Roberto López Jr.

Roberto López Jr.

Roberto López Jr.

Graduate Research Assistant

Clinical Psychology: assessment; social support; social rejection; self-injurious thoughts and behaviors

Robert is a third-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at GMU under mentorship of Dr. Christianne Esposito-Smythers. In 2014, he received a bachelor of arts in Psychology and minor in History of Science from Harvard University. While at Harvard, Robert volunteered in the Nock Lab on studies that examined risk factors for suicide. After graduating, Robert became a case manager at Tropical Texas Behavioral Health, where he provided psychoeducation and crisis management services to low-income clients diagnosed with mood and/or schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. In 2015, he transitioned into a research assistant position on three, NIMH-funded studies investigating suicide risk in the Psychosocial Research Department at Butler Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His current research is focused on understanding the interpersonal determinants of suicide, particularly in at-risk populations (e.g., adolescents, LGBTQ+ individuals, etc.).

Grants and Fellowships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program [Honorable Mention] (2019)

SMEP Underrepresented Student Workshop Grant (2019)

GMU Diversity & Inclusion Grant (2019)

GMU Summer Research Grant (2018)

GMU Graduate Student Travel Fund (2017 & 2019)

Gates Millennium Scholarship (2010 - 2014)

Courses Taught

Spring 2018

  • PSYC 300 - Statistics in Psychology (Labs 203 & 204)

Fall 2017

  • PSYC 300 - Statistics in Psychology (Labs 204 & 210)


M.A. - George Mason University (2019)

Psychology (Concentration: Clinical)

B.A. - Harvard University (2014)

Psychology (cum laude) & Minor in History of Science

Recent Presentations

Select Poster Presentations

López Jr.,R., Williams, C. A., Defayette, A. B., Whitmyre, E. D., Franks, H., & Esposito-Smythers, C. (2019, May). Concurrent relationships between childhood maltreatment, suicidality, and social problem-solving abilities in a clinical adolescent sample. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) 31st Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

López Jr., Defayette, A. B., Whitmyre, E. D., Williams, C. A., & Esposito-Smythers, C. (2018, November). PTSD symptom clusters, suicidal ideation, and social support in a clinical adolescent sample. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) 52nd Annual Convention, Washington D.C.

López Jr., R., Randall, A., Rabasco, A., Sorgi, K., Schatten, H., Miller, I., & Armey, M. (2017, November). Thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness: A comparison between individuals with no suicidality, suicidal ideation only, or a recent suicide attempt. Poster presented at the ABCT 51st Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

López Jr., R., Randall, A., Sorgi, K., Rabasco, A., Schatten, H., Miller, I., & Armey, M. (2017, June). The impact of non- suicidal self-injury versatility on suicidality. Poster presented at the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS) 12th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

López Jr., R., Sorgi, K., Rabasco, A., Schatten, H., Miller, I., & Armey, M. (2016, October). Rumination as a mediator between current depression severity and lifetime frequency of suicide attempts. Poster presented at the ABCT 50th Annual Convention, New York, NY.