About Us


Amy J. Mikolajewski, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Tulane University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University in 2015. Her program of research has focused on understanding the etiology, course, and comorbidity of externalizing psychopathology over the lifespan, with a particular interest in psychophysiological and dispositional risk factors. Dr. Mikolajewski’s current research is supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 

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Research Assistants




Hinali Patel is a junior at Tulane University, majoring in Sociology and potentially Psychology. Upon graduation, she hopes to attend medical school. Through her personal experiences, she has developed a passion for working with youth populations, and hopes to specialize in their treatment as a long-term career goal.










Leticia Nakatani recently graduated from Tulane University, with a double major in Psychology and Neuroscience. She is taking a gap year to deepen her understanding about childhood trauma and child development before she applies to graduate school.










Max Chang is a current senior at Tulane studying economics and public health. He has an interest in childhood trauma and addiction. He plans to pursue more psychiatric research before applying to medical school with hopes of being a psychiatrist.











Jenna Sims is a research assistant in the Mikolajewski Lab and at Tulane’s Behavioral Health Clinic in Metairie. She received her B.S. in Psychology from The University of Alabama. Her academic goals include pursuing a PhD in School Psychology. Jenna is interested in child and adolescent trauma and PTSD, community violence exposure, coping skills, behavioral health disparities and barriers to treatment dissemination.