The HARC Lab Team

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Molly Brown, Ph.D.
HARC Lab Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor
Clinical-Community Psychology
DePaul University
Email | 773-325-7148
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Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale School of Medicine, 2013-2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, 2012-2013
  • Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, DePaul University, 2012
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Washington, 2004

Research Interests

  • Interventions for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness
  • Coordinated entry systems and coordinated assessment
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Community-based participatory research

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses Taught

  • PSY-363 Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, and Recovery
  • PSY-395 Internship/Fieldwork
  • PSY-482 Adult Assessment
  • PSY-568 Seminar in Prevention and Intervention

Graduate Students

 

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Camilla Cummings, M.A.
Doctoral Student
Clinical-Community Psychology
DePaul University
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Camilla completed her undergraduate degree at Portland State University in Psychology and Sociology. In Portland, she worked in collaboration to complete program evaluations for Central City Concern, the largest provider of social services in Oregon for homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, and serious mental illness. She also worked in the Community Inclusion Research Group, on a study examining community members’ attitudes about residing near supportive housing programs for adults with psychiatric disabilities. As a HARC Lab member, Camilla manages the Long-Term Shelter-Stayer study and the Coordinated Entry study. Camilla’s thesis is a study examining the psychometric properties of the Self-Sufficiency Matrix, an assessment tool used to inform housing and support service decisions for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Research Interests

  • Coordinated entry and systems that serve people experiencing homelessness
  • Housing interventions for individuals currently or at-risk of experiencing homelessness
  • Treatment and recovery interventions for individuals with substance use disorders, serious mental illness, or a dual-diagnosis
  • Advocacy and policy reform

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Quin Lei, B.A.
Doctoral Student
Clinical-Community Psychology
DePaul University
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Quin graduated from the University of St. Thomas located in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.A. degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she became involved with several research projects on mindfulness meditation and sleep quality;  affective disorder diagnosis, tobacco use and sleep quality; self-compassion and body image; and maladaptive coping and suicide ideation in Native American populations. She also volunteered with several local community-based organizations such as Avenues for Homeless Youth–a nonprofit organization supporting youth experiencing homelessness with emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services; and CTUL– a workers’ rights organization that organizes low-wage workers from across the Twin Cities to develop leadership and fight for equitable wages, better working conditions, and basic workers’ rights.

Research Interests

  • Racial and/or LGBTQIA minorities experiencing homelessness
  • Trauma-informed care in homeless services that specifically target racial and/or LGBTQIA individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Intersectionality
  • Housing advocacy

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Martina Mihelicova, M.A.
Doctoral Student
Clinical-Community Psychology
DePaul University
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Martina completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at DePaul University. Her research focus broadly intersects trauma and crisis response. She has had the opportunity to be involved in projects on trauma-informed care across settings, interdisciplinary crisis response, and organizational support for providers. She is currently working on her dissertation centered on trauma-informed care within homelessness services.

Research Interests

  • Trauma, vicarious trauma, trauma-informed care
  • Populations who have been traditionally underserved and stigmatized
  • Interdisciplinary response and organizational support for providers
  • Qualitative methods

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Cori Tergesen, M.S.c
Doctoral Student
Clinical-Community Psychology
DePaul University
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Cori completed her B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of San Diego and her M.S.c with a specialization in global mental health at Duke University. She previously studied the use of mental health patient video narratives to destigmatize mental illness in Nepal. Her research broadly focuses on integrating mental health care and capacity building in community settings. At present, Cori is working on projects related to trauma-informed care interventions for educators, teacher-directed violence, and coordinated entry homeless service systems.

Research Interests

  • Community-based mental health care capacity building
  • Systemic and organizational interventions
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Global mental health
  • Mixed methods

Senior Interns

Rachel Bell

Genera Fields

Isabelle Gallant


Research Assistants

 Noor Arjmand     Cristina Candel

Grace Herbert      Kyla Hinds

Lauren Hochberg     Victoria Ivanova

Sarah Pelletier     Hayley Smart

Allison Szulewski     Victoria Zygmunt


Community-based Research Team

Jon Adams

Lamont Burnett

Andrew Cannella

Tom Gordon


Team Photos

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