Allison is a second 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 second year graduate 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 and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. She is interested in studying medical child abuse and excessive illness behavior.
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.
Kristina is a 3rd year student working with Dr. Fran Conners
Blair is a 3rd 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
Meagan is a first year graduate student in the child psychology concentration working with Dr. Rajesh Kana. Meagan completed her B.S. in Psychology and Biology at Murray State University. She then attended the University of Tennessee, where she completed her M.A. in Experimental Psychology with a focus in developmental psychology. She is interested in research regarding the neurobiological correlates of social and executive functioning deficits in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also interested in how these variables change over development and after intervention. Meagan loves to run, cycle, paint, craft, and travel in her free time.
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.
Andrew is a 5th year in the Clinical Child concentration working with Dr. Randall Salekin on various projects related to psychopathy, conduct disorder, and various things that contribute to antisocial behavior in kids. His thesis was based around the neurological basis of psychopathy and how incarcerated youth perceive themselves. His planned dissertation will focus around the psychometric properties of a measurement tool for psychopathic traits. He has a wide variety of research interests which include ADHD, psychometrics, and social network analysis techniques among others. When he’s not in the lab, he likes baking, working out to compensate for the baking, traveling both in and out of the U.S. (though not recently), and introducing his friends to new board games.
Elizabeth is a 1st year student working with Dr. Martha Crowther.
Mikenzi Brasfield is a third year who works with Dr. Ian McDonough”
Chris is a third year 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 third-year doctoral student in the child concentration of the Clinical Psychology program. She works with Dr. Susan White at the Center for Youth Development and Intervention. Her primary research interests include characterizing the emotional and behavioral profiles of youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as assessment and treatment of comorbid psychopathology (e.g., anxiety or depression) and their underlying mechanisms (e.g., emotion regulation) 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 fifth 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.
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 5th year student working with Dr. Sheila Black.
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.
Kyrsten Costlow is a 4th 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 second 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 5th year student working with Dr. Rebecca Allen.
Kelly Doudell is a second 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 within rural populations and how they may impact memory, trauma, and cardiovascular health. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys crossfit, hiking, dancing, baking, and traveling.
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.
“Sarah Dunlap is a fourth year who works with Dr. Joan Barth”
Sophie is a 5th year Clinical Child student working with Dr. Theodore Tomeny.
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 third year student working with Dr. Ian McDonough. Her research interests include metacognition and aging. Specifically, she is interested in how compensatory brain mechanisms may influence metacognitive processes in older adults. Outside of academic life, she enjoys spending time with her two cats, dancing, going to concerts, and cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide!
“Teairra Evans is a third year who works with Dr. Sheila Black”
Robert “Bobby” D. Faulk
Bobby is a second 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, language use, and STEM education.
Nicole Greenberg is a fourth 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 and adolescents with ADHD. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking and playing board games.
Alexandra is a 2nd year student working with Dr. Heather Gunn in the clinical health concentration. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University. Her research interests include the social context of sleep, women’s health, and stress.
Nicole is a first year graduate student working with Dr. Caitlin Hudac in the clinical child program. Nicole is from Pittsburgh, PA and received her B.S in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University. Prior to graduate school she worked as a research coordinator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is interested in implementing interventions paired with biological markers of success in youth with autism and other rare genetic syndromes. In her free time she loves spending time outdoors and watching Pittsburgh sports!
“Josh Golt is a second 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 second-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.
Alexandra (Lexie) Harrison
Lexie is a first-year doctoral student working with Dr. Andrea Glenn. She received her B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies, from The Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, she received 2 years of post-baccalaureate research training at Yale University. Her research interests primarily focus on person-environment interactions that may impact developmental pathways of antisocial and violent behaviors. She is also interested in studying how the development of antisocial behaviors may differ across cultures.
Jenna is a first-year grad student working in Dr. Karen Salekin’s Intellectual Disability and the Law lab. She received her BA from the University of Michigan in 2018 and has spent the past two and a half years working as the data manager in Dr. Luke Hyde’s Michigan Neurogenetics and Developmental Psychopathology Lab. Her research interests include competency evaluations and the malingering of intellectual disability. She spends all of her free time playing with her cat, Henry, and her dog, Bernie
Meagan Heilman is a fourth 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
Lindsey Held is a first-year graduate student working with Dr. Ansley Gilpin. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL). During her time at UL, she served as a lab manager and conducted research examining attachment styles and emotion regulation. Her interests include children’s social-emotional development and bridging the gap between school and home contexts for peer relations and parental interventions to effectively promote growth. She enjoys all things Cajun and spends her Sundays cheering on the New Orleans Saints!
Janet is a 6th year student working with Dr. Beverly Roskos.
Shelby is a fourth 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 5th year graduate student working with Dr. Jeff Parker. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Alabama. Her research interests involve understanding adolescents’ friendships and civic attitudes/engagement. She is also interested in foster children’s social experiences. Amber was a 2019-2020 Albert Schweitzer Fellow. Her project taught at-risk youth how to advocate on behalf of abused, abandoned, and feral cats and dogs.
