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University of New Orleans
Department of Psychology
Geology/Psychology Bldg Lakefront Campus
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Phone: (504) 280-6291
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Developmental Psychopathology Laboratory Student Information

Student in the Developmental Psychopathology Laboratory gain  in-depth experience in all phases of conducting research in developmental psychopathology.  Research projects involve children, adolescents, and young adults.  The  number and variety of specific research projects being conducted in the laboratory will vary depending on a number of factors, most importantly being the interest of the students working in the laboratory. At any one time, the laboratory has between 8 and 12 students at the post-doctoral, graduate or undergraduate level working on research projects.

Laboratory Director

Paul Frick
University Distinguished Professor and Chair

Paul J. Frick, Ph.D is University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of New Orleans. He is also a Professor in the Learning Sciences Institute of Australia at Australian Catholic University.  Dr. Frick has published over 180 manuscripts in either edited books or peer-reviewed publications and he is the author of 6 additional books and test manuals.  His work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation.  In 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Orebro University in Orebro, Sweden in recognition of his research contributions in psychology. In 2008, he received the MacArthur Foundation’s Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Award for the state of Louisiana.  Dr. Frick has been the President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (2009-2011) and the editor of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (2007-2011), the official journal of Division 53 of the American Psychological Association which is the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.  Dr. Frick also was a member of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V Workgroup for ADHD and the Disruptive Behavior Disorders (2007-2012).
Graduate Students  

Laura Thornton

Laura received her B.S. in Psychology from Southwestern University in 2009. Before joining the Developmental Psychopathology lab, she worked as a Juvenile Supervision Officer in a juvenile detention center in Texas. She is a fourth year student in the Applied Developmental Program and serves as lead interviewer for the UNO site of the Crossroads Study.

Laura's main research interests include pathways to psychopathology and antisocial behavior, particularly the developmental pathway associated with callous-unemotional (CU). She is particularly interested in the role CU traits play in youths' development, interactions with peers, delinquency, and other antisocial behaviors in the context of the juvenile justice system.

Farrah Golmaryami

Farrah Golmaryami

Farrah Golmaryami graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2008. As an undergraduate, and following graduation, she volunteered as a research assistant in Dr. Chris Barry’s Youth Personality and Behavior Lab, examining risk and protective factors related to youth conduct problems, aggression, and delinquency. She is currently a graduate student in Dr. Paul Frick’s Developmental Psychopathology Lab. Her Master’s thesis examined the association between conduct problems and bullying and whether different factors in those with and without callous-unemotional traits accounted for this association. Her research interests include pathways to youth developmental psychopathology and the role of social context on youth antisocial behavior and aggression. She is particularly interested in peer relationships and bullying behavior of youth with conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits.

Julia Clark

Julia graduated magna cum laude and with honors in major with a B.A. in psychology from Whitman College in 2011. As an undergraduate, Julia completed an independent research project examining the relationships between psychopathy, personality, attachment style, drug use, criminal versatility, and interpersonal conflict tactics in an adult male incarcerated sample. Currently, Julia is an Applied Developmental graduate student, working in the Developmental Psychopathology lab with Dr. Paul Frick. Her main research interests include the development of callous-unemotional (CU) traits in children, the interaction between CU traits, conduct disorder, and antisocial behavior, decreasing recidivism rates for juvenile offenders, gender differences in the manifestation of CU traits, and the relationship between CU traits in children and psychopathic traits later in life.

Tina Wall

Tina Wall

Tina Wall received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Alabama and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. While at Eastern Kentucky University, under the supervision of Dr. Dustin Wygant, she helped collect data examining the proposed DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder and its links to psychopathy and neurocognitive deficits at a medium-security prison. She is now graduate student in the Applied Developmental Program. Her research interests include investigating the personality traits that covary with psychopathy, as well as approaches to assess psychopathy, especially with non-criminal or “successful” psychopaths. Tina believes investigating psychopathy through a lifespan perspective may help to integrate forensic research on the psychopathic personality and developmental research.

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