Current Students

First Year


  • Profile photo: Luke Badley

    Luke Badley

    First Year Student

    Office: Johnston 225
    Advisor: Dr. Trevor Stokes

    Education:

    Advanced degree: MSW, Clinical Social Work, West Virginia University
    Bachelor’s degree: BS, Biblical Studies, Clarks Summit University, 2011

    Prior Experience

    Parent Child Interaction Therapy therapist and trainer.
    Therapist and outreach worker for people who use substances.
    Outpatient child and adolescent therapist.
    Community trainer and organizer for Parent Child Interaction Therapy trainings.

    Research Interests:

    Child behavior problems
    Autism
    Substance Use
    Child and Family Continuum of Care

  • Profile photo: Katie Callahan

    Katie Callahan

    First Year Student

    office: Johnston 107
    Advisor: Dr. Gregg Henriques

    Education:

    Post-Master’s Certificate, Professional Counseling Studies, University of Baltimore, 2020
    M.S., Applied Psychology, Concentration in Counseling Psychology, University of Baltimore, 2019
    B.A., Psychology, George Mason University, 2014

    Prior Experience

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and adults
    Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP) for dual diagnosis adolescents and adults
    Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy
    Research Associate

    Research Interests:

    Personality Disorders
    Bipolar Disorders
    Suicidality
    Non-suicidal self-injury Trauma

  • Profile photo: Marcia Gralha

    Marcia Gralha

    First Year Student

    Office: Johnston 109
    Advisor: Dr. Gregg Henriques

    Education:

    Clinical Psychology, M.A., Western Carolina University, 2021
    Psychology, B.A., University of South Florida, 2019

    Prior Experience

    Individual Counseling, Counseling & Psychological Services, Western Carolina University
    Teaching Assistant, Western Carolina University
    Research Assistant, Under One Sky Village Foundation, Western Carolina University – Supervisor: Dr. Kia Asberg
    Research Assistant, Cognition and Emotion Lab, University of South Florida – Supervisor: Dr. Christina Salnaitis

    Research Interests:

    Trauma and highly stressful events
    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
    Posttraumatic Growth
    Identity
    Young adult mental health

  • Profile photo: Dorian Hayden

    Dorian Hayden

    First Year Student

    Office: Johnston 111
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Harmison

    Education:

    M.A., General Psychology, SUNY Brockport, 2018
    B.A., Psychology and International Business, SUNY Brockport, 2015)

    Prior Experience

    Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University
    Volunteer Assistant Track and Field Coach/Mental Performance Coach, Michigan State University
    Research Assistant, Michigan State University
    Assistant Track and Field Coach, SUNY Brockport

    Research Interests:

    Sport psychology
    Mental toughness
    Peak performance
    Well-being
    Self-regulation

  • Profile photo: Julia Linger

    Julia Linger

    First Year Student

    Office: Johnston 111
    Advisor: Dr. Anne Stewart

    Education:

    M.A. Mental Health Counseling, Boston College, 2021
    B.A. Psychology, University of Virginia, 2017

    Prior Experience

    Clinical Intern, The Gifford School (Woburn, MA)
    Research Assistant, Youth Meaning and Purpose Laboratory (Boston College)
    Educational and therapeutic services for nonspeaking autistic children (Arlington, VA)
    Research Assistant, Early Development Laboratory (University of Virginia)

    Research Interests:

    Play therapy
    Children with disabilities
    Parenting interventions
    Feminist therapy

Second Year


  • Profile photo: Emery Q. Brautigan

    Emery Q. Brautigan

    Second Year Student

    Office: Johnston 220
    Advisor: Dr. Trevor Stokes

    Education:

    M.S.Ed., Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
    B.A., Psychology, Kenyon College,

    Prior Experience

    In-home Behavioral Therapist for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, San Bernardino, CA
    Counseling Intern at Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
    Research Assistant

    Research Interests:

    Early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Applied Behavioral Analysis
    Child-Centered Play Therapy

  • Profile photo: Rhea E. Nesbitt

    Rhea E. Nesbitt

    Second Year Student

    office: Johnston 220
    Advisor: Dr. Gregg Henriques

    Education:

    M.S., Counseling Psychology, (specialization in Infant Mental Health); Chatham University, 2011
    B.A. Psychology, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, 2008

    Prior Experience

    Intern – UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital – Matilda Theiss Child Development Center, Pittsburgh, PA
    Intern – Tadiso, Inc. - Methadone Maintenance Counselor, Pittsburgh, PA
    Research Assistant, Temple University Infant Lab at Ambler, Philadelphia, PA

    Research Interests:

    Equity of opportunity and systemic inequality
    Metamodern integrated pluralist approach to anti-racism
    Post-traumatic edge and intersections of racial language

  • Profile photo: Shelly-Ann Peart James

    Shelly-Ann Peart James

    Second Year Student

    Office: Johnston 224
    Advisor: Dr. Anne Stewart

    Education:

    M.Sc., Clinical Psychology, University of the West Indies, Mona, 2008
    M.Div., Oral Roberts University, 2003
    B.Sc., Psychology, University of the West Indies, Mona, 1999

