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2013 Cohort

Sarah Heidel Abercrombie [sheidel@email.radford.edu] Sarah H. Abercrombie earned her B.A. in Psychology from Clemson University in 2009.  Following a year of living and working in Richmond, Virginia, Sarah earned her M.S. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Radford University in 2013.  She completed her master's-level internship at an inpatient treatment center which offers both comprehensive psychiatric treatment and chemical dependency programs for adults with severe psychological disorders.  She is currently in practicum with the New River Valley Free Clinic in Giles County.  Sarah's current research interests include rural mental health issues and spirituality, women's issues, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) related issues in therapy.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking, music, and spending time with her husband and her dog.

Crystal Laudermilk Hank [claudermilk@email.radford.edu] earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Human Development, at Roanoke College in 2009. During her time there, Crystal had the opportunity to work on research projects examining the effects of the waist to hip ratio on perceived attractiveness and personality ratings, as well as the effects of practice and word cohesion on retroactive interference. Crystal also obtained her Masters in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Radford University May 2013.  During her first year in the Clinical Counseling Program, Crystal completed her 2-semester Applied Training in Psychological Research Course working with Dr. Aspelmeier on a project examining stereotype threat in relation to mental depletion. During her second year, she completed her 2 semester internship at LewisGale Pavilion in Salem, Va working in an inpatient crisis stabilization setting, where she conducted psychosocial assessments, provided case management, conducted family meeting sessions, and ran group therapy sessions. In her free time, Crystal enjoys singing karaoke and performing at various venues in her hometown. She also loves spending time with her husband, her cat Jack Jack, and her Border Collie Minnie. Crystal's research interests include substance abuse and developmental issues.

Sarah Rimmer [serimmer@radford.edu]] received her M.S. in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Radford University in 2013. She also earned her B.S. in Psychology from Radford University with a minor in Biology.  As a part of her Master’s program during her first year, Sarah completed her 2-semester Applied Training in Psychological Research Course working with Dr. Riding-Malon on projects examining spirituality training in counseling programs and a non-profit organization in South Africa working with orphaned and vulnerable children. During her second year, she completed the 2 semester internship at St. Albans Psychiatric Hospital working with inpatient and partially hospitalized patients. She is currently involved in her first practicum placement at the Free Clinic in Giles County. Sarah’s research interests currently include issues relating to the LGBT community. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, her dog Ned, cat Ty, and two rats Pikachu and Squirtle.

Savannah Simpson LeBarre [ssimpson2@email.radford.edu] earned her B.A. from East Tennessee State University in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 2011. She conducted research with Jodi Polaha entitled “Parents’ perceived stigma of seeking mental health services for children: A focus on rural Appalachia.” She went to primary care clinics twice weekly and surveyed parents on mental health treatment seeking. Then, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology. During this program, she worked with Dr. Lips for a 2 semester Applied Training in Research. The research she worked on was entitled, “Perceptions and Views of Self in Imagined Powerful Career Roles.” The following summer, she was a research assistant for Dr. Lips and Dr. Hastings researching women’s experiences with breast reconstruction after mastectomy. During her second year, she completed her 2 semester internship with the Bridge Program at New River Valley Community Services in Blacksburg, VA. At internship, she co-facilitated weekly therapy groups, provided individual counseling, conducted intakes, and developed treatment plans for clients ordered in through courts, probation, or parole. She also counseled and screened clients at the Montgomery County Jail weekly. Her research interests include women’s issues, chronic illness, health psychology, mindfulness, resilience, and post traumatic growth. She enjoys scary movies, traveling, hiking, being with family, going on random adventures, spending time with her husband, and playing with her Italian Greyhound.