Post-doctoral Fellows & Junior Faculty


Junior Faculty

Dr. Falkenstein (she/her) is an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the administrative director of the Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital. Dr. Falkenstein’s research focuses on mediators and moderators of treatment response in obsessive compulsive related and anxiety disorders. She has received funding from the International OCD Foundation and Harvard Medical School (Kaplen Fellowship and Livingston Award) for her work on cognitive mechanisms of treatment response, as well as prediction and prevention of suicidality in individuals with these disorders.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Hudson (she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow at McLean Hospital’s Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program. Her research focuses on the social cognitive processes underlying mental illness and interpersonal functioning. Dr. Hudson completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario Canada, where she examined the behavioral manifestations and social outcomes of individual differences in theory of mind among both clinical and non-clinical populations. Dr. Hudson was awarded the Pope-Hintz Fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Courtney Beard to study changes in social cognitive processes during cognitive-behavioral therapy.


Post-doctoral Fellow

Dr. Kuckertz (she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow at the McLean Hospital OCD Institute. Her research interests are in mechanisms of treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders, including traditional interventions such as exposure and response prevention as well as novel cognitive bias modification (CBM) programs. Dr. Kuckertz was awarded a Corneel Young Investigator Award under the mentorship of Dr. Courtney Beard and Dr. Christian Webb to use machine learning to examine mechanisms of exposure and response prevention for alleviating OCD and depression symptoms. Dr. Kuckertz completed her PhD at the San Diego State University/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, where she primarily studied cognitive biases and their modification in anxious adults, children, and their parents.