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SECOND YEAR STUDENTS

SECOND YEAR STUDENTS

Emma Bennett (ebennett10@radford.edu) earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Radford University in 2012 where she volunteered with work related to crisis intervention at the Women's Resource Center. She also had the opportunity to work on a research project examining the effects of stimulus novelty/familiarity on learning through the establishment of latent inhibition in rats. During her first year in the Clinical Counseling Program at Radford University, Emma completed her 2-semester Applied Training in Psychological Research Course working with Dr. Christensen on a project examining the effects of metaregulation on self-control in a college population. She is continuing this research into the second year through her graduate assistantship. Emma is completing her 2-semester internship at an outpatient unit for the New River Valley Community Service Board which offers therapeutic counseling for adult clients in both individual and group settings. After completing her Master of Science degree, Emma hopes to enter a doctoral program and pursue a career as a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders.

Krista Borling (kborling@radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Christopher Newport University in 2012. There, she had the opportunity to complete two internships with The Turning Point shelter and Avenues to Recovery in Roanoke, Virginia. She has also had the opportunity to work on a research project examining the relationships between death anxiety and paranormal beliefs. The findings were presented at an MPA conference in Chicago, Illinois in May, 2012. She has also worked with the city of Newport News in conjunction with Christopher Newport University to assist in creating an assessment for a prospective gang prevention program. She most recently worked with Dr. Elliott at Radford University on studying the effects of polyvictimization and Drs. Elliott and Van Patten on mental illness in incarcerated women. Both studies were presented at a conference in New York, New York in March 2013. After graduation, Krista hopes to pursue a career in the Department of Corrections, leading up to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Bryce Lewis (blewis1@radford.ed) earned his first undergraduate degree at the Virginia Military Institute in physics and his second undergraduate degree at Radford University in psychology.  During his time at Radford, he assisted in research, investigating the interaction between environmental enrichment and chronic cannabinoid exposure in adolescent rats.  He also participated in a second research project looking at how well counseling psychology programs train their students to deal with the religious and spiritual beliefs of their clients.  During his first year in the Clinical Counseling Program at Radford University, Bryce completed his 2-semester Applied Training in Psychological Research Course working with Dr. Aspelmeier on a project examining attachment theory and self-regulation.  In his second year, he will be completing his 2-semester internship with the Child and Family Services program at the New River Valley Community Services in Blacksburg.  Additionally, he will be teaching two sections of Introductory Psychology in both the fall and spring semesters.  After graduation, he hopes to move on to a doctoral program.

Ashley Soto (westhaven18@live.com) received her undergraduate degree at Christopher Newport University in Psychology, with a minor in Childhood Studies, in 2012. During her undergraduate career, she participated in research projects, examining the counterfactual production of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders and the relation between the theory of mind abilities, language skills, and the ability to infer affect and personality traits of 3-, 4-, and 5- year olds. During her first year in the Clinical Counseling Program at Radford University, Ashley completed her 2-semester Applied Training in Psychological Research Course working with Dr. Cohn to examine the effects of social stigma on the mental health of individuals who were homosexual and suffering from HIV/AIDS. Now in her second year, Ashley is completing her 2-semester internship at a local care and rehabilitation facility for victims of traumatic brain injuries. After graduation, she hopes to enter a doctoral program and eventually work with children and their families to improve communication styles and relationships.   

Sharika Prioty (sprioty@radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degree at Meredith College in Psychology in May 2012. During her time at Meredith College she researched stigma towards individuals with mental illness in the United States compared to an Asian country, Bangladesh and presented her findings at the Carolina Psychology Conference. She completed an internship in the emergency unit of Wake Med where she shadowed behavioral health counselors. She also had the opportunity to work with Partners Against Trafficking Humans where she met with different focus groups to research best affirmative messages for teenagers to counteract negative ones from society. During her first year in the Clinical Counseling Program at Radford University, Sharika completed her 2-semester Applied Training in Psychological Research Course working with Dr. Riding-Malon. She worked on a research team that includes undergraduates, master's level students as well as PsyD students. Together as a team they looked at Philippi Trust and their spiritual based counseling programs. Upon analyzing interviews with the staff and other members, they addressed the effectiveness of such programs. This year, Sharika is teaching two introduction to psychology courses as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. She is also interning at the New River Valley Community Services Bridge Program. She will be working to divert individuals with mental illness away from the criminal justice system and into community-based treatment and services. After graduation she would like to enroll in a PhD program to further her studies.

Emily Aquilina (eaquilina@radford.edu) earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Christopher Newport University. During her time at CNU, she was involved in research as a member of the visual cognition lab within the Psychology department. Her and her colleagues’ work focused on combat related psychological research and included experiments which examined cognitive deterioration as a function of emotional stress. They shared their findings at conferences across Virginia as well as the Association for Psychological Science’s 24th Annual Research conference in Chicago, Illinois. During her first year in the clinical counseling program at Radford University, Emily completed her two-semester Applied Training in Psychological Research Course with Dr. Jeffrey Willner on a project which examines the social relationships and functioning of adults with ADHD. Specifically, they examined the effects of ADHD on the social adjustment of young adults attending college. In her second year, Emily will be completing her two-semester internship with community services in the New River Valley area. She will be working with a program which aims to divert eligible individuals with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders into community services and away from the criminal justice system. Following graduation, Emily hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology.

