Ryan Herringa, M.D., Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The focus of Dr. Herringa’s research and clinical work is to better understand and treat post-traumatic stress symptoms in youth and their families. Dr. Herringa earned his M.D. and Ph.D. as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Wisconsin. His completed his Ph.D. in Neuroscience under the direction of Dr. Ned Kalin, during which time he studied the effects of stress on gene regulation in the amygdala, the brain’s fear center. Following this training, he went to the University of Pittsburgh to complete his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in pediatric psychiatry. There he began studies using brain imaging to understand how child abuse changes brain function in adults. Clinically, he trained with Drs. Judith Cohen and Anthony Mannarino in the use of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to treat traumatized youth and families. Dr. Herringa has received a number of honors including the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award, Chief Resident for Research at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Pilot Research and Junior Investigator Awards from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Rachael Meline, B.A.
Rachael Meline earned her Honors Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is responsible for an array of duties affiliated with this study. She screens potential participants over the phone, schedules their visits to HealthEmotions Research Institute, and assists with both of the visits. Rachael is also responsible for managing the logistics of the study and serves as the main point of contact for those interested. Rachael has over 10 years of experience working with children, ranging from infancy to adolescence, and focused her education on their sociological, psychological, emotional, and physical development. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at UW-Madison with a focus on mental health.
Allison Blumenfeld, B.S.
Allison graduated from UW-Madison in May of 2013. She is taking some time before medical school to work for the Youth PTSD Study, helping Rachael with all of her duties. Prior to the Youth PTSD Study, Allison worked as a Student Research Assistant for the PROkids research group at the UW Department of Pediatrics. There, she recruited patients from the UW Pediatric Diabetes Clinic into the longitudinal study. Allison also serves as a Volunteer EMT for the Town of Madison.
Taylor J. Keding, Undergraduate at UW-Madison
Taylor Keding is a senior at University of Wisconsin – Madison working towards a Neuroscience/Psychology double major. He is currently working on his senior thesis project with the Herringa Lab, investigating functional brain systems associated with abnormal threat processing and fear regulation in pediatric PTSD. As part of his project he analyzes fMRI data coinciding with the study’s dynamic faces task. His other research interests include the epigenetic changes associated with anxiety and trauma-related disorders and understanding states of abnormal self-consciousness and conscious information processing at the level of the brain. Taylor also enjoys teaching and is passionate about improving science education in elementary and secondary schools.
Erin Long – B.A.
Erin graduated from UW-Madison in 2012 with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She currently volunteers with the Youth PTSD study, and works full time as the lab manager of the Infant Learning Lab. Erin previously worked as a research assistant in the Child Emotion Research Lab, where she completed her senior thesis on the effect of reward on children’s cognitive control abilities. Erin plans to attend graduate school for clinical psychology.
Joey Tidei, Undergraduate at UW-Madison
Joey Tidei is a senior at University of Wisconsin-Madison working towards a Neuroscience major and a certificate in Stem Cell Sciences. He currently volunteers with the Youth PTSD study, and is interested in working in the research field investigating stem cells and tissue regeneration within the nervous system. After graduation, Joey plans to attend graduate school to study this topic, as well as work within the UW-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center.