Meet our Team

Vijay A. Mittal, Ph.D.


Dr. Mittal is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University and holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry in Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.  He is also an Adjunct Assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and a fellow at the Centre for Neuroscience at CU Boulder.   He conducted graduate training at Emory University, and completed a specialized adolescent serious mental illness internship and postdoctoral program at UCLA.  Over the past several years Dr. Mittal has published over 100 articles working to understand causes behind mental illness among adolescents and young adults, and he specializes in treating youth at high-risk for psychosis.  He founded the ADAPT research lab to help these individuals and their families.

Ivanka Ristanovic, M.A., LPC

Research Coordinator

Ivanka graduated from Roosevelt University with an MA in Clinical Psychology. During her graduate training, she was a research assistant in a lab focusing on norming computer based category and digit span tests. Ivanka completed her clinical practicum at an inpatient unit of Hartgrove psychiatric hospital where she worked with at-risk populations experiencing highly acute symptomology including but not limited to psychotic symptoms, suicide ideation, homicide ideation, and aggression. She is interested in working with adolescents and young adults, and her research interests include neurological and hormonal basis for severe psychopathology development and maintenance and their role in developing new treatment methods.

Tina Gupta, B.A.

Graduate Student/Assessment Specialist

Tina graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A in psychology and sociology.   During her time at CU, she worked on different research studies focusing on cognitive science as well as the treatment of postpartum depression in teen moms.  She served as the lab manager at ADAPT Colorado for two years and recently moved to Chicago to begin graduate training.   In the ADAPT lab she has focused on several topics of interest to the early psychosis including nicotine, cognition, perception, language and gesture.  She enjoys working with teens and young adults, and has started her graduate training at Northwestern University in the Psychology Department.

Juston Osborne, M.A.

Graduate Student/Assessment Specialist

After graduating from Longwood University with a B.S. in Psychology, Juston worked in the Social Neuroscience and Psychopathology Lab at Harvard University. During his time in the SNAP Lab, Juston was involved in several projects investigating neural and motor abnormalities in individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. He continued and expanded his research on motor abnormalities in the Master's program in Experimental Psychology at the College of William & Mary. Juston is currently a graduate student in Dr. Vijay Mittal's ADAPT lab in Chicago. His research interests focus on the use of multimethod approaches (psychophysiology, neural/cognitive markers, etc.) to characterize the factors that best predict transition to formal psychosis in order to facilitate the development of interventions to mitigate the likelihood of conversion.

Teresa Vargas, B.S.

Graduate Student/Assessment Specialist

Teresa graduated from the University of Miami with a B.S in Psychology and English Literature. During her time at UMiami, she worked on research projects investigating executive control and cognitive bias in mood disorders, as well as researching the effect of educational and socioeconomic interventions in healthy preschoolers. After graduating, she worked at the NIMH Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Branch, in the genes, psychosis and cognition section. During her time there, she was involved in projects incorporating genetic and functional neuroimaging approaches to understanding psychosis. Teresa is currently a graduate student in Dr. Vijay Mittal’s ADAPT lab in Chicago. Her research interests include using multimodal approaches to understanding prodromal populations and target prevention and intervention efforts. 

Molly Lubin, M.D.


Dr Lubin is a third-year resident in the Northwestern Feinberg University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco.  She divides her time between Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Jesse Brown VA, rotating on the psychiatric inpatient unit, emergency room, psychosomatic consultation service, and outpatient psychiatric clinics.  Her work with ADAPT will involve research focusing on social and occupational functioning; in addition she will help the ADAPT team with clinical consultation and diagnosis.

Katherine Damme, M.S.

Graduate Student Affiliate (Primary Mentor: Nusslock)

Kate graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in cognitive neuroscience and philosophy. After which she completed neuroimaging research fellowships at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and later at the National Institutes of Mental Health. Prior to graduate school, she focused on reward processing in schizophrenia, integrating positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. At Northwestern University, she is interested in motivation, reward processing, mood, and brain connectivity - how regions physically connect and how regions functionally connect.

Raffles Cowan, B.A.

Graduate Student Affiliate (Primary Mentor: McAdams)

Raffles is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Northwestern University.  He received a bachelor's degree in psychology and criminology at the University of Toronto, and worked in addictions and geriatrics at Toronto's Centre for Addition and Mental Health before coming to Northwestern. He primarily works in the Foley Center for the Study of Lives at NU with his mentor, Dan McAdams. His research in the ADAPT lab focuses on self-referential processes (e.g. self-concept, narrative identity) in the development of psychosis and other mental illness. 

Sekine Ozturk, B.A.


