Graduate Student Spotlight: Jonathan Rabner
Jonathan Rabner is a third year Clinical Psychology doctoral student working in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. He began his academic journey at Brandeis University, initially solely majoring in economics, but by his junior year, he realized he missed working with people and felt drawn to psychology. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Economics, and continued to pursue psychology by receiving his M.A. in Psychology from Boston University. Currently, under the guidance of Dr. Philip Kendall, Jonathan’s research focuses on treatment of youth with anxiety. He is specifically interested in studying why some youth do not initially respond to treatment, as well as exploring the long-term consequences of non-response, including substance use. Jonathan’s research in this area led to him being awarded the 2020 Weinstein Award. This annual award is funded through the generous support of Stephen and Rosalyn Weinstein of the Civic Foundation, who focus their advocacy on initiatives related to drug and alcohol addiction. The summer funding supported by the Weinstein Award allowed Jonathan to focus on his research examining how substance use affects outcomes for youth undergoing treatment for anxiety. Upon graduation, Jonathan hopes to continue conducting research on the treatment of youth with anxiety and implement evidence-based practices in his clinical work.