Psychology people

Ph.D. Recipients

Kathryn Frazier, Ph.D. ‘15 (Developmental)
Lecturer of Psychology, Northeastern University

Kathryn is a Lecturer of Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she teaches classes such as Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Psychology of Women. She is also the 2015-2016 Visiting Scholar in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern. Kathryn’s research is centered on women’s experiences of violence and vulnerability, and also on contemporary feminisms and women’s experiences of empowerment. She has published her work in a number of outlets including a book chapter in the Annals of Cultural Psychology and empirical articles in Feminism & Psychology, and Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science.

Melinda Ippolito Morrill, Ph.D. '14 (Clinical)
Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Morrill is a Research Fellow on a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award T32 award from the Stuart T. Hauser Clinical Research Training Program in Biological and Social/Developmental Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She currently works in the Laboratory of Adult Development where she focuses on the role of childhood adversity in later life aging as part of a large National Institute of Health grant. Morrill’s research interests include investigating preventative family interventions to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of trauma, resulting in improved biopsychosocial functioning for future generations. She has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and abstracts, and has been on the editorial board and served as an ad hoc reviewer for multiple family-focused academic journals. Morrill is also a member of the Perinatal Mental Health Working Group at the Commonwealth Research Center of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She lives in Boston with her husband and two children.

Juan Zhong, Ph.D. '14 (Developmental)
Project Manager, Cambridge Institute of International Education

Dr. Zhong is currently a program manager for an international education company. She serves as a liaison between schools in America and parents of students in China. She also acts as a mentor to the students because of her psychology degree and diverse educational background. In addition to this, she works on strategic projects to grow the business organically.

Dr. Zhong was the recipient of a 1-year fellowship from the AAUW (American Association of University Women). During her research with for the AAUW, Dr. Zhong was able to complete her graduate research on migrant women workers in China. Throughout this experience she realized that she wanted to contribute to fostering broader access to education for young people in China.

Jordan Downing, Ph.D. '13 (Clinical)
Assistant Director, Counseling and Wellness Center, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Dr. Downing is the Assistant Director of the Counseling and Wellness Center at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is broadly interested in how gender, sexual orientation, race, and other socio-cultural factors shape individual and family development. She is particularly interested in understanding how experiences of marginalization and discrimination impact identity formation and mental health.

Katherine Lacasse, Ph.D. ‘13 (Social)
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Rhode Island College

Dr. Lacasse is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rhode Island College where she teaches courses such as Social Psychology, Research Methods, and Introduction to Psychology. She is also developing an Internship Program for majors in the Psychology Department. Her current research investigates how performing green behaviors impacts people's self-perceptions and political attitudes regarding environmental issues, as well as the role of emotional processes in risk perception. She has published several articles in journals such as Environment & Behavior and Emotion Review, and is active in interdisciplinary groups researching climate change and energy technologies.

Nikita A. Kharlamov, Ph.D. ’13 (Social)
Associate Professor of Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark

Dr. Kharlamov’s work lies at the intersection of psychology of perception, environmental psychology, and cultural psychology, with a focus on naturalistic studies in real-world urban environments. He is particularly interested in attentional capture in complex settings and in the role of personal culture in semantic meaning attribution. Methodologically, this involves using verbal reports together with mobile eye-tracking. He also occasionally ventures into urban studies and social theory, where his current interest is in using the work of the philosopher Walter Benjamin to understand everyday perception of cities. Recent student research in his lab at Aalborg University has been concerned with development of environment-related meanings (such as “home”) during life course transitions. Dr. Kharlamov teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars in cognitive, perception, experimental, and environmental psychology. His professional website is:

Ayfer Dost Gözkan, Ph.D. '12 (Developmental)
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey

Dr. Gözkan is a native of Turkey; she works at Ozyegin University Department of Psychology. She teaches classes such as Developmental Psychology, Motivation and Self-Regulation, Adolescence and Transition to Adulthood, and Child and Family Policies. Her research focuses on social and emotional development in adolescence, and positive youth development. Currently she has been working on a project titled “Adolescent disclosure to parents: Individual and familial predictors and positive development” which is funded by The Scientific and Research Council of Turkey. She is also interested in philosophy and history of psychology. She co-edited a volume titled “Norms, Groups, Conflict, and Social Change: Rediscovering Muzafer Sherif’s Psychology” with another Clark alumni, Dr. Doga Sonmez Keith. Dr. Gözkan also serves as an associate editor for the Journal Turkish Psychological Reports.

Gabriel Twose Ph.D. '12 (Social)
Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, American Psychological Association

Gabriel Twose is a Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer at the American Psychological Association’s Public Interest Government Relations Office, where his portfolio includes human rights and socioeconomic status. He works with Members of Congress and their staff to provide psychology’s input into research priorities and federal policies, and coordinates support for legislation and issue positions. He is responsible for legislative analysis and reports, and relevant APA position papers, policy statements, and briefing sheets. He has previously worked with the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the International Center for Transitional Justice. He was elected President of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence. Recent publications include a special issue on human rights of Peace and Conflict: the Journal of Peace Psychology, the International Handbook of Peace and Reconciliation, and The Trouble with Truth-telling: Preliminary Reflections on Truth and Justice in Post-war Liberia.

Aaron Krasnow Ph.D. '03 (Clinical)
Assistant Vice President and Director of Health and Counseling services, Arizona State University (ASU)

Dr. Krasnow is Assistant Vice President and Director of Arizona State University’s (ASU) Health and Counseling services. In this role he provides administrative leadership for the 6 Health Service clinics and 4 Counseling Service clinics across ASU’s 4 campus locations. Dr. Krasnow began his tenure at Arizona State University in 2003 as a staff psychologist at ASU Counseling. In total, the clinics at ASU serve over 24,000 students per year with over 65,000 visits in primary care, urgent care, neurology, women’s health, rheumatology, occupational health, sports medicine for Division I athletes and club sports, pandemic disease prevention, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, individual and group psychotherapy, psychoeducational workshops, suicide prevention, and behavioral risk management.

He has served in a number of capacities in various departments at ASU, including clinical director, Dean of Students (Polytechnic Campus), and now as Assistant Vice President. He is also ASU’s HIPAA privacy officer, an Arizona-licensed Clinical Psychologist, and has been an instructor in ASU’s Fulton Colleges of Engineering and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. He has consulted and presented nationally on topics such as student service best practice, clinic management, suicide prevention, quality improvement, and innovation. He is also the former Chair of the American Psychological Association, Division 17 Section on College and University Counseling Centers. He credits the variance in his career to a passion for supporting educational opportunity and providing solutions to real-world questions that affect our communities. His states that his passion for education, the skills and abilities to make positive change, and the willingness to challenge the status quo were nurtured primarily during his years as a graduate student at Clark.