Julia Loup

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 Advisor: Patricia A. Parmelee

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 Scicolone Advisor: Patricia A. Parmelee

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 Advisor: Patricia A. Parmelee

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.

Christina Pierpaoli Parker Advisor: Forrest R. Scogin Jr.

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.


Soohyun Park

Soohyun is a 4th year clinical geropsychology graduate student working with Dr. Rebecca S. Allen and Dr. Giyeon Kim (Former associate professor at University of Alabama, now associate professor at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea). Soohyun is from Seoul, Korea, and completed her undergraduate and master’s degree in clinical and counseling psychology at Korea University, Seoul. She is currently 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

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.