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Kristin Valentino, Ph.D

Kristin Valentino is the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame.  She earned her BA from Georgetown University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.  Her research focues on the development of memory, self, and psychopathology among children.
  Graduate Students  
Comas Michelle Comas, M.A.

Michelle Comas is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Michelle received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Michelle's research focuses on the development of psycholopathology in children. More specifically, she is interested in identifying the distinct child and parental characteristics as well as the familial processes that influence child psycholopathology upon being subjected to difficult situations, such as child trauma and maltreatment.

Amy Amy K. Nuttall, M.A.

Amy Nuttall is a fourth year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology Program. Amy is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she continued as a Program Manager for several grants focused on traumatic grief among youth before coming to Notre Dame. Amy is interested in understanding familial factors that serve as risk factors in child development as well as familial factors that serve as protective factors in the context of adversity. Her broader goals include translating such research into interventions aimed at preventing the development of psychopathology and promoting resilient outcomes among children who are at risk. 

christina Christina McDonnell, B.A. Christina McDonnell is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program. She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. McDonnell’s research interests lie in understanding the processes that confer risk and resilience across development, and she is further interested in the translation of this research into empirically-based interventions for at-risk youth. Additionally, she is particularly interested in the neurobiology and development of memory within the context of stress and child trauma.


Jeanne Mattei, MSW, Commuity Liason; Project Coordinator

Laureen Poinsatte, Family Coach

Starla Ross, Family Coach

Rosemary Salinas, Family Coach

Sarah Seales, Family Coach

Kathy Heyn, Data Manager


Lab2013 Undergraduate Research Team


Emily Ahles, Research Assistant

Anne Haas, Research Assistant

Alyssa Mall, Research Assistant

Elizabeth Millea, Research Assistant

Christina Mondi, Senior Research Assistant

Krystal Morrison, Research Assistant

Alysia Phillips, Research Assistant

Courtney Taylor, Research Assistant




Jamie Schulte ('10), Teach for America

Elizabeth Murphy ('11)

Adam Barsella ('12) Rush Medical College, Rush University

Suzy Fanuele ('13), Social Work MA Program, Rutgers

Emily Franz ('12) Washington University

Oscar Gonzalez ('12) Quantitiative Psychology Ph.D. Program, Arizona State University

Kaitlyn Howard ('12) Ernst & Young

Jennifer James ('12) DePaul University College of Law

Jordan Matulis ('12)

Anne McNeill ('12) Clinical Psy. D. Program, Roosevelt University

Christina McDonnell ('12) Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program, Notre Dame

Brianna Piper ('13) Developmental Psychology Ph.D. Program, UC Davis

Sarah Poppe ('13)

Stephanie Sieswerda ('12). Masters Program in Social Work, University of Chicago

Taylor Thomas ('13) Developmenal Psychology Ph.D. Program, UNC Chapel Hill