Meet the DRIVE Team

 

Danielle Schlosser, PhD
Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
Contact: danielle.schlosser@ucsf.edu 

Dr. Danielle Schlosser is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. The focus of her research is on harnessing digital health strategies and the latest behavioral neuroscience of motivation to improve the lives of young people living with schizophrenia. Dr. Schlosser is the PI of an NIMH, Career Development Award, which is focused on developing an intervention strategy to robustly improve psychosocial and health functioning in recently diagnosed schizophrenia patients. The DRIVES lab also received two, UCSF CTSI grants and an NIH R34 grant to fund the development and feasibility testing of a mobile app called PRIME (Personalized, Real-time Intervention for Motivational Enhancement). The focus of PRIME is on harnessing the intact desire young people with schizophrenia have to improve their lives by giving them the necessary support and reinforcement to be successful. And while Daniellle is a researcher by day (and often nights!), she also enjoys spending as much time as possible in the outdoors, hiking, fishing, you name it. 

Brandy Truong

Lab Manager
Contact: brandy.truong@ucsf.edu

Brandy is a graduate of UC Davis, where she obtained her degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. She was an assistant clinical research coordinator for the PART program before joining the DRIVE lab. Brandy has an interest in neuro and cognitive science and helping the underserved population. Ultimately, she hopes to become a medical doctor specializing in pediatrics or family medicine. When she’s not in the office, you can find her exploring the city, eating various good foods, or buried in her books in a corner of a coffee shop (she loves her coffee and tea!). She also enjoys baking (cupcakes are her specialty), running, going to concerts/festivals, and listening to podcasts (Serial is what started this addiction).  

 

 

Tim Campellone 
Data Manager, Coach, Clinical Research Assistant
University of California, Berkeley Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Science
Contact: tcampellone@berkeley.edu

Tim is a doctoral candidate in the UC Berkeley Clinical Science program working with Professor Ann Kring. Currently, Tim is completing his clinical psychology internship at the Seattle VA, and come August, will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship at the San Francisco VA. Tim has spent the past 10 years working to improve lives of people with schizophrenia. His research focuses on identifying and overcoming barriers to treatment faced by people with mental health problems such as decreased motivation, stigma, and limited social support. Through a combination of laboratory and real-world assessment using mobile technology, Tim hopes to help improve the lives of people with mental health problems by developing effective and easily accessed treatments. When not in the lab, Tim enjoys hiking, eating delicious food, and spending time with his wife and dog Penny.

Akshay Naresh

Head Coach, Clinical Research Assistant
Wright Institute Doctoral Candidate
Contact: anaresh@wi.edu

Akshay is a doctoral student at the Wright Institute. He has been working with young adults in mental health since his years as an undergraduate at UC Irvine. Akshay's doctoral interests have been looking at novel digital treatments for social anxiety and cultural work with Asian American immigrants. Outside of his clinical and research passions, Askshay is an avid musician and music lover. He performs Indian classical music, jazz, and spoken word poetry in the Bay Area.

 

Neda Soussanbari

Clinical Assessor
Wright Institute Doctoral Candidate
Contact: neda.soussanbari@ucsf.edu

Neda graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor's degree in psychology. During her undergraduate studies, she developed a strong interest in working with and assessing adults with mental health problems and began working for the VA San Diego Medical Center, first as a research assistant and then as an assessor.  Currently, Neda is a doctoral candidate at the Wright Institute and will be starting a predoctoral internship at the Reno VA.  Prior to becoming a clinical assessor at the Drive Lab, Neda conducted neuropsychological assessments at the PART Program. Outside of lab, Neda enjoys drinking Persian tea (“chai” in Farsi), listening to podcasts, exercising, and spending time with her wonderful husband, Seth. 

 

Madison Takeuchi
Undergraduate Research Assistant
University of California, Berkley
Contact: madison.takeuchi@ucsf.edu 

Madison is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she studied Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology. In addition to her work with the DRIVE lab, Madison has worked with the PART program at UCSF as a research assistant and a staff research associate serving as an evaluator for the Trier Social Stress Test with the ultra-high risk population for schizophrenia. Inspired by the innovative possibilities of digital health technologies, she now works at Augmedix, a healthcare startup using Google Glass as a documentation solution in electronic medical records. When she's not working or dreaming about medical school, Madison enjoys wakeboarding, playing the ukulele, and exploring the Bay Area. 

