Storch Lab

Meet Our Team

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Sophie C. Schneider

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Sophie C. Schneider, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral associate and incoming assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her research focuses on the presentation and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and anxiety disorders. She is particularly interested in improving disorder detection and early intervention for these disorders in children and adolescents.

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Andrew G. Guzick

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Andrew G. Guzick, MS, is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Florida completing his predoctoral internship at Texas Children’s Hospital. Andrew’s graduate research primarily aimed to better understand the nature and treatment of childhood OCD, anxiety and related disorders. He is excited about continuing to pursue his interest in this area at BCM and TCH.

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Judy Hong

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Judy Hong, MA, is a doctoral intern in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, OCD Track. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Houston. Her research and clinical interest surround racial/ethnic minority groups and culture as they relate to severe mental illness, suicide, and criminal behaviors. Judy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her B.A. in Psychology.

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D. Luis Ordaz

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D. Luis Ordaz, MA, is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida currently interning in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His program of research examines sociocultural influences on eating and body image pathology and treatment development for anxiety-driven and ritualistic body image concerns, with an emphasis on muscle dysmorphia. Luis has worked with youth with anxiety and OCD for over three years, and his clinical interests lie in the treatment of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders.

Jafar Bakhshaie

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Jafar Bakhshaie, M.D., Ph.D., is a clinical fellow in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. He received his M.D. from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and his Ph.D. from the University of Houston clinical psychology program. His research is focused on examining the impact of emotional regulatory mechanisms and cognitive processes underlying health-related behaviors (e.g. substance use, problem drinking, and cannabis misuse) in patients with OCD/Anxiety disorders. 

Valérie La Buissonnière Ariza

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Valérie La Buissonnière Ariza, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She completed her Ph.D. (research and intervention) in psychology, neuropsychology option, at the University of Montreal in 2016. Her objective as a clinician and scientist is to promote sound mental health in children and their families by investigating the psychosocial, cognitive, and neural correlates of psychological functioning and treatment response.

Sandra L. Cepeda

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Sandra L. Cepeda, BS, is a research coordinator in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is also currently pursuing her master’s degree in Youth Behavioral Health at the University of South Florida. Her research interests focus on the nature and treatment of individuals with OCD, anxiety, and related disorders, with particular interest in exploring factors that may impact symptoms and treatment (e.g., the political climate, news, social media use, and culture).

Lynn M. Hana

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Lynn M. Hana, BS, is a research coordinator in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. Her current research focuses on outcomes of treatments for OCD and implementation of behavioral therapies in integrated health settings. 

Ana C. Ramirez

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Ana C. Ramirez, MA, is a research coordinator in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Ana has a background in applied behavior Aanalysis (ABA) and is currently pursuing certification as a behavior analyst. Her research interests include autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, and the application of behavior analytic interventions to impact socially significant behaviors in individuals with disabilities.

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Catherine C. Christian

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Catherine C. Christian, BE, is a research coordinator in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a concentration on Biomedical Engineering from Auburn University. Her current work at BCM focuses on improving access of mental health services to individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey, as well as improving school-based mental health services. Long-term, she is interested in pursuing medical school and a career as a physician.

Richelle Overton

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Richelle Overton, BS, is a research coordinator in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is also pursuing her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology at University of Houston – Victoria. Her current research work at BCM focuses on topics such as trauma, anxiety, and OCD in adults. Long-term, she is interested in working within the criminal justice system along with assessing competency to stand trial, with a particular interest in exploring factors that may impact criminal behavior.

Saira Weinzimmer

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Saira Weinzimmer, BA, is a research coordinator in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy from Rice University. Her primary research interests include obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and prevention and early intervention in mental health.

Danica Limon

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Danica Limon, MPS, serves as the independent evaluator for a youth anxiety and autism research study within the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and in collaboration with Texas Children’s Hospital. In addition, she is the research coordinator for the SPARK for Autism research study at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Katherine C. Bergez

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Katherine C. Bergez, BS, serves as a research therapist for a youth anxiety and autism research study within the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and in collaboration with Texas Children’s Hospital. She is also currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in School Psychology at the University of Houston. Her research and clinical interests focus on behavioral intervention for young children with a range of presenting concerns (e.g., disruptive behavior, anxiety, treatment non-adherence and adjustment within the context of co-occurring medical conditions). She has a specific interest in applying these skills to youth with autism spectrum disorder, in addition to investigating factors that impact the systems surrounding youth with ASD and their families.

Stacey C. Grebe

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Stacey C. Grebe, EdS, serves as a research therapist for a youth anxiety and autism research study within the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and in collaboration with Texas Children’s Hospital. She is also currently pursuing her doctorate degree in School Psychology at the University of Houston. Her research interests focus on the treatment and outcomes of individuals with ASD and related disorders, with particular interest in exploring caregiver perceptions surrounding their child’s ASD diagnosis.

Morgan M. McNeel

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Morgan M. McNeel, BA, serves as a research therapist for a youth anxiety and autism research study within the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and in collaboration with Texas Children’s Hospital. She is also currently pursuing her doctoral degree in School Psychology at the University of Houston. Her research interests include systemic approaches to autism intervention – what impacts outcomes and how that knowledge can be used to develop more integrated, effective, and affordable treatment options.

Mayra I. Perez

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Mayra I. Perez, MS, serves as a research therapist in several studies within the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. She pursued her master’s degree in clinical psychology with a focus on cognitive-behavior therapy in the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico. Her clinical interests focus on the psychoeducation and treatment of individuals with anxiety, and related disorders, as well as a special interest in working with parents in behavior maintenance and modification in children.

Jacquelyne Wynn

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Jacquelyne Wynn, is an administrative coordinator in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. She is also the training program coordinator within the department. Long-term, she is interested in furthering her education and becoming a licensed therapist, with particular focus in the treatment of individuals with OCD and anxiety related disorders. She is also enthusiastic about research and has a special interest to improve patient care and outcomes among individuals with mental health concerns.