Stephen Casazza (scasazza@radford.edu) earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in December of 2010.  During his senior year at ODU he completed his Clinical Practicum at the Mediation Center of Hampton Roads, instructing Conflict Resolution and Anger Management classes.  During this time he also assisted doctoral candidate Ross May on two research projects, the first investigating hindsight bias under varying conditions, and the second investigating perceived stress levels in various academic majors.  After graduating Stephen worked with Dr. May to have the findings from the perceived stress study published and presented at several conferences. During his first year in Radford’s Clinical Counseling program, Stephen completed his 2 semester Applied Training in Psychological Research Course assisting Dr. Pamela Jackson and Experimental Psychology graduate student Mike Curry on a research project investigating health and behavioral effects of rats whose mothers were exposed to marijuana-type drugs during the perinatal period. During his second year in the program, Stephen will be completing his 2-semester internship at an inpatient treatment center which offers both comprehensive psychiatric treatment and chemical dependency programs for adults with severe psychological disorders. After completing his Master’s degree, Stephen has aspirations of entering a doctoral program and eventually providing counseling and therapy to late adolescents and adults who suffer from depression and or anxiety.

 

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

Amanda Adams (aadams9@radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from George Mason University. While at GMU, she worked at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, researching navigational strategies in juvenile rats. After graduating, Amanda worked as a Clinician and Tester for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, a learning program that seeks to remediate reading and comprehension deficits through simultaneous activation of key cognitive processes. After earning her Master’s, Amanda hopes to continue her education and ultimately earn a post-doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology. Amanda is excited to work in both Dr. Willner and Dr. Jackson’s labs this year, studying the effects of NMDA agonists and cannabinoids, respectively.

Michael Feeney (mfeeney3@radford.edu)  earned his under graduate degree in Psychology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011.  During that time he worked in the University Center for Psychiatric Medicine as a nurse assistant.   He also volunteered in an adolescent psychology research lab under the supervision of Dr. Sylvie Mrug.  Michael participated in a variety of duties for a standardized social stress task while conducting original research, which focused on predictors of academic behavior in clinically referred children and adolescents.  He has spent the past year as a field instructor in a therapeutic wilderness program for adolescents in the mountains of North Carolina.  During his first year in the Clinical Counseling Program at Radford University, Michael is completing his 2-semester Research Mentorship working with Dr. Christensen on a project examining self-control strategies in college students.  After graduation Michael hopes to enter a doctoral program and eventually serve families and individuals in community and residential treatment centers.

Katie Bishop (kbishop3@radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degree at Mary Baldwin College. During her time at MBC, she was involved in research examining the relationship between emotional states and stereotyping, racial prejudice, and discrimination. During her first year in the Clinical Counseling Program at Radford University, Katie is completing her 2-semester Research Mentorship with Dr. Valerie Leake on research projects with the Student Veterans Research Team and helping Dr. Leake write a grant proposal. She is also serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for a course in Social Psychology and one in Child Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to enter a doctoral program and eventually work with military veterans and their families.

Bethany Hall (bhall11@email.radford.edu) earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Marshall University in 2012.  During her time at Marshall she had the opportunity to work as a research assistant to Dr. Steven Meswaldt on research projects within the psychology department. One research project was focused on identifying nonverbal behavior and stress response in college students and the other was studying memory through location.  In 2011, Bethany worked with Dr. Michelle Meese during a clinical practicum at Mildred Mitchell Bateman Hospital in Huntington, WV where they focused on forensic patients suffering from severe and chronic mental illness in the hopes of rehabilitation to rejoin the community. Since graduating with her undergraduate degree, Bethany has been working as a Crisis Counselor at the Behavioral Health Pavilion of the Virginias.  In this position she worked as crisis intervention for people experiencing psychological distress and/or suicidal and homicidal ideation. Her role in this position was to facilitate psychiatric inpatient treatment for the individual in need or provide a recommendation for short-term care.  While working at the Pavilion, Bethany stayed very involved in her community by acting as the Director of Missions for the Bluefield Cooperative Parish.  In this position she volunteers for many organizations and plans monthly events to raise money and supplies for missions in her area that provide resources for those in the community. While in school, she plans to remain in this position to continue to be proactive in helping the people in her community.  During her first year in the Clinical Counseling Program at Radford University, Bethany is completing her 2-semester Research Mentorship working with Dr. Ruth Riding-Malon studying the collaboration between spirituality and mental health in rural areas.  After graduation Bethany plans to continue her education by obtaining her Doctorate of Psychology degree (Psy.D) and go on to work as a Clinical Psychologist. 

Brianna Pomeroy (bpomeroy2@email.radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Virginia Tech with minors in Sociology and Statistics in 2013. While at Virginia Tech she was involved with the Center for Applied Behavior Systems and aided in prosocial behavior and alcohol related research.  Brianna also volunteered at the Women’s Resource Center in Radford where she was trained in crisis intervention and worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. During her first year in the Clinical Counseling Program at Radford University, Brianna is completing her two semester Research Mentorship with Dr. Elliott on a project examining the association between childhood victimization, poly-victimization, and psychological distress in college students.  She is also serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dr. Steele in the classes Lifespan Development and Maturing and Aging.  After graduation, she hopes to enter a doctoral program and eventually counsel victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as establish her own emergency shelter for these victims.

Rachel Turk (rturk3@radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degree at Lynchburg College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. During her time at LC she was involved with two research studies; one involving the effects of music on learning and the other examining conformity to parents versus peers in college-age students. She also had the opportunity to complete two internships. While working with ACA counseling,  she learned about the psychological testing processes and helped administer psychological tests. Her second internship, at the Lynchburg Presbyterian Home, allowed her to work with children with different mental disabilities, such as learning disabilities and Autism. During her first year in the Clinical Counseling Program at Radford University, Rachel is completing her 2-semester Research Mentorship with Dr. Aspelmeier and Dr. Elliott on a project examining the association between childhood victimization, poly-victimization, and psychological distress in college students. After graduation she hopes to enter a doctoral program and eventually obtain her private practicing license to work with children and adolescents.