Meg Clark

(4th year Doctoral Candidate)

Meg Clark received her B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, where she majored in Applied Developmental Psychology. After graduation, Meg worked state government before making a career change to psychology and clinical research. She worked at Drexel University engaging in volunteer research experiences by delivering emotional regulation interventions in Philadelphia Public Schools. She then worked at Drexel's WELL Center, coordinating a study focusing on lifestyle modification for behavioral weight loss, with emphases on acceptance based therapies and physical activity. Meg's primary research interests include developing interventions and prevention strategies for promoting healthy eating habits, specifically with children in minority populations. She hopes to further understand the role that emotions and self-regulation play in dietary choices.

Bernardo Loiacono

(3rd year Doctoral Candidate)


Bernardo received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePaul University in 2016. During his undergraduate studies, he was involved in researching myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in children. Upon graduation, he accepted a research assistant position at the Center for Community Research where he continued his study of ME/CFS in children. Currently, Bernardo’s primary research interests are in understanding chronic illness in children and adolescents, specifically as it relates to physical functioning. He is also interested in how behavioral economic variables, such as delay discounting and food reinforcement, predict dietary intake and body mass index.

Dana Mansfield

(2nd year Doctoral Candidate)


Dana received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. At UNC, she worked as a research assistant in the Anxiety and Stress Lab and the African American Youth Wellness Lab where she became interested in cultural differences in internalizing disorders in youth. She then worked at the University of Michigan as a research study coordinator for a brain-imaging study examining how cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) affects the brain in children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. She is now interested in exploring how race-related stressors influence internalizing symptom presentation and health behaviors in youth of color.

Alex O'Donnell

(1st year Doctoral Candidate)


Alex received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016 after which he worked as a behavior analysis specialist at Munroe-Meyer Institute's Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his M.S. in psychology from DePaul University in 2020. As a master's student at DePaul, he researched the benefits of natural mentoring relationships on Latinx adolescents' psychological well-being under Dr. Bernadette Sánchez. Alex is interested in combining his research and practical experience with children and families to explore relationship factors which promote healthy behaviors and barriers preventing equitable access to nutrition among low-income communities.

Nadia Arteaga

Nadia is currently a junior studying health sciences with a concentration in nursing. She hopes to obtain her Master's in Nursing at DePaul University after she completes her undergraduate studies, and to eventually become a nurse practitioner. Her personal research interests include understanding disparities such as maternal morbidity and mortality rates in minority women. She will be serving as Dr. Buscemi's undergraduate research assistant this academic year for the project titled "The Feasibility and Acceptability of Community Health Workers Serving as COVID-19 Contact Tracers in Chicago’s Underserved Neighborhoods."

Dylan Sagan

Dylan is a 3rd year undergraduate at DePaul. He is double majoring in Psychology with a focus in Human Services and Communications and Media. He is involved in a Field Work program to prepare him for his future studies in the field of psychology. He is interested in health psychology as well as its effects on various minority groups. Dylan plans on finishing his undergrad degree in 2022 and continuing his education into graduate school.  

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