Cassandra Jensen is a first-year clinical student with Dr. Lauren Kois in the Psychology & Law concentration. She received her B.S in psychology from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. Her current research interests broadly include competency, and violence risk assessments of those diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Additional research areas include policy implications for forensic psychological research and courtroom legal-decision making.
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 second year graduate student working with Will Hart.
Katie is a 5th year student working with Dr. Jim Hamilton.
Grace Lee is a fourth year doctoral student working with Dr. Susan White in the Clinical Child concentration . She is from Charlotte, North Carolina and earned her B.S. in Psychology from Davidson College. Her research focuses primarily on measurement and treatment of social impairment in youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder 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.
Sarah is a4th year student. She is in Clinical Gero Psychology
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
Hannah is a 3rd-year graduate student working with Dr. Jennifer Cox in the psychology and law concentration. Originally from northern New Jersey, Hannah completed her undergraduate education at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY), earning her B.A. in Psychology in 2016. Her research and clinical interests include legal decision-making, forensic assessment, and antisocial behavior across the lifespan. She is particularly interested in prosecutorial discretion, and the impact of cognitive biases on prosecutorial decision-making.
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 second year student focusing on legal decision-making in Dr. Jennifer Cox’s lab. She is specifically interested in researching gender role norms, human trafficking, and sex work in the context of the legal system. Harry Potter, dark hot chocolate, and sports are a few of her simple pleasures outside of the lab!
Francisco is a first-year student in the Clinical Health concentration working with Dr. Matthew Cribbet. He earned his ScM in Epidemiology at Brown University after earning a BA in Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. He is interested in learning more about the factors which mediate and moderate the association between adverse childhood experiences and deleterious health outcomes like obesity and the metabolic syndrome. During his free time, he enjoys trying new food, listening to new music, and learning the guitar.
Kate is a fifth-year graduate student working with Dr. Jeffrey Parker. She received her BA from Elon University and her MA from UA in the fall of 2018. Her research focuses on the friendships of adolescents and young adults, including behavioral responses (i.e., competition, snark, etc.) to relational balance and conflict. Her interests also include individual assessment, program evaluation, and uses for person-centered data analysis.
Stephanie is a third 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 6th 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 fourth year Clinical Geropsychology student working with Dr. Martha Crowther & Dr. Rebecca Allen. Her research interests include minority aging (specifically aging amongst African American populations), religion and spirituality, bereavement/grief, and positive psychology.
Lauren Meaux is a 5th 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 7th 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.
Jacob is a 2nd 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, and improving the pedagogy of psychology.
Caitlin is a 4th year student working with Dr. Jim Hamilton.
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.
Tarsha is a 5th year student working with Dr. Joan Barth. 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 is a 3rd-year doctoral student in the law and psychology program working under Dr. Lauren Kois. Her research interests include forensic assessment, competency to stand trial, and mental state at the time of the offense. Specifically, she is interested in testing conditions and assessment validity in forensic settings.
Haley Potts is a third-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, and she earned 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. She enjoys working clinically with individuals who have serious and persistent mental illnesses.
Jenna Reardanz is a 5th year student who works 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!
“Toni Rebaldo is a third year who works with Dr. Beverly Roskos”
Annie Reiner is a first year graduate student working with Dr. Matthew Jarrett. Annie graduated from Kenyon College in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and worked as a research Administrator at QuietMIND Foundation for one year prior to attending UA. Her interests include children with externalizing disorders and the impacts of physical exercise on this population.
Rebecca Revilla is a second 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.
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.
Sunmi is a fifth-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.
Barbara Shae Jackson
Barbara is a 4th year student working with Dr. Sheila Black.
Kate is a 1st year clinical gero student working under the mentorship of Drs. Lynn Snow and Michelle Hilgeman. She received her B.A. in psychology at the University of Mississippi, and her M.A. in clinical psychology at Minnesota State University. Broadly, her research interests include evaluating non-pharmacological, restraint-free interventions for addressing distressed behavior in persons with dementia, as well as addressing unmet needs of both caregivers and residents that improve quality of care and increase valued living.
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
Cassie Whitt is a fourth year who works with Dr. Alexa Tullett
Ricardo Wilhelm is a 5th 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.
Adrian Williams is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical-Health Psychology program working with Dr. Jenny Cundiff. His research interest focuses on the psychological and biological mechanisms linking social-environmental influences on health outcomes. He is particularly interested in elucidating how social risk and protective factors (e.g., socioeconomic status, social relationships, stress, discrimination) translate into biological changes that impact mental and physical health across the lifespan.
Joo Young Yang
Joo is a 4th year student working with Dr. Kristina McDonald. Broadly, she is interested in studying attributions made upon receiving either prosocial or antisocial behaviors in peer relationships.