Staff Biographies

Katherine Kritikos, MPH | Program Manager

Katie Kritikos is the COE program manager and oversees research administration, project coordination, IRB management, and funding. She has experience coordinating large-scale NIH and PCORI-funded projects, and her main research interest is in health behavior. Katie joined the Center in 2018 and supervises several research studies, peer-led projects, and community collaborations, including a resilience training program for Latinx adolescents, a set of focus groups for individuals with mental health challenges, and a randomized controlled trial for homeless youth obtaining substance use treatment.

She received a BS in public health sciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MPH from Boston University.

Abigail Wright, PhD | Research Staff

Dr. Abigail Wright is an instructor at MGH and Harvard Medical School. She joined the COE in 2019 and studies the association between metacognitive capacity and characteristics of early psychosis, particularly psychosocial functioning and hallucinations. Dr. Wright conducts research using mobile health assessments, such as Ecological Momentary Assessment, and was the co-investigator on the Experiencing Hallucinations in Daily Life Study. She is also a co-investigator on the COE community-based collaboration with the Suffolk County House of Correction and a project that focuses on the legalization of recreational cannabis and its association with psychosis and violence.

Dr. Wright received her BS in psychology from Oxford Brookes University and her MS and PhD from the University of Sussex in England.

Click here to view a complete list of Dr. Wright’s published works.

Arundati Nagendra, PhD | Research Fellow

Dr. Arun Nagendra is a postdoctoral research fellow at MGH and Harvard Medical School. She joined the Center in 2020 and studies how various forms of racism, including assessment bias, result in racial inequities that impact Black Americans diagnosed with schizophrenia. Her long-term goal is to collaborate with community members to develop interventions that promote recovery in Black Americans who experience psychosis. Dr. Nagendra also coordinates the COE’s community collaborations with the Cory Johnson Project for Post-Traumatic Healing and Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

Dr. Nagendra received a BS Ed in human development and psychological services and a BA in psychology from Northwestern University. She graduated with MA and PhD degrees in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Click here to view a complete list of Dr. Nagendra’s published works. 

Kamila Bhiku, BS | Clinical Research Coordinator II

Kamila Bhiku works at the COE as a clinical research coordinator II. She joined the Center in 2019 and is the program lead for a resilience building initiative targeting Latinx adolescents. Kamila coordinates several other studies and is involved in community collaborations with the Cory Johnson Program and Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Her main research interest is in child and adolescent health.

Kamila graduated from Tufts University, where she received her BS in clinical psychology and a minor in economics. She plans to pursue either a PsyD or PhD in clinical psychology.

Lisa LeFeber, BA | Clinical Research Coordinator II

Lisa LeFeber works at the COE as a clinical research coordinator II. She joined the Center in 2021 and is the lead coordinator for Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions, as well as the work led by our peer consultants. Lisa helps to coordinate several other studies and is involved in the community collaboration with Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Her main research interests are family dynamics, adolescent health, and community-engaged research.

Lisa graduated with a BA in psychology and plans to pursue either a PsyD or PhD in clinical psychology.

Stephanie Shou, BA | Projects & Admin Coordinator

Stephanie Shou serves as the COE’s projects & admin coordinator, splitting her time as a graphic designer and administrative lead. Since joining the Center in 2019, she has been able to combine both her interests in psychology and art to develop visual and graphic design material for the COE and DMH. She also supports the Center’s operational processes and internal finances.  

Stephanie graduated from Boston College, where she received her BA for a double-major in studio art and applied psychology & human development.