Department of Psychology

Meet Our Clinical Psychology Graduate Students

Graduate Student

Research/Training Interests


Jake Avendano

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5020B
  • Emotional flexibility, specifically context sensitivity and ER strategy repertoire
  • Emotion (dys)regulation, as measured by ecological momentary assessments

Margaret Baer

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5030
Phone: 419-530-4681
  • Co-occuring suicide ideation or attempts with non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI)
  • Proximal risk factors for suicide ideation, suicide attempts, and NSSI
  • Longitudinal and micro-longitudinal methods (e.g, ecological momentary assessment)

Anna Barbano

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5020B
Phone: 419-530-4681

  • Post-traumatic psychopathology
  • Post-trauma health and behaviors
  • Individualized treatment outcomes

Rachel Bond

Area: Clinical
Phone: 419-318-7004

  • Social manifestations of generalized anxiety disorder
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Fear of missing out

Caroline Born

Office: UH 5020D
Area: Clinical

  • Adaptive regulation/coping skills in populations with severe mental illness
  • Crisis-related interventions
  • Suicidality
  • Third-wave CBT modalities

Kirsten Buckingham

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 1061

  • Psychotic spectrum disorders
  • Psychological assessment, specifically the Rorschach Performance Assessment System
  • Prodromal psychosis

Maria Elena Canini

Area: Clinical

  • Mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions 
  • Mindfulness interventions for the community - with incarcerated individuals, adolescents in juvenile detention and foster care, first responders, families, students, and women on their monthly cycle
  • Emotion regulation and resiliency training

Bailey Crittenden

Area: Clinical

  • Youth personality vulnerability/risk factors to psychopathology
  • Personality development
  • Personality assessment

Raegan Cupp

Area: Clinical

  • Mindfulness interventions
  • Mindfulness in school-based settings

Zachary DeMoss

Area: Clinical

  • Suicide
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Psychophysiology

Estella Fox

Area: Clinical

  • Social media addiction
  • Problematic phone use
  • Emotion regulation

Kayla Hall

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5070B

  • The roles of negative urgency, distress tolerance, and other emotion regulation strategies in the development/maintenance of PTSD
  • Risk and resiliency factors in the development of PTSD and substance use diagnoses
  • Interventions that target maladaptive coping in individuals with PTSD and substance use diagnoses

Caleb Hallauer

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5150J

  • Internet gaming disorder
  • Problematic social media use
  • Trauma and technology use

Elyse Hutcheson

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5070A

  • Anxiety symptoms and technology use
  • Intolerance of uncertainty in anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders
  • Problematic social media and smartphone use

Christopher Jurgens

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5070C

  • Positive psychological interventions
  • Online community psychology
  • Theoretical processes of change in interventions

Lauren Kramer

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 1880D

  • Child/adolescent internalizing disorders
  • Risk and resilience factors for child/adolescent psychopathology
  • Emotion regulation as a transdiagnostic construct
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Parental influence on child/adolescent anxiety

Andrew Kurtz

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5040B

  • Investigation of the contexts in which self-destructive behaviors occur in SGMs by using novel experimental paradigms
  • Impact of invalidation and validation on maladaptive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
  • Prevention and treatment of self-destructive behaviors in sexual and gender minorities (SGMs)
  • Emotion dysregulation and trauma in SGMs
  • Development of culturally sensitive interventions to improve SGM health

Adam Mann

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5040A

  • Nonsuicidal self-injury
  • Suicide
  • Sexual and gender minority populations/LGBTQ

Samantha Mayer

Area: Clinical

  • Trauma in the context of authority figures
  • Trauma and health behavior

Ingrid Morales-Ramirez

Area: Clinical

  • Racial/ethnic minority groups
  • Anxiety
  • Positive psychology
  • Depression
  • First-generation college students

Emily Rooney

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5150J
Phone: 417-530-2312

  • Trauma
  • Risk and protective factors in the development of psychopathology
  • Emotion regulation

Kayla Scamaldo

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5020B

  • Emotion regulation and dysregulation in borderline personality disorder
  • Substance abuse
  • Experience sampling methods (e.g., ecological momentary assessment and electronically activated recorder
  • Autonomic nervous system activity (e.g., heart rate variability, impedance, electrodermal activity)

Vasavi Shanthi

Area: Clinical

  • Problematic smartphone use, problematic social media use, internet addictions
  • Body image and eating disorders in adolescence. 

Katherine Sheehan

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5280

  • Comorbid emotional dysregulation, especially suicidality/ self-injury, and anxiety disorders/ OCD
  • Transdiagnostic symptoms presentations
  • Improving treatment outcomes in cases with comorbidities
  • Stigmatization of mental illness

Alexa Skolnik

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 5280

  • Person-specific mechanisms that drive etiology, maintenance, and treatment of traumatic stress disorders

Tara Spitzen

Area: Clinical

  • Suicide and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI)
  • Emotion dysregulation 
  • Emotion duration
  • Relief
  • Ecological momentary assessment (EMA)

Mackenzie Trevethan

Area: Clinical
Office: UH 1880D

  • Child anxiety
  • Familial relationships
  • Early prevention and intervention
  • Minority populations

Teona Velehorschi

Area: Clinical

  • Stress and anxiety, particularly in performance settings
  • Physical exercise and emotion regulation strategies
  • Clinical sport psychology

Avleen Walia

Area: Clinical

  • Risk and resilience factors for child anxiety, rumination, and obsessive thinking
  • Specific parenting behaviors influencing child anxiety and emotino regulation abilities
  • Prevention of child anxiety and emotion dysregulation
  • South Asian populations

Noelle Warfford

Area: Clinical

  • Psychological assessment
  • Assessing psychosis, particularly using the Rorschach
  • Assessing disordered thinking
Last Updated: 10/20/23