 

Genesis Vasconez

Undergraduate Research Assistant
San Francisco State University
Contact: genesis.vasconez@ucsf.edu

Genesis is currently a student at San Francisco State University, studying Biology, emphasis in Physiology with a double minor in Chemistry and Business. Genesis is also involved with another lab at UCSF school of Nursing looking into precursors of emotion regulation and affective disorders in early childhood and interactions with adverse events such and depression during pregnancy and infancy. She is interested in the interaction between biological and psychological factors which impact youth and children. Outside of the lab, Genesis spends her days biking, hiking, exploring the city with friends and enjoying riveting murder mystery novels at local coffee shops and beaches.

 

Gina Åsbø

Clinical Research Assistant
Wright Institute Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology
Contact: gasbo@wi.edu

Gina is a doctorate student in clinical psychology at The Wright Institute. She completed her BA in psychology at The University of Oslo, in her home country Norway. Gina's clinical interests include the integration of physical and mental health and the field of health psychology, as well as the assessment and treatment of trauma in both adults and adolescents. Her future goal is to further health psychology in Norway and possibly be involved in refugee mental health. Outside of her academic and clinical work, Gina has an eclectic taste in music, enjoys eating Norwegian snacks (salty licorice!), reading, swimming and exploring The Bay Area on her bike. 

 

  Paolo Larano

Clinical Research Assistant
Wright Institute Doctoral Candidate
Contact: plarano@wi.edu

Paolo is a doctoral student at The Wright Institute. He has worked with a variety of young adult populations both in the Bay Area, and in New York City. Paolo’s professional interests include sports psychology, finding ways to address various stigmas in mental health, exploring body dissatisfaction in men and boys, and community-based interventions. Paolo also enjoys tutoring students in writing, various sports, playing music, and cooking.

 

Kevin Etter 

Clinical Research Assistant
Contact: kevinetter@berkley.edu

Kevin is a studied Psychology and Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology at UC Berkeley.  Through Teach for America, Kevin taught high school science in Newark, NJ.  He has coached high school administration teams in San Francisco regarding disparity in academic outcomes between racial and economic groups.  Kevin recently transitioned to a new role as a residential counselor at Edgewood Center for Children and Families and is pursuing a career as a clinical psychologist. 

 

Michaela Sandoval

Clinical Assessor
Contact: msandoval@paloaltou.edu

Michaela is a graduate student at Palo Alto University studying clinical psychology with an emphasis in forensic psychology. She conducts assessments for the DRIVE Lab and is working toward her Ph.D. She hopes to work in the reentry and reintegration process for minority and underprivileged populations coming out of incarceration making their way back into society. 

 

Farah Virani

Clinical Research Assistant
Wright Institute Doctoral Candidate
Contact: fvirvani1214@gmail.com

Farah is a doctoral student at the Wright Institute, whose primary interest is neuropsychology. Her current focus is on studying the psychology of medically ill pediatric patients. Besides her work, Farah is a passionate traveller, scuba enthusiast, and watcher of whales. She has been rock-climbing for over six years, and has braved Smith Rock, in central Oregon several times. She is also an aspiring children’s book author and has a love for cats so strong it’s concerning. Although she aims to conquer long-standing issues is the field of psychology, her dreams don’t end there. 

 

  Theanna Pateropoulos

Clinical Research Assistant
Alliant International University Doctoral Candidate
Contact: theanna.pateropoulos@ucsf.edu 

Theanna is a 4th year graduate student and doctoral candidate earning a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco.  She is completing her practicum training this year through the Vinogradov Schizophrenia Research Lab at UCSF and SFVA.  Her responsibilities include the administration of neuropsychological assessments, clinical interviews, and family interviews with participants involved in Schizophrenia studies at the PART, SECT, and DRIVE labs.  Theanna’s research interests include the feasibility of mindfulness and other mind-body mental health approaches in the treatment of individuals with psychotic disorders.

 

  Anastasia Finch

Clinical Assessor
Contact: afinch623@gmail.com 

Anastasia graduated from Stetson University in Florida with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After, she completed her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City. While completing her masters she developed a passion for clinical research and is now completing her doctoral degree. Currently, Anastasia’s primary research and clinical working with individuals with schizophrenia using a recovery oriented approach. Outside of academic and clinical work, Anastasia likes to spend time exploring the city, reading, and cooking or baking!