I graduated in Spring 2019 with a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley. There, I worked in Dr. Dacher Keltner's Berkeley Social Interaction Lab and in Dr. Aaron Fisher's Idiographic Dynamics Lab. I am now pursuing a PhD in Clinical Science at Stony Brook University under the mentorship of Dr. Nick Eaton and Dr. Jessica Schleider. As a graduate student, I study the classification and treatment of psychopathology through an idiographic, hierarchical, ecological perspective.

Research interests

  • Idiographic science

    Ambulatory assessment methods: signal/event-contigent EMA and continuous psychophysiology recording.

  • Psychopathology classification

    Alternative models to the DSM: implications of hierarchical classification and network modeling.

  • Effective interventions

    Addressing the science-practice gap: transdiagnostic processes, active ingredients, and personalized delivery.


Here's a link to my R code of scoring scripts for various scales and assessments.

Here's a link to a list of mental health and self-help articles I wrote.

Here's a link to a list of resources that have been helpful to me as an ally.

More about me

In my spare time, I enjoy being outside. I love taking walks, visiting parks and beaches, and reading books in my backyard. When I'm inside and not working, I'm probably cooking or playing Animal Crossing. I split my time between NY and MD, where my partner is pursuing a PhD in astrophysics.


I stand with the Black community in the fight against racism, inequality, and injustice in the U.S. As an ally, I pledge to continue educating myself, amplifying Black voices, signing petitions, donating, and fighting for change however possible. I call to defund the police, abolish prisons, and reinvest in evidence-based community care, including affordable housing, mental health care, assistance for those with addictions, and income redistribution. I commit myself to anti-racism within myself and in my community, and I welcome advice/suggestions/critiques on my allyship. I also support the LGBTQA+ community, Indigeneous people, the Latinx community, people who are differently abled, and those with intersectional identities across these communities.

Throughout my time in graduate school, I pledge to join a diversity committee and follow the lead of BIPOC in fighting for change within clinical psychology and the broader community. I will seek out research from BIPOC for my own self-education and for inclusion within my research framework. I plan to carefully consider race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity within my own research, and to obtain the most representative samples possible for my work. If in need of research assistants, I will seek out those from backgrounds underrepresented in research, and I pledge to always recognize their efforts and provide them credit for their work. I plan to uplift and support BIPOC researchers in my lab, my program, my university, and the entire community.

Here, I would also like to share some resources that have been particularly eye-opening for my own education. These include websites, articles, graphics, and research studies. For sharing these studies with me I thank Dr. Jason Okonofua, from whom I learned much through his Stigma and Prejudice undergraduate course.


If you'd like to contact me, I can be reached at rileymcdanal [at] gmail . com