Meet the FAR Lab Members

FAR Lab group photo

The Fear and Affectve Research (FAR) Lab consists of various graduate and undergraduate members here at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). The FAR Lab currently consists of the following members:

Dr. Ellen Koch

Professor, Psychology Department Head
Dr. Koch is the Interim Associate Dean for Budgets and Facilities at Eastern Michigan University and the Primary Investigator for the FAR Lab. 

Krithika Prakash

Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology Ph.D. 

Joseph Tu 

Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology Ph.D. 
Joseph is a current doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at EMU. Before joining the FAR Lab, Joseph studied women with ADHD at the University of California, Berkeley, conducted research on risky sexual behavior at Alliant International University, and evaluated evidence-based treatments for youth with traumatic history at Five Acres. His current interests include implementation science, the network approach to psychopathology, and treatments for trauma and anxiety.

Rachael Les

Graduate Student, MS 
Rachael is a first-year General Clinical Master’s student at EMU and received her BS in Psychology and Spanish from the Honors College at Grand Valley State University. She has a rich background and fascination in childhood trauma and resilience, as well as in cross-cultural work. Rachael intends to pursue doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology while continuing to examine the relationship between early trauma and psychopathology, as well as the value of cultural competence in the promotion of well-being.

Kaitlyn McCarthy

Graduate Student, MS 
Originally from New Jersey and having received my BA in psychology from Binghamton University, I am currently pursuing my MS in clinical psychology. My primary research interests include the effects of trauma (e.g., PTSD) on individuals, risk and resilience factors (e.g., social support) that either mitigate or exacerbate PTSD symptoms, and the process of trauma recovery among adult populations. Outside of the lab, I enjoy cooking, baking, exercising, and watching movies. 

Lance Roehl

Graduate Student, MS
Lance is a current masters student in the Clinical Behavioral Psychology program at EMU and has interests in the network approach to mental disorders and PTSD. He is interested in working with military and veteran populations, and has a background working in the military. Lance spends his free time hiking and camping, with a current goal of reaching the highest point of elevation in each state.

Arturo Peña

Undergraduate Student, BS 
Arturo is an EMU psychology major with a minor in sociology. He hopes to become a therapist and a professor. In his spare time he enjoys exploring Michigan’s outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Noah Perrin 

Undergraduate Student, BS
Noah is a senior at EMU double majoring in Political Science and Psychology. His research interests include sport and performance psychology and positive psychology. He plans on graduating in 2022, and pursuing a graduate program in clinical or counseling psychology.


  • McKendra Cramer
  • Ayesha Syeda
  • Reilly Chabie
  • Michelle Fernando 
  • William Dalian
  • Jordan Sieja

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