HARC Lab

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY | DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

The HARC Lab Team

Graduate Students

Camilla Cummings, M.A.

Doctoral Student | Clinical-Community Psychology | DePaul University

About

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, M.A.

Doctoral Student | Clinical-Community Psychology | DePaul University

About

Quin graduated from the University of St. Thomas located in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.A. degree in Psychology. Within the HARC Lab, their research broadly focuses on equity (e.g., race, gender, sexuality, disability, etc.) within homeless service systems and economic and cultural gentrification and displacement in Chicago Chinatown. Additionally, their other research and advocacy interests include addressing anti-Blackness and colorism within Chinese American communities and promoting racial solidarity between Black and Asian American communities.

Research Interests

  • Gentrification and displacement
  • QTPOC adult homelessness
  • Intersectionality theory and application
  • Qualitative methods and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Amanda Barry, M.A.

Doctoral Student | Clinical-Community Psychology | DePaul University

About

Amanda earned her B.A. at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. As an undergraduate, she became involved with research on Alzheimer’s Disease, including projects on treatments for members of the Maasai. After graduation, Amanda worked at a group home, providing care to adults with mental illness, primarily veterans diagnosed with schizophrenia. Many of the residents she worked with had experienced homelessness; this led Amanda to switch her primary area of interest to homelessness and trauma. At the University of Dayton, her research centered around interventions at a local homeless shelter and how they impacted both the residents and undergraduate students who participated in the interventions. Her Master’s Thesis assessed changes in civic-related outcomes in undergraduate students as they worked with shelter guests. Amanda also is interested in trauma, particularly traumatic experiences that occur during periods of homelessness.

Research Interests

  • Experiences of homelessness among LGBTQIA adults
  • Trauma-informed care in homeless services
  • Underserved and disadvantaged populations
  • Intersectionality
  • Mixed method

Justine Stewart, M.A.

Doctoral Student | Clinical Psychology | Wheaton College

About

Justine is currently pursuing her Doctor of Psychology at Wheaton College. She completed her B.A. in Economics at Brown University. Upon graduating, she joined the Inter-American Development Bank (Jamaica Country Office) as a Research Assistant. While there, she supported longitudinal, mixed-methods studies that identified factors predicting school dropout for at-risk youth. Justine eventually transitioned to community work with at-risk youth in Germany, where she was an academic tutor for refugee children for after-school programs. That experience made clear the need for trauma-informed care as a best practice. Justine’s research interest centers on the impact of trauma on development and well-being. As a fellow in Illinois’ Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program, her research examines the relationship between childhood trauma and school outcomes for children with developmental disabilities.

Research Interests

  • Trauma-informed care
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in special populations
  • Prevention and systems-level change
  • Mixed methods

Erin Hoffman, M.A.

Doctoral Student | Clinical-Community Psychology | DePaul University

About

Erin is pursuing her Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology at DePaul University. She received her B.A. in psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2014. After graduating, she worked at The Consultation Center at Yale University managing several community-based research projects focused on program evaluation, health promotion, and trauma-informed care. Erin’s research is centered around community response to sexual violence and trauma-informed care within the medical and criminal justice systems. Her current research focuses on law enforcement’s response to sexual assault with particular emphasis on sexual assault case processing decisions.

Research Interests

  • Community response to sexual assault
  • Criminal justice
  • Mixed methods
  • Prevention and systems-level change
  • Trauma-informed care

Cori Cafaro, M.A.

Doctoral Student | Clinical-Community Psychology | DePaul University

About

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

Ellie Buebendorf, B.A.

Masters Student | Community Psychology | DePaul University | HARC Lab Social Justice and Anti-Racism Intern

About

Ellie completed her B.A. in Psychology, concentrating in Community Psychology, at DePaul University. Her research interests broadly focus on challenging harmful narratives and belief systems. For example, she conducted research with Dr. Christine Reyna on examining White extremism. She engages in a range of activities with HARC Lab, including qualitative data analysis and social justice action. Ellie is currently completing her Masters degree in Community Psychology at DePaul.

Research Assistants

Noor Arjmand (she/her)

Madeeha Mohiuddin (she/her)

Mylena Sena (she/her)

Milena DeMario (she/her)

Emma Ockuly (she/her)

Victoria Zygmunt (she/her)

Community-Based Research Team

Jon Adams (he/him)

Andrew Cannella (he/him)

Lamont Burnett (he/him)

Tom Gordon (he/him)