Maria Alessi

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, visiting friends
Email: malessi@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: Dr. Bennett
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: UNCC Counseling Center, Beginning Practicum
Research Interests:

Clinical applications of psychoneuroimmunology to treat late-life depression


Cecily Basqiun

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Hobbies: Cooking, exercise, travel, crafts, hanging out with family and friends
Email: cbasquin@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.A. in Psychology with Highest Honors from Elon University
Advisor: Dr. Armstrong
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Child and Family Development
Research Interests:

Family health behavior change; child overweight; positive parenting strategies


Grace Carter

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Hobbies: Exploring new places, hanging out with family and friends, listening to podcasts, and going on walks
Email: tcarte55@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology (Highest Honors), Child Development (Highest Honors), and Political Science from Vanderbilt University
Advisor: Dr. Kilmer
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

The dissemination, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based practices in community settings


Michelle Chen

Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
Hobbies: Yoga, hiking, movies, TV shows, videogames
Email: mchen38@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA in Clinical, Counseling, and Applied Psychology from Penn State Harrisburg
Advisor: Dr. Demakis
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Forensic neuropsychology, cognitive sequelae of medical and psychological conditions, suicide


Austin Coates

Hometown: Berlin, MD
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, scubadiving, yoga, cooking, and video gaming
Email: ccoates7@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.S. in Psychology with Honors from Lehigh University
Advisor: Dr. Kilmer & Dr. Armstrong
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Child and Family Development
Research Interests:

Child and adolescent trauma and resilience, sexual assault, and psychophysiological interventions for at risk youth


Haley Cooper

Hometown: Wichita, KS
Hobbies: Curating playlists, drawing portraits, playing basketball
Email: hcooper8@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology from the University of Kansas
Advisor: Dr. Case
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Racial and gendered health disparities, mental and physical healthcare delivery, community-based research and intervention


Magin Day

Hometown: West Lafayette, IN
Hobbies: Horse back riding, mindful hiking, & reading mystery novels
Email: mday22@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA in Psychology from UNC Charlotte
  • BS Psychology from Michigan State University 
Advisor: Dr. Gil-Rivas
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
Research Interests:

The effects of military culture/lifestyle on physical and mental health

 
 

Cody Dillon-Owens

Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Hobbies: Playing guitar and bass, board and video games, being outdoors
Email: cdillono@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology with Honors (Human Development Concentration) from Roanoke College
Advisor: Dr. Peterman
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Socioeconomic disparities in health with a particular focus on perceived scarcity and racial differences


Mia Ersoff

Hometown: Miami, Fl
Hobbies: Staying active outdoors, eating and baking sweets, watching documentaries, and traveling as much as I can to learn about different cultures.
Email: mersoff@uncc.edu
Education:
  • Florida State University Major in Communication and Psychology, Summa Cum Laude
Advisor: Dr. Cook & Dr. Kilmer
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Education, evaluation of early childhood and prevention programs, and improving systematic injustices


Lena Etzel

Hometown: Hannover, Germany
Hobbies: Running, swimming, cooking, watching TedTalks, weather/storm tracking
Email: letzel@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA in Psychology from UNC Charlotte
  • BA in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, from Queens University of Charlotte
Advisor: Dr. Webb
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: VA Charlotte
Research Interests:

Acceptance- and compassion-based approaches to fostering health and well-being, intervention-based research, occupational health psychology


Iris Fraude

Hometown: Hassloch/Pfalz, Germany
Hobbies: Spin, running, playing with furbabies, netflix & ice cream
Email: ifraude@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BSc. in Psychology with distinction from Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt
Advisor: Dr. L-R
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: UNCC Counseling Center, Beginning Practicum
Research Interests:

Interpersonal relationships, family processes, trauma, intergenerational continueity of adversity, resilience

 
 

Drew Gadaire

Email: agadaire@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BS in Psychology at Davidson College
Program: Community
Research Interests:

I am interested in youth development in marginalized populations and community factors/interventions that may improve outcomes for at-risk youth. I am also interested in the acculturation process and the Latino immigrant paradox.

