Julia Loup

jloup@crimson.ua.edu

Advisor: Lynn Snow 

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 Cheesman

klcheesman@crimson.ua.edu

Advisor: Patricia A. Parmelee Professor Emeritus 

Katie is a clinical gero 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 past research has explored the interrelations of physical and mental health, with an emphasis on chronic illness in older adults. She is currently interested in the application of community-based programming to improve the quality of life of older adults.

Emily Behrens

ebehrens1@crimson.ua.edu

Advisor: Patricia A. Parmelee Professor Emeritus 

Emily is a 4th-year student working with Dr. Patricia Parmelee. She is originally from Indiana and earned her B.A. in psychology from DePauw University. Her research interests include the health, well-being, and relationship quality of caregiving dyads in both long-term care and community settings.

Monica Scicolone

mscicolone@crimson.ua.edu

Advisor: Patricia A. Parmelee Professor Emeritus 

Monica is a fifth 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.

Shelley Condon

secondon@crimson.ua.edu

Advisor: Patricia A. Parmelee Professor Emeritus 

Shelley is a 5th year student in the Clinical Geropsychology concentration working under the mentorship of Dr. Patricia Parmelee. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her M.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University. Shelley’s clinical and research interests center on using biopsychosocial and positive psychological frameworks to highlight older adults’ strengths, promote adaptive coping strategies, and improve quality of life. Her dissertation involves a two-week daily gratitude journaling intervention for older adults with chronic pain.

Soohyun Park

spark62@crimson.ua.edu

Advisor: Rebecca S. Allen 

Soohyun is a 6th year clinical geropsychology graduate student working with Dr. Rebecca S. Allen and Dr. Giyeon Kim. She is currently doing her predoctoral clinical psychology internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas. Soohyun is from Seoul, Korea, and completed her undergraduate and master’s degree in clinical and counseling psychology at Korea University, Seoul. She is interested in 1) examining psychosocial protective/risk factors for cognitive functioning trajectories among older adults and 2) racial/ethnic disparities in mental health.

Deanna Dragan

dmdragan@crimson.ua.edu

Advisor: Rebecca S. Allen 

Deanna is a 5th year clinical geropsychology graduate student working with Dr. Rebecca S. Allen. Her current clinical and research interests include 1) the use of religion and spirituality to cope with a variety of stressors, 2) death attitudes, 3) and the use of mixed methods research designs.