    Prior Experience

    Substance rehabilitation counseling for adults, Teen Challenge Jamaica
    Group Counseling with persons recovering from substance addiction, John 3:16 Mission Practicum, Tulsa, OK
    Pscyho-educational assessment of school aged children, identification of learning needs, collaborative development of IEPs, consultation on Multi-Disciplinary Team Saint Lucia West Indies
    Psychological evaluation of adults
    Research Assistant to Consultant Psychiatrist and Head, Section of Psychiatry, University of the West Indies

    Research Interests:

    Trauma-informed interventions for children and families
    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), emotional awareness and treatment outcomes in children and adolescents
    Play (filial) therapy interventions with children with significant trauma history
    Play based assessments of child parent relationships (Marschak Interaction Method)

  • Profile photo: Tiffany Pempek Rahl

    Tiffany Pempek Rahl

    Second Year Student

    Office: Johnston 224
    Advisor: Dr. Elena Savina

    Education:

    Ph.D., Psychology (developmental focus), University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2007
    M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Dayton, 2003
    B.S., Psychology, University of Dayton, 2000

    Prior Experience

    Psychology professor (Hollins University, with tenure; Otterbein University)
    Post-doctoral researcher (Children’s Digital Media Center, Georgetown University)

    Research Interests:

    Attachment, executive functioning and emotion regulation in children, parent-child interaction, parent support and training

  • Profile photo: Tara Rajagopal

    Tara Rajagopal

    Second Year Student

    Office: Johnston 225
    Advisor: Dr. Elena Savina

    Education:

    M.A. in Education, Stanford University, 2020
    B.A. in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2017

    Prior Experience

    Researcher, Cohen Lab, Stanford University, CA
    Student Coordinator, Penn Resilience Program, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania, PA
    Co-leader of campus meditation and wellness club, University of Pennsylvania, PA
    Research Assistant, Duckworth Lab and Hunt Lab, University of Pennsylvania, PA

    Research Interests:

    Social-emotional learning
    Mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches
    Attachment
    Trauma and resilience
    Multicultural competence

  • Profile photo: Shir Wasserman

    Shir Wasserman

    Second Year Student

    Office: Johnston 225
    Advisor: Dr. Rboert Harmison

    Education:

    M.A Sport and Exercise Psychology, Minnesota State University, 2020
    BA Psychology, Marshall University, 2018

    Prior Experience

    Graduate Level Mental Performance Consultant - Center for Sport and Performance Psychology, Mankato, MN
    Clinical Practicum Intern - Oasis Behavioral Health, Barboursville, WV
    Mental Performance Consultant Graduate Intern, MCSL Summer League, Bethesda, MD
    Mental Health Non-Commissioned Officer – Israeli Defense Forces, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Research Interests:

    Coaches Behaviors and Athletes motivation and well-being
    Female athletes body image and eating disorders
    Performance enhancement
    College students’ mental health and well-being

Third Year


  • Profile photo: Parker Leap

    Parker Leap

    Third Year Student

    Office: Johnston 121
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Harmison

    Education:

    M.Ed. Counseling Psychology – Sport Psychology concentration, Boston University, 2019
    B.A. Psychology, Eastern Mennonite University, 2015

    Prior Experience

    Clinical Intern – The Academy of Physical and Social Development, Newton, MA
    Mental Performance Consultant Intern – Tufts University, Medford, MA
    Positive Youth Development Coach – English High School, Jamaica Plain, MA

    Research Interests:

    College Student Mental Health & Well-being, Performance Enhancement in Sport, Positive Youth Development, Trauma-Informed Care, Play Therapy

  • Profile photo: Gayatri Sardana

    Gayatri Sardana

    Third Year Student

    Office: Johnston 116
    Advisor: Dr. Elena Savina

    Education:

    M.Ed. Educational Psychology, University of Virginia, 2019
    B.S. Biology, College of William & Mary, 2016

    Prior Experience

    Research Assistant, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching & Learning, University of Virginia
    Curriculum Development & Instructor, Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program, Fairfax, VA
    Teacher, School District of Philadelphia, PA

    Research Interests:

    Self-regulation, Social-emotional learning & development, Diverse backgrounds & immigrant children

  • Profile photo: Ava Sardoni

    Ava Sardoni

    Third Year Student

    Office: Johnston 116
    Advisor: Dr. Trevor Stokes

    Education:

    M.S. Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, 2019
    B.A. Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, 2018

    Prior Experience

    Counseling Extern, Greenbelt CARES, MD
    In-home Autism Instructor, Trellis Services, MD
    Research Assistant, the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, MD
    Neurobehavioral Intern, Kennedy Krieger Institute, MD

    Research Interests:

    Applied Behavior Analysis, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Early-intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Profile photo: Nour Salem

    Nour Salem

    Third Year Student

    Office: Johnston 120
    Advisor: Dr. Anne Stewart

    Education:

    M.A. Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
    B.A. Psychology, American University of Beirut, 2012
    Special Education, American University of Beirut, 2012

