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SECOND YEAR STUDENTS

Amanda Adams (aadams9@radford.edu) was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia and earned her B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University. After graduating she worked as a clinician and tester for Lindamood-Bell, a learning remediation clinic, in the Washington, D.C. area. During her first year at Radford, she worked with Dr. Jackson as a teaching assistant, lab supervisor, and research assistant on a cannabinoid study in rats. Amanda also worked with Dr. Willner on a study examining the phenomenon known as latent inhibition. This year, Amanda is an intern on the psychiatric unit of a regional hospital and will be working with clients with a variety of needs. Additionally, she is helping Dr. Chase conduct a survey of the educational needs of school psychologists in Virginia public schools. After Radford, Amanda hopes to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology and complete a post-doc in Neuropsychology. Her ultimate goals are to help people recover from brain injury and disease.  Her turn-offs include people who talk about themselves too much and hypocrisy.

Katie Bishop (kbishop3@radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degree at Mary Baldwin College in 2012. 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 completed her 2-semester Research Mentorship with Dr. Valerie Leake on research projects with the Student Veterans Research Team and she also helped Dr. Leake write a grant proposal. Katie had the opportunity to present at the Counseling Psychology Conference as part of a symposium entitled Promoting Veteran Friendly Campuses through Research, Advocacy, and Outreach: Resources for Counseling Psychologists and University Counseling Centers. This year, Katie is teaching two sections of Introductory Psychology as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. She is also interning at an outpatient facility, working to divert individuals with mental illness away from the criminal justice system and into community-based treatment and services. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career with the Department of Corrections.

Michael Feeney (mfeeney3@radford.edu)  earned his undergraduate 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. Michael participated in a variety of duties while conducting original research, which focused on predictors of academic behavior in clinically referred children and adolescents. For the past two years he has been 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 completed his 2-semester Research Mentorship working with Dr. Christensen on a project examining self-control strategies in college students. He was also awarded a Spring 2014 Graduate Research Fellowship, which he used to begin work on his thesis studying positive risk and decision making.  This year, Michael is looking forward to his professional internship working with adults individually and in groups in an outpatient community mental health setting. After graduation Michael hopes to enter a doctoral program and go on to serve families and individuals in community and residential treatment centers.

Brianna Pomeroy (bpomeroy2@radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Virginia Tech in 2013 where she had the opportunity to volunteer at the Women's Resource center working with victims of domestic violence. During her first year in the Clinical-Counseling Program at Radford University, Brianna completed her 2-semester Applied Training in Psychological Research Course working with Dr. Elliott on a project examining the relationship between childhood victimization and adult psychological functioning in college females.  The findings from this research were presented in a poster presentation at the William and Mary Graduate Research Symposium.  During her first year, Brianna was also a teaching assistant for Dr. Steele's Lifespan Development and Maturity and Aging classes, as well as Dr. Hayes' Principles of Learning class. In her second year, Brianna is serving as a Graduate Teaching Fellow and is teaching two sections of the Introductory Psychology course during the Fall and Spring semesters.  Brianna is also currently completing her 2-semester internship at a local outpatient community services program.  She will be rehabilitating criminal offenders by addressing issues of substance abuse/recovery, prosocial behavior, mental health concerns, and abuse/trauma focused treatment.  After graduation, Brianna plans to attend a doctoral program in either clinical or counseling psychology, and eventually work with criminal offenders with severe mental health diagnoses.  

Bethany Hall (bhall11@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 on two separate research projects within the psychology department.  One project was focused on identifying nonverbal behavior and stress responses in college students and the other studied memory through location.  In 2011, Bethany completed an internship and clinical practicum at Mildred Mitchell Bateman Hospital in Huntington, WV.  During this internship, Bethany’s focus was working with forensic patients suffering from severe and chronic mental illness in the hopes of rehabilitation to rejoin the community.  After graduating with her B.A. degree, Bethany began working as a Crisis Counselor at the Behavioral Health Pavilion in Bluefield, W.V.  In this position she provided 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 to provide a recommendation for short-term psychiatric care. During her first year in Radford’s Clinical-Counseling program, Bethany completed her 2-semester Applied Training in Psychological Research Course assisting Dr. Ruth Riding-Malon on research involving the relationship between Post-Traumatic Growth and Spirituality in those who are survivors of a traumatic experience and the resilience that a person’s spirituality and religiosity can bring. Bethany presented her research at the Appalachian State University Mental Health Conference in April of 2014. During her second year in the program, Bethany is completing her 2-semester internship at a regional state psychiatric institute. She is working with patients in need of long-term rehabilitation suffering from severe and persistent mental illness with a specific focus on working with forensic patients.  After graduation, Bethany plans to enter a doctoral program and eventually work with those patients struggling with severe mental illness who are also within the criminal justice system.

