Department of Psychology

lab members


Dr. Peter Mezo


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Graduate Student Researchers

Kelsey pritchard, m.a.

ARC Pritchard

  • Degree: M.A. Clinical Psychology (Cleveland State University)
  • Degree in Progress: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
  • 2016-2021
  • Graduate Student
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Kelsey earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2013, and his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Cleveland State University in 2016. Prior to joining the ARC Lab, Kelsey successfully defended his Master’s thesis titled “An Interpersonal Model of Depression: A Psychophysiological Perspective,” and completed a practicum placement at the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Psychiatric Clinic.

Kelsey’s primary research interests focus on the role of the autonomic nervous system in the onset and maintenance of depression and stress. His research also aims to understand how interpersonal behaviors influence social support in those with depression. Broadly speaking, he is interested in understanding how these behavioral and psychophysiological processes function in the context of emotion regulation.

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hannah herc, msC


  • Degree: MSc Mental Health Research (University of Nottingham)
  • Degree in Progress: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
  • 2017-2022
  • Graduate Student
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Hannah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University in 2014, and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Research from The University of Nottingham (U.K.) in 2016. Prior to joining the ARC Lab, Hannah worked as a Psychology Research Lab Manager at Kent State University (2014-2015) and most recently as a Behavioral Health Counselor at both the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at St. Clare's Behavioral Health Hospital and for Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare Group Homes (2016-2017), located in New Jersey.

Hannah's primary research interests focus on alternative coping mechanisms for emotion regulation disorders, with an emphasis on mindfulness, mindful awareness, and self-regulation.

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Justin Leiter-Mcbeth


Justin earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Kent State University in 2016. Prior to joining the ARC Lab, Justin volunteered in multiple labs at Kent State, worked as a neurofeedback technician, and was employed as a research specialist through Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA.

Justin's primary research interests focus on emotion regulation, mindfulness, and physiology. He also hopes to create a better understanding of how visceral signals affect psychopathology.

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research assistants

kelsey fairchild

  • Degrees: B.A. Biology/B.A. Psychology (Capital University)
  • Post-graduate Volunteer Research Assistant
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Kelsey earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Biology from Capital University in 2016. Prior to joining the ARC Lab, Kelsey worked for Ramapo for Children, a non-profit organization, as a program coordinator for the Staff-Assistant Experience Program. Her role included implementing daily structures for the residential transition-to-independence program designed to assist young adults with social, emotional, or learning challenges.

Kelsey's time at Ramapo for Children inspired her research interests in the effectiveness of learned cognitive-behavioral coping skills for individuals with co-occurring diagnosis of developmental disabilities and mental health issues. Kelsey plans to pursue a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology this year. 

Ben Harrison

Ben is currently a senior and pursuing his Bachelor's in Psychology. Previously, he earned a B.B.A. in Finance from UT. Ben's research interests are related to personality assessment and personality disorders, as well as the relation of physical activity to abnormal behaviors and emotions. After earning an undergraduate degree, Ben hopes to complete a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology and to work in both academic and clinical practice.

Sarah Herr

Sarah is currently a sophomore and pursuing her Bachelor’s in Psychology. Sarah’s research interests pertain to self-regulation and behaviorism in the context of treating Autism and other developmental disorders. She is currently employed as a ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Technician. In the future, she aims to complete her Ph.D. as a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analysis) and to work with children with Autism. 

kellyann navarre

Kellyann is a senior pursing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Disability Studies. Before transferring to UT, she graduated with her associate degree from Monroe Community College in 2017, where she worked as a writing fellow to promote and tutor writing and research skills. More recently, Kellyann worked as a research assistant and life skills program coordinator to increase community integration and independent living for people with disabilities. In the future, she plans to apply to Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs. 

Kellyann's primary research interests include disability related issues, such as treatment accessibility, barriers to treatment, stigma/ableism, and borderline personality disorder stigma. She is also interested in suicide prevention and emotion regulation in the context of borderline personality disorder.



Taylor is a sophomore undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a double major in Biology. Her research interests include examining the versatile applications of self-regulation and nature to treat depression and anxiety disorders, and the quantitative analyses of these processes. ARC Lab is Taylor's first opportunity to work in a research setting. She is excited to learn more about the impact clinical research can have on the field of psychology.

Ethan Radatz, m.a.

  • Degree: M.A. Clinical Psychology (Eastern Illinois University)
  • Post-graduate Volunteer Research Assistant
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Ethan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Akron in 2013. He completed his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University in 2018, where he successfully defended his Master’s thesis titled “The Potential Benefits of Using Humor to Reduce Prejudice and Violence.” He also completed his practicum at LifeLinks, Inc in Mattoon, Illinois. Ethan was also employed as a Behavioral Health Technician and a Crisis Clinician. In addition to ARC Lab, he is a Crisis Hotline Worker for the Firelands Recovery and Counseling Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Ethan’s time as a crisis worker inspired his interest in the study of emotional regulation and the development of effective coping strategies. His other research interests include humor, prejudice, aggression, and nonviolence. Ethan plans to apply for Clinical/Counseling Ph.D. programs this year.

Alumni & former members 

Hannah Marshall (2018) - Kent State University, PhD program in Cognitive Psychology

Raghad Hassabelnaby (2018) - Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, PsyD program in Clinical Psychology

Kajuan Willis

Anna Wagenhauser

Kaylee Finch

Dani Bolovan (2015)




Last Updated: 2/13/19