After graduating from Davidson, I spent 3 years traveling and working in educational settings in Greece and Ecuador. I have a passion for travel and enjoy learning through experience in different cultures and environments. I also played baseball at Davidson and I am a fan of all sports. 


Maggie Gigler

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Hobbies: Running, reading, and watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey and movies about organized crime
Email: mgigler@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology with Honors, cum laude from Wake Forest University
Advisor: Dr. Scott
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Elizabeth Family Medicine
Research Interests:

Promoting health equity through integrated care; health communication in integrated care settings; influence of internalization of stigma on treatment-seeking behaviors


Shaina Glass

Hometown: Waxhaw, NC
Hobbies: Reading, exercise, videogames, cooking, spending time with family and friends
Email: sglass7@uncc.edu
Education:
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Game Design and Development from UNC Charlotte
  • B.S. in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, from UNC Charlotte
Advisor: Dr. Markant
Program: General
Research Interests:

I am interested in the cognitive aspects of mental health, cognitive training, and creating and improving treatments and prevention programs. I am also interested in improving the accessibility of treatments through gamification


Erin Godly-Reynolds

Email: egodlyre@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.Ed. in Sport Administration from Wingate University, 2011B.A. in Psychology and Dual Certification (Childhood Education/Special Education) from Marist College, 2008
Program: Community
Research Interests:

I am interested in the prevention of childhood obesity and Type II diabetes; mother and infant wellness, specifically breastfeeding duration and rates in minority populations; utilizing program evaluation and implementation science to address challenges in educational and healthcare systems; and access to free and appropriate education for all children, including children with special needs and children from low SES households.

I moved to North Carolina in 2011 for a graduate assistantship at Wingate University (about an hour east of Charlotte). Originally planning just to come for grad school, first I fell in love with the weather, and then I met and fell in love with my husband! Like many other implants, I consider NC to be my home state for the foreseeable future. Proud parents of our “big goof” Bridie (an adopted mutt), Mick and I enjoy spending time outdoors with her, and appreciating the diversity of what Charlotte has to offer (from going out in Uptown to relaxing in NoDa). My prior work experiences...


Taryn Greene

Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Hobbies: Yoga, running, cycling, connecting with nature, and painting
Email: taryn.greene@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.A. in Psychology from UNC Charlotte
  • M.A. from the American Military University
  • B.A. in Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Reeve
Program: General
Research Interests:

Posttraumatic growth (PTG), resilience, and thriving; development and application of military focused PTG interventions


Aimi Hardy

Hometown: Lubbock, TX
Hobbies: Yoga, hiking, biking
Email: ahardy27@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA from Austin College
Advisor: Dr. Gil-Rivas
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Health at Every Size approaches to healthcare; weight bias among healthcare professionals; longitudinal impact of weight discrimination on the development of chronic disease

 
 

Meredith Harrison

Hometown: Burlington, NC
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, playing with dogs, cooking, and Disney+
Email: mgriff86@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BS in Psychology with Highest Honors from UNC Chapel Hill
Advisor: Dr. McAnulty
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Wake Forest Oncology
Research Interests:

The intersection between technology use (e.g., text messaging, dating apps, social media, etc.) and risk behavior (e.g., alcohol use, risky sex, etc.) in the context of romantic relationships in emerging adulthood


Marie Hayes

Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY
Hobbies: Playing with my goldendoodle, Sheldon
Email: mhayes50@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology from the University at Albany (SUNY)
Advisor: Dr. Peterman
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Myers Park Internal Medicine
Research Interests:

The impacts of technology on health and health behaviors


Nadia Jafari

Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY
Hobbies: Playing piano, yoga, cooking, traveling
Email: njafari@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA in Psychology from UNC Charlotte
  • BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University
Advisor: Dr. Webb
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: National Psychology Training Consortium in Washington State, Integrated primary care (Internship)
Research Interests:

