Mackenzie Zisser

Mackenzie Zisser

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology

University of Texas at Austin


Mackenzie R. Zisser is a graduate student in the Mood Disorders Laboratory in the Institute of Mental Health Research at UT Austin. Her research interests include treatment development for depression, mobile sensing, and emotion dynamics. She studies how novel technologies can be harnessed to understand mechanisms, detect risk, and understand contextualized emotional experiences in depression. She is also interested in leveraging technology to develop mobile interventions for those experiencing depression.

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  • Risk and maintenance factors in depression
  • Mobile sensing
  • Emotion dynamics
  • Internet-based intervention


  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2025

    The University of Texas at Austin

  • BA in Psychology, 2017

    University of California - Berkeley

Research Experience


Graduate Student

Mood Disorders Laboratory

Aug 2019 – Present The University of Texas at Austin
Faculty Mentor- Christopher Beevers

Project Coordinator

CALM Program

Jun 2017 – Jun 2019 UC Berkeley
Managed online intervention study for participants with anger and aggression problems. Faculty Mentor- Sheri Johnson

Reseearch Associate

Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory

Jun 2017 – Jun 2019 UC Berkeley
Conducted psychophysiological data collection with patients with dementia and their caregivers. Faculty Mentor- Robert Levenson

Teaching Experience


Teaching Assistant

Abnormal Psychology

Aug 2020 – Present The University of Texas at Austin
Instructor- Kirsten Bradbury

Teaching Assistant

Human Sexuality

May 2020 – Aug 2020 The University of Texas at Austin
Instructor- Amy Meeks

Selected Honors and Awards

Rick & Paula Short Summer Research Fellowship

Graduate Fellowship

Provost’s Recruiting Scholarship

Psychology Departmental Honors

Recent Publications

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