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Our Team

Arielle Sheftall, Ph.D.

Arielle H. Sheftall, PhD

Dr. Sheftall, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry in Rochester, New York. She is also the Director of Academic Affairs for the Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Equity (DICE) Board for the department. Her research focuses on the developmental mechanisms in early to middle childhood that confer vulnerability to future suicidal behavior. It is her goal to frame targets for early intervention to decrease incidence of a first suicide attempt in at-risk youth. Additionally, Dr. Sheftall is interested in the racial disparities present in suicidal behavior among youth. She is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce that continues to examine risk factors, practice, and policy recommendations necessary to decrease suicidal behaviors in Black youth and is a subject matter expert for SAMHSA, the Office of Minority Health, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention focusing on mental health promotion and suicide prevention for Black youth. Finally, Dr. Sheftall receives funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

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Rachel Missell-Gray

Rachel Missell-Gray, MS
Sheftall Lab Coordinator

Rachel Missell-Gray (she/her), MS is the Sheftall Lab Coordinator. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Development from the University of Rochester Margaret Warner School of Education and Human Development. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Development from the Warner School.  Her research interests include promoting mental health across the lifespan and how social determinants of health affect healthy development. 

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Dakota Daniels

Dakota Daniels
Human Subjects Research Coordinator

Dakota Daniels (she/her) is a human subject research coordinator at the Sheftall Lab. She graduated from Hunter College in May of 2022 with her B.A. in clinical psychology. Her clinical and research interests include (a) identifying suicidality and self-injurious thoughts among marginalized youth, (b) investigating predictive factors of these thoughts and behaviors, and (c) developing preventative measures and tailored interventions for suicidality and self-harm. 

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Jenson Rowan

Jenson Rowan
Human Subjects Research Coordinator

Jenson Rowan (he/they) is a human subject research coordinator at the Sheftall Lab. He received a B.A. in Psychology and English from the University of Rochester in May 2023. They previously worked as a research assistant at the Social Development and Family Processes Lab under Dr. Judi Smetana. His research interests include cognitive childhood development and its relation to suicidal behavior. He also has an interest in research focusing on the LGBTQ+ population.  

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Allan Shikh

Allan Shikh
Human Subjects Research Coordinator

Allan Shikh (he/him) is a human subject research coordinator at the Sheftall Lab. He received his B.A. in Clinical Psychology from CUNY Hunter College. At Hunter, Allan worked with Dr. Regina Miranda investigating suicide ideation subtypes in teens as a means of predicting future suicide attempt. His research interests include suicide risk assessment in emergency department settings, the use of cognitive and behavioral measures as a means of predicting future suicide attempt, and the use of smartphone and wearable technology to assess suicidal thoughts and behaviors in adolescents. 

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Research Collaborators

Danielle Harrell, PhD
The University of Texas at Arlington

Jeffrey A. Bridge, PhD
The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Theodore P. Beauchaine, PhD
Notre Dame University

Kristin Valentino, PhD
Notre Dame University

Lynsay Ayer, PhD
RAND Corporation

Ana Ortin Peralta, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University

Collaborating Organizations

Nationwide Children's Hosptial

Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide

University of Notre Dame

RAND Corporation