Allison is a first year graduate student working with Dr. Theodore Tomeny. Allison completed her B.A. in psychological science at Gustavus Adolphus College. She is interested in investigating the efficacy of social skills intervention variables including family, peer, and teacher knowledge/ understanding of ASD and peer reciprocity. Additionally, she is interested in the executive functioning skills of individuals with ASD at transition periods in education (e.g., middle school to high school or high school to college). In addition to psychology research, Allison enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, dancing, cooking, and hammocking.
“Kaleigh Nance is a first year graduate student working with Dr. Karen Salekin in the Psychology & Law concentration. She received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Georgia. Her current research interests include competency evaluations for intellectually disabled defendants. In her free time, Kaleigh enjoys listening to true crime podcasts and playing with her dog, Pebbles.”
Amy is a 2nd year student working with Dr. Rebecca Allen.
Giana is a first year doctoral student in the Clinical Health Psychology program, working with Dr. Jim Hamilton. She is originally from Southern California and received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. She is interested in studying medical child abuse.
Hannah is a first year doctoral student in the Geropsychology concentration working with Dr. Ian McDonough. Hannah earned her B.S in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She is interested in cognitive aging and neurodegenerative diseases and examining the brain through structural and neuroimaging techniques. Outside of psychology, Hannah enjoys swimming, hiking, traveling, baking, and playing with her dogs.
Kathryn is a 4th year student working with Dr. Karen Salekin.
Kristina is a 2nd year student working with Dr. Fran Conners
Blair is a 2nd year student working with Dr. Randy Salekin. She is originally from Denver, Colorado and earned her B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University. She is interested in psychopathic traits in youth and in issues related to defining and measuring the traits that underlie the broader construct of psychopathy. She is also interested in how neuroscience may provide a better understanding of psychopathy. Outside of research, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and reading.
Rebecca Bauer is a second year graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Science dual program, working with Dr. Ansley Gilpin. Before coming to UA, Rebecca earned her MA in Psychological Science from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Rebecca is interested in creativity and imaginative processes and how they relate to executive functioning and language throughout the lifespan. Further, she is interested in whether creativity and imagination are modifiable and whether improvement can positively impact other skills
Emily is a 2nd year student working with Dr. Patricia Parmelee. She is originally from Indiana and earned her B.A. in psychology from DePauw University. She is currently studying the relationship between empathic traits of nursing assistants working in long-term care facilities and their perceptions of residents’ pain. Her other research interests include the pain experience of older adults and caregiver burden.
Phoebe is a 5th year graduate student working with Dr. Lynn Snow. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. She is interested in psychosocial factors related to pain.
Andrew is a fourth year student in the Child Clinical concentration working with Randy Salekin. His current interests fall under two broad categories: studying the physiological underpinnings of childhood psychopathy (via EEG/ERP); and the study and statistically-based refinement of childhood psychopathy assessment measures. He got his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and before coming to the University of Alabama, he studied ADHD at Oregon Health & Science University.
Elizabeth is a 1st year student working with Dr. Martha Crowther.
Chris is a Ph.D student working with Dr. Will Hart. Broadly, his research interests center around dark personalities, (Grandiose and Vulnerable Narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy), and their interpersonal presentations. More specifically, he is interested in how those who are higher in these “dark” personality variables strategically present themselves and others in social contexts, in ways that maximize their status, and financial gain. He is also interested in impression management, self-esteem, humor, and politics. In another life, he would have been Slash from Guns’n’Roses.
Alexis Brewe is a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program, working with Dr. Susan White at the Center for Youth Development and Intervention . She is interested in characterizing the emotional and behavioral profiles of youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Furthermore, Alexis is interested in the assessment and treatment of comorbid psychopathology (e.g. anxiety or ADHD) in youth with ASD.