App based health technologies, digital self-harm, eating disorders, mindfulness


Bridget Jules

Hometown: Baldwin, NY
Hobbies: Travelling, hiking, yoga, movie watching, spending time with people I love
Email: bjules1@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.A. Psychology and Spanish Language and Literature from Binghamton University
Advisor: Dr. L-R
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Intimate partner violence, consent, risk factors to sexual perpetration of violence, trauma informed care


Jackie Larson

Email: jlarso14@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA Psychology with High Honors, Emory University
Program: Community
Research Groups: Community Psychology Research Lab
Research Interests:

I am interested in factors that can affect the development of positive child and adolescent socioemotional and educational outcomes. I am also interested in mental health advocacy and youth empowerment (factors affecting the development of positive child and adolescent outcomes, particularly socioemotional and educational outcomes; mental health advocacy; youth empowerment).


Paisley Lewis

Hometown: Easley, SC
Hobbies: Hiking, yoga, playing flute, reading, cooking, and connecting with nature
Email: plewis19@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology from Davidson College
Advisor: Dr. Peterman
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: UNCC Counseling Center GA
Research Interests:

Nature and well-being within the context of scarcity

 
 

Jodie Lisenbee

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Hobbies: Live music, puzzles, snowboarding, biking
Email: jlisenbe@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology and Human Development from the University of California at Davis
Advisor: Dr. Webb & Dr. Gil-Rivas
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: UNCC Counseling Center, Beginning Practicum
Research Interests:

Maternal health, shared decision-making during childbirth, psychosocial influences on labor progression, perinatal period

 

 


Megan McComas

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Hobbies: Yoga, craft beer, travel, meditation
Email: mmccomas@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology & Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution-Interpersonal Track from Salisbury University
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Thanatology from University of Maryland
  • Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C)
Advisor: Dr. Gil-Rivas
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Teen Health Connection
Research Interests:

Social media, technology, cyber aggression, LGBTQ+, mindfulness, adjustment

 
 

 


Jaimelee Mihalski

Email: jmihalsk@uncc.edu
Education:
  • Graduated from DePaul University in 2013 with a B.A. in Community Psychology
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Substance abuse recovery and prevention, education, and child welfare
 


Dana Miller

Hometown: Chambersburg, PA
Hobbies: Photography, Travel, Music, and spending time with my husband and 3 ferrets
Email: dmill164@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology (Neuroscience option) at Penn State
Advisor: Dr. Demakis
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological assessment of neurodegenerative disorders, Forensic neuropsychology


Alyssa Minnick

Hometown: Souderton, PA
Hobbies: Trying new foods and restaurants; Baking; Spending time with my husband, two kids, and dog!
Email: aminnic1@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University of Maryland
  • BA in Psychology from Dickinson College
Advisor: Dr. Cachelin
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Eating disorders; weight management; promoting health behaviors, including healthy eating, physical activity; binge eating behaviors and perceptions of health status among under-researched and underserved populations (e.g., college men; diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds); intervention-based research


Alexis Mitchell

Hometown: Abingdon, VA
Hobbies: Exercise/running, live music shows, documentaries, traveling/exploring new places
Email: amitch83@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology, Summa cum laude from UNC Charlotte
Advisor: Dr. Levens
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: UNCC Counseling Center, Beginning Practicum
Research Interests:

Cognitive and emotional processes underlying health behavior change

 
 

Jan Mooney

Hometown: San Mateo, CA
Hobbies: Podcasts, baking, snacking, dressing my dog up in raincoats for walks
Email: jmoone14@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA from Pfeiffer University
  • BA from the University of California at Berkeley
Advisor: Dr. Webb
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: UNCC Counseling Center, Advanced Practicum
Research Interests:

Eating behaviors, interoceptive awareness, body image, maternal health

 
 

Victoria O'Connor

Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Hobbies: Running, horseback riding, cuddling with my dogs
Email: vwillet1@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • BA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with University Honors
Advisor: Dr. L-R
Current Practicum Placement: Carolinas Rehabilitation
Research Interests:

Posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic stress after interpersonal traumas and the impact of mediating behaviors like rumination and social media surveillance

 

 


Ana Orejuela

Email: aorejuel@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, 2011
Program: Clinical
Research Groups: PTG
Research Interests:

Posttraumatic growth, the interplay between emotional regulation and cognitive processing, trauma narratives, physiological effects of stress.


