Graduate Student Alumni

 

Nicole Burt, Ph.D.

Nicole BurtNicole graduated from Northern Illinois University with her doctorate in child clinical psychology in the spring of 2017 after completing an internship at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. She is currently working at Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services, Arizona Psychology Training Consortium as part of a one year post-doctoral residency program. Nicole was born and raised in Tempe Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. She attended Arizona State University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude. Nicole was actively involved in several research labs as an undergrad and she also worked at The Center for Autism and Related Disorders as a senior therapist.

Nicole joined the clinical psychology doctoral program at NIU and the Emotion Regulation and Temperament Lab in August of 2011, and has been actively involved in research and clinical work since. Broadly, Nicole is interested in the development of temperament, and the extent to which temperament and environmental factors contribute to the development of psychopathology during childhood. In particular, her research has focused on the role of various aspects of the home environment (e.g., parenting, parent emotion regulation, and parent relationship adjustment) in the development of infant frustration. Additionally, her more recent work has focused on the implications of frustration for child development, including risk for externalizing related difficulties. Nicole is also passionate about research examining efficacy of clinical treatments, and is currently involved in a project investigating the effectiveness of an intensive exposure-based treatment for selective mutism. Clinically, Nicole is committed to the application of evidence-based interventions (e.g., parent management training, CBT approaches, exposure-based treatment, PCIT) within a multidisciplinary team in her work with children, families, and adults. Although she enjoys working with children and adults presenting with a range of disorders, she is particularly interested in the assessment and treatment of externalizing problems (e.g., oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD), anxiety, and autism spectrum disorders during childhood. After completing her training at NIU, Nicole plans to pursue a position that allows her to be active in both research and clinical settings.

Internship Site: University of Arizona School of Medicine
Dissertation: Direct and Interactive Effects of Infant Frustration and Parenting on Toddler Compliance: A Test of Differential Susceptibility
Thesis: Maternal Relationship Adjustment and Parenting: Implications for the Development of Infant Frustration
Publications: 4
Manuscripts in Preparation/Under Review: 1
Conference Presentations: 12
Contact: nicole.marie12188@gmail.com

Lauren Laake, Ph.D.

Lauren LaakeLauren graduated from Northern Illinois University with her doctorate in child clinical psychology in the spring of 2017 after completing an internship at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital. Since completing her internship, Lauren has continued to work at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital as part of a one year post-doctoral residency program focused on psychiatry consultation.

Lauren is from Centerville, Ohio, which is a suburb of Dayton. She studied Psychology at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, and received a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in 2008. After college, Lauren moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend Richmont Graduate University where she earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, with an emphasis in child and adolescent therapy. While in Atlanta, Lauren completed an internship at an acute care psychiatric hospital where she gained experience working and interacting with patients ages 5 and up experiencing a vast array of difficulties. These experiences, specifically with younger children, led to Lauren’s pursuit of further graduate study. Lauren’s current research interests also grew out of her experiences working with children and she is particularly interested in aspects of early childhood development that contribute to the emergence of children’s emotional and behavioral difficulties. In addition to her clinical experience and research interests, Lauren has engaged in various teaching roles, specifically for statistics courses, which she plans to further develop during her doctoral training by obtaining additional teaching experience.

In August 2010, Lauren joined the Department of Psychology and the Emotion Regulation & Temperament Lab at NIU as a clinical psychology graduate student. Since joining the lab, Lauren has been working on projects that examine how parents and non-parents respond to infant distress. Lauren is also working on a project investigating the relationship between infant positive affect and parenting practices. Lauren’s additional research interests include the relationship between parenting practices and the development of self-regulatory behaviors in infants and young children. Clinically, Lauren is interested in the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders such as ADHD and Conduct Disorder.

After completing her doctoral training, Lauren plans to remain actively involved in research while also engaging in teaching and child clinical work.

Internship SiteHarvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital
Dissertation: Language Development at 24 months: Contributions from the Growth of Infant Positive Affect and Maternal Quality of Speech During a Wordless Book Task
Thesis: Infant Temperament and Early Language Acquisition: Considerations within a Cross-Disciplinary Framework
Publications: 4
Manuscripts in Preparation/Under Review: 2
Conference Presentations: 13 
Contact: laurenlaake@gmail.com

Kate Oddi, Ph.D.

Kate OddiKate graduated from Northern Illinois University with her doctorate in child clinical psychology in the spring of 2016 after completing an internship at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital. She then spent two years working at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital as part of a post-doctoral residency in pediatric psychology/pediatric neuropsychology. Kate is now working as a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Kate grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a city located about 30 minutes Northwest of Detroit. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology in 2008. After completing her B.A., she spent the following year working as a research associate in the Self and Social Motivation Laboratory at the University of Michigan where she gained additional research experience prior to pursuing graduate training in clinical psychology.

Kate joined the Department of Psychology and the Emotion Regulation & Temperament Lab at NIU as a clinical psychology graduate student in August 2009. Shortly after arriving at NIU, she began actively pursuing her research interests, which are primarily focused on the contributions of parent characteristics (e.g., maternal depression) to the development of emotion regulation and temperment throughout infancy and toddlerhood. She has also conducted research on parenting, executive functioning and self-regulation. Clinically, Kate has obtained experience implementing empirically-supported treatments, primarily with children and adolescents, in a variety of settings, including a university-based outpatient clinic, elementary and middle schools and a private practice. She has also conducted psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological assessments of children with a variety of presenting issues including ADHD, LDs, ASDs, traumatic brain injuries, developmental and seizure disorders, brain tumors and other types of pediatric cancer.

After obtaining her doctorate in psychology from NIU, Kate plans to pursue a career in a medical setting, providing assessment and therapy services to children as well as consultation services to other professionals.

Internship Site: University of Minnesota Children's Hospital
Dissertation: Examining the Longitudinal Relations between Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Infant Positive Emotionality in the First Year Postpartum
Thesis: Perceived Parenting and College Student Sensitivity to Infant Distress Cues
Publications: 6
Manuscripts in Preparation/Under Review: 1
Conference Presentations: 18
Contact: kate.oddi@gmail.com