Lab Members

Dr. Cixin Wang

Cixin WangDr. Cixin Wang is an assistant professor of School Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park (Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education). She received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011. She then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University in 2013. Her research interests focus on bullying prevention and mental health promotion among children and adolescents. Her research seeks to: (1) better understand different factors contributing to bullying/ victimization and mental health difficulties, including individual, family, school, and cultural factors; (2) develop effective prevention and intervention techniques to decrease bullying at school; and (3) develop school-wide prevention models to promote mental health among students, especially among culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students.

Arianna Lashley Scott, M.A. 

Arianna Scott PhotoArianna Lashley Scott is a post-intern doctoral candidate in the school psychology program at UMD. Her research interests include bystander behaviors, bullying prevention, and socioemotional skills. Arianna completed her APA doctoral internship through Loudoun County Public Schools during the 2017-2018 school year and currently works as a school psychologist in Loudoun County Public Schools. She received her Bachelor's degree in 2012 from Andrews University and her Master's from the University of Maryland in 2016. Outside of graduate school, Arianna likes to attend plays and musicals, visit museums and historical reenactments around the area, and spend time with her husband and two cats. 

Julia Barlis

Julia Barlis HeadshotJulia Barlis is a fourth-year doctoral student in the School Psychology program who received her B.S. in Psychology and Education from Davidson College. Her research interests focus on ways to promote mental health literacy and increase access to mental health services among racially and ethnically diverse youth. 

Kristen Frese  

Kristen Frese HeadshotKristen Frese is a third-year doctoral student in the School Psychology program at UMD. She earned her B.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include parental knowledge of mental health disorders and the utilization of school-based mental health services by racially and ethnically diverse students. 

Ana Ross

Ana Ross Ana Ross is a third-year doctoral student in the School Psychology Program at UMD. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Political Science from Penn State. Ana is in interested in research evaluating how school-based mental health services can be enhanced, reach more students in need of services, and possibly mitigate some of the barriers youth face when seeking community-based services. She is currently working on a project looking at teachers' mental health literacy and perceptions of school-based mental health services.

Kate Sullivan

Kate Sullivan HeadshotKate Sullivan is a second-year doctoral student in the School Psychology Program at UMD. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests include increasing access to school-based mental health services and factors that promote positive mental health outcomes among children and adolescents. 

Jocelyn Yao

Jocelyn Yao is a first-year student in the school psychology program at UMD. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests include bullying prevention among children and adolescents and school climate.

Qianyu Zhu

Qianyu Zhu HeadshotQianyu Zhu is a first-year doctoral student in the School Psychology Program at UMD. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in Mental Health Education from Beijing Normal University. Qianyu worked for 6 years as a psychological teacher in a  high school in China. Qianyu is in interested in school climate and school-based mental health services.

Yu Yan

Yu Yan HeadshotYu Yan is a second-year graduate student in Early Childhood Special Education program at  George Washington University. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, twin cities. Her research interests include addressing the mental health care needs of children and youth with developmental delay, increasing access to early childhood mental health consultation and developing mental health promotion among culturally diverse children and youth.