Sekine graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. During her time at the UMN, she worked as a research assistant at the Research on Adolescent Depression (RAD) lab studying neurobiological and cognitive underpinnings of adolescent depression. She had experience with adolescents who had depression, bipolar disorder, and non-suicidal self-harm. She is interested in neuroimaging and neurobiological basis of psychopathology and hoping to attend graduate school in clinical psychology in the near future.

Jackie Maloney

Research Assistant

Jackie is an undergraduate at Northwestern University in her second year. She is a psych major and on the pre-med track. So far at Northwestern she has become involved in many mentoring and mental health clubs on campus and now is trying her hand in research. She is very interested in clinical psychology research and in pursuing this field in the future!


Grishma Reddy

Research Assistant

Grishma is a freshman majoring in neuroscience and anthropology at Northwestern University. She is very interested in learning about the brain and its disorders. Apart from undergraduate research, she loves photography, being a part of NU Red Cross, volunteering, and listening to Spanish music. After graduating, she plans to attend medical school to pursue her dream of becoming a neurologist.  


Zoe Regalado, BA

Master's Level Research Assistant/Assessment Specialist

Zoe graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her Bachelors in Psychology and Creative Writing. During her undergraduate years she worked as a research assistant for the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab. Recently, Zoe completed her first year of her Master's program at Northwestern University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her interests surround working with adolescents with mental illness, and she hopes to gain experience in the ADAPT lab to promote her career in the mental health field - specifically to go on to get a PhD in Counseling Psychology!

Julia St. Jean, MA

Master's Level Research Assistant/Community Engagement and Recruitment Specialist

Julia is a graduate of Boston College's Lynch School of Education where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Sociology as well as a Master's Degree in School Counseling. After recently finishing the school year as a School Counselor in Massachusetts, she relocated to Chicago to get more experience with research initiatives. During graduate school, Julia volunteered as a research assistant, exploring the different drives and affects work has on people’s lives. She is interested in positive human development as well as best methods for identifying mental illness and practices for intervention. She is looking forward to helping the ADAPT lab team as well as preparing to apply for PhD programs. 

Jenny Weissman, B.A.


Jenny graduated from Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) with a B.A. in psychological & brain sciences and minors in writing, and film & media studies. During her time at WashU, she worked for three years at the Cognitive Control & Aging lab. She received a research grant and ran a longitudinal study examining prospective memory measures in individuals with early stage dementia. She has worked with children, adolescents, middle aged individuals. She is interested in working with psychopathology and hoping to attend graduate school to become a therapist in the near future.

Amy Lieberman

Research Assistant

Amy is a third year undergraduate student at Northwestern University, majoring in Human Development and Psychological Services (HDPS) and Psychology. She is especially interested in abnormal psychology, while clinical psychology has always been a passion as well. Amy is eager to become a part of such in-depth and important research at ADAPT!


Jessica Yang

Research Assistant

Jessica is completing her final year as an undergraduate at Northwestern University and is pursuing a dual degree in Psychology and Economics. During her time at Northwestern, she has worked at the NIH-National Institute of Aging where she studied the aging process of the cortex, did research at Northwestern’s Cognition Lab where she investigated implications of social categorization, and dabbled in healthcare consulting. By working in the ADAPT Lab, Jessica hopes to expand upon her portfolio of research experience and prepare to apply to PhD programs in Clinical Psych. 

Emily Fraser

Research Assistant

Emily is a third year undergraduate student at Northwestern, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Religious Studies. She intends to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology after she graduates. She is excited to get more hands on research experience with ADAPT, and narrow her focus within clinical psychology.



Ned Shashoua

Research Assistant

Ned is a third year undergraduate student at Northwestern University majoring in Neuroscience with a focus in neurobiology. He is especially interested in learning about neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. Ned is also a Spanish minor and enjoys playing tennis and guitar. After graduation, he hopes to attend medical school and study orthopedics. Ned is looking forward to contributing to the ADAPT team this year!

Kimberly Rowghani

Research Assistant

Kimberly is an undergraduate majoring in Philosophy and Neuroscience with a minor in Global Health.  She is currently entertaining a career in medicine, research, or both.  She is excited to work at ADAPT, as the lab's interdisciplinary nature is well suited to her widespread interests.  With this experience, she hopes to gain insight into to which area of research she would like to pursue in the future.


Victoria Steigerwald

Research Assistant

Victoria is an undergraduate at Northwestern University in her third year and is pursuing a dual degree in psychology and music cognition.  After graduating, she hopes to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology and hopes to focus specifically on PTSD in combat veterans.  She is very eager to start gaining research experience in the ADAPT lab!



ADAPT Team, Summer 16

ADAPT Team, Summer 16