Current Students

5th year students:

Abigail Issarraras

Abby is a fifth year student on Dr. Matson's Team currently on internship at Indiana University School of Medicine. She received her Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a double major in Psychology from Northwestern University. Her primary research and clinical interests focus on early assessment and intervention for children with developmental disabilities, as well as understanding the comorbidities of intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her loved ones.

4th year students:

Esther Hong

Esther Hong is a fourth year clinical psychology student in Dr. Matson's lab. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Southern California. Her research interests include early assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder as well as the evaluation of treatment outcomes. 

3rd year students:

Paige Weir
Paige Weir

Paige Weir is a third year child clinical psychology student on Dr. Matson’s team. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. Prior to attending LSU, she gained clinical experience in providing Applied Behavior Analysis as a Registered Behavior Technician to children diagnosed with Autism and worked as a research assistant and community psychology lab coordinator. Her research interests include assessment, treatment, and dissemination/implementation of interventions for children diagnosed with Autism and Intellectual/Development Disabilities, particularly within culturally diverse, underprivileged and underserved communities. Outside of school, Paige enjoys traveling, staying active, spending time with friends, and visiting her home island of Guam

 Joshua Montrenes
Joshua Montrenes

Joshua Montrenes is a third year clinical psychology student on Dr. Matson’s team. Joshua earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to attending LSU, Joshua worked as a research assistant for the Autism Inpatient Collection which focused on phenotyping the severely affected autism inpatient population. His research interests include comorbid psychotic disorders and emotion dysregulation in the autism population. In his free time Joshua enjoys making music, bike riding, and spending time with his cat, Henry.

2nd year students:

Celeste Tevis
Celeste Tevis

Celeste Tevis is a second year clinical psychology student on Dr. Matson’s team. Celeste earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Social Work and Sociology at Grove City College. Prior to attending LSU, Celeste provided Applied Behavior Analysis therapy as a behavior technician to children with autism and worked as a research assistant in a gender studies lab at Slippery Rock University. Her research interests include early identification and treatment of autism spectrum disorder, with particular emphasis on comorbidities and underserved populations. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, watch movies, crochet, and explore Baton Rouge. 

Megan Callahan
Megan Callahan

Megan Callahan is a second year clinical psychology student on Dr. Matson’s team. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience with minors in Psychology and Theological Studies from Saint Louis University. Her research interests include trauma within the autism population and outcomes of early intervention. In her spare time, Megan enjoys being outside with her dog, trying new recipes, and traveling.

Michaela Brown
Michaela Brown

Michaela Brown is a second year child clinical psychology student on Dr. Matson’s team. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Northeastern University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also worked as a Developmental Specialist at an Early Intervention program in Boston, MA. Her research interests include the early identification and intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder in young children. Outside of school, Michaela enjoys spending time with friends, reading, and traveling.

Common internship sites for Dr. Matson's students:

  • Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital (Ohio)
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Marcus Autism Center at Emory University
  • Munroe Myer Institute at University of Nebraska

Former doctoral students have taken positions in state developmental centers or as faculty in academic departments. Academic departments have included Johns Hopkins University Medical School, University of Oregon, Ohio State University, University of Georgia, University of Maryland Medical School, Western Michigan University, Mississippi State University, Auburn University, Indiana University Medical School, and University of Medical School, among others.