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Abigail Rusnak
Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network
Child Mind Institute

Abby Rusnak is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network, where she is responsible for research data collection and entry, enrolling participants, and assisting clinicians with their clinical assessments.

She graduated from New York University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied psychology and a minor in studio art. As an undergraduate, Abby worked as a research assistant and classroom assistant for the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity (PACH) and was mentored by Dr. Niobe Way. She trained both middle school students and adults in Transformative Interviewing, an intervention aimed at fostering active listening and curiosity while disrupting stereotypes that lead to a crisis of connection. In the classroom, Abby administered both pre- and post-surveys with students and collected qualitative data during daily lessons.

Abby has previously worked with the Child Mind Institute as a dual program assistant for the Anxiety Disorders Center and the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center. During her time as a program assistant, Abby was a counselor for both Summer Program and Brave Buddies intensives. She has also worked as a summer camp counselor at Camp Pegasus, a social skills program for children with diagnoses including ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), autism, and learning differences.

Abby is passionate about working with children and adolescents and is especially interested in working with interracial and international adoptive families. She plans on pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and aims to focus on improving mental health outcomes for adopted children and help such individuals navigate racial identity and strengthen their interpersonal relationships.


Education:

  • BS, Applied Psychology, New York University