Current Team Members
Dr. Nicole Stadnick, PhD., MPH., is the Lab Director. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, Director of Dissemination and Evaluation of the UC San Diego Dissemination and Implementation Science Center, researcher at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center and a licensed psychologist. Her program of federally, state and privately funded research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness and implementation of evidence-based practices intended for individuals seeking community-based health or mental health services. She has received NIH-funded fellowships from the Child, Intervention, Prevention, and Services Research Mentoring Network (2015-2016, the Implementation Research Institute (2017-2018) and the Mixed Methods Training Program for the Health Sciences (2019-2020). Her implementation science research is supported by NIMH, NIEHS, NIMHD, NHLBI and NIAID.
Kassandra (Kassy) Martinez is the graduate research assistant of the Stadnick Lab. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and recently obtained her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from San Diego State University. She is in her third year in the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctorate Program in Clinical Psychology. Broadly, her research interests lie in children’s community mental health services and integrated health care. She is particularly interested in improving mental health services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. In Kassy’s free time, she likes to go on hikes with her fiancée and three dogs.
Pollyanna Gomez, B.A. is a bicultural and bilingual (English/Spanish) Family Navigator for the ATTAIN NAV study. Prior to UCSD, she worked for 7 years as a Social Worker for the County of San Diego connecting culturally diverse families with disabilities to social services via Connect Well.
Romina Espinosa, M.A. is a bicultural and bilingual (English/Spanish) Family Navigator for the ATTAIN NAV study. She has been working for the past 5+ years with multicultural families in California and Washington State to connect them with community resources and social programs.
Alondra Varela (she/her/hers)
Alondra Varela completed medical school and is a certified physician graduated from Universidad Autónomade Baja California, Mexico. She is currently completing her M.P.H. in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at SDSU. Currently working on a care management and support program for children, her main research interests include maternal and child health, health promotion and increasing access of care to underserved communities.
Joelle Robinett is a public health intern with the Stadnick Lab and is completing her MPH in Health Promotion and Health Education at CSUSM. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology with a specialization in Human Health at UC San Diego. Her current work in outpatient clinical settings has further shaped her research interests which include chronic disease, health promotion, children’s health, implementation science, and health disparities.
Martina Penalosa served as an ATTAIN project student researcher for the Stadnick Lab in the summer of 2020. She has a degree in Psychobiology, B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include pediatric psychiatry, health disparities, and implementation science. She is currently a second year medical student at UCSD.
David Lee served as the Lab Assistant of the Stadnick Lab from 2018-2020. He has a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is interested in researching the physiological markers of anxiety and the interactive role personality and specific interpersonal correlates play in influencing anxiety. Currently, he is pursuing his psychology doctorate (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology at Indiana State University in hopes of becoming a licensed psychologist.
Wei Chua served as the research intern of the Stadnick Lab from September 2018 to March 2019. She has a degree in Psychology specializing in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests are course, causes, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder, mood disorders, and substance use disorder. Currently, she is working as a due diligence researcher while applying for master's programs to pursue her career as a clinical therapist.
Joanna worked for over 6 years at CASRC. She currently accepted a position as a Labor Union Organizer Representative.
Jamielee G. Pilapil
Jamielee served as the Implementation Science Research Coordinator. Jamielee G. Pilapil received her Bachelor’s of Health Science in Public Health from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Public Health in Health Promotion and Education from California State University San Marcos.
Nicholas Lee was a Graduate Research Intern of the Stadnick Lab. He has a B.S. in Human Biology with a Psychology minor from UC San Diego.
Melanie Aguilar was an Undergraduate Research Intern in the Stadnick Lab. She attends UC San Diego and is majoring in Psychology and Global Health.
Elizabeth Lane was the Project Coordinator of the Stadnick Lab. She has a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Grinnell College. She will be starting a PhD program in Clini