Graduate Students

April Highlander, MA 

Internship: Western Psychiatric Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

April received her B.S. in Psychology at West Virginia University in 2017 and her M.A. in Psychology at UNC in 2019. Her current research interests focus on evidence-based treatments and family-oriented approaches designed to enhance the well-being of young children, parents, and families, particularly those historically underrepresented and underserved in research and clinical practice. This work includes a focus on environmental and contextual factors that impact families including socioeconomic status. Clinically, April has experience working with a range of children and families, adolescents, and couples. In her free time, April enjoys taking walks, spending time with her cat Cleo, reading, and crafting.


Madison McCall, MA

4th Year Doctoral Student

Madison received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia in 2016. Following graduation, she completed a fellowship in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau LEND program and a research assistantship in computational behavioral science at Georgia Tech. Madison’s current research focuses on developing, disseminating, and evaluating digital tools that advance mental health care delivery for underserved children and their families. She hopes to translate her research into equity-centered design and implementation strategies that improve the effectiveness, sustainability, and scalability of technology-enhanced treatments. In her free time, Madison enjoys reading, coding, singing, and spending time with her friends and family.


Yexinyu “Yolanda” Yang, MA

2nd Year Doctoral Student

Yolanda received her B.A. in Psychology and Politics at the Washington and Lee University in 2018. She adopted her initial interests in research and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2021 where she worked on developing an emotion-regulation focused parenting program. At UNC, she is excited to continue exploring the role of emotion regulation in the context of behavior disorders and behavioral parent training, and harness technology to enhance the accessibility and effectiveness of services for children and parents. In her free time, Yolanda loves reading, playing jigsaw puzzles, hanging out with her pet bunny Whisky, and traveling to look for crazy-flavored chocolate.




Grace Cain, BA

1st Year Doctoral Student

Grace received her B.A. in Psychology at Bryn Mawr College in 2020. During her undergraduate degree, she worked as a counselor at Camp Baker, a Summer Treatment Program (STP) based out of the Judge Baker Children’s Center. Following her graduation, she worked as a research assistant at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center at Bradley Hospital in Providence RI, where she acted as a mobile exposure coach for the IMPACT study. At UNC, she is excited to explore ways to improve the implementation of behavioral parent training and work to increase access to effective mental health services for underserved families. In her free time, Grace loves cooking, riding her bike, listening to podcasts, and playing board games with friends and family.