Lab Alumni

Olivia Graduation Picture
UConn Commecement
Oliver Graduation Picture

Doctoral Alumni

Olivia J. Derella, Ph.D. (2021)

Post-Doctoral Clinical Research Fellow, Connecting & Reflecting Experience Program, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York


Olivia Headshot 2020

Columbia University Irving Medical Center – Child Track, New York, NY (2020-2021)



Emotional Characteristics of Irritable Youth and Their Parents: Frustration Reactivity, Distress Tolerance, and the Socialization of Emotion and Coping (2021)


Comprehensive Exam Topic

Dyadic Processes of Emotion Regulation: A Methodological Assessment of Parent-Child Paradigms (2017)


Masters Thesis

Parent-Child Reciprocity? Parental Aggression and Oppositional Defiant Symptoms in Girls (2017)


Favorite UConn Memory

My favorite UConn memories include staying late hanging out with labmates after the clinic closed, bearing witness to "Savage Fridays", and duetting with Jeff on Hamilton Karaoke at the end of the year party.


BADCO Toronto BADCO Lab 2019 Olivia's Defense Olivia Graduation

Oliver G. Johnston, Ph.D. (2021)

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, Chicago, IL



NICPP-Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health - Home Campus, Boys Town, NE (2020-2021)



Clinical Characteristics of Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptoms in College Students (2020)


Comprehensive Exam Topic

Problem Recognition & Help-Seeking for Disruptive Behavior Problems (2017)


Masters Thesis

 Identification and Structure of Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Young Adults (2017)


Favorite UConn Memory

One thing I miss most about my time at UConn was being able to walk into the lab and just have spontaneous hangouts with other BADCO members. It was such a great way to get instant emotional or instrumental support. Those unplanned hangouts are some of my fondest memories from graduate school!

BADCO Graduate Students at Lunch Oliver and Jeff at 2nd Congress on Irritability BADCO Lab Photo February 2020 Oliver Dissertation Defense

Ari Romano-Verthelyi, Ph.D. (2022)






Comprehensive Exam Topic


Masters Thesis


Favorite UConn Memory


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Kathrine Hernandez ’17 (Fall 2015)

Brianne O’Connor ’15 (Fall 2015)

Selma Sahin ’15 (Fall 2015)

Emily Bramande ’16 (Spring 2015 – Spring 2017)

Justin Sobbell ’16 (Fall 2016 – Spring 2017)

Claudia Paszek ’17 (Spring 2015 – Fall 2017)

Jocelyn Rossitto '19 (Spring 2018 - Fall 2018)

Sabrina Yum-Chan '19 (Fall 2016-Spring 2019)

Hazel Simpson (Summer 2019) - Summer Research Assistant from Bates College

Daniel Epstein '19 (Fall 2017-Spring 2019)

Jessica Barber '19 (Spring 2018-Spring 2019)

Natalia Lebrija '19 (Fall 2018-Spring 2019)

Caitlyn Passmore '19 (Fall 2019)

Elly Mejia Castro '20 (Fall 2019)

Kaitlin Giardini '21 (Spring 2019-Spring 2021)

Hannah Lavoie '21 (Fall 2019-Spring 2021)

Amanda Morach '21 (Fall 2019-Spring 2021)

Marinna Binkowski ’21 (Fall 2020-Spring 2021)

Anyel Brizuela ’21 (Fall 2020-Spring 2021)


BADCO Undergraduate RAs
Claudia's Poster Presentation
Claudia and Sabrina
BADCO Lab Picture 2016-2017

Contact Information

Phone: 860-486-1129
Address: Department of Psychological Sciences
406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020
Storrs, CT 06269
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