Meet Our Team!

Investigators

Dr. Cullen's PhotoKathryn Cullen, M.D. 

Dr. Cullen is an Associate Professor and Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. She received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Chicago. She completed medical school, residency training, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at the University of Minnesota. She also completed a research training fellowship in Neurobehavioral Development at the University of Minnesota. She has been on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry since 2008. Dr. Cullen's research focuses on adolescent depression and related problems such as self-injury.

Dr. Klimes-DouganBonnie Klimes-Dougan, Ph.D. 

Dr. Klimes-Dougan is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She received a bachelor of science from Loma Linda University. She completed doctoral training in clinical psychology at Florida State University, completed her internship at Duke University and postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Mental Health. She was a faculty at the Catholic University of America before being hired by the University of Minnesota in 2004. Dr. Klimes-Dougan's research focuses on the stress system, considering risk and protective factors for distress, depression and despair in adolescents. 

Co-Investigators

Headshot of Kristina Reigstad Kristina Reigstad, PsyD, LP

Dr. Reigstad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of St. Thomas, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology and research in the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She has been on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry since 2014. Dr. Reigstad’s research interests include the development and implementation of effective treatments for adolescent depression, maternal mental health and promoting positive parenting practices. 

 

Graduate Students

Mindy's PictureMindy Westlund Schreiner

Mindy is a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research program at the University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2012 and her Master of Arts in Psychology in 2016, both from the University of Minnesota. She has been part of the RAD lab since January 2011 and has held almost every role in the lab (undergraduate volunteer, research assistant, study coordinator, and now graduate student). Mindy is interested in understanding the brain functioning associated with nonsuicidal self-injury and suicide by examining functional and structural connectivity in the brain. 

Michelle Corkrum's PhotoMichelle Corkrum

I entered the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD) in 2012.  As a physician-scientist, I plan to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders to develop and implement efficacious non-invasive neuromodulatory treatment interventions targeted at specific neural circuits and networks. I am excited about volunteering in the RAD lab because the lab investigates the efficacy and mechanism of action of potential treatment interventions for neuropsychiatric disorders. 

Michelle Thai's PhotoMichelle Thai

I am currently a graduate student in the Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research Program program. My interests focus on understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying mood and anxiety disorders. I am particularly interested in the use of neuromodulation as a tool to study and treat affective disorders.

Staff

Nathan Horek's Photo Nathan Horek 

Nathan began working in the RAD Lab as a research coordinator in September of 2016, focusing on two biological studies: Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Inflammation and White Matter Integrity in Youth with Mood Disorders and High-Field Imaging in Adolescents with MDD.  Nathan's primary research interests lie in the biological mechanisms of mental health, especially the convergence of the immune, endocrine and nervous systems. Previous to working in the amazing RAD Lab, Nathan practiced as a Naturopathic Doctor in Minnesota and Oregon and hopes to also explore research in integrative medicine in the future. His daughter loves rainbows, unicorns, her cousins and treats.  

Anna Parenteau Anna Parenteau

Anna is the study coordinator for the Brain Imaging Development of Girls' Emotion and Self Study. She completed her degree in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota in 2017. She has previously worked in the Human Developmental Psychobiology Lab at the Institute of Child Development with Dr. Megan Gunnar. Her research as an undergraduate focused on emotion regulation differences in teenagers who experienced early life stress. She continues to serve as a research specialist at the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, assisting with data collection for a Frontiers of Innovation project. Anna is interested in the adolescent brain and how it changes over time, as well as the impact of stress on development.

Nikita TaveresNikita Tavares

I am currently a senior at the U of M majoring in Child Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience. I am the study coordinator for the Mindfulness and tDCS study. I am interested in studying depression in children and adolescents, and in using brain imaging (MRI) as a tool to understand the brain. In a few years, I intend on pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. My goal is to return to my home state of Goa in India to start a mental health clinic and help reduce the stigma around mental health. 

Undergraduate Students

Portrait of Jinci Lu, undergraduate studentJinci Lu

Jinci is currently a junior at Macalester College majoring in neuroscience and on the pre-medicine track. She started volunteering in the RAD lab because she wants to immerse herself in a clinical research setting and see the direct application between research and medicine. She is interested in learning more about the pathology of mood disorders from different perspectives, such as looking at anatomy of the brain through neuroimaging or looking at emotion regulation by the HPA axis. Her goal is to attend medical school and being able to serve under-served communities as a clinical psychiatrist.

