SBSB trainees contribute to all aspects of our research. Our fellows, many of them Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) recipients, have experience and interests across a range of social and behavioral science areas, from health disparities to eating and diet-related outcomes to mental health and suicide.
Jenna R. Cummings, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow working on the Pregnancy Eating Attributes Study. Her research focuses on identifying biopsychosocial causes and effects of unhealthy eating behavior, particularly early in the lifespan. She completed her doctoral degree in health psychology in 2018 at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also completed postdoctoral work in 2020 at the University of Michigan, where she conducted research on social-cognitive mechanisms underlying unhealthy eating behavior.
Theemeshni Govender is a postbaccalaureate IRTA fellow with research interests in adolescent psychosocial development and well-being, mental health disparities, and social determinants of mental health and how they are transmitted generationally. Her goal is to use research to inform effective practice with marginalized communities and community/public policy changes. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in sociology.
Evelyn Liu is a postbaccalaureate IRTA fellow working with Dr. Tonja Nansel on the Pregnancy Eating Attributes Study. Her research focuses on psychological determinants of the home food environment, dietary behaviors, and maternal and child health. She also is interested in research related to health disparities and social determinants of health, with the goal of successfully translating scientific research into real-world, effective applications. She graduated from Cornell University in 2019 with a major in global and public health sciences and a minor in inequality studies.
Pablo Vidal-Ribas Belil, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral visiting fellow working with Dr. Stephen Gilman to identify developmental predictors of suicide mortality using data from the Collaborative Perinatal Project. His research focuses on using behavioral, epidemiological, and neuroimaging approaches to identify risk and protective factors of mood disorders, including depression, anxiety, irritability, and suicidality, in young people. He earned master’s degrees in child and adolescent and in adult psychopathology while training as a clinical psychologist in Barcelona, Spain. He completed his Ph.D. in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King’s College London (KCL) in the United Kingdom. In 2012, he joined Dr. Argyris Stringaris’ research group at the Mood and Development Lab at KCL. In 2016, he came to the United States to continue his work with Dr. Stringaris at the National Institute of Mental Health’s Mood Brain and Development Unit.