Meet the Team 

Maureen Allwood, PhD
Associate Professor
Dr. Allwood is the principle investigator of this project, and is a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Nana Amoh, MA
Doctoral Student 

Nana Amoh

My name is Nana Amoh, and I'm a second year student in the clinical psychology PhD program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I completed my undergraduate career in 2013 at Columbia College, Columbia University where I majored in Psychology and concentrated in English. I earned my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University in May 2015. Here at John Jay, I work primarily under my awesome advisor, Dr. Maureen Allwood! Broadly speaking, I am interested in researching prevention and intervention methods that focus on enhancing protective factors that are readily available to low income minority youth exposed to community violence and violence within the home. I'm also interested in intervention methods that address the root of interpersonal conflicts (which tend to elicit adolescent psychopathology) within these families. Outside of work/school, I like watching documentaries, going to concerts, listening to podcasts, cooking, and hanging out with friends. Overall, I enjoy trying new things and going to events in the city.

Graduate Students
Come meet our amazing Graduate student research team!

Cameron Pugach, BS

Cameron Pugach

Hi, I’m Cameron. I received my BS in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges located in Geneva, New York. I am currently working on my MA in forensic psychology at John Jay. My primary interest is depression, with emphases on the etiology of depression, how depression relates to substance use and personality, and treatments for both depression and comorbid depression and substance use. I also work with Dr. Peggilee Wupperman, where we are currently conducting clinical trials for her novel Mindfulness and Modification Therapy (MMT), and with Dr. William Gottdiener on my Master’s Thesis.  

My thesis seeks to elucidate the relationship between depression and alcohol use in college students by examining associations between student drinking motives and certain personality traits that are strongly implicated in the onset, expression, and treatment for depression. I am also examining specific interactions between these variables when considering outcomes such as alcohol use and related negative consequences.

While working in Dr. Allwood’s lab, I have primarily been involved with The College Transition Project. My responsibilities for this project have ranged from data collection and data entry to administering interviews to participants assessing intelligence and psychopathology. I have also collaborated on posters with Dr. Allwood and fellow lab members, which were presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS) conventions.

Alice Genna, BS,BA

Hello, I’m Alice. I attended undergraduate at North Carolina Central University, where I received my bachelors in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile Justice. Now I’m a second year graduate student in the Forensic Psychology program, graduating in May 2017. I’m interested in studying risk and protective factors for juvenile delinquency, and the effects of traumatic events on the lives of youths. I am also interested in the study of serial killers and empirical profiling methods.

I am currently involved in Dr. Allwood’s lab and in the Sex Offender Lab.  At the moment I am working on my thesis “Attribution of Blame in Rape: The Role of Race”. My thesis advisor is Dr. Calkins, one of the professors for the Sex Offender Lab. I am also conducting my externship at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES).

In the lab, I run sessions for the College Transition Project, I collect and enter data, and I also have experience administering MINI and KBIT assessments.  In addition, I run and schedule physiological sessions for the College Transition Project.

Undergraduate Students 
​Come meet our fabulous undergraduate research team!

Angel Ho

Angel Ho

Hi! My name is Angel and I am a current Macaulay Honors senior at John Jay College. I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology and am interested in studying the Chinese population, specifically youths and their presence in the juvenile delinquency system. I hope to further that research by also examining the development of immigrant populations both in New York and abroad. I currently work with Chinese native and immigrant students in an academic system and provide academic and emotional support.

I have been working in Professor Allwood's lab for two years and focus on the college transition project. Specifically, I look at school data and zip codes to provide more information about neighborhoods. I am also data checking not and stockpiling photos for an upcoming study.

In this semester and the coming semester, I am conducting literature reviews and will be studying the relationship between parent education and academic outcomes. Trauma will then be taken into account to examine whether or not it may resolve inconsistencies that arise with the data.