Current Graduate Students
Achu Johnson Alexander
Achu is a developmental program student working with Dr. Jeffrey Arnett.
Vicki is a clinical program student working with Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed.
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 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 is a developmental program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg (clinical program faculty).
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.
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 is a 5th year clinical program student conducting dissertation research in relationship risk factors for perinatal mental illness. She is conducting a pilot study of a preventative relationship health intervention for expectant partners, co-located in obstetric clinics, to decrease the incidence of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Ellen is also interested in integrated care, reducing barriers to psychological treatment, and dissemination practices. Ellen is working with Dr. James Córdova and collaborates with Dr. Nancy Byatt at UMass Memorial Hospital.
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 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 is a clinical program student working with Dr. Wendy Grolnick.
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. Her master’s work explored interplays of gender, 'race,' class and age in women's constructions of safety. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on young women’s experiences of empowerment and vulnerability in contexts of risk and how these experiences are related to women’s presentation of their bodies and sexuality.
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.
Matt is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.
Alyssa is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg.
Lilia is a developmental program student who works with Dr. Jeffrey J. Arnett. Her research interests involve emerging adults’ romantic relationships.
Kristen is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil.
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 is a developmental program student working with Dr. James Córdova (clinical program faculty).
Jessica is a clinical program student working with Dr. Laura McKee. She received her B.A. in Child Development and Sociology from Tufts University in 2007 and earned her M.A. in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University in 2009. Her research interests include examining risk and resilience in children and adolescents.
Emily is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova.
Heather is a developmental 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.
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.
Oswaldo is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil. Oswaldo’s research interests are in the area of Health Disparities and the mental health care of Latinos in the United States through cultural and contextual approaches. His doctoral thesis is titled “The Immigrant Health Paradox: The Role of Religiosity and Spirituality." He is a recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Award (MFP), The APA MFP Dissertation Award, and the NIH/NCMHD-funded Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Award. He is currently on internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center/ Boston University School of Medicine.
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 is a social program student working with Dr. Johanna Ray Vollhardt. Her research employs both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine various issues related to the social psychology of members from disadvantaged minorities. Her past projects have explored topics including the distinct ways in which members of disadvantaged groups can perceive their groups’ past and present experiences of collective victimization and how these can shape their intergroup relations. She has conducted research among minority groups in the United States (such as Burundian and Bhutanese refugees) as well as in India (e.g. members of so-called lower castes and Muslims). Broadening this work, her doctoral dissertation employs an intersectional framework to get a nuanced understanding of the social psychological (e.g. intersectional awareness) and structural factors (such as gender and social class) that can explain tensions between disadvantaged minorities as well as those that can help bring them closer.
Tamara is a clinical program student working with Dr. Esteban Cardemil.
Mukadder is a social program student working with Dr. Nicola Curtin.
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.
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 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.
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 is a clinical program student working with Dr. Michael Addis.
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."
Lia is a clinical program student working with Dr. Kathy Palm Reed.
Kay is a clinical program student working with Dr. Abbie Goldberg. Her research interests include the effects of minority stress on health and mental health for LGBTQ people, sexual and gender diversity, and the positive aspects of identifying as member of a minority group.
Julia is a social program student working with Dr. Nicola Curtin.
Michelle is a social program student working with Dr. Johanna Vollhardt.
Liz is a clinical program student working with Dr. James Córdova. Her research interests include marriage equality, same-sex couples and their experiences in couples therapy, and barriers to seeking help. Liz is also interested in how public policy and broader issues of heterosexism and homophobia impact sexual minority relationship functioning.