Kim Papay

Hometown: Horsham, PA
Hobbies: Hiking, ballroom dancing, reading, Penn State football
Email: kpapay@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA in Psychology from UNC Charlotte
  • B.S. in Psychology (Neuroscience track) from Penn State University
Advisor: Dr. Reeve
Program: General
Research Interests:
The impacts of perfectionism on health and wellbeing; stress; protective factors 

Sydney Park

Hometown: Pewaukee, WI
Hobbies: Sociailizing, playing guitar/singing, watching TV, & reading
Email: spark68@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology with a minor in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Advisor: Dr. Levens
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Neuropsychological Services Charlotte
Research Interests:

Executive function, neuropsychology, emotion regulation, & health behavior engagement


Ameante Payen

Hometown: Jamaica, Queens, New York
Hobbies: Reading, Spending time with family and friends, Volunteering, Traveling, Dining Out
Email: apayen@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.A. Queens College City University of New York
  • M.A. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Advisor: Dr. Bennett
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

The effects of stress and inflammation on cognition, the clinical use of biomarkers in neuropsychological testing


Brittany Price

Email: bprice34@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology and BS in Animal Science from North Carolina State University
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: VA Charlotte
Research Interests:

stress, health disparities and physiological markers of stress


Pedram Rastegar

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Hobbies: Playing sports, video games, hiking
Email: prastega@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Peterman & Dr. L-R
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Violence exposure and resiliency; mental health and Muslim Americans


Fallon Richie

Hometown: Auburn Hills, Michigan
Hobbies: Running, traveling, hiking, & baking
Email: frichie@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology from Hope College
Advisor: Dr. L-R.
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Biddle Point and Union Family Practice
Research Interests:

Health equity, integrated healthcare systems, institutional betrayal, intimate partner violence

 
 

Olivia Riffle

Email: oriffle@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Neuroscience, 2012, Washington & Lee University
Program: Clinical
Expected Graduation: 2020
Research Interests:

Posttraumatic growth as it relates to personal narrative, prosocial behavior, sense of calling/purpose, and stress reactivity and management

I'm originally from the Cleveland area, but my favorite place to be is in the Blue Ridge mountains. I enjoy running, hiking, yoga, singing, traveling, concerts/festivals and trying new restaurants. Charlotte has been a wonderful home so far and I look forward to experiencing more of what it has to offer!


Courtney Rogers

Hometown: Ocoee, TN
Hobbies: Reading, watching bad reality TV, yoga, cooking
Email: croger71@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA in Clinical Health Psychology from Appalachian State University
  • BA in Psychology from Lee University
Advisor: Dr. Webb
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Myers Park Internal Medicine
Research Interests:

Sociocultural influences on body image and eating behaviors; processes by which women develop and maintain positive body image (e.g., body image flexibility) and how this can be supported via intervention; treatment accessibility


Lydia Roos

Hometown: Charleston, SC
Hobbies: Traveling, lifting weights, yoga, hiking, spending time with my family, friends, and playing with my dog, and netflix binging
Email: ljames38@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology from the College of Charleston
Advisor: Dr. Bennett
Program: General
Research Interests:

Allostasis and physiological functioning from a psychoneuroimmunological perspective; interpersonal stress and trauma; and factors influencing reactivity to potential stressors, such as emotion regulation and interpersonal processes

 

 


Aria Ruggiero

Hometown: Glen Head, NY
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, cooking, playing trivia, making memes of my dog
Email: aruggie2@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA in General Psychology from American University
  • BA in Psychology from Boston University
Advisor: Dr. Gaultney
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: VA Charlotte
Research Interests:

