Dr. Z, Director
Dr. Zoe R. Smith (Dr. Z) is an assistant professor of psychology at Loyola University Chicago.
Education and Training:
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pediatric Research, Loyola University Chicago
PhD in Clinical Psychology, Child and Adolescent Concentration, Virginia Commonwealth University
Clinical Internship, Child and Pediatric Intern, University of Chicago
BA in Psychology Kenyon College
Development of culturally-responsive assessments and interventions for adolescents, particularly adolescents with ADHD and sluggish cognitive tempo.
I advocate through my research, teaching, and service for people from systemically oppressed backgrounds.
I also examine how motivation changes over time and through different contexts.
I examine how measures are created and fit together statistically (psychometrics).
My work is community-centered and healing-based. That means we focus on the strengths of the whole person and help to alleviate any distress.
Recent Courses Taught:
Child Treatment (graduate)
Life Span Psychopathology (graduate)
Health Psychology (graduate)
What I do for fun:
I love listening to books on tape, going for walks, eating delicious food (particularly pizza), and exercising. I'm also starting to learn how to play pickleball and it is super fun! I love playing basketball, but I am hopeless at shooting baskets.
Graduate Research Assistants
Marcus Flax, M.A., HPRS Fellow
Victoria Grant, B.S.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Education: B.S in Psychology in 2026 Status: Freshman
Research/Clinical Interests: I am interested in a lot of things, but I am most interested about the impact trauma has in a child's development and how that could affect their life into adulthood.
What I do for fun: I spend most of my time reading or writing, but I also love taking long walks around Chicago—as a Southerner, there's nothing quite like a nice walk through the city.
Education: B.S., Psychology, May 2022
Research/Clinical Interest: I am interested in learning disabilities and behavioral disorders, specifically how they present during and after adolescence. I joined the ACCTION Lab to expand my research skills in the use of assessments and to learn about ADHD and SCT. I am so excited to be a part of this new lab!
What I do for fun: I enjoy playing my cello and spending time with my family and friends.
Goals: I plan to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology.
Graduate Research Assistants
Jenny Phan: Child Psychology Intern at Lurie Children's Hospital
Genevieve Roth: Rising 3rd year at Loyola University Chicago completing neuropsychology externship at UIC Advanced Neuropsychology Practicum
Adrien Winning: Pediatric psychology intern at Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Status: 6th year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program
Research/Clinical Interests: exposure to violence and other life stressors present in urban communities; intergenerational trauma in and among ethnic-minority families; race-related stress; trauma-focused psychotherapy; disruptive behaviors in early childhood
CONGRATULATIONS RECENT GRADUATES :)
Julliana Collazo Vargas: NYU Research Assistant
Nina Frankovic: Masters in Counseling
Eva Darow: Nationwide Children's Hospital Study coordinator - we miss you!!
Saniya Khan: Attending Midwestern University's PsyD program, congratulations!!
Mia Tyler: Applying to medical school for 2023!
Education: Loyola University Chicago, B.S., Psychology 2023
Status: Junior, Psychology major and Music minor
Research/Clinical Interests: I am so excited to be a part of the ACCTION lab because I think the work that it is accomplishing is extremely important and will help so many people, especially our youth. I am also excited that ACCTION lab recognizes the effects of systematic oppression and works to gain a better understanding of how this affects youth with ADHD. As someone with ADHD I am so excited to be a part of something that is working toward the betterment of lives of children and adolescents with ADHD today through research and therapy methods.
What I do for fun: I love playing guitar, singing, and hiking!
Goals: I am still figuring out what my specific goals for the future are but I really hope to have a career that is focused on understanding and bettering our society, whether that be with the environment, the use of technology, or mental illness (or all of the above).
Education: B.S. Psychology
Expected Graduation Year: May 2025
Clinal Interests: My personal research interests include exploring the possible relationship between academic burnout and ADHD as well as the effect that co-occurring disorders may have on ADHD development and severity of symptoms. My clinical interests include the diagnostic testing of ADHD and autism in children as well as adolescent psychotherapy.
What I do for fun: I love going for walks along the lake and re-watching comfort T.V. Shows.
Goals: My goal is to obtain my Ph.D. in clinical psychology and work as a pediatric clinical psychologist.
Julianna Collazo Vargo
Education: B.S., Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience and Minor of Psychology, 2023
Research/Clinical Interests: I want to work towards minimizing the misdiagnosis of neurodivergent youths within underrepresented communities. Within ACCTION Lab, I hope to help adolescents know they aren’t alone and have the support of the community and their families by providing information and resources on mental health.
What I do for fun: I spend most of my time baking for my friends and reading books by the lake. When I’m not studying, I love exploring local restaurants with my friends.
Our first ACCTION Lab meeting!