Dalton is a first year doctoral student enrolled in the cognitive psychology program. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida with a major in psychology. While his research interests are broad, his main focus revolves around wayfinding and navigation. He can be found in Dr. Roskos’ Spatial-Cognition Lab where he is currently working on his first year project
Nicole Capriola-Hall is a third year doctoral student working with Dr. Susan White at the University of Alabama in the clinical child program. She is interested in using technology (e.g., eye tracking, EEG) to explore the overlap between social anxiety disorder and autism. Further, Nicole is interested in identifying heterogeneity in symptom presentation and distinct profiles among clinical disorders to explore individual differences in treatment response.
Stephanie is a 1st year student working with Dr. Karen Salekin.
Kelsey is a 3rd year student working with Dr. Joan Barth. Her current research focuses on how gender stereotypes play a role in attraction. Other research interests include online dating, romantic relationships, attraction, gender roles, and computer mediated communication. Kelsey earned her BS from the University of New Orleans and her MS from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
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.
Jaimie is a 4th year student working with Dr. Sheila Black.
C. Adam Coffey
Adam is a 3rd year student working with Dr. Stan Brodsky.
Shelley is a 1st year student working with Dr. Patricia Parmelee.
Kyrsten Costlow is a 2nd year Clinical Geropsychology student working with Dr. Pat Parmelee. She is originally from New Jersey and earned her B.A. in psychology from Cornell University. Her current research focuses on the process and outcomes of downsizing to a smaller home in late life. Other research interests include late-life depression, long-term care, and family caregiving.
Andrea is a first year clinical student in the health concentration, working with Dr. Matt Cribbet. Andrea is from Columbus, Ohio and received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Ohio State. Her research interests include circadian rhythms and their relationship to biomarkers of cardiovascular disease risk. She is also interested in the potential buffering effects of social support.
Hillary is a 1st year student working with Dr. Rebecca Allen.
“Kelly Doudell is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Health Psychology concentration working with Dr. Heather Gunn. She is originally from northern California and earned her B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University. She is interested in sleep disparities and how they may impact memory, trauma, and cardiovascular health. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys dancing, hiking, baking, and traveling.”
Deanna is a 2nd year Geropsychology student who works with Dr. Martha Crowther.
Kenda is a 2nd year student working with Dr. Heather Gunn. She is originally from Iowa and earned her B.S. in psychology from Truman State University. She is interested in sleep and circadian rhythms
Sophie is a 5th year Clinical Child student working with Dr. Theodore Tomeny.
Sarah Emert is a fifth-year doctoral student working with Dr. Kenneth Lichstein in the clinical health psychology program. Sarah was awarded her M.A. in Clinical Psychology in August 2016. Her Master’s Thesis investigated the associations between perceptions of sleep disturbance, personality, and emotional intelligence. She is currently working on her dissertation exploring possible predictors of insomnia identity. Her research interests include behavioral sleep medicine, neurobehavioral and biological effects of nonrestorative sleep, sleep deprivation, and sleep disturbance.
Tasnuva is a 1st year student working with Dr. Ian McDonough.
Sydnee Erickson is a 5th year graduate student working with Dr. Karen Salekin in the Intellectual Disability and the Law lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Tech University, and her master’s degree from the University of Alabama. Her current research focuses on examining the level of comprehension demonstrated by populations with intellectual disability with regard to Miranda rights.
Hillary Erwin is a first year student working with Dr. Ian McDonough. Her research interests include metacognition and aging. Additionally, she is interested in how math anxiety influences cognitive processes. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats, dancing, going to concerts, and supporting the Alabama Crimson Tide!
Carmen Brown Farrell is a third year doctoral student working with Dr. Ansley Gilpin. Her interests include young children’s social-cognitive development. Her masters’ thesis was conducted on how executive functions relate to understanding deception. Carmen intends to continue to explore how self-regulatory abilities relate to the development of more advanced social skills.
Robert “Bobby” D. Faulk
Bobby is a first year graduate student working with Dr. Jenny M. Cundiff. He hails from Mobile, Alabama where he attended the University of South Alabama. There he earned his B.A. in psychology, M.S. in experimental psychology, and M.A. in sociology, and he was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. His primary research interests revolve around the relations among socio-environmental factors (such as socioeconomic status) and psychological functioning. He also has tangential interests in psychological trauma, helicopter parenting, and STEM education.
