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Robert Latzman

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Lisa Hecht

Mariya Malikina

Yuri Shishido

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Taralee Hamner

Casey Leary

Sarah Lemaux

Asia Lee

Robert D. Latzman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University where he holds appointments in the Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience (NBN) programs and is an Associate Member of the Neuroscience Institute as well as an affiliated faculty member with the Honors College. Dr. Latzman received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa and a B.S. in Human Development with Honors from Cornell University. He completed a predoctoral clinical child/pediatric and neuropsychology internship (residency) and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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Lisa Hecht is a second year doctoral student in clinical neuropsychology at Georgia State University. Lisa received a B.S. in Psychology from UC San Diego. After graduating, Lisa worked as the Project Coordinator of a research lab in the Psychiatry department at UCSD. Their primary projects assessed neurobehavioral profiles associated with trauma in delinquent youth, and evaluated the efficacy of an evidence-based treatment for adolescents with comorbid PTSD and substance use disorders. Lisa’s research interests include the neurobehavioral factors involved in the development and persistence of impulsive and risky behaviors, such as substance use and criminal behavior. In addition, Lisa is interested in the relationship between executive functioning, social cognition, and psychopathy.


Hecht, L.K., Berg, J., Lilienfeld, S.O., & Latzman, R.D. (September, 2013). Associations between psychopathy and aggression subtypes vary by gender. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Oakland, CA.

Hecht. L.K., & Latzman, R.D. (March, 2013). Aspects of psychopathy differentially predict reactive and proactive aggression. In R.D. Latzman (Chair), Innovative investigations of psychopathic personality: Exploring adaptive and maladaptive outcomes. Symposium presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

Hecht. L.K., & Latzman, R.D. (February, 2013). Examining the contribution of IQ-executive functioning discrepancies to externalizing behaviors in youth. Poster presented to the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, HI.

Mariya "Masha" Malikina is a third year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. Masha received a dual B.A degree from Georgia State University (GSU) in psychology and sociology. Before beginning her graduate studies, Masha was a research assistant at Emory University studying personality and psychopathy and at GSU studying contextual risk and protective factors in child and adolescent development and their effects on academic achievement and engagement. Masha’s research interests focus on how individual differences (e.g., personality/temperament, neuropsychological functioning) and environmental factors (family, peers and culture) work together to contribute to the development of externalizing behaviors in children and adolescents. She is also interested in gender differences.


Malikina, M. Chan, W.Y. & Latzman, R.D. (March 2013). Callous-unemotional traits and reactive and proactive aggression among immigrant and refugee adolescents. In R.D. Latzman (Chair), Innovative investigations of psychopathic personality: Exploring adaptive and maladaptive outcomes. Symposium presented to the 59th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

Grogan, K. E., Malikina, M. & Henrich, C. C. (under review). The relationship between student engagement in after-school programs, academic skills, and social competence among elementary school students.

Henrich, C. & Malikina, M. (June, 2009). After-school program engagement among urban elementary school students. Paper presented for Society for Community Research and Action Conference, Montclair, NJ.

Sylver, P., Landfield, K., Malikina, M., Garvin, S. & Mack, T. (May, 2008). College binge drinking and its associations with psychopathy.Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Sciences Convention. Chicago, IL.

Yuri Shishido is a third year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Georgia State University. Yuri received a B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University Bloomington and a Bachelors of Law (LLB) degree from Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan. Prior to coming to GSU, Yuri studied the interplay of child and parental factors (e.g., temperament/personality traits) associated with the development of depression at Northwestern University. Yuri’s research interests relate to the advancement of our understanding of risk and resilience factors associated with internalizing behaviors in youth through multifaceted examinations of factors such as temperament/personality, neuropsychological functioning, and parenting practices. She is also interested in comorbid internalizing and externalizing behaviors in youth as well as assessment issues concerning how best to measure and evaluate psychopathological symptoms in youth.


Latzman, R. D., Chan, W.Y., & Shishido, Y. (2013). Impulsivity moderates the association between racial discrimination and alcohol problems. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2898-2904.

Latzman, R. D., Shishido, Y., Latzman, N. E., & Clark, L. A. (in preparation). Anxious and depressive symptomatology among male youth: The interactive contribution of temperament and executive functioning.

Shishido, Y. & Latzman, R. D. (October, 2012). Predicting informant discrepancies on parenting practices between mothers and their sons: Implications for youth psychopathological symptoms. Poster session presented at the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Ann Arbor, MI.

Latzman, R. D., Shishido, Y, & Malikina, M. (October, 2012). Executive functioning and externalizing behaviors in late adolescence and early adulthood. Symposium session presented at the 2012 Society for Research in Child Development Themed Meeting: Transitions from Adolescence to Adulthood, Tampa, FL.

Norbury, H. M., Kim, M., Shishido, Y.,& Waxman, S. R. (in preparation). If it fits, it fits! Characterizing verbal descriptions of fit in English- and Korean-speakers.

Wilson,S., Shishido, Y., Vogel, J., & Durbin, C. E. (September, 2011).  Effects of Parental Depression During Early Childhood: Development and Validation of an Observational Parenting Rating System. Poster session presented at the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Boston, MA.

Wilson, S., Shishido, Y., Belleville, K., Vogel, J., & Durbin, C. E. (March, 2011). Parent-child interaction in early childhood: Joint determination by parent and child personality and relation to child adjustment. Poster session presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec.

Shishido, Y., Wilson, S., & Durbin, C. E. (April, 2010).  Is child temperament related to child psychopathology symptoms? A comparison of observational assessments and parent reports. Poster session presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Taralee Hamner is an undergraduate student in the Honors College at Georgia State University.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, Psi Chi and Dr. Latzman’s IDDP Lab.  Taralee is a psychology major with interests in abnormal and maladaptive child development as well as developmental psychopathology.   She is a 2013 Association for Psychological Sciences RISE Award winner. After graduation she plans to continue research and further her education in graduate school.  In her free time she enjoys trivia nights, reading biographies and making low budget films with objects found at Goodwill.

Casey Leary is a a Senior at Georgia State University majoring in Neuroscience with a pre-medical concentration. In addition to working in the IDDP Lab, she volunteers at Grady Memorial Hospital in the Emergency Care Unit. After graduation, she will attend medical school and plans to also continue her involvement in research. Hailing from Chicago, she is an incorrigible Bears fan. She is the lucky owner of the greatest animal that has ever existed: her Pug, Loki. If you try to chase her, she will outrun you.

Sarah Lemaux is an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience at Georgia State University. She is a member of the Golden Key National Honors Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and the Undergraduate Collegiate Neuroscience Society. Sarah's research interests are in the area of of neuropsychology with particular interest in the way in which cultural experiences relate to brain functioning. After graduation, Sarah plans to continue her involvement in research and obtain a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the benefits of nutrition, hiking in the North Georgia mountains, and cycling.

Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA