Current Child & Adolescent Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows
As part of NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Child and Adolescent Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowships, our fellows are honored to work in a variety of subspecialty focus areas, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and mood disorders, autism spectrum disorder, developmental brain science, disruptive behavioral disorders, early childhood development, pediatric integrated behavioral health, and pediatric neuropsychology.
Meet Our Fellows
Our postdoctoral fellows provide care for a variety of child and adolescent psychology subspecialties as well as serving as teachers, mentors, consultants, and community leaders.
Lily Durwood, PhD
Dr. Lily Durwood (she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow within the Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders and the Gender and Sexuality Service at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. She completed her predoctoral internship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and earned her doctorate in child clinical psychology at the University of Washington, where she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Kristina Olson. During her graduate training, she was involved with the TransYouth Project, a large national, longitudinal study of transgender youth. Her research focuses primarily on better understanding childhood social transitions and their sequelae.
Dr. Durwood has published research in high-impact journals, including first author papers in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence and middle author papers in Pediatrics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Psychological Science. She is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program award. She also has had extensive clinical training with child, adolescent, and young adult clients with anxiety and mood disorders at the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, the University of Washington, and Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic.
Caitlin Gasperetti, PhD
Dr. Caitlin Gasperetti (she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow within the Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders. She completed her predoctoral internship at the NYU Langone–Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship. She earned her doctorate in clinical science at the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Allison Harvey. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology, with honors and distinction, from Stanford University. During her graduate training, she was involved with the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic.
Dr. Gasperetti’s research focuses primarily on better understanding the relationship between sleep and emotions in children and adolescents. She has published research in both psychology journals and sleep medicine journals, and has multiple first author publications. She has won numerous prizes and awards and was a recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) predoctoral training grant in affective science.
Amira Hanna, PhD
Dr. Amira Hanna is a postdoctoral fellow within the Neuropsychology and Learning Service at the Child Study Center. During her doctoral training in clinical psychology, Dr. Hanna primarily focused on accumulating experience in conducting comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations with individuals across a broad age range, from elementary school to young adults. She has experience conducting bilingual evaluations with Arabic-speaking families.
Dr. Hanna is especially interested in evaluating children with various conditions that affect academic functioning, including ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, verbal and nonverbal learning issues, and social and emotional difficulties. She has also provided executive functioning and organizational skills coaching to college students with academic, social, and emotional struggles.
In addition to her neuropsychology training, Dr. Hanna has experience providing psychotherapy to children and young adults with a wide range of diagnoses and across clinical settings, including inpatient and outpatient environments, as well as in utilizing dialectical behavioral therapy and integrative therapeutic approaches. Finally, Dr. Hanna has experience working with LGBTQ+ youth, providing gender-affirming therapy and conducting gender evaluations. Dr. Hanna is a second-year postdoctoral fellow.
Raelyn Loiselle, PhD
Dr. Raelyn Loiselle (she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow within the Autism Spectrum Disorders Service at the Child Study Center. Before coming to NYU Langone, she completed her predoctoral internship at the Children’s National Hospital and the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, focusing on pediatric psychology, neuropsychological and developmental evaluation, and behavioral intervention.
Dr. Loiselle earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she worked as a graduate research assistant on NIMH-funded studies improving behavioral parent training treatment engagement and efficacy. She completed a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development T32-funded predoctoral fellowship at the Carolina Consortium on Human Development, part of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She is grateful to return to the New York City area after completing a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, in 2016. In addition, she has completed clinical practicum experiences at the UNC School of Medicine TEACCH Autism Center, the University of North Carolina Child and Family Clinic, and Triangle Area Psychology Clinic in Durham, North Carolina, training in full-model dialectical behavioral therapy with adolescents (DBT-A).
Patricia M. Pehme, PhD
Dr. Patricia Pehme (she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow within the Neuropsychology and Learning Service at the Child Study Center. She completed her predoctoral internship on the pediatric track at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Pehme’s graduate research under the mentorship of Dr. Yoko Nomura at the Stress in Pregnancy Laboratory has investigated prenatal stress and epigenetics of the placenta in association with child cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning development. Her first-author and co-author work has been published in journals, including Infant and Child Development, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, and Infant Mental Health Journal.
Dr. Pehme’s research into how oxytocin gene expression in the placenta predicts later mother–child psychophysiological co-regulation was awarded a grant from the American Psychological Foundation (APF) and a Fulbright Student Research Fellowship. Dr. Pehme is also the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the 2021 Ernesto Malave Scholarship, which recognized her leadership and mentorship within the CUNY community. She has taught undergraduate courses in general psychology and statistics at Queens College.
Despina Petsagourakis, PhD
Dr. Despina Petsagourakis (she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow within the Integrated Behavioral Health Program at the Child Study Center. This unique postdoctoral fellowship is split between our Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders Service and the Pediatric Integrated Behavioral Health Program. In this role, she hopes to gain expertise in treating children with chronic medical conditions, as well as children with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Petsagourakis received a counseling psychology PhD from Boston College, where she conducted research investigating the preventative impact of strengths-based approaches for children who face significant risk factors such as complex trauma, poverty, and racism. She received her bachelor of arts in psychology, neuroscience, and education from Haverford College. Dr. Petsagourakis completed the NYU Langone–Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship on the child and adolescent track and additional clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center.
Doris Pu, PhD
Dr. Doris Pu (she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow within the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorder Services and Early Childhood Service at the Child Study Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, a master's in psychology from NYU, and a PhD in medical/clinical psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her internship at the UC Davis CAARE Center.
Dr. Pu is the recipient of several awards and grants, including a National Institute of Health National Research Service Award TL1 training grant in translational science and numerous travel and training grants from the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science, and other societies. She has extensive experience in evidence-based interventions, including parent–child interaction therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). She is active in the APA, having served as the convention chair for division 37 for the past 2 years.