Nicole Ferretti is a second year graduate student working with Dr. Jarrett. Nicole graduated from Florida State University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and worked as a research assistant at Florida State for two years prior to attending UA. She is interested in social functioning in children with ADHD. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking and playing board games.
Alexandra is a 1st year student working with Dr. Heather Gunn in the clinical health concentration. She earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Family Violence Prevention from the University of Minnesota and a M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University. Her research interests include the interpersonal context of sleep and the intersection of sleep, women’s health, and traumatic stress.
“Josh Golt is a first year doctoral student in the Clinical Child Psychology program, working with Dr. Susan White. He is originally from South Florida and received his B.S. in psychology from Florida State University. His research interests include child and adolescent autism spectrum disorder. Specifically, he is interested in emotion regulation and the impact that emotion regulation has on other psychiatric and behavioral problems.”
Estephan “Steve” Hakim
Steve is a first-year graduate student working with Dr. Kristina McDonald in the Developmental program. He received his BS in Psychology from UAB where he spent 2 years studying adolescent psychopathology with Dr. Sylvie Mrug. More recently, he has worked in various research labs at Cal State University, Northridge. His interests include the development of maladaptive coping strategies in adolescents and adolescent aggression. He is equal parts country and rock and roll.
Meagan Heilman is a second year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program, working with Dr. Brad White. Her research interests include early prevention and intervention strategies for antisocial and associated behaviors, and the effects of frequently comorbid disorders (i.e., substance use, trauma) on development and outcome
Janet is a 2nd year student working with Dr. Beverly Roskos.
Shelby is a second-year graduate student in the clinical psychology (law track) program. She completed her undergraduate (B.A.) degree in psychology at Butler University and masters (M.S.) degree in psychology at Arizona State University. Her research interests include the use of neuroscience and neuropsychological assessments in courts and other forensic settings, assessment validity, traumatic brain injury and violence/violence intervention. Her goals are some combination of forensic neuropsychology practice, research, and mentoring students. In her spare time she loves traveling, hiking, yoga, and being a foodie.
Amber is a 3rd year graduate student working with Dr. Jeff Parker. She received her B.A. from the University of Alabama. Her research interests involve different aspects of adolescents’ friendships, including attachment, jealousy, and romantic attraction. She is also interested in foster children’s friendship experiences. Her thesis explored how sex, self-esteem, and closeness moderate the link between perceptions of intimacy and friendship jealousy.
Barbara is a 1st year student working with Dr. Sheila Black.
Lauren Johnson is a 2nd year graduate student who works with Dr. Karen Salekin in the Intellectual Disability and the Law lab. Originally from Arizona, Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in Psychological Sciences from Northern Arizona University. From there, she earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she worked as a psychology intern at an inpatient forensic psychiatric hospital. She is currently a psychology intern at Bryce Hospital here in Tuscaloosa. Additionally, she is working on her dissertation which will be looking at correctional officers’ perceptions of intellectually disabled inmates.
Savannah King is a first year graduate student from Florida working with Dr. Matthew Jarrett. Savannah graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Before attending the University of Alabama, Savannah worked as a research assistant with the Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic at Florida State University. Savannah’s research interests include ADHD and anxiety in a child population. In her free time Savannah enjoys yoga and cooking.
Charlotte Kinrade is a first year graduate student working with Will Hart.
Katie is a 4th year student working with Dr. Jim Hamilton.
Lin, Shih-Hsuan (Shayne)
Shayne is a first year clinical student. He was born and raised in Taoyuan, Taiwan and received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Shayne is interested in neuropsychology and neuroscience on the topic of aging and neurodegenerative diseases
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
Liz is a first year student working with Dr. Jennifer Cox in the Psychology and Law Concentration within the Clinical Doctoral Program. Coming most recently from Manhattan’s District Attorney’s Office, Liz hopes to study legal decision making, specifically focusing on cases involving sex trafficking and domestic violence.
