Clinical Research

The Depression Clinical & Research Program (DCRP) includes 13 psychiatrists, four psychologists, three research fellows, eight research coordinators, one program coordinator, one data analyst, one practice manager, and one patient service coordinator.


An appointment at the DCRP can be arranged by calling 617-726-8895, option 4, for an initial phone screen to determine whether this program is appropriate for you. In many cases, treatment studies provide an excellent option for prospective patients.



Data Analyst:
Alisabet Clain, MS

Natalie Butler (Patient Service Coordinator)

Administrative Program Coordinator:
Max Martinson

Program Coordinator:
Rosemary Walker

Research Coordinators:
Amber Cardoos
Jim Doorley
Kelley Durham
Ilana Huz
Adrienne Jaeger
Dan Kim
Susannah Parkin
Angela Pisoni

Resource Specialist:
Bethany Biller


Bethany Biller Bethany Biller graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Psychology in 2008. Prior to joining Mass General, she worked as a Treatment Coordinator in Rhode Island serving and supervising home-based treatment to children with a range of disabilities. She also has extensive experience in the field working as a Mental Health Counselor in a group home setting for adults with schizophrenia and other co-occurring disorders. Bethany is currently pursuing a career as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.



Natalie Butler Natalie Butler has worked as an administrative assistant at the DCRP since February 2008. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2007, with a BA in English Literature and Art History.



Amber CardoosAmber Cardoos graduated from Williams College in June 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and a concentration in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she completed an honors thesis under the guidance of Dr. Amie Ashley Hane, which examined self-regulation in six-month-old infants during brief periods of maternal non-responsiveness. She also worked as a research assistant working with Alzhiemer’s patients at The Memory Clinic in Bennington, VT. After her time at the DCRP, Amber plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.

Jim DoorleyJim Doorley graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. As a sophomore, he worked in a behavioral neuroendocrinology research lab with adult rhesus monkeys, assessing changes in their cognitive and motor abilities as a function of exogenous testosterone. During his junior and senior years, Jim worked under Dr. Michael Constantino in the Psychotherapy Research Lab investigating corrective experiences in psychotherapy. After his junior year, Jim completed a summer internship at the Rhode Island Hospital Department of Outpatient Psychiatry where he grew increasingly interested in mood disorders research. He served as a teaching assistant for an Abnormal Psychology course under Dr. Richard Halgin and a Social Psychology course under Dr. John Bickford. Jim also volunteered at the Hampshire County Jail in Northampton, MA as a decisional trainer for an individual inmate and at the VA Medical Center, providing direct care and companionship for patients. After his two years at the DCRP, Jim plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Kelley DurhamKelley Durham graduated from Boston College in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology with a clinical concentration. As an undergraduate, she worked in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab and completed a senior thesis project investigating the effect of stress occurring at memory encoding versus retrieval on false memories. Kelley also volunteered at the Yale Child Study Center Trauma Clinic and she continues to assist with research at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute on a study investigating the effect of trauma-sensitive yoga on childhood onset, treatment resistant post-traumatic stress disorder. At the end of her two years at the DCRP, Kelley hopes to pursue graduate school in clinical psychology.

FarabaughDr. Amy Farabaugh is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is also the Director of Psychotherapy Research for the Depression Clinical & Research Program.

Dr Farabaugh received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and her PhD from Northeastern University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Brockton/West Roxbury VAMC / Harvard Medical School (HMS), and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Depression Clinical and Research Program (DCRP). Click here for more information on Dr. Farabaugh,

Ilana HuzIlana Huz graduated from Brandeis University in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and Education Studies. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant in the Watson Wright Research Group. Additionally, she completed an internship at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, and tutored elementary school students in the Waltham Group’s Tutoring in Public Schools program. After graduating, Ilana spent a year conducting research on psychophysiological moderators of the effects of childhood maltreatment and family violence on long term adjustment at the Child and Family Experiences Project at SUNY Albany. After her time at the DCRP, Ilana hopes to continue toward a career in clinical research by pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology.

