Graduate Students

Thomas M Crow, M.A.

  • On Internship

thomascrow@gmail.com

Thomas is a sixth-year student in the Clinical Psychology program. He completed a bachelor's degree (B.S) in psychology at the University of Georgia and a master's degree (M.A) in general psychology at CUNY Hunter College in New York City, where his thesis focused on risk behaviors for HIV. Before starting at Penn State, Thomas spent over three years working at Emory University School of Medicine on two large research studies of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among patients in the clinics and emergency department of Grady Memorial Hospital. There he developed further interests in trauma, emotion regulation, and attachment. In his free time, Thomas enjoys playing guitar, traveling, and hiking.

Benjamin N Johnson, M.S.

  • On Internship

(814) 863-1149

bnjohnson.psych@gmail.com

Ben is in his seventh graduate year in the Clinical Psychology program at Penn State. His research revolves around using latent variable modeling techniques to understand borderline personality disorder (BPD) and related disorders, and taking an attachment-theory-based approach to understanding the development, maintenance, and treatment of BPD.

Ben was born in Pomona, CA, but spent most of his life in the sunny South, near Atlanta, GA. He received his B.A. from Emory University in 2012 with a double major in Psychology and English. Afterwards, he spent two years as a Research Coordinator in the Emory Child and Adolescent Mood Program working with adolescents and young adults with symptoms of BPD. His recreational interests include cooking, writing, playing piano and guitar, and being barefoot.

Jacob A. Martin, M.S.

  • Third-Year Graduate Student

jacob.a.martin2012@gmail.com

Jacob is a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology program at Penn State. He attended the University of Virginia where he studied Psychology and Cognitive Science. After graduating with his B.A. in 2016 he began working as a clinical research assistant with Dr. Mark Zimmerman and the Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services (MIDAS) Project at Rhode Island Hospital. There he conducted diagnostic interviews for patients seeking psychiatric treatment. Jacob's primary interest is conceptualization and diagnosis of personality pathology, with an emphasis on borderline personality disorder (BPD) and narcissism. Specifically, he is interested in translational research that seeks to improve the efficiency and utility of diagnostic and assessment tools for personality pathology. He is further interested in relationships between personality/personality pathology and comorbid psychopathology, psychosocial and other health-related outcomes. In his spare time Jacob enjoys running, going to concerts, watching movies, and breakfast foods.

Haruka Notsu

  • Third-Year Graduate Student

hzn5059@psu.com

Haruka is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program. She was born in Japan and grew up in Shanghai, China. She received her B.A. in Psychology with honors from Wellesley College in 2015. Afterwards, she worked as an intern and then short-term staff on a hospital’s psychiatric unit in Japan. She then joined Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic at UC Berkeley where she was on a transdiagonostic treatment development team. Haruka is interested in the role of emotion regulation and attachment in personality disorders. She hopes the research around those issues will ultimately inform treatment of a broader range of disorders. In her free time Haruka enjoys climbing, slackline and watching musicals. 

Daniel Spina

  • First-Year Graduate Student

dsspina@gmail.com

Dan is a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology program at Penn State. He grew up in Fresno, CA and received his B.A. in Philosophy and French from UC Berkeley. Following undergraduate studies, he volunteered as a crisis counselor for Alameda County Crisis Support Services and worked as a transcranial magnetic stimulation technician in Oakland, CA and New York City. He then studied at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in New York, where he will receive his master's degree in Clinical Psychology. He was also an extern at South Beach Psychiatric Center, Fort Hamilton, in Brooklyn where he provided individual and group psychotherapy. He is broadly interested in psychotherapy process research and Transference-Focused Psychotherapy. He hopes to better understand therapeutic processes that lead to greater attachment security and improved defensive functioning in patients with personality disorders. He is also interested in LGBTQ+ mental health and his master’s thesis at Ferkauf focused on how to better support patients struggling with BPD and sexual identity uncertainty. He also has interests in neuromodulation and the philosophy of language. Dan loves fermenting foods, reading, jogging and listening to music in his spare time.