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Fifth Years

Erin Dunning, M. A.

M.A., Temple University
B.A., Williams College


Erin joined the Mood and Cognition Lab as a graduate student in the Fall of 2017. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Williams College in 2015. During her time at Williams, Erin worked as the project coordinator in Dr. Catherine Stroud’s Youth Emotion Center researching the biological, psychological, and interpersonal factors that interact with life stress to confer risk depression among adolescent girls. This experience culminated in an honors thesis examining whether the bi-directional relationship between adolescent sexual experiences and depressive symptoms was mediated by stress generation among those with greater biological vulnerability. After graduation, Erin pursued an opportunity as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts’s General Hospital’s Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program, where she was involved in numerous research projects aimed at better understanding and treating obsessive-compulsive disorder and body-focused repetitive behaviors.

Erin is currently a National Science Foundation GRFP Fellow. Broadly, her research focuses on identifying the factors that confer risk and resilience to life stress, as well as examining the intergenerational transmission of those factors. In addition to her research, Erin is currently a practicum student at Temple University’s Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Neuropsychology in Oncology Program. In her free time, she enjoys working out, gardening, eating at Dim Sum Garden, and playing with her cat, Smudge.

Marin Kautz, M.A.

B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University
M.A., Temple University


Marin joined the Mood and Cognition Laboratory in 2017. Her research focuses on implementing innovative statistical techniques with markers of biological stress-responsivity to better understand how early life adversity is linked to the development of mood disorders and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors among adolescents and young adults. She currently leads projects examining how changes in neurobiological mechanisms following childhood maltreatment put youth at heightened risk for self-harming behaviors. She is currently a National Science Foundation GRFP Fellow and a recipient of the American Psychological Foundation’s 2020 Visionary Fund Grant. In addition to her research, she is a student clinician at Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Behavioral Health Services providing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to adolescent girls struggling with self-injurious behaviors.

Previously, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Depression and Anxiety Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai researching novel treatments and inflammatory biomarkers in stress-related psychological disorders, including PTSD and depression. Additionally, she worked as a junior statistician at Columbia University Medical Center researching the role of stress-related psychological factors in the development of chronic illnesses. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2015.