Lab Alumni

Maria Nylocks


Shaima Al-Mahmoud


Lindsey Matt

Lindsey is currently completing her post-doctoral fellowship at the Road Home Program at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois where she provides evidence-based psychotherapy to veterans with PTSD and engages in research on novel approaches to trauma treatment. Lindsey graduated from Ursinus College with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology in 2008. Prior to her enrollment in graduate school she worked as a project coordinator and research assistant at Temple University under Drs. Lauren Alloy and Richard Heimberg and at Yale University under Dr. Jacob Tebes. She completed her clinical internship at Jesse Brown VAMC. Her research interests are in the role of emotion labeling in self-regulation and psychopathology. Her work utilizes multimethod approaches including EMA to better understand emotion processes within and between individuals and in response to mHealth interventions. Her work has been supported by the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the U.S. National Committee for Psychological Science.

Jessica Flynn

Jessica Flynn, Ph.D., was a graduate student in Dr. Coifman’s Lab and is currently a licensed psychologist at UCEBT, offering Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidence-based treatments for complex mood and anxiety disorders across development. She completed her master's degree in developmental psychology at Queen's University, Canada, and her doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Jessica's research focuses on better understanding the moment-to-moment emotion dynamics that contribute to the development and maintenance of maladaptive emotional responding in individuals with anxiety and depressive disorders. Additionally, she practices and tests contemplative practices as a mechanism for changing potentially maladaptive emotion dynamics. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Primary Children's Hospital providing individual and family therapy and assessment for children and adolescents in outpatient, day treatment, and residential settings. Along with her training in psychopathology and emotional development, Jessica has specialized training in mindfulness and acceptance-based cognitive-behavioral therapies and studies the newest research on mindfulness and compassion-based meditations. With this background, she integrates knowledge of empirically-supported treatments and research on meditation, with her wide-ranging experience as a therapist and contemplative practitioner. Her goal is to use this approach to help children, adolescents, and adults suffering from chronic and complex emotional problems to begin living happy, fulfilling lives.

Lee Gilman

Lee Gilman was a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Cofiman’s lab. She currently holds a postdoctoral position in the Daws lab at UT Health San Antonio. She is investigating the contributions of monoamine transporters in neuropsychiatric disorders and drug abuse. One project involves examining how age and sex influence functional changes in the dopamine transporter elicited by diet and exercise, to understand how these shifts influence vulnerability to drug abuse and eating disorders. Another is focused on investigating the role of the plasma membrane monoamine transporter in depression and antidepressant effectiveness. While in the Coifman lab, she genotyped 250 human saliva samples for over a dozen polymorphisms implicated in neuropsychiatric disorders. Under Dr. Coifman’s guidance, she analyzed associations between specific polymorphisms, or polymorphism combinations, and differences in responses to emotionally evocative stimuli. Finally, she compared film stimuli for emotion evocation under laboratory and online settings, and compiled an index of validated film stimuli as a resource for the emotion research community.