Kate Massey is a second-year graduate student in the Developmental Concentration. She works with Dr. Jeffrey Parker and her research interests include adolescents’ friendships and individual and contextual characteristics that affect friendship experiences. She is currently working on her thesis examining same-sex triads during competitive activities and the role that gender, triad structure, and friendship jealousy play in behavior.
Stephanie is a 1st year student working with Dr. Joan Barth. Broadly, she is interested in gender development, stereotypes, and peer relationships, with particular focus on how these variables may affect educational occupational outcomes across the lifespan. Stephanie earned her BA in psychology and MS in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler.
“Brandon is a first year doctoral student in the Psychology and Law concentration working with Dr. Andrea Glenn. Brandon is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned BA degrees in Psychology and Criminology from Penn State University and a MA in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. His research is focused on behavioral and mental health outcomes following mild traumatic brain injury (i.e., concussions), especially in youth. Outside of research, Brandon enjoys trying new food with his wife, Rachel, reading, watching shows, and hanging out with his cat, Guillermo Del Gato (Mo).”
Alex is a 3rd year student working with Dr. Alexa Tullett. His research covers topics such as: biases in the degree to which people are persuaded by scientific evidence, and intergroup conflict associated with religious belief and disbelief.
Danielle McDuffie is a second year Clinical Geropsychology student working with Dr. Martha Crowther. Her research interests include minority aging (specifically aging amongst African American populations), religion and spirituality, and positive psychology.
Lauren Meaux is a 3rd year graduate student working with Dr. Jennifer Cox. She is originally from southeast Louisiana and earned her B.S. in psychology and B.A. in anthropology from Louisiana State University. In Spring 2018, she received her M.A. in psychology from the University of Alabama. Her research focuses on psychology and the law, specifically, forensic assessment, the “insanity defense,” and legal decision-making. Outside of research, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and binge-watching Netflix.
Jessica is a 2nd year student in the doctoral program and is working with Dr. Beverly Roskos. She completed her undergraduate degree at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Broadly, she is interested in examining the impact of technology on cognition. Specifically, her interest is to analyze technology’s influence on spatial abilities in terms of wayfinding and retained memory of the navigated environment. Another interest of hers is deciphering how individuals perceive sentiment in messages in online environments such as (texting, emailing, chatrooms, etc.). Outside of her academic life, Jessica enjoys trying out new recipes, watching movies, and playing video games.
Zack is a 2nd year student working with Dr. Alexa Tullett.
Jacob is a 1st year student working with Dr. Alexa Tullett. His research covers topics such as: biases in the degree to which people are persuaded by scientific evidence, intergroup conflict associated with political partisanship, and the impact of intellectual humility.
Hylton is a 2nd year student working with Dr. Ken Lichstein.
Caitlin is a 4th year student working with Dr. Jim Hamilton.
Andrea is a 3rd year graduate student working with Dr. Beverly Thorn in the health concentration. Andrea is from New York and completed her undergraduate degree at Bates College in Maine. She is currently interested in researching health disparities and psychosocial factors related to chronic pain
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.
Tarsha is a 2nd year student working with Dr. Kristina McDonald. Tarsha holds dual Bachelors’ Degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from Jackson State University also earned a MS in Clinical Psychology from the Auburn University Montgomery. Her research streams are located at the intersection of aggression, anxiety and parenting. More specifically, Tarsha plans to examine the rates of comorbidity between anxiety and aggression and investigate how parenting behaviors may predict patterns of anxiety and aggression. During her spare time, Tarsha loves to read, travel, and tutor underserved children.
Ashley Peck is a 1st year graduate student working with Dr. Lauren Kois. She received her B.A. from Texas Tech University.
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.
Taylor is a first year student working with Dr. Philip Gable in the Social Psychology concentration. She is originally from California and completed her B.S. in Psychology here at the University of Alabama. In her research, she hopes to use behavioral and physiological measures to develop a better understanding of the relationship between motivation, emotion, and memory. Off campus, she enjoys hiking, cycling, and spending time with friends.
Please use this bio: “Haley Potts is a second-year doctoral student in the law and psychology program working under Dr. Lauren Kois. She completed her undergraduate degree in anthropology and women’s studies at Sewanee: The University of the South. After working in publishing for a few years, she went on to earn a master’s degree in forensic psychology from the University of Denver. Her research interests include forensic assessment, competency to stand trial, mental state at the time of the offense, and competency restoration.”
James is a 2nd year student working with Dr. Theodore Tomeny.
Jenna Reardanz is a third year student working with Dr. Fran Conners and Dr. Kristina McDonald. She received her B.A. from Whitworth University (Spokane, WA) with a major in Psychology and minor in Theology. Her research interests center around disability and social development. Additionally, she is interested in how research can best be used to inform and influence policy. In her free time she enjoys reading, swimming, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on the Crimson Tide!
Rebecca Revilla is a first year doctoral student in the clinical child concentration working with Dr. Bradley White. Originally from Texas, she graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.A. in psychology. She is interested in using a developmental psychopathology perspective to understand the development and prevention of disruptive behavior disorders from early childhood through late adolescence. Furthermore, she is interested in studying how differing pathways in cognitive and brain development contribute to these disorders.
Kyle is a 3rd year student working with Dr. Will Hart. He received his MA from Western Carolina University. His research interests include the social utility of humor and its interaction with attitudes and personality traits to influence social cognition and behavior, particularly in regards to social influence and bias.
Trent is a 2nd year student working with Dr. Ed Merrill.
Ana is a 5th year clinical child student working with Dr. Matthew Jarrett. Ana’s research interests include better understanding the trajectory and impact of ADHD and common co-occurring symptoms/disorders on functional impairment. More recently, Ana has developed an interest in physical activity (PA) and learning more about how engagement in PA relates to mental health. Prior to attending UA, she worked as a research assistant at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University and completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Central Florida. During free time, Ana enjoys traveling, running, and cooking.
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.
Sunmi is a third-year doctoral student in developmental science at UA working with Dr. Kristina McDonald. Her research interests include peer relationships, parent-adolescent relationship, and adolescents’ behaviors. For her dissertation, Sunmi is focusing on how popularity goals and popularity affect adolescents’ aggression and peer victimization.
Grace Lee is a second year doctoral student in the Clinical Child concentration. She is from Charlotte, NC and earned her undergraduate degree from Davidson College. Her research focuses primarily on measurement and treatment of social impairment youth with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular interest in psychosocial interventions integrating creative and/or performance-based skills (music, art, etc.). In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes, traveling, and hot yoga.
Marissa is a 5th year working with Jenni Cox, headed to internship at Central Regional Hospital.
Greg is a fifth-year PhD student working with Dr. Will Hart. His research employs an interdisciplinary approach and interweaves theory in social/personality, clinical, and cognitive psychology. Broadly, he is interested in studying the relationship between personality and psychological processes (beliefs, perceptions, emotions, motives) in social contexts. He is currently investigating the relationship between dark personality and prosocial tendencies. His dissertation is revisiting empathy deficits in psychopathy.
Josh is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical health psychology program working with Dr. Kenneth Lichstein. His research interests include the impact of circadian rhythms in insomnia and emotional dysregulation, behavioral interventions aimed at regulating the sleep cycle, and the health importance of regularity in daily routines.
Chris is 2nd year student working with Dr. Jenny Cundiff. He is interested in early environment, adversity, resilience, and later mental and physical health outcomes
Ricardo Wilhelm is a 3rd year student working with Dr. Philip Gable. Broadly, his research focuses on examining the interaction between emotion, motivation, cognition, and personality with neural measures of motor-action preparation and feedback processing.