 

Portrait of Abby Larson, undergraduate student Abby Larson


Abby is currently a senior studying neuroscience at the U. She started volunteering in the RAD lab because she wanted to learn more about clinical research and is interested in the adolescent population. Abby is especially interested in the effects of early life stress on adolescent neurobiological development and the development of psychiatric disorders. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school to get her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Her end goal is to become a child psychologist and work with children who have experienced early life stress.

 

Dawson Hill's Photo Dawson Hill

Hi my name is Dawson Hill and I’m a junior studying Psychology here at the U. I became interested in the RAD Lab initially because of the research related to MRI imaging and how we look for indicators and signs of disorders based on brain structure. Additionally, I like being a part of the RAD Lab because of the team atmosphere involved and how everything comes together with many different contributions. As of right now, my goal is to become an adolescent psychiatrist working in a residential mental health treatment facility.

Headshot of Shalini PatelShalini Patel

My name is Shalini and I am a freshman majoring in Neuroscience on the Pre-Medicine track. I joined the RAD Lab so that I could be immersed in research and see what it truly entails. As someone who has always been interested in psychology and how the brain functions the way it does, the RAD Lab has allowed me to gain a greater understanding of research as a whole and realize what areas I am most interested in. I am planning on attending medical school once I graduate from the U. 

 

Conor Lanning's PhotoConor Lanning

My name is Conor Lanning, and I am a junior currently majoring in Psychology and Anthropology with a minor in Neuroscience. The best part about working in the RAD Lab is getting to work with the researchers to develop a clinical frame of asking questions. Once I graduate with my bachelor's, I intend on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, as well as a M.A. or a Ph.D. in Anthropology, with an end goal of working as a psychiatric anthropologist.

Marwa Ibrahim's Photo Marwa Ibrahim

My name is Marwa and I'm an undergraduate student majoring in psychology (B.S) and minoring in neuroscience. I joined the RAD lab to explore adolescence research more in depth and get to work alongside some of the most passionate researchers on campus who are truly driven to discover. I'm deeply interested in research focused on emotion socialization and also how developmental/neurobiological processes are affected by depression and other mood disorders. I'm planning to go to graduate school to hopefully pursue a PhD in one of the many psychology disciplines (still exploring!) 

Portrait of Donghee Im, undergraduate studentDonghee Im

My name is Donghee, and I am a sophomore at the U majoring in psychology with a minor in
neuroscience. I am very interested in understanding the relationships among psychology, the
human brain, and human behavior. The RAD lab not only allows me to explore these
relationships in depth but also helps me understand the research methods and procedures very
vividly. After I complete my Bachelor’s degree, I am planning to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical
psychology.

Portrait of Kalli Fautsch, undergraduate studentKalli Fautsch

Hi, my name is Kalli and I am a senior studying physiology and psychology. The best part about working in the RAD lab is learning from our dedicated team of researchers about the methodology behind clinical research. I am most interested in the physiological profiles of affective disorders, specifically the HPA Axis and stress response. My career goal is to become a physician and conduct research that improves the quality of life of all people.

Portrait of Cassie Huang, undergraduate studentCassie Huang

Hi, my name is Cassie Huang and I am a sophomore, majoring in child psychology with a minor in psychology. I joined the lab because of my genuine interest in behavior of children and adolescents. Being involved in the RAD lab, I get to know more about how to recruit participants, run the experiments, and collect and analyze data. I am still in the process of exploring my future academic and career path, but most likely, I would love to work with children directly.

Madison TylerMadison Tyler

Madison is a junior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in psychology with a minor in neuroscience.  She began working with the RAD Lab because she has the desire to be a part of the research process to unearth more knowledge regarding both neurological and psychological disorders.  Madison finds the greatest interest in the intersection between neuroscience and psychology, and hopes to expand this interest in the future while working with the RAD Lab. Her ultimate goal is to attend physical therapy school, and to tie in her interest of the brain by specializing in neurological rehabilitation.