Research Team

Huynh-Nhu (Mimi) Le, Ph.D.

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Graduate Students:


Sammy Dhaliwal

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Kiara (Anese) Barnett 

Kiara (Anese) Barnett is a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D program at GWU. She graduated from the University of Vermont with an undergraduate degree in psychology. Following undergrad, Anese obtained a master's degree in community clinical mental health counseling. She has served children, families, and women in the perinatal period as a therapist throughout the DC metro area. Throughout Anese's academic and professional career, she has volunteered in research labs that have focused on resilience, health disparities within the African-American population, and parenting styles. Anese is also a volunteer peer group facilitator with Postpartum Support Virginia in the pregnancy and NICU support groups. Her current research interest focuses on decreasing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through use of protective and preventive interventions for women with high-risk pregnancies and infants in the NICU. 


Melissa Julian

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Melissa Julian is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at GWU. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in 2014. After graduating, she worked as a study coordinator and lab assistant in the Stress Processes in Pregnancy lab in the Health Psychology area at UCLA. Her research focuses on factors that contribute to resilience in the context of mood and anxiety disorders. She also has clinical and research interests in mindfulness-based interventions in perinatal and other medical populations.


Kantoniony Rabemananjara 

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Kanto is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical psychology Ph.D. program at GWU. She is originally from Madagascar and she finished her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Georgetown University. After graduating, she did a 2-year post-bac Research Assistant Position at the Bradley Research Center affiliate of Brown University, and obtained her master's degree in Psychological Science with a focus in Children, Families, and Cultures at The Catholic University of America. At GWU, she is mainly involved in global mental health research, with a focus on perinatal mothers and young children at risk for mental health problems in sub-Saharan Africa. She hopes to help develop and enhance the cultural adaptation of evidence-based preventative interventions for mental health problems (depression, trauma, stress) during the perinatal period among underserved populations in developing countries. 

Research Assistants:

Talia Feldman-Schwartz

Olukemi Green 

Kyra Inston

Lauren Kiker 


Sydney Morris