Adrienne JaegerAdrienne Jaeger graduated from Bates College in 2013 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in Spanish. She completed a senior thesis that investigated the association between context inappropriate anger and salivary cortisol levels in elementary school-aged boys. She also interned at the psychiatric department of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. At the end of her two years at the DCRP, Adrienne hopes to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology or become a psychiatric nurse practitioner.


Dan KimDan Kim graduated from Tufts University in 2013 with a B.A. in Clinical Psychology and Child Development. During his second year at Tufts, Dan worked as a Research Assistant under Dr. Gina Kuperberg in her lab investigating psycholinguistic differences in individuals with schizophrenia. He continued on to study abroad in Madrid and intern at the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit at MGH as a senior. From his experiences, he has become particularly interested in addressing mental healthcare discrepancies in sexual and ethnic minorities as well as mindfulness and imaging. At the end of his two years at the Depression Clinical and Research Program, Dan hopes to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.

Max MartinsonMax Martinson graduated from McGill University in 2010 with a B.S. in psychology. As an undergraduate, he volunteered with the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation to increase awareness of brain and spinal disorders in West Africa. During summers and after graduation he worked as a residence counselor at McLean Hospital. At the end of his time at the DCRP, Max plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.


Maren NyerDr. Maren Nyer is a clinical and research fellow at MGH and clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School in the Depression Clinical and Research Program (DCRP). She is the Director of Professional Development for the Research Coordinators at the DCRP.

She received her BA from Cornell University and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Nyer is the recipient of the 2011-2012 Kaplen Fellowship and Livingston Award through the Harvard Medical School. She was given this award to adapt and evaluate Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills groups for patients with depression and suicidal ideation. In addition to her work at the DCRP, she does clinical work and research on the Blake 11 Inpatient Unit at MGH and is a part of the MGH DBT Program. Additionally, she is the principal investigator of a pilot study examining the use of Bikram Yoga as an intervention for depression.

Research: Dr. Nyer’s research interests include innovative treatments for depression and psychiatric disturbance. She is currently focused on adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills groups for patients with suicidal ideation and depression and evaluating Bikram Yoga as an intervention for mood disturbance.

Susannah ParkinSusannah Parkin graduated from Hamilton College in May 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. As an undergraduate, she worked as a teaching assistant for a Psychology Statistics/Research Methods course and a Social Cognition Lab course. The summer after her sophomore year, Susannah interned at the Stuttering Foundation of America. She spent the fall semester of her junior year at the New England Center for Children working with students with autism and related disorders and the spring semester in Vietnam where she researched local services for children with autism. As a research assistant in Hamilton’s psychology department, Susannah helped develop and conduct a study examining defensive self-esteem and vigilance to socially threatening cues. As a senior, she expanded on this project and completed a thesis examining the role of self-awareness in rationalization among people with defensive and secure self-esteem under the guidance of Professor Jennifer Borton. At the end of her two years at the DCRP, Susannah plans to pursue graduate school in clinical psychology.

Angela Pisoni graduated from Brandeis University in May 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Italian Studies. As an undergraduate she coordinated community service endeavors for Brandeis students, and researched the interaction between peer victimization and parental intervention in a developmental psychology research lab. Angela also spent time volunteer at the Jenny Waelder Hall Center for Children in Washington, D.C. for children with Autism spectrum disorders. After her time at the DCRP, Angela plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.

Rosemary WalkerRosemary Walker graduated from Bucknell University in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s studies and a minor in Mathematics. She served as a research assistant for Dr. Heidi Feldman in the Developmental Behavioral Lab at Stanford University School of Medicine and under the supervision of Dr. Allison Harvey in the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic at UC Berkeley. As a senior, she designed an independent research project examining the outcomes of work-family conflict in a cross-cultural context. She developed this project while studying abroad in Denmark in order to investigate the influence that culture and national policies have on the consequences of work-family conflict in Danish and American mothers. Rosemary worked in the Office of LGBT Awareness for her four years at Bucknell University. In addition, she volunteered weekly at SVWIT, a shelter for female survivors of violence. At the end of her two years at the Depression Clinical and Research Program, Rosemary plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.