Kendall Abell

Adviser: Dr. Elena Savina
Education: M.P.S., Clinical Psychological Science, University of Maryland, 2022, B.A., Psychology, University of Maryland, 2021 
Prior Experience: Intake Coordinator, Children’s Group Therapy Assistant, Research Assistant & ADHD, Coach- UMD ADHD Program, Selective Mutism Camp Counselor, Crisis Text Line Volunteer 
Research Interests: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Anxiety disorders, Dissemination & Implementation, Treatment accessibility, Social-emotional learning

Nerissa Germain-Cronister

Adviser: Dr. Anne Stewart 
Education: M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit Mercy, B.S., Biopsychology and Cognitive Science, University of Michigan 
Prior Experience: Practice Manager, J.F. Zagotta and Associates, LLC, Illinois & Kentucky, Academic Advisor/Adjunct Instructor, Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, IN, Neuropsychometrist, Northwestern Medicine, Winfield, IL Neuropsychometrist, Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL 
Research Interests: Increasing access to specialized mental health services in rural areas (e.g., clinical neuropsychology), Child abuse prevention, Roles of parenting styles on the success of foster care placements, Trauma-informed parenting for children in child welfare system

Chioma Isiadinso

Adviser: Dr. Anne Stewart 
Education: M.Ed. (Cross Cultural Counseling Specialization), University of Pittsburgh, B.A. Psychology (Honors), Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Cum Laude) 
Prior Experience: Personal Development Coach and Entrepreneur, Admissions Board Member, Harvard Business School, Admissions Director, Carnegie Mellon University School of Public Policy and Management, Program Associate, Carnegie Mellon University Student Advising focused on helping underrepresented students successfully navigate their education and increase their retention,
Research Assistant, University of Pittsburgh 
Research Interests: Attachment and child/parent relationships, Domestic Violence/intimate partner dynamics, Trauma resiliency and recovery, Multicultural Competency in Therapy, Personal Development

Nino Mikaia

Adviser: Dr. Trevor Stokes 
Education: Master’s Degree, Child and Adolescent Psychological Assessment and Counseling, Tbilisi State University, Georgia, 2019-2021, Master’s Degree, Education Administration, Ilia State University, Georgia, 2010-2012, Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology, Uznadze Educational Institute of Clinical, General, and Applied Psychology, Georgia, 2003-2007 
Prior Experience: Psychologist, Psycho-educational evaluation of children with disabilities and special educational needs, McLain Association for Children (MAC Georgia), Tbilisi, Georgia, Trainer, Design and implement training programs related to the behavioral management, inclusive education practices, and team-based approaches to disability support, McLain Association for Children (MAC Georgia), Tbilisi, Georgia, Coordinator, The adaptation and norming of the Mullen Scales of Early Learning, McLain Association for Children (MAC Georgia), Tbilisi, Georgia, Psychologist, Consultations for parents regarding child behavior management, Applied Psychology and Research Center, Tbilisi, Georgia 
Research Interests: Applied Behavior, Analysis Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Teacher-Child Interaction Therapy, Children with special needs, Parent Support

Lauren Shoss

Adviser: Dr. Robert Harmison 
Education: M.Ed Counseling and Sports Psychology, Boston University, 2023, BHSc, Honors Health Sciences, McMaster University, 2021 
Prior Experience: Sports Psychology Consultant, Boston University Athletics, Co-Founder of Zhilkin’s Vision, est. 2022, Sports Psychology Consultant, Emmanuel College Athletics, Sports Psychology Consultant, Boston Hockey Academy, Partial Hospitalization Program Clinical Mental Health Intern, Arbour Counseling Services, Sports Psychology Consultant, Davidson College Athletics, Research Assistant, Boston University Center for Future Readiness 
Research Interests: Athlete mental health and wellbeing, Athletic identity and career transitions, Accessibility of mental health resources in sport & performance organizations, Intersection of athletic identity with other identities (e.g., race, gender, etc.)

Second Year

Alyssa Decker

Adviser: Dr. Anne Stewart 
Education: M.S., Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, Dual Specialty in Psychiatric and Developmental Disabilities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022, B.S., Biology, Pennsylvania State University, 2019 
Prior Experience: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Group and individual counseling with teens in an intensive outpatient program,
Sandtray therapy for adolescents, Intern – Krippa Family Psychological and Wellness Services, Cary, NC,
Intern – Central Regional Hospital, Butner, NC 
Research Interests: Play therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Inclusive post-secondary education programs, Interprofessional education

William Moncure

Adviser: Dr. Anne Stewart
Education: M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling 
Prior Experience: I have experience in clinical practice working with child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations. My experience includes in-patient psychiatric acute care, residential and outpatient addiction counseling, and working with clients with severe mental illnesses. I have also given presentations on the ethics of restraint use in psychiatric hospitals and group counseling for addictions. 

