Psychology

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Current Graduate Students

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Achu Johnson Alexander
Achu is a developmental program student working with Dr. Jeffrey Arnett.

Victoria Ameral
Vicky is a clinical program student working with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed.

Jessica Armstrong
Jessica is a clinical program student working with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Forensic Psychology in 2010 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Her overarching research and clinical interests include substance use disorders and trauma, particularly as they intersect with culture.

Joshua Berger
Joshua Berger is a clinical program student who works with Dr. Michael Addis. His main area of interest is the relationship between adherence to masculinity norms and help-seeking behavior in men, particularly veterans. His work seeks to establish predictors for men’s use of mental health services, and thereby to help devise well-informed strategies for men to access these services. In the future, he hopes to integrate research and clinical work to help coordinate mental health care for veterans. His Master’s thesis was titled “Men's Reactions to Mental Health Labels, Different Forms of Help-Seeking, and Sources of Help-Seeking Advice.”

Kaitlin Black
Kaitlin is a developmental program student working with Dr. Maricela Correa-Chavez (affiliated research faculty).

Kenneth Cabell
Kenny is a social program student who works with Dr. Jaan Valsiner. His research interests include how human psychological experience and human psychological functioning are culturally organized through the use of semiotic mediation and symbolic action. Empirical interests include: (1) trait-inferencing and (2) semiotic trapping. Theoretical interests include methodological innovation such as transcending models of causality.

Amy Cameron
Amy is a clinical program student who works with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed. Her research interests include basic emotional and cognitive processes that are implicated in the etiology and maintenance of disorders related to emotion regulation and improving treatment outcomes for these disorders. Her Master’s thesis was titled, “Reactivity to negative Affect in Smokers: Insight Into Rule-Governed Behavior." Her doctoral dissertation will be a Phase I Open Trial of DBT with integrated values to improve treatment motivation and engagement in individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Maggie Campbell
Maggie is a social program student who is working with Dr. Johanna Ray Vollhardt. Maggie has a wide range of research interests involving the areas of peace, violence, and social responsibility. Currently, she is especially interested in conceptions of good and evil; including how people develop beliefs about good and evil, the role of religion in this process, and how these beliefs relate to people’s political and social opinions. She is also interested in the endorsement of redemptive violence, political media and decision-making, moral reasoning, and ways of developing a culture of peace.

Ellen Darling
Ellen is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.

Angela de Dios
Angela is a developmental program student who works with Dr. Jeffrey Arnett and her interests are primarily cultural identity development in immigrant and ethnic minority emerging adults. Her past research includes mixed methods studies about ethnic identity in Asian American emerging adults, the experiences of cultural identity in Filipino Americans, and the relationship between ethnic identity and religious identity in Filipino American emerging adults. Her master's thesis was titled "Cultural identity in Filipino American emerging adults."

Alyssa Durham
Alyssa is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.

Alyssa Faro
Alyssa Faro is a clinical program student working with Dr. Laura McKee. Her research interests surround parenting practices and outcomes for children at risk of developing internalizing disorders. She received her BA in Psychology from Connecticut College in 2009.

Lizzie Flamm
Lizzie is a clinical program student working with Dr. Wendy Grolnick.

CJ Fleming
CJ is a clinical program student who works with Dr. James Córdova in the Couples' Lab. Her master's thesis was entitled: “The Help Seeking Attitudes and Behaviors of Couples in the Marriage Checkup."

Katie Frazier
Katie is a developmental program student who works with Dr. Rachel Falmagne. Her research interests involve societal and feminist approaches to gender identity and ideologies, particularly as they relate to interpersonal violence. Katie has completed her master's thesis at Clark, titled "Empowered victims? Interplays of gender, 'race,' class and age in women's constructions of safety" and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree.

Tatiana Gray
Tatiana is a clinical program student who works with Dr. James Córdova. Her research interests include couples communication patterns and positive relationship functioning. Her master’s thesis will focus on how couples navigate the shift out of a conflict conversation; in addition it will examine personal characteristics associated with smoother shifts and how that might predict relationship longevity and satisfaction over time.

Matthew Hawrilenko
Matt is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.

Theresa Jackson
Theresa is a developmental program student who works with Dr. Rachel Falmagne. She is interested in the sociocultural construction of menstruation, sexuality, and the body. She is currently investigating the menarche experience among an urban population of adolescents. She is also more broadly interested in qualitative methodology and critical psychology. Her master's thesis was titled, “Women wearing white: Discourses of menstruation and the menarche experience.”

Lilia Juarez-Gil
Lilia is a developmental program student who works with Dr. Jeffrey J. Arnett. Her research interests involve emerging adults’ romantic relationships.

Kristen Keefe
Kristen is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil.

Lori Kinkler
Lori is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg. Through her research she seeks to explore new constructions of gender, sexual orientation, and family. She has a strong desire to examine the ways in which an essentialist approach to the study of these issues serve to support certain political agendas which ultimately harm and marginalize groups identified as “different.” Her doctoral dissertation will focus on the experiences and challenges of single adoptive parents by choice.

Justin Laplante
Justin is a developmental program student working with Dr. Lene Jensen.

Jessica Lessing
Jessica is a clinical program student working with Dr. Laura McKee.

Heather Mangione
Heather is a social program student working with Dr. Maricela Correa-Chávez (affiliated research faculty). She received her B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2007 and her Masters in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2011. Her research interests focus around immigration, culture and qualitative methodology.

