Current Lab Members

Lucia Ciciolla, Ph.D., Director

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Dr. Lucia Ciciolla is an Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Ciciolla earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in child and family science and quantitative science from Arizona State University (ASU), and completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Medicine in the Child-Community track. Dr. Ciciolla was trained as a clinical scientist with specializations in infancy and early childhood, perinatal and maternal mental health, parenting, trauma, and longitudinal methodology. 

Dr. Ciciolla is passionate about the health and well-being of women, children, and families. She is an advocate for research, education, and treatment promoting family well-being through the following organizations:

Graduate Students

Sam Addante, M.S.


Sam Addante is a fifth-year graduate student in the Oklahoma State University (OSU) clinical psychology Ph.D. program under the mentorship of Lucia Ciciolla, Ph.D. Prior to attending OSU, Sam completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sam’s research focuses on examining family emotion-related processes from a developmental psychopathology framework. Sam is specifically interested in understanding the intergenerational transmission of trauma and its effects on a family’s psychosocial functioning. In addition, Sam is interested in investigating factors that may protect against the negative effects of transmission of trauma, such as emotion regulation skills.

Gina Erato, M.S.


Gina Erato is a fourth-year graduate student in the Oklahoma State University Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program working with Dr. Lucia Ciciolla. (Go Pokes!) Gina obtained her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Italian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016. She was a member of the Child Stress and Coping Lab led by Dr. W. Hobart Davies and completed a senior thesis examining the relationships between mindfulness, parenting, and child behavior problems. After graduation, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic. Ultimately, Gina is interested in researching maternal mental health as it relates to reproductive life events and pregnancy. Specifically, she plans to research miscarriages and stillbirths as traumatic events, as well as psychological outcomes of women that experience pregnancy loss. 

Ashley Quigley, M.S.

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Ashley Quigley is a third-year graduate student in the Oklahoma State University Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program where she works with Dr. Lucia Ciciolla. Ashley graduated with her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from Western Kentucky University before attending OSU. She was a research assistant in the Children and Families Lab under Dr. Diane Lickenbrock and completed a Master's Thesis examining the influential roles of infant temperament and parent psychopathology on infant emotion regulation. Broadly, Ashley's research interests include how parenting and child factors can impact socioemotional development and how it is related to risk and resilience.

Kristin Fields


Kristin Fields is a second-year graduate student in the Oklahoma State University Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program working under Dr. Lucia Ciciolla. Kristin graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She was a research assistant in the Child and Adolescent Development Lab led by Dr. Jenny Macfie and also the Relationship, Aggression, and Addictive Disorders Lab under Dr. Gregory Stuart. She completed an Honor's Thesis examining the continuity of borderline features from pregnancy to six months postpartum in high-risk mothers who misuse opioids. Kristin is broadly interested in how factors, such as parental psychopathology and adverse parent-child relationships, affect the family system and adaptive and maladaptive development in children.              

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Emily Ervin


Emily Ervin is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying psychology pre-counseling with a focus on how clinical research can open up new discoveries for the mental health counseling field. Emily is interested in intergenerational trauma and its effects on relationship developments in families, alongside the studying of postpartum depression in new mothers and is a strong advocate for mental health throughout people's lives from childhood through adulthood. Emily plans on pursuing a Master's or Doctoral level program in Mental Health Counseling or Clinical Psychology after graduation, and is very excited to learn more through helping in Dr. Ciciolla's lab!

Brittan Greenlee

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Brittan Greenlee is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in American Sign Language at Oklahoma State University. She is interested in how the stressors in children's lives have an impact on their mental health. Her future plans include going to law school for child and family law.