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Mental Health

Post-Doctoral Trainees

photo of A AtheyAlison Athey, PhD

Alison received a PhD in Psychology at Case Western Reserve University. She completed a residency in clinical psychology at the Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. Her research has focused on the role of cognition and learned behaviors in suicide risk, especially among individuals in marginalized and high-risk groups. Alison uses registry studies, psychological autopsy, and epi-/genetic approaches to evaluate changes in suicide risk within individuals and families. As a JHU PET postdoctoral fellow working with Drs. Holly Wilcox and Paul Nestadt, she hopes to extend this bench-to-bedside approach by learning public health tools and by evaluating potential areas of overlap between suicide and other life-threatening behaviors (e.g., opiate overdose).

Kristin MignognaKristin Mignogna, PhD

Kristin Mignogna, PhD went to the University of Virginia for her undergraduate studies, majoring in Biology and Psychology, and minoring in Bioethics. From there, she continued on to the Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her Ph.D. in Psychiatric & Statistical Genetics. Her dissertation research focused on genome-wide systems genetics of alcohol consumption and use disorder in both humans and genetically complex mice. She is now utilizing similar methodologies to examine genotype and gene expression levels in the context of mood disorders, as a JHU PET postdoctoral fellow working for Fernando Goes, M.D. Her overarching research goal is to gain insight into the etiology of psychiatric disorders, so that they may ultimately be pharmacologically treated in a more precise and personalized manner.

Pre-Doctoral Trainees

Kira RiehmAlexa (Lex) Curhan Budavari, MPH

Lex is a doctoral student in the Department of Mental Health advised by Dr. Heather Volk. Her research interests include child and adolescent mental health, the intersection of genetic and environmental risk, Autism Spectrum Disorder, mood and anxiety disorders, neuroimaging, and school-based interventions. She previously received her MPH from Johns Hopkins and her BA in Psychology from Vanderbilt University.

Luke GrosvenorLuke Grosvenor

Luke is a doctoral student in the Department of Mental Health advised by Dr. Dani Fallin. His primary research interest is on the intersection between genetic and environmental etiologies of Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delay, and intellectual disability. Prior to starting at Johns Hopkins, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Behavioral Neuroscience from Cornell University. 

Katrina RodriguezKatrina M. Rodriguez, MHS

Katrina is a doctoral student in the Department of Mental Health advised by Drs. William Eaton and Gail Daumit. Her research interest lies in the etiology, prevention, and treatment of serious mental illness, primarily schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. She is also interested in the connection between the immune system and the gut microbiome and the effect abnormalities in these systems may have on mental illness. Katrina received her MHS in Mental Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and her BS in Psychology from the University of Arizona with minors in Sociology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Darlynn Rojo-WissarDarlynn Rojo-Wissar, MPH

Darlynn is a doctoral student in the Department of Mental Health advised by Dr. Adam Spira. Her research interests include adverse childhood experiences, sleep, and mental and physical health across the lifespan, as well as sleep research methodology. Prior to attending Johns Hopkins she received an MPH in Maternal and Child Health and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona.