Lab Coordinators

Chloe Bevilacqua

  • Website

Chloe is a sophomore at Penn State pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Spanish. She is interested in clinical psychology, personality disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. After graduating, she hopes to get a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time with friends and petting dogs.

Rachel Blansfield

  • Participant Scheduler & Data Informatics

Rachel is a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Psychology. She is interested in abnormal psychological development especially its effects on children and adolescents. After graduating from the Pennsylvania University, Rachel plans on attending medical school to purse a career in Adolescent and Childhood Psychiatry. In her free time, Rachel enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Christian Dellavella

  • Adult Attachment Interview (AAI)

Christian is a senior, pursuing a B.S in Psychology (Life Sciences Option). Interested in personality disorders and psychotherapy research, he plans to enroll in a Clinical Psychology graduate program with a focus in one of those areas. His career goal is to become a professor and researcher at an undergraduate university and open his own practice. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his friends and dog, watching movies, working out, and traveling.

Ruth Ileka


Ruth is a senior, pursuing a B.S in Psychology with a Life Sciences focus. While many aspects of psychology interest her, she is mainly interested in DV, IPV, and suicidality. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school with her long time goal is obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  Her ultimate goal is to transition from spending a few years counseling women who come from IPV related situations to one day having a lab of her own to conduct related research. Outside of the lab, Ruth likes to hang out with her friends, go to concerts (pre-COVID), and binge-watching Rom-Coms on Netflix. 

Keegan Knecht

  • Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) & Website

Keegan is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing a B.A. in Psychology, as well as a minor in Visual Arts. She is interested in trauma-related depression, PTSD, and anxiety. She hopes to eventually attend an art therapy focused masters program, and eventually create or work for an Art Therapy Center. Outside of the lab, Keegan enjoys listening to music, creating ceramic art, and playing video games.

Jessica LaRocca

  • IRB

Jessica is a junior at Penn State pursuing a major in Psychology (focus in neuroscience). After graduation she plans to attend graduate school and get her Ph. D in clinical psychology. She has many interests that include forensic and personality psychology. Outside of the lab Jessica enjoys international travel, skiing, reading, going to the gym, and playing with her cats. 

Isabella Manuel

  • Participant Scheduling & Responses to Psychotherapy Over Time

Isabella Manuel is a senior majoring in Psychology-Neuroscience and Biology. She is a Paterno Fellow Aspirant and plans to attend medical school following graduation at Penn State to practice Psychiatry. Her research interests involve the underlying causes of mood and personality disorders, and how treatments may be improved using neurobiological evidence. Outside of lab, Isabella enjoys listening to music, reading and playing with her hedgehog, Cookie!