Aaron J. Blashill, Ph.D.Director
Dr. Blashill is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University, and core faculty member of the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.
Arjan van der Star, Ph.D.PROJECT DIRECTOR FOR THE SUICIDE PREVENTION PROJECT
Dr. Arjan van der Star is a Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University and a Research Scientist at the San Diego State Research Foundation. Arjan completed his PhD (Public Health) at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, studying stigma-related factors driving sexual orientation-based and gender identity-based disparities in mental health. Arjan’s research focuses on the mechanisms underlying these mental health disparities, informing both preventive measures and clinical interventions.
Lexie Convertino, M.S.6th Year PhD Student (On Internship)
Lexie is a graduate student in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Prior to moving to San Diego, she completed her bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University in Psychology and a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests focus broadly on the effect of stress on the development and maintenance of disordered eating and body image concerns. Particularly, Lexie focuses on traumatic stress and sexual trauma in the development of disordered eating. She also has a line of research in the interaction of minority group stressors on the development of body image.
Autumn Askew, B.S.3rd Year Ph.D. Student
Autumn is a graduate student in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests broadly include sociocultural factors that influence disordered eating and body image disturbance, as well as translating mechanistic research into novel treatments for eating disorders. She is especially interested in examining these topics within LGBTQ+ groups.
Jaclyn Siegel, Ph.D.
Dr. Jaclyn Siegel was a postdoctoral research scholar and the project director for the Pride Body Project from 2021-2023. She is now a Research Scientist in the Department of Public Health at NORC at the University of Chicago, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University.
Connor Elbe, M.A.
Connor was a graduate student in the M.A. in Psychology program at SDSU. He is originally from Ontario, Canada, where he earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Ontario in Psychology, with a minor in Medical Cell Biology. His research interests include weight stigma, body (dis)satisfaction, disordered eating behaviours, sexual dysfunction, and sexual & gender minority health.