Christina Savage is a doctoral student and earned her B.S. in Psychology from Towson University in 2007, and her M.A. in Applied Clinical Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. After graduating, Christina was a research project coordinator at the Stanley Research Program at Sheppard Pratt. She was involved in several research studies of schizophrenia including ones that investigated 1) the role that infectious agents and inflammatory markers have on psychiatric symptoms and cognition; 2) the effectiveness of an add-on antibiotic medication to reduce the severity of delusions; and 3) the role of peer mentors in a smoking cessation intervention. She is interested in investigating social and cognitive functioning in schizophrenia and assessing the effectiveness of interventions for psychosis and stigma. Christina is developing a master's thesis to examine the role of sleep deficits in paranoia.
Ryan Orth is research staff with LEAP and earned his B.A. in Psychology from DePaul University in 2014. He is currently enrolled as a Master’s student pursuing a MPS in Clinical Psychological Science and expects to graduate in December 2019. Prior to joining the lab, Ryan worked as a Homeless Outreach Specialist and Community Support Specialist in Washington, DC. In these roles he assisted individuals living with severe mental illness progress toward their goals and learn to better manage their conditions. His current research interests include the prevalence of chronic medical conditions among those living with severe mental illness and developing treatments to improve wellness outcomes for this group. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or Clinical Health Psychology following his time at UMD. Ryan joined LEAP in 2018 as a full-time research assistant.
Asia Malik is a research assistant with LEAP and earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2011. She currently has her LGPC and in the future hopes to obtain her full license to be become a mental health practitioner. Before joining the lab, she interned at Johns Hopkins Drug and Alcohol Dependency program and with Sinai Hospital’s Vocational Assessment program. She is also interested in obtaining her doctoral degree in the future with a focus on vocational satisfaction and assessment.
Anyela Jacome is research staff with LEAP and earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently enrolled as a Master’s student pursuing a MPS in Clinical Psychological Science and expects to graduate in December 2020. Prior to joining the lab, Anyela worked as a bilingual Research Assistant and Service Coordinator. In these roles, she served low income families and children, connecting them to services in their community and completing assessments in an implementation evaluation of a high-quality early care/educating program in Washington, D.C. Her current research interests include early intervention and treatment for populations living with severe mental illness. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology following her time at UMD. Anyela joined LEAP in 2019 as a full-time research assistant.
Jason Smith, Ph.D. is the Director of Imaging Science in Dr. Alex Shackman's Affective and Translational Neuroscience Lab. Among Dr. Smith's varied and important responsibilities he oversees the critical tasks of designing, implementing and analyzing LEAP's fMRI protocols.