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I am a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Suffolk University. I am originally from Newton, MA and graduated with a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.S. in Medical Sciences with a concentration in mental health counseling and behavioral neuroscience from Boston University. Prior to beginning my Ph.D. at Suffolk, I worked as a clinical research specialist in Boston Children's Hospital's Adolescent Medicine division, where I learned qualitative research skills and studied experiences of transgender teens and youth with eating disorders. My Master's project at Suffolk explored how high school students of color and white students described their ethnicity/race and experienced their ethnic-racial identities, including feelings of pride and experiences of discrimination, at school. My dissertation is a feasibility study of an anti-racist training program for white caregiver-child dyads.  

My first clinical training placement was in Suffolk's Counseling Center where I gained skills as an individual therapist working with undergraduate and graduate students. My second clinical training placement was at Angier Elementary School, where I gained individual and group therapeutic skills, as well as assessment experience. My first advanced practicum training placement was at Tufts Medical Center in outpatient psychiatry, where I worked in the trauma, anxiety/mood, ADHD, and neuropsychological assessment clinics. This year, my advanced practica are at Child Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), where I treat anxiety disorders using CBT, and Concord Comprehensive Neuropsychological Serices. 

Research Interests

Critical race theory, anti-racist research, whiteness studies, child and adolescent identity development, ethnic-racial identity, racial socialization processes, risk and resilience factors, gender identity, mixed qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Publications & Presentations


Woolverton, G. A. & Marks, A. K. (2021). “I just check ‘other’”: Evidence to support expanding the measurement inclusivity and equity of ethnicity/race and cultural identifications of U.S. adolescents.” Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, Special Issue: Innovative Theory and Methods for the Next Generation of Diversity and Inclusion Sciences. 


Woolverton, G. A. & Pollastri, A. R. (2021). An exploration and critical examination of how “intelligent classroom technologies” can improve specific uses of direct student behavior observation methods. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice. 


Woolverton, G. A., & Marks, A. K. (2021, Apr.). A mixed-methods school-based exploration of diverse adolescents’ ethnic/racial identities and related academic and interpersonal experiences [Individual flash talk]. Society for Research in Child Development’s 2021 Biennial Meeting, Virtual.  


Marks, A. K. Woolverton, G. A. & Murry, M. D. (2021). Xenophobia and racism: immigrant youth experiences, stress & resilience. To appear in: Tummala-Narra, P (Eds.), Racial Minority Immigrants and Trauma in the United States. American Psychological Association Division 45, APA Books.  

Marks, A. K. Woolverton, G. A. & García Coll, C. (2020). Risk and resilience in minority youth populations. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 16, 151-163. doi: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-071119- 115839

Richmond, T. K., Woolverton, G. A., Mammel, K., Ornstein, R. M., Spalding, A. L., Woods, E. R, & Forman, S. F. (2020). How do you define recovery? A qualitative study of patients with eating disorders, their parents, and clinicians. International Journal of Eating Disorders. doi: 10.1002/eat.23294

Woolverton, G. A., Kawai, P. L., & Marks, A. K. (2020, Dec.) “There isn’t anything interesting about White:” Exploring diverse adolescents’ ethnic/racial identity school-based experiences. Poster to be presented at Society for Research in Child Development’s Construction of the ‘Other’: Development, Consequences, and Applied Implications of Prejudice and Discrimination Special Topic Meeting, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Woolverton, G. A., Kawai, P.L., & Marks, A.K. (2019, October). A mixed-methods exploration of adolescents’ cultural and ethnicity/race identifications with open-ended and check-box assessments. Poster session presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Study of Human Development, Portland, OR.

Marks, A. K, Woolverton, G. A., & García Coll, C. (2019). Children’s migratory paths between cultures: The effects of migration experiences on the adjustment of children and families. In Parke, R. D. & Elder, G. H. Children in Changing Worlds: Socio-Cultural and Temporal Perspectives. Cambridge University Press.

Guss, C. E., Woolverton, G. A., Borus, J., Austin, S. B., Reisner, S. L., & Katz-Wise, S. L. (2019). Transgender Adolescents' Experiences in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Woolverton, G. A., Cantor, A., Berghuis, J., Estela, M. L., Evans, W. E., Sonneville, K., & Richmond, T. K. (2018, March). How to counsel adolescent patients regarding weight-related outcomes and behaviors with minimal harm. Poster session presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Minneapolis, MN.

Guss, C. E., Woolverton, G. A., Borus, J., Reisner, S. L., Austin, S. B, & Katz-Wise, S. L. (2017). “Just Step Up:” Transgender Adolescents’ Experiences in Primary Care, a Qualitative Study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(2), S28-S29. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.10.074.

Richmond, T. K., Woolverton, G. A., Spalding, A. L., Mammel, K., Ornstein, R., Rome, E., Woods, E., Kennedy, G., & Forman, S.F. (2017, June). Defining Recovery: a qualitative study of patients with eating disorders, their parents and clinicians. Poster session presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Prague, Czech Republic.

Woolverton, G. A., Spalding, A. L., Warikoo, N. K, Dunn, E. C, & Richmond, T. K. (2016). Body Shape and Size Concerns and Diet Culture in Urban Adolescents Attending Suburban High Schools. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58(2), S63. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.10.138

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