Research Coordinators

Anastassia Costello

Lab Manager

Assistant to Michelle G. Craske

Research Coordinator: Mobile Virtual Reality Study

Office: 310-825-5614



Anastassia is the lab manager of the ADRC and the research coordinator for the Mobile Virtual Reality study. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2018. Prior to working in the ADRC as staff, she was a Research Assistant in the lab, as well as a Peer in the STAND program at UCLA. Anastassia is interested in understanding the affective, cognitive and behavioral mechanisms of mood disorders in order to develop enhanced treatments. She is specifically interested in positive affect, and treating anhedonia.

Wendy Huerta



Research Coordinator: TAD Study, OptEx Study

Office: 310-825-5614



Wendy is a research coordinator at the UCLA ADRC. Wendy earned her B.A from the University of California, Berkeley with highest honors in Psychology in December 2018. At UC Berkeley, Wendy was a research assistant at the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic and the Cognitive Neuroscience lab. She is currently coordinating the Treatment for Affect Dimensions (TAD) study and the Optimizing Exposure Therapy (OptEx) study at the ADRC. Wendy’s current interests include examining behavioral and learning mechanisms to improve treatments for anhedonia in anxiety and depression. Wendy plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and hopes to become a researcher and clinician.

Annelise Murillo



Research Coordinator: BrainMAPD Study

Research Coordinator: Decoded Neural Reinforcement Study

Office: 310-825-5614



Annelise is a research coordinator at the UCLA ADRC. Annelise was a research assistant with the ADRC for two and a half years before she he earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science from UCLA in June 2019. She is currently coordinating the BrainMAPD study as well as the DecNef study at the UCLA ADRC. Annelise’s current research interests include the roles of life stress and adversity in the development of affective symptoms of anxiety and depression in late adolescence/early adulthood. She plans to pursue a PsyD degree in Clinical Psychology and hopes to work with underserved populations to address their specific mental health needs by understanding cultural differences and approaches to mental illness among different populations.

Julian Ruiz



Research Coordinator: RISE Study

Office: 310-825-4983



Julian joined the ADRC as a research assistant during his undergraduate studies in 2017, and graduated from UCLA in June 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology. Julian is currently coordinating the Reaching Independence Through Successful Employment (RISE) study, while also engaging in psychophysiological data processing for other ADRC research studies. His primary research interests involve psychopathology within adolescent populations, with a focus on the etiology and development of anxiety disorders.