Gregory P. Strauss, Ph.D.

Dr. Strauss received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia (2002), and his M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from UNLV (2008). After finishing his clinical internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department of Psychiatry, he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience and schizophrenia research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (2008-2010). He then served as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine prior to moving to UGA in January 2017. He is director of the CAN Lab and Georgia Psychiatric Risk Evaluation Program (G-PREP). Dr. Strauss will be reviewing applications from students who are interested in applying to the UGA Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program this fall.  Google Scholar Profile 


Ian Raugh

Ian is the CAN Lab manager paid to work on our grants examining anhedonia in schizophrenia. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2017 with a degree in psychology. While at the University of Maine, Ian conducted research with Dr. Emily Haigh on depression, cognitive reactivity, and the psychophysiology of mood. His senior thesis evaluated the psychometrics of a revised measure of cognitive reactivity, the LEIDS-RR, and was presented at a local conference. His future career goals include pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. His research duties include participant recruitment, data collection for EMA and affective neuroscience studies, processing ERP and eye tracking data, statistical analysis, and assisting with manuscripts.  

Hannah Chapman

Hannah is a paid study coordinator in the CAN Lab. She is in her final year of undergraduate studies, working towards a B.S. in psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience. Her primary interests and research projects involve neural, emotional ,and behavioral predictors of psychosis in the prodromal and premorbid phases. Her responsibilities in the lab include recruitment, administering experiments, data processing and analysis, and co-authoring manuscripts, among other tasks. She is primarily involved in the Clinical High Risk (prodrome) reward study. Hannah plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience in the upcoming years, with the hope of contributing to the great undertaking of pinpointing the physiological mechanisms of psychosis.  

Cristina Gonzalez

Cristina is a paid study coordinator in the CAN Lab. She graduated from the University of Georgia this past May with her B.S. in Psychology. In the future, Cristina wishes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology to gain a career in the research and academic field. Her primary research interests include the etiology of negative symptoms and psychosis, but she is also interested in the change and improvement of personality and clinical assessment. Her responsibilities in the lab include recruitment, study management, and collecting participant data, as well as helping with preprocessing and quality control of imaging, electrophysiological, eye tracking, and behavioral data. She is primarily involved with the inflammation and reward in schizophrenia study.

Graduate Students

Katherine Frost Visser

Katherine (Katie) is enrolled in her fourth year of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia and is an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellow. She received her B.A. in dual majors of Psychology and Religious Studies from Wellesley College in 2010. As an undergraduate, Katie worked with Dr. Christine Hooker at Harvard University on a project investigating social cognition in adolescents at risk for psychosis. After graduation, Katie worked as a research assistant and lab coordinator, first at McLean Hospital with Dr. Roger Weiss, focusing on alcohol and drug abuse treatment research, and next at Boston Children's Hospital with Dr. Eugene D’Angelo, focusing on psychosis risk, suicide, and self-injury research in children and adolescents. Katie then attended the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Binghamton University to work with Dr. Greg Strauss and was awarded her M.S. degree in Psychology in 2016. For her Master’s thesis, Katie investigated emotion regulation in schizophrenia using ecological momentary assessment. At UGA, she has continued her work with Dr. Strauss. Her research interests include stress, reward processing, and emotion regulation in both individuals with chronic schizophrenia and individuals at risk for developing psychosis.  

Ivan Ruiz

Ivan is a 3rd year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student. He graduated from UCSD with a major in Psychology. As an undergraduate student, he volunteered in the Perception and Cognition Lab at UCSD under the supervision of Dr. John Serences and helped in studies examining visual attention in healthy individuals. Prior to starting graduate school, he spent several years working in the VA San Diego as a paid research assistant working on clinical trial studies directed by Dr. Eric Granholm, including a combined oxytocin and psychosocial intervention in individuals with schizophrenia. His research interest involves examining motivational factors contributing to the generalized neurocognitive deficit in schizophrenia, particularly cognitive effort.  

Lisa Bartolomeo

Lisa is a first year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student. She received her BS in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Arizona in 2015. At Arizona, she researched memory reconsolidation in healthy adults and developed an interest in psychosis while volunteering at the University of Arizona’s Early Psychosis Intervention Center. She then moved to Indianapolis to serve as lab manager for Indiana University’s Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Center under supervision of Dr. Bill Hetrick, where she contributed to research investigating the etiology of schizophrenia. She used EEG and MRI methods to tease apart the cognitive, motor, and neurological aberrations observed across the schizophrenia spectrum. Lisa is now pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia, where she intends to further explore the affective, behavioral, cognitive, and physiological abnormalities in psychosis. She is most interested in their underlying neurobiological mechanisms, which she hopes to apply towards the development of novel and effective treatment strategies. 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Aminah Matthews

Nicole Spitler

Kristin Simmons

Nico Leis

Nathan Cherukuri

Lauren Arnold

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 is currently a PhD student with Jack Blanchard at University of Maryland College Park.

Adam Culbreth

Adam is currently a PhD student with Deanna Barch at Washington University St Louis.

Katie Ossenfort

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

Izie Dickinson

Izie is currently applying to graduate schools in Clinical Psychology.


University of Georgia

Brett Clementz

Jennifer McDowell

Dean Sabatinelli

Larry Sweet

Augusta University, Psychiatry

Brian Miller

Binghamton University (SUNY)

Hiroki Sayama

Farnaz Esfalani-Zamani

Mark Lenzenweger

Northwestern University

Vijay Mittal

Robin Nusslock

Emory University

Elaine Walker

Michael Treadway

Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Jim Gold

Jim Waltz

Bob Buchanan

Will Carpenter

Deanna Kelly

Heidi Wehring

University of Alabama Birmingham

Adrienne Lahti

Louisiana State University

Alex Cohen

University of Nevada Reno, Psychiatry

Brian Kirkpatrick


Mark Opler

Weill Cornell, Psychiatry

Tony Ahmed


Paul Grant

Aaron Beck


Emily Kappenman


Eric Granholm

Rutgers, Psychiatry

Molly Erickson

Brown University

Andrew Westbrook

Hong Kong University

Wing Chung Chang

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Raymond Chan

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Dan Allen