Dr. Nathaniel Herr Lab Director
Nathaniel Herr is an Associate Professor of Psychology who joined the Psychology Department at American University in 2012. Dr. Herr received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and received postdoctoral training and a faculty appointment at Duke University Medical Center. His research focuses on the etiology and effects of interpersonal dysfunction, emotion regulation difficulties, and identity disturbance particularly among adults or emerging adults with borderline personality disorder (BPD).
Alexandra D. Long joined the PhD program in 2018 after first joining the Interpersonal Emotion Lab in 2016 for the MA in Psychology program at American University. She earned her BA in Cinema & Media Studies from the University of Chicago in 2011. Her MA thesis examined how narcissistic traits moderate the effects of empathy priming on rape myth acceptance among heterosexual college males. Alex is primarily interested in how individual differences in personality and difficulties with emotion regulation impact romantic relationships and couple functioning. Additional research interests include: health equity among LGBTQ+ individuals, personality pathology, dialectical behavior therapy, and evidence-based couple/family therapies. Alex completed an externship at Georgetown University's Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS). At the Washington DC VA Medical Center (DC VAMC), Alex has completed two clinical rotations in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC), and a research rotation and assessment rotation in the Trauma Services Program (TSP). She is currently a health professions trainee in the Polytrauma Clinic at the DC VAMC. For her dissertation, Alex is examining the impacts of minority stress (e.g., binegativity, bi-erasure) on the psychological and romantic relationship functioning of partnered bisexual+ women, and whether the impacts are moderated by the partner's sexual identity. In the Spring 2023 semester, Alex will teach a course as an adjunct instructor at AU.
Ramya Ramadurai joined the lab in 2020, after completing her BA in Psychology and English at Boston University in 2016. Post-bac, Ramya worked as an RA at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School: first as a counselor at the residential psychotic and bipolar disorders program, and later in the Cognition and Affect Research and Education (CARE) lab. With CARE, she worked on several mental health app studies focused on targeting mechanisms that are relevant trans-diagnostically. Ramya is primarily interested in difficulties experiencing and regulating emotions, identity disturbance, interpersonal dysfunction, and eating behaviors. She is interested in using virtual and app methods to improve the accessibility and scalability of specialized mental health treatments. Currently Ramya is on externship at the DCVA Medical Center in the Primary Care Mental Health Integration clinic, and is running a project focused on integrating the VA Mindfulness app into the Mindfulness Group treatment.
Kelly Klein joined the lab as a Ph.D. student in 2021. She received her BS in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2019. At PSU, she assisted with research and clinical assessment through the Laboratory for Personality Psychopathology and Psychotherapy Research. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked as a counselor and clinical research assistant at the McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Within the McLean Hospital, she worked at the 3East Residential DBT Program for adolescent boys with emerging features of BPD. She provided skills coaching and led DBT groups, while also involving herself in research projects with the coinciding research group investigating the relations between family dynamics, suicidal thoughts & behaviors, and BPD. Kelly's research interests include family dynamics, suicidal thoughts & behaviors, and BPD, as well as emotion dysregulation, DBT, and ambulatory assessment methods.
Danae Papadea received her BA in Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AuTh) in Greece, before joining the Interpersonal Emotion Lab as a Master’s student at American University in 2021. In her time at AuTh, Danae completed her honors thesis on the interplay between symptoms of schizophrenia and hormonal variations of oxytocin and estrogen. Her current Master’s thesis explores emotion dysregulation and facial emotion identification and sensitivity within certain personality traits. Her research interests include: emotion dysregulation, cognitive and socio-cognitive processing, and psychosis.
Ella Sudit joined the lab as a Ph.D. student in 2022. She received her BA in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis in 2019. At WashU, Ella worked in the Emotion Regulation and Relationships lab where she completed her honors thesis and the Early Emotional Development Program (EEDP) at WashU Med School. After graduating, she continued working full time at the EEDP as a research coordinator, clinical interviewer, and brain-imaging technician, studying emotional development and disorders in early childhood. She engaged directly with participants on multiple research studies and collaborated with PIs on publications. In addition, Ella also volunteered at the Emotion and Mental Health Lab at WashU, collaborating on research and a subsequent paper about emotion differentiation and MDD using EMA technology. She volunteered at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute learning more about emotion processing in the context of cognition and neuroscience specifically related to non-suicidal self-injury. Ella also worked as a clinical operations associate at Marvin, a mental health technology company focused on providing mental health treatment to front-line healthcare workers. Ella is interested in how emotion processing ability impacts mental health trans-diagnostically across the lifespan. She is further interested in authentic methods of measurement (such as ambulatory assessment) and considering how indivdiual's identities and environments impact their mental health.
Deirdre Salinsky joined the lab as a Master’s student in 2022. She earned her BS in Psychology from James Madison University where she graduated magna cum laude. During her time at JMU, she assisted with research in the Structural Oppression as Feelings Attitudes and Behaviors lab. Her current research interests include: borderline personality disorder, how identity disturbance effects interpersonal functioning, non-suicidal self-injury, and dissociative symptoms.