Kristine Marbell
Kristine (KK) is a clinical program student from Ghana working with Dr. Wendy Grolnick. Her research focuses on optimal parenting behaviors that promote children's social and emotional well-being. Kristine is also interested in how cultural values shape parenting behaviors and children's responses to these behaviors. She has conducted two studies in Ghana examining the effects of autonomy-supportive parenting. Her doctoral dissertation will be a cross-cultural mixed-methods study that examines how Ghanaian and American children's self-concept moderates the relation of autonomy-supportive parenting to emotional well-being and academic motivation.

Lucas Mazur
Lucas Mazur is a social program student working under the direction of Dr. Johanna Vollhardt. He is interested in victim consciousness and the dynamics of social conflict between ethnic,national and religious groups. He also explores the relationship between prototypicality judgments and outgroup-directed prosocial behavior. Lucas received an M.A. in Sociology from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and an M.A. in Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City. In between these degrees, he managed the fundraising campaigns of a combination of local, national and international charities within both the state and federal governments in Western New York.

Jessica Mckenzie
Jessica is a developmental program student working with Dr. Lene Arnett Jensen. Broadly speaking, her research interests are morality, religion, and modernity. The title of her master's thesis is "Growing Closer to God: Moral Development from Two Divinity Perspectives." In her upcoming dissertation project, she will examine psychological conceptualizations of globalization across generations in Thailand.

Amanda Mikedis
Amanda is a clinical program student working with Dr. Wendy Grolnick. Amanda’s research interests lie in understanding parental factors, such as providing autonomy support, and their influence on adolescents' health behaviors, emotions, and well-being.

Oswaldo Moreno
Oswaldo is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil. Oswaldo’s research interests are in the area of mental health care as well as the understanding of pathways towards mental health help seeking behaviors among Latinos in the United States through cultural and contextual approaches. His master’s thesis was titled “Religiosity, Spirituality, and Mental Health Services: An Exploratory Study of Help Seeking among Latinos.” He was recently awarded a summer fellowship through a NIH/NCMHD-funded Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program to collaborate in research at the National Institute of Psychiatry of Mexico (Epidemiological Division).

Melinda Ippolito Morrill
Melinda is a clinical program student who works with Dr. James Córdova in the Center for Couples and Family Research. Her research interests lie in the intersection between couples intimate relationships and their co-parenting and parenting behaviors. Her master's thesis (2008) was entitled “Pathways between marriage and parenting for wives and husbands: The role of co-parenting.”

April Moyer
April is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg. She is interested in studying families in diverse contexts, especially foster care and adoption. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University and her M.A. in Developmental Psychology from San Francisco State University.

Rashmi Nair
Rashmi is a social program student working with Dr. Johanna Ray Vollhardt. Rashmi is interested in the factors that lead to intergroup helping or tension. More specifically, she studies inclusive and exclusive victim consciousness in the Indian context. She is interested in the impact of these distinct kinds of victim beliefs on intergroup relations between various minority groups in India. Additionally, she is further expanding the concept of inclusive victim consciousness, its scope and exploring the different underlying motivations – Strategic/Ingroup focused motivations or Outgroup focused. In addition to this, Rashmi is also currently working on focus group interviews with Bhutanese and other refugee and ethnic minority groups.

Tamara Nelson
Tamara is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil.

Niyati Pandya
Niyati is a developmental program student working with Dr. Lene Jensen. Her research focuses on moral development among children in India. She graduated in May 2009 with her M.Sc. in Human Development & Family Studies from M. S. University of Baroda, India.

Carsten-Hendrik Rasche
Carsten-Hendrik is visiting DAAD Scholar in the social program working with Dr. Johanna Vollhardt.

Jacqueline N. Raftery-Helmer
Jackie is a clinical program student working with Dr. Wendy Grolnick. Her research interests include the development of coping with a special focus on how social contexts facilitate more adaptive coping. Her master’s thesis is titled “Children’s coping with academic failure: Relations with contextual and motivational resources supporting competence.”

Christopher Reigeluth
Chris is a clinical program student working with Dr. Michael Addis. His research interests include adolescent development and the influences of social learning and gender socialization on male development and behavior. Chris is particularly interested in policing of masculinity and understanding the range of experiences that boys have with this social process.

Monica Sanchez
Monica is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil. Her research interests include understanding the effects of culture on psychopathology. Her doctoral thesis will focus on the effect of intergenerational conflict within immigrant families and its effect on externalizing and internalizing disorders in immigrant children.

Joseph Schwab
Joe is a developmental program student working with Dr. Jeffrey Arnett. His research interests include the development of identity, concepts of self, and religious and spiritual beliefs, specifically focusing on how these concepts are constructed through narratives. He is currently working on a project investigating the construction of spiritual and existential identities in emerging adults. He recently completed his master’s thesis, titled “Religious meaning making: Positioning identities through stories.”

David Slatkin
David is a clinical program student working with Dr. Michael Addis.

Julia Sollenberger
Julia is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova in the Marriage Checkup Lab. Her research interests include processes such as intimacy and emotion regulation that affect marital quality and satisfaction. The title of her master's thesis is "Emotion Skills Predict Marital Satisfaction Across the Transition to Marriage."

Julia Tran
Julia is a social program student working with Dr. Nicola Curtin.

Elizabeth Weber
Liz is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.

Juan Zhong
Juan is a developmental program student working with Dr. Jeffrey Arnett. Her research examines the ways in which emerging adults change their conceptions of adulthood, organize new ways of living, and revision their future lives in contemporary China. She is interested in the cultural structure that shapes the experiences of emerging adulthood.