2015-2016    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System

2009-2015    Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles  

2014-2015    Predoctoral Internship, Veterans Affairs Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center

2009-2010    M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles  

2004-2008    B.A. in Human Biology, Departmental Honors, Stanford University

honors & awards

Department of Psychology Fellowship, 2014       

NIMH Pre-Doctoral Training Grant in Psychobiology, 2011-2013

Chancellor’s Prize, UCLA, 2009-2010

University Fellowship, UCLA, 2009-2010

Stanford Undergraduate Advising and Research Quarterly Grant, 2008

Selected to Bing Honors College, Stanford University, 2008

Peer-reviewed Publications                          

(Published under my maiden name, Tartter)

Hunter, A., Cook, I., Tartter, M., Sharma, S., Disse, G., & Leuchter, A. (2015). Antidepressant treatment history and drug-placebo separation in a placebo-controlled trial in major depressive disorder. Psychopharmacology, 232(20), 3833-3840.

Tartter, M., Hammen, C., Bower J., & Cole S. (2014). Effects of chronic interpersonal stress exposure on depressive symptoms are moderated by variation at IL6 and IL1β in youth. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 46, 104-111.

Slavich*, G., Tartter*, M., Brennan, P., & Hammen, C. (2014). Endogenous opioid system influences depressive reactions to socially painful targeted rejection life events. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 49, 141-149. *These authors contributed equally to this work.

Leuchter, A., Hunter, A., Tartter, M., & Cook, I. (2014). Role of pill-taking, expectation and therapeutic alliance in the placebo response in clinical trials for major depression. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 205(6), 443-339. 

Tartter, M., Hammen, C., & Brennan, P. (2014). Externalizing disorders in adolescence mediate the effects of maternal depression on substance use disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42(2), 185-194.

Kenna, H., Tartter, M., Hall, S., Lightbody, A., Nguyen, Q., de los Angeles, C., ... & Rasgon, N. (2013). High rates of comorbid depressive and anxiety disorders among women with premutation of the FMR1 gene. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 162(8), 872-878.

Miotto, K., Heydari, A., Tartter, M., Chang, E., Thomas, P., Ray, L. (2013). Adolescent alcohol use. In R. Rosner (Ed.), Clinical Handbook of Adolescent Addiction (179-189). Wiley-Blackwell.

Tartter, M., Ray, L. (2012). A prospective study of stress and alcohol craving phenotypes in heavy drinkers. Pharmacology, Biology and Behavior 101(4), 625-31. 

Tartter, M., Ray, L. (2011). The serotonin transporter polymorphism (5-HTTLPR) and alcohol problems in heavy drinkers: moderation by depressive symptoms. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2(49). 

Ray, L., Hutchison, K., Tartter, M. (2009). Application of human laboratory models to the development of pharmacotherapies for alcohol dependence. Current Pharmacological Design 16(19), 2149-2158.

Licensure & Affiliations

California Board of Psychology Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY 28866

Member, Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee

American Psychological Association (APA)

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA)

California Psychological Association (CPA)