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Danielle Berke, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Danielle Berke received a graduate certificate in Women's Studies and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. She completed her doctoral internship in the National Center for PTSD of the VA Boston Healthcare System, where she developed a clinical specialization in the assessment and treatment of PTSD and women's mental health . Dr. Berke also served on the VA Boston Healthcare System's Interdisciplinary Transgender Treatment Team providing affirming gender evaluation and psychotherapy services for transgender veterans.  She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship, affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine and the VA Boston Healthcare System, focused on interpersonal violence, trauma, and treatment outcome research. Dr. Berke also served VA Boston as a Research Psychologist from 2017-2018. 


Corinne Zachry, MA

Research Associate

Corinne Zachry joined the Gender-Based Violence Lab as the staff Research Associate after graduating from Wake Forest University with a Master of Arts degree in Psychology in 2018. Her research interests include social determinants of health, risk and resilience factors for health disparities in populations harmed by inequity and structural violence, and alleviation of barriers to mental health help-seeking. She is particularly interested in health disparities at the intersection of chronic stressors (i.e., poverty, discrimination), structural barriers to care and traumatic experiences. Corinne is applying to PhD programs for Fall 2020.



Graduate Student Researcher

Madalyn is a doctoral student in the Health Psychology and Clinical Sciences program at the Graduate Center. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies, and joined the Gender-Based Violence Lab in August 2019. Madalyn is interested in identifying risk and protective factors that influence sexual and gender minority individuals' sensitivity to minority stress, and, in turn, elevated psychological impairment and disease risk. She is also interested in evaluating how subjective experiences of minority stress map onto objective biomarkers and indices of stress. Madalyn plans to become a health disparities researcher and clinician.


Madeleine Tuten

Research Assistant

Madeleine Tuten is an undergraduate Psychology student at Hunter College. She joined the Gender-Based Violence Lab in January 2019. Her research interests include the relationships between gender and trauma, as well as the successful treatments for PTSD. Madeleine plans to pursue graduate study in School Psychology.


Arias Abbruzzi Davis

Lab Member

Arias Abbruzzi Davis is a post-baccalaureate student in the Psychology Department at Hunter College. She graduated with a BA from Columbia University in 2013, and joined the Gender-Based Violence Lab in January 2019. Her research interests include emotional regulation and neuroplasticity, with a focus on treatment approaches to complex trauma. Arias plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. 


maiya Hotchkiss

Research Assistant

Maiya joined the Gender-Based Violence Lab in September 2019, and is a senior at Hunter College, majoring in Psychology with a focus on Gender Studies. She is interested in clinical and social psychology, with a particular interest in the moderating effects of empowerment on resilience in young adults within marginalized populations. Maiya hopes to expand understandings of how individuals can benefit from the incorporation of empowerment promotion in both educational and clinical settings. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.