Julia Loup is a 1st year clinical gero student working under the mentorship of Drs. Michelle Hilgeman and Lynn Snow at UA and the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center. Her current research focuses on expanding technology into the clinical realm, with an emphasis on rural aging populations with limited access to mental health care. Additional interests include: subjective perceptions of health and age, human computer interaction, and participatory design processes to improve community based health care
Katie is a 1st year clinical student (and UA alumna!) working with Drs. Patricia Parmelee and Michelle Hilgeman. Before returning to UA, she earned a master’s degree in public health (MPH) from Indiana University’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. Her current research explores the interrelations of physical and mental health, with an emphasis on chronic illness in older adults. She is also interested in the application of community-based programming to improve the quality of life of older adults.
Monica is a third year clinical student in the geropsychology concentration, working with Dr. Patricia Parmelee. Monica is from Cleveland, Ohio and received her B.A. in Psychology from Miami University. Her research interests include family caregiving, and how factors such as emotion regulation and social support are related to mental and physical outcomes in older adults. Additionally, she has developed a secondary research interest in older adults with autism.
Hillary is a 1st year student working with Dr. Rebecca Allen.
Shelley is a 1st year student working with Dr. Patricia Parmelee.
Elizabeth is a 1st year student working with Dr. Martha Crowther.
Kristen is a 3rd year student in the PhD program in Clinical Geropsychology working with Dr. Martha Crowther. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in psychology and gerontology. Her research interests include topics related to the associations between affect, sleep quality, and cognitive performance among older adults.
Sylvia Wang is a 3rd year graduate student working with Dr. Giyeon Kim. Her research interests are mental health disparities, minority aging, and Asian American mental Health.
Christina Pierpaoli Parker
Christina’s research and clinical interests explore the intersection of older adults’ physical and psychological health, focusing on the adjustment to and behavioral management of chronic health conditions including metabolic syndrome, pain, and HIV. Her current work, under the supervision of Drs. Martha Crowther and Forrest Scogin, involves developing and evaluating the Senior Sex Education Experience (SEXEE) study, a psychoeducational intervention for promoting and improving older adults’ sexual health. She translates her research for Eng(aging), her blog on Psychology Today. Starting August 2019, Christina will complete her clinical psychology residency at the University of Alabama/Birmingham VA Consortium, where she lives with her husband, Dr. Jack Parker.