Research Team

Gold Research Lab Team

Biobehavioral Pain Laboratory Staff

 

Veronica Diaz

Veronica received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2011. At the University of Michigan, she conducted research on depression and anxiety with children, adolescents and adults. After graduating, she joined the University of Michigan Psychiatry Department as a Research Associate, studying adolescent anxiety and the brain correlates of SSRI treatment. She also worked in a second fMRI and PET imaging study examining brain mechanisms that contribute to the recovery of depression. 

Currently, she works at Children's Hospital Los Angeles as a project coordinator, studying stress and pain in children and parents after being admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Veronica plans to pursue a Master's degree in Social Work.

        Raquel Engilman, MA 

Raquel received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles and her master’s degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University, where she was part of a neuropsychology assessment team administering tests to adults with psychiatric disorders. Raquel continued as a psychometrician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, conducting research with children diagnosed with diabetes, optic nerve hypoplasia and those undergoing bone marrow transplants.
 
More recently, she broadened her research interests by joining the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine as a research supervisor and psychometrician. She manages clinical trials sponsored by Pfizer, Inc., and Forest Research Institute, Inc., assessing the safety and efficacy of medication on adolescents with fibromyalgia and major depressive disorder. Her research interests include the effects of chronic pain on cognitive functioning, craniofacial microsomia and the neurodevelopmental, psychological and biological development of pediatric traumatic medical stress in children with retinoblastoma and their families.

        Kerri Marks, LCSW

Kerri Marks is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in pediatric pain management. She has certification in hypnotherapy and is working on a certification in biofeedback. Kerri is the clinical coordinator/therapist in the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic responsible for assessing and treating children and adolescents with chronic pain. She also is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California.

        Rika Meyer, PhD

Dr. Meyer received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 where she developed research interests in peer relations during adolescence. She received her master’s degree in 2008 and her doctorate in 2011 in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her interests include peer relations, friendship development, and health and risk behavior in children and adolescents.

Currently, she is applying her background in developmental psychology to researching social development and stress in children and adolescents with chronic illness. She is also interested in examining using complementary alternative medicine (CAM) therapies to alleviate stress in patients and their families. At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, she coordinates studies on CAM therapies, stress, pain, and coping in children and adolescents with chronic illness. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Child Development Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Angela Li, BA

Presentation at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association
San Diego, CA
Aug. 12, 2010

Neda Safvati, PsyD

Presentation at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association
San Diego, CA
Aug. 14, 2010

Vincent Chen, PhD

The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles 16th Annual Poster Session
Los Angeles, CA
June 6, 2010

Jean Dozier, MD

Presentation at the 41st Annual Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine
Houston, TX
Feb. 4-8, 2012

Beatriz Ornelas, MA

Presentation at the 41st Annual Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine
Houston, TX
Feb. 7, 2012

Jennifer Chang, MA

Presentation at the 41st Annual Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine
Houston, TX
Feb. 7, 2012

 

Krista Kohl, PhD, Cindy John, PhD, Alexis Yetwin, PhD, Virginia Beas, MS, Jennifer Chang, MA, Beth Barber, PsyD, Rika M. L. Meyer, PhD, and Monika Kobylecka, LAc

 

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD (Stanford), Dave Thomas, PhD (NIH-NIDA), Dave Patterson (University of Washington), Emily Law, PhD (Seattle's Children's) and Jeffrey I. Gold, PhD
The American Pain Society's 31st Annual Scientific Meeting; Honolulu, HI; May 17, 2012
“Virtual Reality and Pain Management.”
Gold JI (Moderator) Invited Symposium

Alexis Yetwin, PhD 

Presentation at the American Pain Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting
Honolulu, HI
May 16-19, 2012

Jennifer Chang, MA, and Beth Barber, PsyD 

Presentation at the American Pain Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting
Honolulu, HI
May 16-19, 2012

Monika Kobylecka, LAc, Jennifer Chang, MA, and Virginia Beas, MS 

Presentation at the American Pain Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting
Honolulu, HI
May 16-19, 2012

Monika Kobylecka, LAc, Virginia Beas, MS, and Rika M. L. Meyer, PhD 

Presentation at the American Pain Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting
Honolulu, HI
May 16-19, 2012

Cindy John, PhD, and Krista Kohl, PhD  

Presentation at the American Pain Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting
Honolulu, HI
May 16-19, 2012

Krista Kohl, PhD, Beth Barber, PsyD, Alexis Yetwin, PhD, and Cindy John, PhD 

Presentation at the American Pain Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting
Honolulu, HI
May 16-19, 2012