About Us

The Darnell Research Lab is led by Doyanne Darnell, PhD (she/her), a clinical and community psychologist and faculty in the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Link to Dr. Darnell’s CV and ResearchGate profile.

Current Research Students

Koumudi Thanda (she/her) is a Senior undergraduate student pursuing Honors in Public Health – Global Health with a concentration in Health Education and Promotion. Her research areas are maternal, youth and adolescent health, immigrant health and mental health in marginalized communities. She worked with the WA Department of Health, Associated Students at University of Washington, and the School of Public Health at UW. She volunteers with several nonprofits at her free time to give back to her community and foster connections. She is also a research assistant at the Global Women and Children Health, UW on their DeWorm3 project. She aspires to pursue a Master’s and PhD in Public Health. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her family and friends, go on little walks and cook up a feast.

Amy Bosch (she/her) is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington majoring in Biology: Physiology with a minor in Data Science. At UW, she currently serves as part of leadership within Grey Matters Neuroscience Journal, which began her interest in further exploring the brain and its effects on behavior. Through Project Wise, Amy looks forward to better understanding mental health within clinical settings and to contribute to advancements towards the field of mental health. Beyond academics, she enjoys exploring Seattle cafes, hammocking in the Seattle sun, and spending time with her friends and family.

Michaela McGonigle, RN, BSN (she/her) is a third-year graduate student within the University of Washington’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, in the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track. She has worked as an acute care nurse at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) for the past three years. Currently, she is in the midst of her Final DNP Quality Improvement Project, in which she is collaborating with Project Wise to create practice recommendations aimed at enhancing the suicide risk screening process for acute and intensive care nurses at HMC. Beyond her academic pursuits, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. 

Previous Research Staff

Andria Pierson, MEd (she/her) is Research Study Coordinator for Project WISE. She has over 10 years experience as a Project Manager with suicide prevention/treatment research teams and a Master’s degree in adult education.

Nichole Sams (she/her) is an undergraduate honors student at the University of Washington and Husky 100 majoring in Psychology with special focus on Equity, Diversity and Gender, Women and Sexuality. Her research interests are in technology assisted, human centered and culturally designed accessible therapies for oppressed populations including BIPOC, low socio-economic status, people of color, the LGBTQ community and women, with special attention to Depression, Anxiety and PTSD.  Her senior honors thesis examines the COVID-19 Pandemic’s psychological effects on older populations with a focus on different experiences of minorities.  Outside of her research she enjoys spending time with her two kids, paddle boarding, photography, cinematography and befriending animals.