Clinical Focus

  • Clinical Psychology

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Stanford University Child Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017) CA
  • PhD Training: University of Akron Office of the Registrar (2016) OH
  • Internship: Medical College of Georgia Charlie Norwood VAMC (2016) GA

All Publications

  • Harnessing mobile technology to reduce mental health disorders in college populations: A randomized controlled trial study protocol. Contemporary clinical trials Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E., Taylor, C. B., Newman, M. G., Zainal, N. H., Rojas-Ashe, E. E., Lipson, S. K., Firebaugh, M., Ceglarek, P., Topooco, N., Jacobson, N. C., Graham, A. K., Kim, H. M., Eisenberg, D., Wilfley, D. E. 2021: 106320


    About a third of college students struggle with anxiety, depression, or an eating disorder, and only 20-40% of college students with mental disorders receive treatment. Inadequacies in mental health care delivery result in prolonged illness, disease progression, poorer prognosis, and greater likelihood of relapse, highlighting the need for a new approach to detect mental health problems and engage college students in services. We have developed a transdiagnostic, low-cost mobile mental health targeted prevention and intervention platform that uses population-level screening to engage college students in tailored services that address common mental health problems. We will test the impact of this mobile mental health platform for service delivery in a large-scale trial across 20+ colleges. Students who screen positive or at high-risk for clinical anxiety, depression, or an eating disorder and who are not currently engaged in mental health services (N = 7884) will be randomly assigned to: 1) intervention via the mobile mental health platform; or 2) referral to usual care (i.e., campus health or counseling center). We will test whether the mobile mental health platform, compared to referral, is associated with improved uptake, reduced clinical cases and disorder-specific symptoms, and improved quality of life and functioning. We will also test mediators, predictors, and moderators of improved mental health outcomes, as well as stakeholder-relevant outcomes, including cost-effectiveness and academic performance. This population-level approach to service engagement has the potential to improve mental health outcomes for the millions of students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106320

    View details for PubMedID 33582295

  • Psychosocial interventions and support programs for fathers of NICU infants - A comprehensive review. Early human development Ocampo, M. J., Tinero, J. A., Rojas-Ashe, E. E. 2020: 105280


    The experience of having a child in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is often unexpected, traumatic, and presents numerous stressors for new fathers. Past research has shown that parents of all genders with children in the NICU experience clinically significant psychological symptoms, yet the bulk of research and intervention efforts to date have focused on the needs of mothers. This paper will provide a review of the literature, outline current knowledge about the specific needs of men with children in the NICU, and recommend areas of focus for future research. The paper will also highlight the need to tailored interventions that specifically address the unique needs of fathers.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2020.105280

    View details for PubMedID 33221029

  • A Social Justice Approach to Measuring Bystander Behavior: Introducing the Critically Conscious Bystander Scale SEX ROLES Johnson, N. L., Walker, R. V., Rojas-Ashe, E. E. 2019; 81 (11-12): 731–47
  • Toward a More Complete Understanding of Bystander Willingness to Help: What Role Does Critical Consciousness Play? SEX ROLES Rojas-Ashe, E. E., Walker, R. V., Holmes, S. C., Johnson, D. M. 2019; 81 (7-8): 415–27