite activities have been reconnecting with family and friends, playing games, and taking socially-distant walks in the California sunshine.

Fifi Wong, B.A.

Study Coordinator

    Fifi received her B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University. Her time living in and interacting with people from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Asian communities within the United States sparked her interest in the development and revision of culturally-based mental health prevention, intervention, and psychoeducation. As an undergraduate, she spent several years as a research assistant collecting data from Chinese immigrants from across the lifespan (children, parents, elderly). She is eager to learn more about the influence of acculturation on mental healthcare acceptance of Asians and Asian Americans. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Betsy Blackard, M.A.


    Betsy Blackard is a PhD student at Claremont Graduate University studying positive developmental psychology. Specifically, she is interested in the relationships between parents and children and the bi-directional impact of those relationships on development. She plans to use her degree to develop programs and resources to help families thrive. She loves spending time with children of all ages, and has worked with children since 2003. She can't wait to have kids of her own!

Mirenna Scott, B.A.


    Mirenna is a recent graduate from Pomona College where she majored in psychological science and minored in studio art. During her time at Pomona, she volunteered in a local hospital Neonatal ICU, inspiring an interest in birth psychology and psychology focused on the perinatal period. She intends to pursue a career in nurse-midwifery or pediatrics, supporting families in building both health and early attachment.

Ashley Ahn, B.A.


    Ashley is interested in clinical psychology with an emphasis on youth resiliency and trauma. She completed her B.A. in psychology at Claremont McKenna College, where she was as an Advocate for survivors of sexual assault and volunteered at the local community mental health clinic. Besides her research endeavours, Ashley currently works as an exposure therapist for young adults with OCD.