Meet the Team


My research focuses on creating innovative strategies to expand the reach of clinical care for victims of traumatic events and those suffering from anxiety disorders. To achieve this goal, my lab uses a translational framework in which we first identify fundamental mechanisms of treatment response for evidence-based interventions. These findings are then used to develop and evaluate novel interventions delivered through widely available technologies (e.g. mobile devices, remote sensors, websites). 

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Dr. Price's CV is available here

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 Graduate Students

Zoe Brier

Zoe obtained her BS in psychology from the University of Michigan in 2015. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant at the Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center in Providence, Rhode Island on multiple studies following teens after discharge from hospital settings using mobile technology. Zoe is interested in short in long term outcomes following traumatic experiences, and mobile technology as an assessment and intervention tool. Zoe joined CREST in 2017.

Jennifer Ha

Jenn obtained her BS in psychology and her BA in global communication from Utah State University in 2021. Her research interests involve the use of digital health innovations in assessments and interventions. She is particularly interested in examining the accessibility and effectiveness of technology delivered interventions/treatments among diverse populations. Jenn joined CREST in 2023.

Johanna E. Hidalgo

Johanna obtained her BS in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2019. After graduation, she worked as a program assistant at the Medical University of South Carolina, on various studies that provided treatment for mood disorders and smoking cessation using mHealth. Johanna is interested in augmenting the assessability of services for marginalized communities struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and comorbid mood disorders. Specifically, by utilizing technology to disseminate and implement personalized interventions. Johanna joined CREST in 2021.

Research assistants

Kirsten Appenzeller

Kirsten is a senior at UVM majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychological science. She was most intrigued by the CREST lab’s specialization of PTSD resilience and the accessibility standards the lab continuously meets and is actively creating through language-free emotion surveys. She hopes to continue her education in a Master’s program for Physician Assistants once she graduates UVM in the fall of 2023. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys nothing more than being around people and doing what they love to do, learning about them along the way. At her core, Kirsten loves to learn, go on adventures, and apply herself to all sorts of experiences. 

Zach LaRochelle

Zach is a sophomore at UVM studying biomedical engineering and planning to minor in neuroscience. He is interested in helping those with mental illnesses and engineering the products/methods to do so. He is also interested in attending graduate school. In his free time Zach enjoys playing for the UVM Club Baseball team, skateboarding, and skiing. 

Sophie Majerske

Sophie is majoring in Psychological Sciences and minoring Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, as well as, Nutrition and Food Sciences. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to become a licensed clinical psychologist to work with the military population.In her free time, she enjoys running, drinking cold brew coffee, and playing Scrabble.

Chloe Ott

Chloe is a senior at UVM with a Psychological Science major and a Philosophy minor. After graduation, she plans to take a break from school to build her resume before applying to graduate schools to become a licensed clinical psychologist. Outside of the classroom, Chloe works as the secretary of the UVM rowing team and enjoys snowboarding and painting.

Community Partners

Marguerite Dibble is the CEO of GameTheory, a development studio based in Burlington that is focused on brining fun into the world. She has led the development of a number of games, apps, and healthcare solutions. All of these products use the behavioral principles underlying engagement and motivation. GameTheory has partnered with CREST on several projects, including the NIH funded Connecting Cultures to Technology. Check out Marguerite's Ted Talk on the principles of game development.