On the Student Front

Introducing Our New Student Advisory Board Members (2024-25)


Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the Student Advisory Board (SAB)! This year the SAB received numerous applications from a pool of exceptionally qualified candidates, and we are thrilled to announce our incoming class of student leaders.

We would also like to express our deepest appreciation to our outgoing members: Kelsey, Rachel, Yael, Caitlyn, Jennifer, Karen, Mycah, and Sam. Your remarkable leadership, passion, and dedicated efforts on behalf of the SAB were truly outstanding, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Once again, congratulations to our new members on this well-deserved achievement, and welcome to the SAB!


Kirby-Estar Laguerre, B.S., B.A. (she/her/hers)
Advocacy & Service Committee, Service Co-Chair









Kirby-Estar Laguerre is a 3rd-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program (Clinical Child Psychology Training Area) at West Virginia University, under the mentorship of Dr. Christina Duncan. Throughout graduate school, Kirby's research has focused on medication adherence and transition readiness in adolescents and young adults with epilepsy. However, she is also interested in evidence-based interventions that improve stress management and coping behaviors and the impact of socioeconomic factors on pain management and health outcomes within pediatric populations.


Brooke Greenberg, B.A. (she/her)
Advocacy & Service Committee, Advocacy Co-Chair






Brooke Greenberg is a third-year clinical psychology PhD Student at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Jessica Valenzuela. Brooke's research and clinical interests focus on the intersection of disordered eating through the lens of pediatric chronic medical conditions (i.e., diabetes, pain). Brooke is also interested in advocacy in the pediatric psychology space. Through serving the Advocacy and Service Commitee in her role as the Advocacy Co-Chair, Brooke is involved with coordinating advocacy service opportunities for members of Division 54.


Annisa Ahmed, B.A. (she/her)
Advocacy & Service Committee, Advocacy Co-Chair






Annisa Ahmed is a second-year graduate student in the Clinic Psychology Ph.D. Program at Texas A&M University under Dr. Idia Thurston and Dr. Noni Gaylord-Harden. Her current research interests lie in health equity—more specifically, understanding familial and systemic-level factors that impact disease management for historically underserved youth and their families. Annisa also aspires to work closely with children and adolescents impacted by chronic pain. In her role on the Advocacy and Service Committee, Annisa assists with the coordination of training opportunities centered on advocacy.


Katie Davis, MA (she/her)
Communication Committee, Podcast Co-Chair






Katie Davis is a 5th year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Boston University. Under the mentorship of Dr. Kristin Long, Katie’s doctoral research focuses on improving sibling psychosocial adjustment to pediatric cancer through identifying and addressing multi-level barriers to care. In addition to her sibling-focused work, Katie is interested in the relationship between family processes, chronic emotion dysregulation, and functional neurological disorders and chronic pain in children and adolescents. As Podcast Co-Chair on the SAB Communications Committee, Katie is enthusiastic about disseminating new pediatric psychology research, amplifying the voices of experts and trainees, and highlighting Division 54’s initiatives through The Pediatric Psychology Podcast.


Meghan Howe, M.S. (she/her/hers)
Communication Committee, Student Spotlight Chair







Meghan is a 4th year student at Rosalind Franklin University under the mentorship of Rachel Neff Greenley, Ph.D. Her research interests include identifying processes by which child- and family-level factors confer risk or promote resilience in children diagnosed with chronic medical conditions and the psychometrics of existing pediatric psychology assessment tools. Her long-term goals are to conduct collaborative research and clinical work to improve psychosocial outcomes in children and families coping with chronic illness.


Taylor Gates, M.A. (she/her/hers)
Membership Committee, Network of Campus Representatives Co-Chair






Taylor Gates is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the University of Cincinnati. Taylor works under the mentorship of Dr. Cathy Stough in the Healthy Bearcat Families Lab. Broadly, Taylor’s research interests involve improving the psychosocial outcomes for children and adolescents with chronic illness through intervention development and community-based participatory research strategies. She is also interested in researching the influence of family factors (e.g., caregiver mental health, family functioning) on child psychosocial functioning among pediatric populations. Clinically, Taylor is passionate about providing evidence-based and culturally responsive treatment to diverse pediatric populations. Taylor is the Co-Chair of the Network of Campus Representatives (NCR), which aims to increase awareness of the field of pediatric psychology across the country.


Cecily N. Conour, M.S. (she/her)
Membership Committee, Training Program Dissemination Chair






Cecily Conour is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at West Virginia University under the mentorship of Dr. Christina Duncan. Cecily’s research and clinical interests include adolescents’ self-management of chronic conditions, as well as the transition of care for youth with chronic illnesses, with a particular focus in chronic pain. As the Training Program Dissemination Chair, Cecily edits and distributes training resources, including lists of graduate programs, internship sites, and post-doctoral fellowships with opportunities in pediatric psychology.


Mariela Monzalvo, Psy.M (she/her/ella)
Programming Committee, Professional Development Chair






Mariela Monzalvo is a third year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at The School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, OH under the advisement of Dr. Janeece Warfield. Mariela’s areas of research interest include examining pediatric health disparities in underserved and marginalized populations, reconciling these disparities from the voices of these communities, and delivering remote interventions on pain management for youth with functional abdominal pain and anxiety. Mariela’s clinical interests include pediatric pain management, primary care, and GI issues. Mariela looks forward to the privilege of being part of the Student Advisory Board (SAB) as the Programming Chair.


Perry A. Catlin, M.S.

Student Representative, Division 54