    Prior Experience

    Play therapy in group and individual settings
    School Counselor for PreK 2- 12
    English PreK 2 and PreK 3 Teacher
    Special Education teacher

    Research Interests:

    Play therapy, Anxiety and depression in young children, Behavioral problems in young children, Parenting, Trauma and PTSD

  • Profile photo: Priyata Thapa

    Priyata Thapa

    Third Year Student

    Office: Johnston 120
    Advisor:

    Education:

    M.A. Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2016
    B.A. Biology and Neuroscience, Wesleyan College, 2011

    Prior Experience

    Psychiatric Associate at the University of Minnesota Health, Minneapolis, MN
    Clinical Data Manager at MedAvante-ProPhase, NY
    Research Assistant for adolescent depression and suicide labs at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY; Teachers College, Columbia University, NY; and University of Minnesota, MN
    Interviewer for ADAPT (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) at the University of Minnesota, MN

    Research Interests:

    Child and adolescent psychopathology (mood disorders), Suicidality and self-injury, Transdiagnostic processes, Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy, Trauma and resilience,Cultural adaptation of interventions

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    Katherine Wilson

    Third Year Student

    Office: Johnston 121
    Advisor: Dr. Gregg Henriques

    Education:

    Ed.M., Prevention Science and Practice: Developmental Counseling (Harvard, 2011)
    B.A., History and Science (Harvard, 2010)

    Prior Experience

    Head of Mindfulness, Well-Being & Mental Health Counseling, The Mahindra United World College of India (Pune, India)
    Yoga Instructor, Outdoor Educator & Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Lenox, MA)
    Educator, School of the Nations (Brasilia, Brazil)

    Research Interests:

    Adolescent Development
    Suicide Prevention, Polyvagal Theory, Participatory Action Research (PAR)
    DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
    Positive Psychology
    Social-Emotional Learning
    Mindfulness, Yoga/Ayurveda
    Experiential Learning
    Trauma Informed Pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Interns


  • Profile photo: Christina Decker

    Christina Decker

    Intern

    Advisor: Dr. Elena Savina

    Internship:

    Education:

    M.S., Counseling and Human Development, 2014
    B.S., Psychology, 2012

    Prior Experience

    Middle School Counselor for Pittsylvania County Schools

    Research Interests:

    Social-Emotional Learning, Emotion Regulation, Mindfulness

  • Profile photo: Susan Hardman

    Susan Hardman

    Intern

    Advisor: Dr. Anne Stewart

    Internship: John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA), Rockville MD. RICA is a public therapeutic day school and residential treatment center for children and adolescents in Maryland. Interns provide a variety of therapeutic and assessment services.

    Education:

    Ed.S., School Psychology, Brigham Young University, 2013
    B.S., Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Brigham Young University, 2010

    Prior Experience:

    School Psychologist, Fairfax County Public Schools, 2013-2018; School Psychology Internship, Prince William County Public Schools, 2012-2013

    Research Interests:

    Integrative psychotherapy across the lifespan, attachment-informed interventions, impact of parental substance use

  • Profile photo: Charles Miller

    Charles Miller

    Intern

    Advisor: Dr. Gregg Henriques

    Internship: Hampton VAMC, focusing on trauma and rural service development and administration

    Education:

    M.A., Applied Clinical Psychology, Penn State University
    B.S., Psychology, University of Mary Washington, 2010

    Prior Experience

    Intensive In-Home Clinician with Compass Counseling Services of Virginia; Internship with TrueNorth Wellness Partial Hospitalization Program, Hanover, PA; Internship with TrueNorth Wellness Crisis Intervention, Hanover, PA

    Research Interests:

    Integrative Psychotherapy, Multicultural Psychology, Psychological Services Development in Marginalized Communities

  • Profile photo: Emily Pogue

    Emily Pogue

    Intern

    Advisor: Dr. Trevor Stokes

    Internship:

    Education:

    M.A., Clinical Psychology, Columbia University, 2016
    B.A., English, University of Vermont, 2011

    Prior Experience

    Service Coordinator and Family Support Specialist for Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, VT; Parent Child Interaction Therapy Trainee, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, VT; Research Assistant, Montefiore Hospital’s Healthy Steps/Behavioral Health Integration Program, Bronx NY

    Research Interests:

    Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Children with behavioral needs, Child welfare/foster care, Outcomes of family-based interventions

  • Profile photo: Eliza Stucker

    Eliza Stucker

    Intern

    Advisor:

    Internship:

    Education:

    M.A., Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Chicago, 2016
    M.Div., Loyola University Chicago, 2016
    B.S., Chemistry, Furman University, 2012
    B.S., Biology, Furman University, 2012

    Prior Experience

    Substance Use Treatment Clinician in Youth Alternative Placement-Columbia, SC; Hospital Chaplain specializing in Oncology, ICU, Emergency, and Geriatric Pastoral Care-Chicago, IL; Internship as Pastoral Counselor at Lorene Replogle Counseling Center-Chicago, IL

    Research Interests:

    Psychopathology assessment and intervention, Interaction of Theology and Psychology, Attachment based psychotherapy, Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy