Counseling Psychology Students

First Year Bios

Nuha Alshabani

Nuha Alshabani

Year you entered the program: 2016

Something interesting about you: I love traveling and hiking, my most recent trip was to Peru where I hiked Machu Pichu. 

Research interests: refugee and immigrant populations, Arab Americans, trauma, oppression, resiliency, community participatory research, and culturally specific interventions. 

Emily Thornton

Emily Thornton

Year you entered the program: 2019

Something Interesting about you: I love backpacking, I am a huge Marvel Cinematic Universe fan (Spider-Man is my favorite character), and I am an avid reader. 

Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in positive psychology and health related outcomes, neuropsychology, and personal growth. 

Email: emt63@zips.uakron.edu

Courtney Michael

Courtney Michael

Year I entered the program: 2019

Interesting fact: I lived in Germany for six years 

Research Interests: Social media, attractiveness, African American women and self esteem, & African American women and body image 

Blessing Opara

Blessing Opara

Year I entered the program: 2019

Interesting fact: I'm a pop-culture enthusiast & have watched almost every reality show.

Research interests: Racial trauma, PTSD, racial socialization, social justice, and culturally-specific treatment models.

Kristyn Oravec

Kristyn Oravec

Entered the program: 2019

Interesting fact: I love Disney! I've been a Disney fan ever since I was little and have been to Disney World five times now and plan to continue going as long as I'm able to! I also have two big tattoos of Ariel and Ursula because The Little Mermaid is my favorite film!

Research interests: Intimate Partner Violence in LGBT+ relationships & advocacy for LGBT+ individuals

Sara McCormick

Sara McCormick

Year Entered: 2019

Interesting fact: Before psychology, my career plan was to coach high school debate (which I did for 2 years!)

Research interests: Trauma-Informed Therapy, Resilience, Gender and Sexuality

Ning Tang

Ning Tang

Year you entered the program: 2019

Something interesting about you: I'm trying to turn every piece of stuff in my apartment into the color turquoise. It just makes me feel so calm!

Research Interests: cross-cultural psychology, positive psychology, acculturation and well-being of international students, culturally-adapted therapy

Nicole Fogwell

Nicole Fogwell

Interesting fact: I played rugby all through my undergrad, and played for select sides at the state and regional level

Research interests: Sexual minority women broadly, gender presentation, risk and protective factors for LGBT+ youth, effects of victimization and trauma on sexual minority women 

Email: ntf11@zips.uakron.edu

Jessica-Terrizzi

Jessica Terrizzi 

Year you entered the program: 2018

Something Interesting about you: I am enthusiastic about running, watching movies, and anything that has to do with animals.

Research Interests: I have several research interests including: trauma, anxiety, depression, and masculinity 

E-mail: jlt171@zips.uakron.edu

Erica Temes

Erica Temes

Year you entered the program: 2018

Something Interesting about you: I fully believe The Zips will win the National Championship this year. But, really, I watch documentaries for fun, in the little bit of free time I have. 

Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in eating disorders and PTSD, as well as intimate partner violence. 

E-mail: eet19@zips.uakron.edu

Migyeong Jang

Migyeong Jang

Year you entered the program: 2018

Something Interesting about you: My childhood dream was to own a Baskin-Robbins store so that I could have all 31 flavors every day. 

Research Interests: Women of color, LGBTQ+ experience in Asian/Asian American populations, immigrant experience, intersectionality

E-mail: mj156@zips.uakron.edu

Marisa Norton

Marisa Norton

Year you entered the program: 2017

Something interesting about you: I have run two half marathons and one full marathon, I have been playing piano for 18 years, and I used to do musical theater! 

Research Interests: Empowerment, victimization, and PTSD/trauma, specifically for women in the criminal justice system

E-mail: mkp44@zips.uakron.edu

Kiarra King

Kiarra King 

Year you entered the program: 2017

Something interesting about you: I was once on a TV talk show as a baby!

Research interests: Biracial identity, intimate partner violence, PTSD 

E-mail: kck44@zips.uakron.edu

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Nathan Bitecofer

Something Interesting about you: I have seven children. I have also run almost a dozen ultramarathons – the longest being 50 miles.

Research Interests: Social justice, intimate partner violence, gender roles and masculinity, sexism and heterosexism, trauma and abuse, racism and internalized racism, diversity, and oppression

Email: ntb15@zips.uakron.edu

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Alyssa Eversmeyer

Something Interesting about you: Since I was ten years old, I have lived a secret double life as an 18th century woman, volunteering and working as a costumed interpreter at two different historical sites in Virginia. I still have the outfit. And I do still wear it sometimes.

Research Interests: Mental health in the criminal justice system and the reentry process as well as the role of community resources and support in reentry

Email: ake19@zips.uakron.edu

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Jusiah Prowel

Year you entered the program: 2017

Something interesting about you: I am a Dallas Cowboys fan!

Research Interests: My research looks at the African American experience in higher education. Specifically, I am interested in African American men.  

Devynn Campbell-Halfaker

Devynn Campbell-Halfaker

Year you entered the program: Fall 2017

Something interesting about you: I am a first generation college student, and I'm the first person in my family to move out of the state of Missouri!

Research interests: I'm interested in the process of seeking mental health treatment, the role of social support in this process, and the unique experiences of people living in rural areas.

Email: dcc78@zips.uakron.edu

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Javier Martin-Fernandez

Year you entered the program: 2017

Something interesting about you: I was born in Spain and Ohio is my 9th place of residence. I've been struck by lightning.

Research interests: Intersection of Sport Psychology, Masculinity, and Positive Psychology. Also interested in mindfulness-based approaches within clinical, community, and sport settings.

Email: jm338@zips.uakron.edu

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Ginelle Wolfe

Year you entered the program: 2017

Something interesting about you: I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland during my junior year of college and interned for a record label there. 

Research interests: My current research interests include the relationship between masculinity ideology and gender based violence as well as identity development during Emerging Adulthood.

Email: glw31@zips.uakron.edu

Brittany Griffin

Brittany M. Griffin

Year you entered the program: 2016

Something interesting about you: I play soccer

Research Interests: American Afrikans, cultural misorientation, stress, race/racism-related stress, life satisfaction, social justice, liberation, mindfulness, racial socialization, and culturally-specific theoretical orientations

Email: bmg83@zips.uakron.edu

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Alejandra Gonzalez

Year you entered the program: 2016

Something interesting about you: I went canoeing in my high school gym class because my high school was located on the edge the Arkansas river. 

Research interests: Intimate partner violence, trauma, PTSD, resilience, Mexican American and Latinx culturally specific protective factors, Latinx vocational development

Email: ag195@zips.uakron.edu 

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Samsara Soto

Year you entered the program: 2016

Something interesting about you: I love to hike and every summer since college I take a trip devoted to hiking national parks

Research Interests: Latino/as, body objectification, intersectionality

Email: sis4@zips.uakron.edu

Aaron Bethea

Aaron Bethea

Year you entered the program: 2015

Something interesting about you: I am the 2nd of 9 siblings.

Research Interests: Positive psychology, resilience, grit, post-traumatic growth, and African American cultural identity.

Email: ab248@zips.uakron.edu

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Treajané T. R. Brown

Year you entered the program: 2015

Something interesting about you: I’m a self-proclaimed taco connoisseur, and I’m on my way to becoming the first doctor in my family’s history.

Research Interests: Black feminism and womanism, psychological liberation theory and praxis, critical consciousness, holistic approaches to healing, the psychological impacts of internalized racism and sexism (specifically racialized-gendered stereotypes such as the “Strong Black Woman” and “Mammy” schemas), collective healing of historical/generational trauma affecting African-Americans.

Email: ttb19@zips.uakron.edu

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Shu Ling

Year you entered the program: 2015

Something interesting about you: I was born and raised in mainland China. I have been to the base camp of Everrest!  

Research Interests: Asian American, Diversity issues, women, emotion regulation

Email: sl78@zips.uakron.edu

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Caitlin Martin-Wagar

Year you entered the program: 2015

Something interesting about you: For fun, I love backpacking, traveling, strategy board games, and true crime stories/mysteries.

Research Interests: Broadly my research interests include applied research in the fields of eating disorders, sexual trauma, and PTSD. More specifically, I enjoy research focused on treatment outcomes, predictors of well-being, NSSI, emotional dysregulation, weight bias internalization, rape prevention, sex positivity, and scale development and validation. I am most passionate about the health outcomes of oppressive social conditions (e.g., weight bias/sizeism, sexism), especially pertaining to eating pathology and body image disturbance.

Email: cam96@zips.uakron.edu

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Destiny J. Randall

Year you entered the program: Fall 2015

Something interesting about you: Founding Member of Beyonce’s Beyhive, I’ve been skydiving, I love to cook and hope to open my own cafe’.

Research Interests: Experiences of racism as a predictor for college retention among African American women attending Predominately White Institutions, Peer Support Relationships among African American Women, Racial Identity Development among African American adolescents, and Training methods for the development of cultural competence and increased awareness of issues of social justice among psychology students

Email: djr85@zips.uakron.edu

Baron Rogers

Baron Rogers

Year you entered the program: 2015

Something interesting about you: 6’4’. Left-handed. I'm an anime and movie nerd. First African American Male to receive a masters from the CPCP.

Research Interests: Men and Masculinity, African American psychology, African American Male and Masculinity, Gender Role Norms, Gender Role Strain, Gender Role Conflict, Intersectionality,Race, Racial Identity.

Email: bkr7@zips.uakron.edu

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Heike Mitchell

Year you entered the program: 2014

Something interesting about you: I have lived in 4 countries and I want to build a tiny house one day.

Research Interests: Interpersonal violence & trauma, positive psych & post-traumatic growth, Restorative Justice, career development, LGBT+ immigration

Email: hbs9@zips.uakron.edu

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April Barnes Gaines

I’m a 5th year PhD Candidate. I’m from High Point, NC. I entered with my Bachelors from the University of Miami (NOT of Ohio!). I LOVE my alma mater and I bleed orange and green. I’m a member of a historically black Greek sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and I am also an Army 2nd LT that commissioned through ROTC during my time in Miami. When I finish the program I will begin serving my time to the Army as a military psychologist. I received the 2-year HPSP scholarship from the Army to pay for the last two years of school to include a stipend (if you have ANY questions about this I’m available to chat!)

My research interests include most things related to Black women with a special focus on body-image. My dissertation is focused on body-image and disordered eating behaviors in Black military women. I am also passionate about understanding intersectionality from a Black feminist perspective (i.e., interlocking systems of oppression vs multiple identities). Professionally, I enjoy doing therapy and teaching. I love spending time with my husband, James, my cat, Kovu, and friends. You more than likely will find me traveling, checking out new places to eat & drink, going to the movies, or trying to host something at my house. 

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Steven A. Palmieri

Year you entered the program: 2014

Something interesting about you: I’m obsessed with Harry Potter, Doctor Who, politics, and candy

Research Interests: LGBTQ+ issues broadly, with a focus on the sexual experiences, values, desires, norms, and identities of sexual minority men.  My research emphasizes the positive aspects of sexuality (e.g., sexual empowerment) within an LGBTQ-affirmative framework

Email: sap104@zips.uakon.edu

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Kristin E. Silver

Year you entered the program: 2014

Something interesting about you: I dream of high-fat dairy, and I am a former unicyclist!

Research Interests: Broadly speaking, my research and clinical interests are at the intersection of mental health and human rights. I’m particularly passionate about: women’s sexual health & empowerment; the causes and consequences of trauma, along with empirically supported treatments for marginalized populations (such as human trafficking survivors) who may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and intersectional feminist therapy and interventions. Methodologically speaking, I am interested in mixed methods research, treatment outcome research, and quantitative scale construction.

Email: kes130@zips.uakron.edu; kristinsilver@fulbrightmail.org

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Taylor Ceroni

Year you entered the program: 2013

Something interesting about you: My dream is to eat at every 3-star Michelin restaurant in the world.

Research Interests: Trauma and abuse, intimate partner violence, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and feminist issues, specifically in the areas of sexism, heterosexism, intersectionality, and empowerment.

Email: tlc62@zips.uakron.edu

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Sarah Sanders

Year you entered the program: 2013

Something interesting about you: I was allergic to cow’s milk as a child, so my mom bought a goat! We lived on a farm so it was a convenient and economical, if unconventional, purchase.

Research Interests: Latinas, body image, culturally-specific risk and protective factors in the development of body image disturbance

Email: ses130@zips.uakron.edu

Thomas Vance

Thomas A. Vance                  

Year you entered the program: 2013

Something interesting about you: Vegan and traveling often while being on graduate student budget.

Research Interests: Cultural appropriate psychotherapy treatment and assessment, LGBT+ topics involving people of color, African American male masculinity, men who have sex with men.

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