Past Members

Stephanie Freitas, Master’s Student

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Abby L. Mulay, Doctoral Student

Abby L. Mulay, M.A. is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Long Island University, Brooklyn.  Prior to doctoral training, Abby obtained her Bachelors of Music in Jazz Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and she completed post-Baccalaureate coursework in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York. Currently, Abby works under the advisement of Lisa Wallner Samstag, Ph.D., assisting with Long Island University’s Psychotherapy Research program. Abby’s research interests include the relationship between negative attitudes towards the body and non-suicidal self-injury, public perceptions of criminal offenders with severe mental illness, and interventions aimed at reducing implicit stigmatizing attitudes towards those with severe mental illness. Clinically, Abby is interested in the treatment of severe mental illness from an integrative (i.e., cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic) perspective.


Alexis Pistone, Master’s Student

Alexis is in her second year of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling M.A. program at John Jay. She previously received a B.A. in Forensic Psychology as well as a certificate in Dispute Resolution from John Jay. She was a participant in Research Week with the Office of Undergraduate Research at John Jay on a project she worked on with Beth Vayshenker. It was a study testing the validity of an alternative maze-completion scoring method among people with mental illness. In addition to her studies and participation in Professor Yanos’ lab group, she also works part time in the Office of Undergraduate Studies as a College Assistant.



Michelle L. West, Staff Psychologist (CEDAR Clinic)

Michelle L. West, Ph.D., has focused her clinical and research experiences on working with people with psychotic illnesses in clinical, research, and forensic contexts, at all stages of development of psychotic symptoms. She has been involved on several of Dr. Yanos’ projects related to mental illness stigma and interventions/recovery for individuals with serious mental illness, including studies focused on a group intervention for mental illness self-stigma and on how coping impacts outcomes over time. She completed her dissertation on forensic psychiatric stigma, emphasizing how multiple stigmatized identities may combine and impact self-concept. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) and Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is currently a staff psychologist at the CEDAR Clinic and the Commonwealth Research Center (CRC) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Through CEDAR, she meets with young people and family members for individual and family therapy, assists with diagnostic consultations, and supervises doctoral students in clinical psychology for their practicum experience. Through the CRC, she conducts research assessments and is involved in manuscript production for research focused on clinical understanding and intervention for young people at clinical high risk for psychosis.

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