CAN Lab 2019-2020




Dr. Gregory P. Strauss

Dr. Strauss is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Georgia. He directs the CAN Lab and Georgia Psychiatric Risk Evaluation Program (G-PREP). His research primarily examines the etiology, assessment, and treatment of negative symptoms in individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and youth at clinical high-risk for psychosis.  He has authored over 120 publications, and his research has been  recognized by several awards, such as the Early Career Award from the  National Academy of Neuropsychology, Early Career Award from the  American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology, Wechsler Early Career  Award for Innovative Research on Cognition from the American  Psychological Foundation, and Young Investigator Awards from the  International Congress on Schizophrenia Research and the Schizophrenia  International Research Society. He has been funded by >$15M in grants as PI or Co-I from the NIMH,  NARSAD, VA MIRECC, APF, NSF, and internal mechanisms. He is an Associate Editor at Schizophrenia Bulletin and on the editorial boards at Journal of Abnormal  Psychology, Clinical Psychological Science, and Schizophrenia Research: Cognition. Dr. Strauss will be reviewing applications from students who are interested in applying to the UGA Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program or the UGA Neuroscience Ph.D. program this fall.  Graduate students interested in pursing an academic career in schizophrenia/psychosis research will be a strong fit for this lab. Google Scholar Profile 


Cristina Gonzalez


Cristina is the CAN lab manager. Her responsibilities include recruitment, study management, collecting participant data, data processing, data analysis, and manuscript preparation. She works on our studies examining individuals with schizophrenia and youth at clinical high-risk for psychosis.  Cristina is applying to Ph.D. programs in Psychology for Fall 2019.

Sydney Howie


  Sydney is a full-time research coordinator in the CAN lab, paid to work on a grant examining negative symptoms in individuals at clinical high risk of psychosis. Her research responsibilities include recruitment, participant data collection, data processing, and data analysis. Her primary research interests involve examining mechanisms underlying functional outcomes in schizophrenia. She will be applying to Clinical psychology Ph.D. programs for Fall 2020. 

Graduate Students

Katherine Frost Visser


Katherine (Katie) is a 6th year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student on internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Her research interests involve emotion regulation in individuals with schizophrenia and youth at clinical high-risk for psychosis using EMA.

Ivan Ruiz


Ivan is a 5th year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student. His research interests include understanding how motivational factors contribute to the generalized neurocognitive deficit in schizophrenia. In particular, he is exploring neurocomputational models of cognitive effort using pupillometry.

Lisa Bartolomeo


Lisa is a 3rd year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student. Her research interests involve emotion regulation and emotional co-activation in individuals with schizophrenia and youth at clinical high-risk  for psychosis using EEG/ERPs and fMRI. 

Ian Raugh


Ian is a 1st year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student. His research  interests involve examining mechanisms underlying transdiagnostic  impairments in emotion regulation and acceptance, specifically using  digital phenotyping technologies. Ian’s web link: 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Kendall Clay


(Senior RA)

Tyler Dobson


Liana Giglio


Mirna Huskovic


Alyssa Kiss


(Senior RA)

Will Macfie


Volunteer Research Assistants

Kailey Clark


(Graduated 2019)

Junior Scientists


The Strauss Girls

Lab Alumni (PhDs)

Drs. Whearty, Sullivan, and Morra

Katiah Llerena

Katiah completed her PhD in 2013 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the San Francisco VA.

Sara Sullivan

Sara completed her PhD in 2016 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Bedford VA in MA.

Lindsay Morra

Lindsay completed her PhD in 2016 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins.

Kayla Whearty

Kayla completed her PhD in 2017 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at NYU.

Lab Alumni (Lab Coordinators)


Lauren Catalano

Lauren completed her PhD at University of Maryland College Park with Dr. Jack Blanchard. She is currently a post doctoral fellow at UCLA working with Michael Green.

Adam Culbreth

Adam completed his PhD in clinical psychology with Deanna Barch at Washington University St Louis. He is currently a post doc at Maryland working with Jim Gold.

Katie Ossenfort

Katie is currently a PhD student with David Isaacowitz at Northeastern University.

Izie Dickinson

Izie is currently attending nursing school to become a registered psychiatric nurse.

Ian Raugh

Ian is currently a grad student in Clinical Psychology at UGA working with Dr. Strauss in the CAN Lab


University of Georgia

Larry Sweet

Dean Sabatinelli

Cindy Suveg

Augusta University, Psychiatry

Brian Miller

Northwestern University

Vijay Mittal

Robin Nusslock

Emory University

Elaine Walker

Michael Treadway

Louisiana State University

Alex Cohen

University of Nevada Reno, Psychiatry

Brian Kirkpatrick

Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Jim Gold

Jim Waltz

Bob Buchanan

Will Carpenter

Deanna Kelly

Heidi Wehring

Weill Cornell, Psychiatry

Tony Ahmed

Binghamton University (SUNY)

Hiroki Sayama

Farnaz Esfalani-Zamani

Mark Lenzenweger

University of Alabama Birmingham

Adrienne Lahti


Paul Grant

Aaron Beck


Emily Kappenman


Eric Granholm

University of Chicago, Psychiatry

Molly Erickson

Brown University

Andrew Westbrook

University of California, Berkeley

Anne Collins

Hong Kong University

Wing Chung Chang

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Raymond Chan

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Dan Allen