Therapists

Eli Susman | Therapist

Eli Susman is a graduate student in Professor Allison Harvey’s Lab in the clinical science program. He graduated from Middlebury in 2018 with a BA in Psychology. Before starting at Berkeley, Eli worked as a research coordinator at Harvard with Professor Kate McLaughlin’s Stress and Development Lab. Eli’s passion for clinical science developed over the course of more than a decade working with high-risk youth and young adults in community, wilderness therapy, in-patient and research settings. Under the mentorship of Professor Harvey, Eli aims to leverage new insights into mechanisms that underlie treatment response and psychopathology to develop more efficient, effective and deployable interventions. He is particularly interested in improving interventions by drawing from the science of habit formation and contemplative practices like mindfulness and yoga. Eli is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Laughter Yoga Leader, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. When not in the lab, he enjoys meditation, yoga, skiing, hiking, trail running, and contact improvisation.

Emma Agnew | Therapist

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Emma Agnew is a therapist for the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Clinic. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with honors from Colorado College in 2014. After graduating she worked as the children’s case manger in a non-profit that helped domestic violence and sexual assault victims. All together she has over five years experience working in direct practice settings with both children and adults. She is currently working on her Masters of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley while also working in Dr. Harvey’s study.

Estephania Ovalle | Therapist

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Estephania Ovalle is a Project Coordinator and Sleep Therapist for the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic in Dr. Harvey’s lab.  She graduated from UCLA in 2021 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Science. She began her research career working in Dr. Matthew Lieberman’s Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. At UCLA, Estephania worked on various projects, as well as an independent research project in the Culture and Anxiety lab for Mental Health Advances (CALMA), under Dr. Denise Chavira. She also worked as a CBT coach with the Depression Grand Challenge and as a mindfulness coach on the Youth Mindful Awareness Program study. Her responsibilities in the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic includes managing databases, managing RA’s, recruitment, and administrative duties. Estephania’s research interests include treatment development and understanding the cognitive and behavioral differences in individuals experiencing mood related disorder.

Julia Spencer | Therapist

Julia is a Project Coordinator and Therapist with the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic. She has a BS in Molecular biology from Mills College and a Post Baccalaureate certification through the UC Berkeley Research Psychology program. Julia has 3 years of experience working as a patient care manager through Alameda Health Systems at Highland hospital, 3 years of experience as a research associate and clinical interviewer in a lab focusing on the effects of stress on mental health and has been working with Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic for the last year and a half. Julia’s research interests include the relationship between mental health and sleep outcomes, particularly considering resilience and coping from early life stressors. In the future, Julia plans to be working on a PhD in Clinical Psychology

Marlen Diaz | Therapist

    Marlen Diaz is a doctoral student in Dr. Allison Harvey’s lab in the Clinical Science program. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish Language & Literature with a minor in Education. Marlen worked at a community mental health clinic providing short-term prevention and early intervention services. She then returned to UC Berkeley, as a Project Coordinator with The Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic. Under the mentorship of Dr. Harvey, Marlen is interested in researching the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments in the community setting. She is also interested in researching transdiagnostic treatments, mood disorders, behavioral patterns and stigma.

Sondra Tiab | Therapist

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Sondra Tiab is a Project Coordinator and Sleep Therapist for The Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic in Dr. Harvey’s Lab. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science. At UC Berkeley, Sondra worked as a Research Assistant in the Depression Treatment and Parent-Teen Sleep Studies with The Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic. Prior to returning to Dr. Harvey’s lab, Sondra worked as a Research Coordinator in the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Her responsibilities within The Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic include recruitment, phone screening, scheduling, clinical assessments, data acquisition, financial management and training of undergraduate research assistants. Sondra’s research interests include sleep treatment development and habit formation science.