Concentration

Meagan Beckerson

mesmith46@crimson.ua.edu Advisor: Rajesh K. Kana

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.

Elizabeth MacNeil

emacneil@crimson.ua.edu Advisor: Jennifer Cox

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!

Josh Golt

jdgolt@crimson.ua.edu Advisor: Susan White

“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.”

Lin, Shih-Hsuan (Shayne)

slin20@crimson.ua.edu Advisor: Ian M. McDonough

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

Robert “Bobby” D. Faulk

rdfaulk@crimson.ua.edu Advisor: Jenny M. Cundiff

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.

Grace Lee-Simmons

glsimmons@crimson.ua.edu Advisor: Susan White

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.

Ashley Peck

atpeck@crimson.ua.edu Advisor: Lauren Kois

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

hpotts@crimson.ua.edu Advisor: Lauren Kois

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.