• Hello, I'm Victoria

    I'm a fourth-year doctoral student studying clinical and developmental psychology at the University of Oregon.

  • Education

    University of Oregon (UO)

    PhD: Psychology: Clinical and Developmental (2019-Present)

    I am a second-year graduate student pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon


    Master of Science: Psychology: Clinical and Developmental (2020)
    Master Thesis: Individual differences and developmental changes in perspective-taking in adolescent girls: Evidence from brain and behavior

    University of Florida (UF)

    BS: Psychology: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (2016-2019)

    In May 2019, I received a Bachelor of Science in psychology with an emphasis on behavioral and cognitive neuroscience and a minor in Latin American studies from the University of Florida
    Undergraduate Thesis: Psychological resilience moderates the relationship between experimentally manipulated social status and dietary intake among Hispanic American adolescents

    Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL)

    Minor: Latin American Studies (2017)

    I completed coursework for my minor in Latin American studies while at the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina
    Final paper: Funk Brasileiro: Movimento social e expressão da grande identidade Brasileira

  • Research

    My research focuses on social cognitive and neural development across adolescence, with an emphasis on how this development impacts mental health (such as internalizing disorders) and physical health (such as overweight/obesity). My most recent work focuses on how adolescents' views of others interact with their understanding of themselves--and how facets of this cross-talk may relate to risk for internalizing disorders. A long-term goal of this research is to develop interventions and influence policies that equitably promote positive development, wellbeing, and health for all adolescents.

  • Projects


    • Individual differences and developmental changes in perspective-taking in adolescent girls*: Evidence from brain and behavior.  Preregistration. PosterPresentation.
    • The mental health impact of individual differences in mentalizing tendencies. 


    Latino/a & Hispanic youth in the US and Perú

  • Peer-Reviewed Publications

    * denotes shared first authorship

    † denotes corresponding author

    ‡ denotes mentee


    NOTE: An important part of eliminating inequity includes increasing access to education resources. Please contact me should you have difficulty accessing any of the publications below and I will send it to you!

    Guazzelli Williamson, V, & Mills, K. Mentalizing Strategies in Navigating the Social World in Adolescence. Infant and Child Development. doi: 10.1002/icd.2374

    *Saragosa-Harris, NM, *Chaku, N, *MacSweeney, N, *Guazzelli Williamson, V, Scheuplein, M, Feola, B, … Mills, KL. (2022). A practical guide for researchers and reviewers using the ABCD Study and other large longitudinal datasets. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2022.101115

    Guazzelli Williamson, V, Berger, E, Barense, MEA, Pfeifer, J, Dahl, R, Magis-Weinberg, L. Personal and caregiver resilience relate to lower internalizing symptoms among Peruvian adolescents during COVID19 lockdown. DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/q9hcr

    Barendse, M, Byrne, M, Flournoy, J, McNeilly, E, Guazzelli Williamson, V, Barrett, A, Chavez, S, Shirtcliff, E, Allen, N, Pfeifer, J. Multi-method assessment of pubertal timing and associations with internalizing psychopathology in early adolescent girls. In press at Journal of Abnormal Psychology. DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/p5vfb 

    Cheng, T, Magis-Weinberg, L, Guazzelli Williamson, V, Ladouceur, C, Whittle, S, Herting, M, Uban, K, Byrne, M, Barendse, M, Shirtcliff, E, Pfeifer, J. A researcher’s guide to the measurement and modeling of puberty in the ABCD StudyⓇ at baseline. DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/4fv3k. Frontiers of Endocrinology.

    Guazzelli Williamson, V, Lee, A, Miller, D, Huo, T, Maner, JK, Cardel, M. (2021). Psychological resilience, experimentally manipulated social status, and dietary intake among adolescents. Nutrients. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030806

    Montoya-Williams, D., Guazzelli Williamson, V., Cardel, M., Fuentes-Afflick, E., Moldonado-Molina, M., Thompson, L. Nuances of the Hispanic Perinatal Paradox in the United States: A Scoping Review. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. PMID: 33131006. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-020-01117-z


    *Guazzelli Williamson, V. *Dilip, A., Dillard, J.R., Morgan-Daniel, J., Lee, A. M., & Cardel, M. The Influence of Socioeconomic Status on Snacking Behaviors Among Adolescents. Nutrients, DOI: 10.3390/nu12010167

    Hong, Y.R., Pavela, G., Lee, A. M., Guazzelli Williamson, V., & Cardel, M. (2019). Patients’ experiences with received health care services in individuals with overweight and obesity. The Journal of General Internal Medicine, DOI: 10.1007/s11606-019-04939-2

    Lee, A. M., Chavez, S., Bian, J., Thompson, L., Gurka, M., Guazzelli Williamson, V.,& Modave, F. The role of mobile devices in stress and exercise management in an ethnically diverse sample. Journal of Medical Internet Research, DOI: 10.2196/11847

    Liu, Y., Guazzelli Williamson, V., Setlow, B., Cottler, L.B., & Knackstedt, L.A. (2018). The importance of considering polysubstance use: lessons from cocaine research. The Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.07.025

    Amorim, W., Valduga, I., Ribeiro, J., Guazzelli Williamson, V., Krauser, G., Magtoto, M., & Guerra, J. (2018). The nexus between water, energy, and food in the context of the 2017 global risks: An analysis of the interactions between food, water, and energy security. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2018.05.002

  • Preprints



  • Clinical

    Assessment Training

    • Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (K-SADS)
    • Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS)
    • Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC)
    • Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI-II)
    • Diagnostic interview for anxiety, mood, and related neuropsychiatric disorders (DIAMOND) 
    • Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
    • Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI)

    Clinical Experience

    Individual Therapist

    Vista Counseling (2021-present)

    Child Individual Therapist

    University of Oregon Clinic (2021-present)

    Adult Individual Therapist

    University of Oregon Clinic (2020-2021)

    Clinical Assessment Interviewer (K-SADS)

    University of Oregon (2019-present)

    Suicide and Crisis Phone Counselor

    Alachua County Crisis Center (2017-2018)

  • Science Communication

    Note: Responses below are paraphrased responses from an interview between Victoria Guazzelli Williamson (VGW) and Dr. Anne-Lise Goddings. VGW made her best efforts to take thorough and accurate notes during the interview so that responses could be accessed by developmental scientists interested...
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  • Collaborators & Mentors

    It takes a village!

  • Current Mentee

    Undergraduate Research Assistant majoring in Human Physiology and minoring in Chemistry.

    UO class of 2024

  • Previous Mentees

    Abhaya Dilip

    Post-Graduate Research Associate in the Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research (POWER) at Yale University

    UF class of 2021

    Medical student at the University of Toledo

    UF class of 2021

    Honors Student

    UO class of 2022

  • Let's Connect!

    I have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind.

  • Contact Me

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    Victoria Guazzelli Williamson, Department of Psychology, 1227 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1227
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