The HARC Lab Team

Molly Brown, Ph.D.
HARC Lab Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor, Clinical-Community Psychology, DePaul University
molly.brown@depaul.edu | 773-325-7148
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**Dr. Brown will not be accepting students to the clinical-community psychology doctoral program at DePaul for the 2019-2020 academic year, but you can find a list of accepting faculty in our program here.

Education and Training

2013-2014     Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale School of Medicine
2012-2013     Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
2011-2012     Predoctoral Internship, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
2012                Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, DePaul University
2009                M.A., Clinical-Community Psychology, DePaul University
2004                B.S., Psychology, University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Housing interventions for individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness
  • Psychometric testing of assessment tools used for housing intervention prioritization
  • Homelessness prevention
  • Trauma-informed care

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Martina Mihelicova, M.A.
Graduate Student, Clinical-Community Psychology, DePaul University
mmiheli1@depaul.edu

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Through community-based research, Martina works with and learns from people experiencing trauma and barriers to recovery, including stigma, lack of services, and staff turnover. She is also committed to supporting direct service providers in light of the impact of trauma exposure on well-being. As a HARC Lab member, she primarily coordinates the Trauma-Informed Care study.

Research Interests

  • Trauma, vicarious trauma, and trauma-informed care
  • Underserved and stigmatized populations
  • Provider and significant other coping and self-care
  • Qualitative methods

Camilla Cummings, B.A.
Graduate Student, Clinical-Community Psychology, DePaul University
ccummi17@depaul.edu

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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

Quin Lei, B.A.
Graduate Student, Clinical-Community Psychology, DePaul University
qlei@depaul.edu

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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

Annie Wegrzyn, B.A.
Graduate student, Community Psychology, DePaul University
awegrzy1@depaul.edu

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Annie is a graduate student in the Community Psychology program at DePaul University. Before attending DePaul, Annie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois; there, her research focused on strategies to combat victim-blaming beliefs and rape myth acceptance. Currently, Annie is working on projects related to multidisciplinary relationships and collaboration among sexual assault responders. As a HARC lab member, Annie is involved in the Trauma Informed Care study.

Research Interests

  • Community-based responses to interpersonal violence
  • Housing interventions for survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence
  • Holistic healing for survivors of trauma and trauma-informed care
  • Collaboration on Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs)
  • Qualitative methods

RESEARCH COORDINATOR

Dao Tran, M.P.H.
atran28@depaul.edu

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Education
B.S. in Biology, University of Texas at Dallas
M.P.H. Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health
Certification in Public Health, National Board of Public Health Examiners

VOLUNTEER RESEARCH ASSISTANTS AND INTERNS

 Chicago Team                                                          Seattle Team

Hayoung Jeong         JR Rahming                           Carly McDonald

Paige Calace           Lauren Hochberg                 Victoria Ivanova

Kyla Hinds                 Alejandro Raskind

Lauren Klebek          Sarah Pelletier

TEAM PHOTOS

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