Courtney Olson BA

Position title: ABLE Study Coordinator, Research Specialist


I am the study coordinator for the Adaptive Brains Learning about Emotions study (ABLE), a multisite project involving collaboration between UW-Madison, the University of Nebraska, Vanderbilt University, and the National Institute of Mental Health. The purpose of this study is to understand the biology of childhood anxiety disorders, with the aim of identifying neural alterations that are shared between childhood generalized, social, and separation anxiety.  As the ABLE study coordinator, I schedule and run study sessions, coordinate with our collaborators, and train our undergraduate research assistants.

I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from UW-Madison.  I started with the Kalin Lab in 2019 as an undergraduate research assistant and became the ABLE study coordinator after my college graduation in 2021.  I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, with my primary focus being on the cognitive effects of mental illness.