- Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University (1998); Dissertation on Chronic Depression
- Doctoral internship at the University of Washington Medical Center (1997-1998)
- B.A. in Psychology from Yale University (1992)
- Licensed & certified to practice Clinical Psychology for over 15 years in Washington State
- Member in good standing: American Psychological Association
- Principal Scientist & Investigator for Habit Design, Inc.: Identify, evaluate, and clinically test behavior-change techniques from leading behavioral scientists (e.g., Dr. Marty Seligman, Dr. Albert Bandura, et al. )
- Founding team member: River Valley Psychological Services (the largest clinic of its kind in Washington State)
- Adjunct Assistant Professor/Lecturer at the University of Washington (Tacoma), Pacific Lutheran University, Highline Community College, Green River Community College, and Suffolk Community College
- Clinical Research Assistant: Serzone® drug efficacy trials, Stony Brook University (Dr. Daniel Klein)
- Certified Custody Evaluator
- Certified "Tiny Habits" Coach: TinyHabitsAcademy.org (Dr. BJ Fogg)
- Trained in Neuropsychological Testing at Harborview Medical Center (Dr. J. Mark Davis, Director/Seattle), including but not limited to such tests as: Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale-III and IV, Weschler Memory Scale-III, portions of the Halstead Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery, Test of Multiple Malingering (TOMM), Dementia Ratings Scale, Boston Naming Test, Grooved Pegboard, National Adult Reading Test, Wide Range Achievement Test, Rey-Osterrith Figure Completion Test, Reitan-Indiana Aphasia Screening Test, and various cross-cultural neuropsychological tests.
- Research Assistant: Yale University Infant Cognitive Development Research Lab (Dr. Steven Resnick)
Kasch, K.L., Klein, D.N., & Lara, M.E. (in press). A construct validation study of the response styles questionnaire rumination scale in participants with a recent-onset major depressive episode.
Lara, M.E., Klein, D.N., & Kasch, K.L. (2001). Processes underlying maintenance of depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 109, 644-650.
Lara, M. E. & Klein, D. N. (1999). Processes underlying the maintenance and persistence of depression: Implications for understanding chronic depression. Clinical Psychology Review, 19, 553-570
- Lara, M. E., Leader, J., & Klein, D. N. (1997). The association between social support and course of depression: Is it confounded with personality? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 106, 478-482.
- Lara, M. E., Ferro, T., & Klein, D. N. (1997). Family history assessment of personality disorders: II. Association with measures of psychosocial functioning in direct evaluations with relatives. Journal of Personality Disorders, 11, 137-145.
Lara, M. E., Kasch, K. L., & Klein, D. N. (1999). Rumination and prediction of depression persistence. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Toronto, Canada.
Lara, M. E., Kasch, K. L., DeSiano, M., & Klein, D. N. (1998). Predictors of persistent depression. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Washington, DC.
Lara, M. E., Kasch, K. L., & Klein, D. N. (1997). Processes underlying persistent depression: Mediation of childhood adversity and 6 month course of depression by social support. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Palm Springs, CA.
Lara, M. E., Leader, J., & Klein, D. N. (1996). The effect of social support on course of depression. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
Lara, M.E., Klein, D.N., Kasch, K.L., & DeSiano, M. The utility of college students as subjects in clinical assessment research. Manuscript in progress.
- Lara, M.E., Klein, D.N., Kasch, K.L., & DeSiano, M. A careful examination of Coyne’s depressive spiral and its impact on persistent depression. Manuscript in progress.
The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Minorities, The Ford Foundation. Academic year 1997 - 1998.
The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for Minorities, The Ford Foundation. Academic years 1993 - 1996.
The W. B. Burghardt Turner Fellowship, State University of New York at Stony Brook. Academic years 1996 - 1997.
The W. B. Burghardt Turner Summer Fellowship, SUNY at Stony Brook. Summers, 1994 - 1997.
SUNY at Stony Brook Department of Psychology. Summers, 1994 and 1995.
Minority Summer Research Exchange Fellowship, University of California at Los Angeles. Summer, 1991.