Research Group


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Nicole LeBlanc, M.A.

Nicole is a current doctoral candidate in Clinical Science at Harvard. Her research focuses on interpersonal factors in the development and maintenance of psychopathology. Specifically, she is interested in processes that prevent recovery following the death of a loved one and lead to Complicated Grief. She is also interested in how social isolation/social support affect risk/resilience for mood and anxiety disorders. Nicole is currently working on her dissertation, which is an intervention to increase social connectedness among young adults. She can be reached at 

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Emily Bernstein

Emily graduated from Yale University in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology. She is interested in the intersection of emotion regulation and information processing, and her research aims is to identify transdiagnostic interventions for the prevention and treatment of affective disorders. Emily is currently working on studies examining how aerobic exercise influences emotional responses to positive and negative stimuli, and how exercise may benefit mood through enhanced attentional control and emotional resilience. She can be reached at

Payton Jones

Payton is a current doctoral candidate in Clinical Science at Harvard. He is interested in machine learning and other statistical approaches to mental health. His research focuses on using network analysis to predict the onset of depressive and manic episodes and to study psychopathology broadly (depression, OCD, social anxiety, complicated grief, body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and obesity). He is also interested in how modern sociocultural attitudes and practices (e.g., social media, trigger warnings) impact psychopathology and how these factors relate to increasing rates of depression and anxiety. He can be reached at and his most current research and statistical software can be viewed at

Ben Bellet

Ben graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2010 with a B.S. in Kinesiology, and earned his M.S. in General Psychology at the University of Memphis in 2015.  He is interested in how humans make meaning of trauma and bereavement, and how such meaning making processes contribute toboth symptoms and positive outcomes.  As a U.S. Army veteran, Ben is particularly interested in how such processes apply to members of the military population.  His current research has focused on the role of trigger warnings in the appraisal of stress and self-concept, as well as a network analysis of the relationship between complicated grief and posttraumatic growth.  He can be reached at