Anna Defayette

Anna Defayette

Anna Defayette

Graduate Research Assistant

Clinical Psychology: adolescence, suicide, acute stress, translational research

Anna is a sixth-year student and doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Multicultural Studies from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY in 2013. Anna worked as the Project Coordinator on an NIMH-funded randomized control trial of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depressive symptoms in adolescent girls with and without histories of maltreatment at the Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester. Presently, she studies under the mentorship of Dr. Christianne Esposito-Smythers. Anna's dissertation research is supported by the American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology Graduate Student Research Scholarship, the Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant through Psi Chi, and the American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award. Anna is currently completing her predoctoral internship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Child and Adolescent Track. 

Her research interests include:

-development of methods to earlier identify and intervene with adolescents at risk for engaging in suicidal behaviors

-investigation of suicidal thoughts and behaviors during acute periods of increased stress

-improving the understanding of the manner in which various components of the biological stress response system influence the association between social-contextual stressors and subsequent adolescent suicidal behaviors



Master of Arts, George Mason University, 2018
Thesis: What Characteristics of First Suicide Attempts Predict Subsequent Suicidal Behavior?

Bachelor of Arts, Nazareth College, 2013
Psychology, minor in Multicultural Studies
Magna Cum Laude