Research Interests: My research interests include mood disorder treatment, differential diagnosis, ethics, addiction treatment, and interventions for individuals with SMI.

Jennifer Nelson-Faulconer

Adviser: Dr. Anne Stewart 
Education: Ed.S., School Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, B.A., Psychology and Sociology (double major), University of Colorado, Boulder, magna cum laude 
Prior Experience: Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP), Bilingual Assessment Team, Boulder Valley Schools, Lead Psychologist, Boulder Valley Schools, MTSS and Psychological/Cognitive Assessment, Colorado, Virginia, Rhode Island, Group and Individual Counseling, K-12 
Research Interests: Play therapy, Caretaker-child attachment, The intersection of play and self-regulation, Equitable access to trauma-informed care practices, Family, school, and community collaboration

Valencia Pankey

Adviser: Dr. Trevor Stokes 
Education: M.A. Psychological Sciences, Applied Behavior Analysis, James Madison University, 2021,
B.A. Psychology, James Madison University, 2019 
Prior Experience: Research Assistant- Doctoral Dissertation, Harrisonburg, VA, BCBA Intern, Augusta County Public Schools, Verona, VA, Clinic Coordinator- Inter-Professional Autism Clinic (IPAC), Harrisonburg, VA. Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) - Virginia Institute of Autism, Charlottesville, VA 
Research Interests: Applied Behavior Analysis, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Family Interventions
Early Intervention, Children with disabilities

Tess Pieragostini

Adviser: Dr. Elena Savina 
Education: Sixth Year Certificate, School Psychology, Fairfield University, 2020, M.A., School Psychology, Fairfield University, 2017, B.S., Psychology, Sacred Heart University, 2016 
Prior Experience: School Psychologist – Bridgeport Public Schools (CT), School Psychology Intern – Fairfield Public Schools (CT), Research Assistant – Fairfield University (CT) 
Research Interests: Social-emotional learning, Teacher training and support, Psychological assessment and intervention, Culturally and linguistically diverse students, Parent-child interactions

Tahlia Wilson-Nealy

Adviser: Dr. Robert Harmison 
Education: M.S. Sport and Performance Psychology, California Baptist University, 2020, B.A. General Studies-Emphasis: Kinesiology, Texas Christian University, 2019 
Prior Experience: Student Athlete Success Coordinator - Southern Wesleyan University, Central, SC, Graduate Mental Performance Intern- California Baptist University, Riverside 
Research Interests: Sport Psychology, Mental Toughness, Student-athlete mental health and well-being, Athlete identity and transition

Third Year

Luke Badley

Adviser: Dr. Trevor Stokes 
Education: Advanced degree: MSW, Clinical Social Work, West Virginia University, Bachelor’s degree: BS, Biblical Studies, Clarks Summit University, 2011 
Prior Experience: Parent Child Interaction Therapy therapist and trainer, Therapist and outreach worker for people who use substances, Outpatient child and adolescent therapist, Community trainer and organizer for Parent Child Interaction Therapy trainings 
Research Interests: Child behavior problems, Autism, Substance Use, Child and Family Continuum of Care

Katie Callahan

Adviser: Dr. Anne Stewart
Education: Post-Master’s Certificate, Professional Counseling Studies, University of Baltimore, 2020, M.S., Applied Psychology, Concentration in Counseling Psychology, University of Baltimore, 2019,
B.A., Psychology, George Mason University, 2014 
Prior Experience: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and adults, Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP) for dual diagnosis adolescents and adults, Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy
Research Associate 
Research Interests: Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Suicidality, Non-suicidal self-injury Trauma


Dorian Hayden

Adviser: Dr. Robert Harmison 
Education: M.A., General Psychology, SUNY Brockport, 2018, B.A., Psychology and International Business, SUNY Brockport, 2015) 
Prior Experience: Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University, Volunteer Assistant Track and Field Coach/Mental Performance Coach, Michigan State University, Research Assistant, Michigan State University, Assistant Track and Field Coach, SUNY Brockport 
Research Interests: Sport psychology, Mental toughness, Peak performance, Well-being, Self-regulation

