Dr. Fernandez joined the Center for Creative Leadership in 2017. Originally trained as a clinical scientist, her graduate training largely focused on the assessment and treatment of psychopathology, specifically anxiety and depression.
Prior to joining the Center for Creative Leadership, Katya was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused her training on the personalization of treatment for anxiety and depression. She then was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, where she expanded her personalization research to include emotion regulation and behavioral assessment.
Katya is a Research Postdoc in the Research Horizons group at the Center for Creative Leadership. She is a member of the Neuroscience and Leadership project, and is interested in applying her knowledge of personalization research to leadership development.
Areas of Expertise
Neuroscience and Leadership, Clinical Psychology, Personalization, Mindfulness, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
Katya obtained her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Duke University with a focus on psychology. She then obtained her Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in psychology (clinical psychology specialization). As part of her doctoral program requirements, Katya completed one year of pre-doctoral internship training at VA Central Iowa. She then served as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley for one year and a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University for two years prior to joining the Center for Creative Leadership.
Katya is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
Katya has authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles that have primarily been published in academic journals and books. She greatly enjoys sharing her research with others, and has presented over 30 posters and talks at various conferences and invited talks. She has also obtained clinical training in providing cognitive behavioral therapy to a variety of populations in diverse settings. Katya enjoys mentoring and teaching, and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for a variety of peer-reviewed journals.
Select External Publications
- Development and initial implementation of the Dynamic Assessment Treatment Algorithm
- Emotion regulation: A transdiagnostic perspective on a new RDoC domain
- TelEMA: A low-cost and user-friendly telephone assessment platform
Honors, Awards, Grants
- Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation (BDBSF) Grant. One size does not fit all: Developing a personalised, modular treatment for young people in social recovery. PI: Michelle Lim, Ph.D. Role: Co-Investigator.
- Washington University in St. Louis Dissertation Fellowship recipient.
- Graduation with Distinction in Psychology (Duke University).