How societal attitudes and beliefs about sleep shape sleeping behaviors; the social and emotional predictors and outcomes of sleep disturbances


Khalil Salim

Hometown: Concord, NC
Hobbies: Kayaking, hiking, and playing guitar
Email: ksalim@uncc.edu
Education:
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management
  • BA in Psychology from UNC Charlotte
Advisor: Dr. Kilmer & Dr. Cook
Program: Community
Research Interests:

I am an action-oriented researcher interested in designing, implementing, and evaluating community-based interventions and/or programming that promote positive outcomes for disadvantaged and/or marginalized populations.

 
 
 

Rachel Siegal

Hometown: Westborough, MA
Hobbies: Running, backpacking, yoga and swimming
Email: rsiegal@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Advisor: Dr. Kilmer & Dr. Cook
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Using community-based participatory research approaches in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs to improve community well-being and inform action across multiple levels of the bioecological model


Caitlin Simmons

Hometown: Calgary, AB, Canada
Hobbies: Yoga, video games, hiking, reading
Email: csimmo54@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University
Advisor: Dr. Cook & Dr. Kilmer
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Social-emotional development, school-based interventions, program evaluation, systems-level change


Leslie Snapper

Hometown: Ashland, MA
Hobbies: Exercise (lifting, martial arts, yoga, hiking), reading, playing with my dog (Jenna), and watching movies with my husband
Email: lsnapper@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology (Neuroscience track) from Boston College
Advisor: Dr. Peterman & Dr. Scott
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Elizabeth Family Medicine
Research Interests:

Health behaviors, physical activity, mental health, integrated behavioral healthcare


Alexa Sotiroff

Hometown: Birmingham, Michigan
Hobbies: Painting, Yoga, Cooking, Hiking, Documentaries/Podcasts
Email: asotirof@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.A. in Psychology at the University of Michigan
Advisor: Dr. L-R
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:
Violent behavior, factors that influence behaviors and attitudes towards deviant behavior, forensic psychology

Tran Tran

Hometown: Saigon, Vietnam
Hobbies: Dancing, yoga, watching Friends (religiously), true crime documentaries, and cat videos on the internet
Email: ttran97@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.A. in Psychology and Theater & Dance at Dickinson College
Advisor: Dr. Gil-Rivas & Dr. Webb
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Eating disorders among ethnic minorities, and multicultural counseling competencies


Jacqueline Tynan

Email: jtynan2@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA Psychology from University of Kentucky
Program: Community
Expected Graduation: 2016
Research Interests:

The relationship between education and community support programs and outcomes of at-risk youth pertaining to substance use, juvenile delinquency, and high school completion.

I moved here from Kentucky. I love being outside, going to concerts, and playing sports. Kentucky basketball is near the top of the list of things I’m passionate about. I also like to travel and hope to cross all 50 states of my list, as well as find time to spend abroad.


Rachel Uri

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Hobbies: Spending time outdoors, cooking new recipes, playing with my cat Marley
Email: ruri@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Advisor: Dr. Gil-Rivas & Dr. Webb
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: UNCC Counseling Center, Beginning Practicum
Research Interests:

Eating behaviors within the context of poverty and deprivation, impact of food insecurity on mental health, type II diabetes


Clysha Whitlow

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Hobbies: Nexflix, volunteering, dancing, and eating out
Email: cwhitl37@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S in Rehabilitation Services at East Carolina University
  • B.A in Psychology at East Carolina University
  • M.A. in General Psychology at NC Central University
Advisor: Dr. Case & Dr. Cook
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Physical and mental health disparities, indicators and determinants of help-seeking behavior, and community-based participatory research


Philip Zendels

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Hobbies: Board Games, cooking, sleeping, listening to music
Email: pzendels@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, Neurobiology Concentration, B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina State University, 2018
Advisor: Dr. Gaultney
Program: General
Research Interests:

Sleep Hygiene, Chronicity, Physiological sleep outcomes, Cognitive sleep outcomes