Julia Linger

Adviser: Dr. Anne Stewart 
Education: M.A. Mental Health Counseling, Boston College, 2021, B.A. Psychology, University of Virginia, 2017 
Prior Experience: Clinical Intern, The Gifford School (Woburn, MA), Research Assistant, Youth Meaning and Purpose Laboratory (Boston College), Educational and therapeutic services for nonspeaking autistic children (Arlington, VA), Research Assistant, Early Development Laboratory (University of Virginia) 
Research Interests: Play therapy, Children with disabilities, Parenting interventions, Feminist therapy



Emery Q. Brautigan

Internship Site: Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland
Adviser: Dr. Trevor Stokes 
Education: M.S.Ed., Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Pennsylvania, 2019, B.A., Psychology, Kenyon College 
Prior Experience: In-home Behavioral Therapist for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, San Bernardino, CA, Counseling Intern at Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School, Philadelphia, PA, Research Assistant 
Research Interests: Early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Child-Centered Play Therapy

Rhea E. Nesbitt

Internship Site: West Virginia University Medicine: University Healthcare, Martinsburg, WV
Adviser: Dr. Elena Savina
Education: M.S., Counseling Psychology, (specialization in Infant Mental Health); Chatham University, 2011, B.A. Psychology, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, 2008 
Prior Experience: Intern – UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital – Matilda Theiss Child Development Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Intern – Tadiso, Inc. - Methadone Maintenance Counselor, Pittsburgh, PA, Research Assistant, Temple University Infant Lab at Ambler, Philadelphia, PA 
Research Interests: Equity of opportunity and systemic inequality, Metamodern integrated pluralist approach to anti-racism, Post-traumatic edge and intersections of racial language

Shelly-Ann Peart James

Internship Site: WellSpan Philhaven Hospital, Mt. Gretna, PA
Adviser: Dr. Anne Stewart 
Education: M.Sc., Clinical Psychology, University of the West Indies, Mona, 2008, M.Div., Oral Roberts University, 2003, B.Sc., Psychology, University of the West Indies, Mona, 1999 
Prior Experience: Substance rehabilitation counseling for adults, Teen Challenge Jamaica, Group Counseling with persons recovering from substance addiction, John 3:16 Mission Practicum, Tulsa, OK, 
Pscyho-educational assessment of school aged children, identification of learning needs, collaborative development of IEPs, consultation on Multi-Disciplinary Team Saint Lucia West Indies, Psychological evaluation of adults, Research Assistant to Consultant Psychiatrist and Head, Section of Psychiatry, University of the West Indies 
Research Interests: Trauma-informed interventions for children and families, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), emotional awareness and treatment outcomes in children and adolescents, Play (filial) therapy interventions with children with significant trauma history, Play based assessments of child parent relationships (Marschak Interaction Method)

Tiffany Pempek Rahl

Internship Site: Family Service & Guidance Center in Topeka, KS
Adviser: Dr. Elena Savina 
Education: Ph.D., Psychology (developmental focus), University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2007, M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Dayton, 2003, B.S., Psychology, University of Dayton, 2000 
Prior Experience: Psychology professor (Hollins University, with tenure; Otterbein University), Post-doctoral researcher (Children’s Digital Media Center, Georgetown University) 
Research Interests: Attachment, executive functioning and emotion regulation in children, parent-child interaction, parent support and training

Tara Rajogopal

Internship Site: William & Mary Counseling Center in Williamsburg, Virginia
Adviser: Dr. Elena Savina 
Education: M.A. in Education, Stanford University, 2020, B.A. in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2017 
Prior Experience: Researcher, Cohen Lab, Stanford University, CA, Student Coordinator, Penn Resilience Program, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania, PA, Co-leader of campus meditation and wellness club, University of Pennsylvania, PA, Research Assistant, Duckworth Lab and Hunt Lab, University of Pennsylvania, PA 
Research Interests: Social-emotional learning, Mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches, 
Attachment, Trauma and resilience, Multicultural competence

Shir Wasserman

Internship Site: Miami University of Ohio Student Counseling Center in Oxford, Ohio
Adviser: Dr. Robert Harmison 
Education: M.A Sport and Exercise Psychology, Minnesota State University, 2020, BA Psychology, Marshall University, 2018 
Prior Experience: Graduate Level Mental Performance Consultant - Center for Sport and Performance Psychology, Mankato, MN, Clinical Practicum Intern - Oasis Behavioral Health, Barboursville, WV, Mental Performance Consultant Graduate Intern, MCSL Summer League, Bethesda, MD, Mental Health Non-Commissioned Officer – Israeli Defense Forces, Tel Aviv, Israel 
Research Interests: Coaches Behaviors and Athletes motivation and well-being, Female athletes body image and eating disorders, Performance enhancement, College students’ mental health and well-being

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