Rachel Turk (rturk3@radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degree at Lynchburg College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. During her first year in the program at Radford, she completed her 2-semester Research Mentorship with Dr. Elliott on a project examining the association between childhood victimization, poly-victimization, and psychological distress in college males. She presented the results of her research at the William and Mary Graduate Research Symposium. Through her first year assistantship at the Learning Assistance Resource Center, Rachel had the opportunity to create workshops, organize events, create study materials for students and advertise and update social media among other things. This year she is looking forward to hosting tutor-training sessions on ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Memory and Forgetting. During her second year, Rachel is completing her full-year internship at a facility that specializes in short term crisis intervention and stabilization. She is gaining experience working with all ages from adolescents to geriatrics. Her responsibilities include psychosocial assessments, planning and conducting family meetings and group therapy sessions, and creating discharge plans for patients including follow-up therapy. This opportunity will allow Rachel to work with a wide variety of issues and disabilities and will help to prepare her for a career in mental health.  

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

Anastasia Formica (aformica@email.radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in English at Iona College in 2014 where she had the opportunity to work at a Marriage and Family Counseling Clinic. She also had the opportunity to work on her own research project studying the impact of commonly held stereotypes concerning deviant subcultures on the jury decision making process, which she presented at the 2014 NCUR conference in Kentucky. During her first year in the Clinical-Counseling Program at Radford University, Anastasia is completing her 2-semester Research Mentorship with Dr. Dayna Hayes on a project examining the differences in neurogenesis between two different strains of rats and rat gender. After graduation she hopes to enter a doctoral program and go on to work with veterans.

Lora Wagner (lwagner2@radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degrees at Radford University majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a minor in French. During her time at Radford she was able to complete research with the Criminal Justice and Psychology departments with Dr. Isaac Van Patten and Dr. Ann Elliott examining the association between childhood victimization, poly-victimization, and psychological distress in incarcerated women. Lora was also able to assist in further research with Dr. Elliott examining childhood victimization, poly-victimization and psychological distress in college students. During her first year in the Clinical-Counseling Program at Radford University, Lora is continuing her previous research with Dr. Elliott on the study of incarcerated women. After graduation, she hopes to enter a doctoral program and eventually work as a forensic psychologist.

Emily Keller (ekeller@radford.edu) earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Psychology and Justice Studies with a concentration in Criminal Justice from James Madison University (JMU) in 2013.  During her time as an honors student at JMU, she served as a teaching assistant for two psychology classes, tutored a student in a program serving children “at-risk” for child abuse and neglect, and volunteered as a student helper at an assisted living center.  In addition, Emily spent a semester as an editing assistant for a book chronicling the criminalization of mental illness, where she conducted literature searches, proofread content, and edited chapters.  She also designed and executed a study concerning the analysis of violent content of popular video games that might affect pathological gamers, which culminated in the completion of her undergraduate honors thesis.  During her first year in the Clinical-Counseling Program at Radford University, Emily is completing her two-semester Applied Training in Psychological Research course working with Dr. Riding-Malon on a project investigating issues surrounding trauma in rural populations.  After graduation, she hopes to enter the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at Radford University and specialize in working with rural clients.

Abby Vandivier (avandivier@radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in statistics at Virginia Tech in 2014. While there, she participated in multiple research projects at the Child Study Center entering data, observing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and conducting research sessions exploring parental transfer of anxiety to children. During her first year in the Clinical-Counseling Program at Radford University, Abby is completing her 2-semester Applied Training in Psychological Research Course working with Dr. Aspelmeier on a project examining the role of self-regulation in adult-romantic attachment styles. After graduation, she hopes to enter a doctoral program and eventually work with patients and conduct research in a research hospital setting.

Doug Buchanan (djbuchanan@radford.edu) earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Radford University in 2014. During his time at Radford, Doug conducted research on protective/risk factors for adolescents using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (aka Add Health). He helped create two posters, one of which was presented at the Counseling Psychology Conference in Atlanta and the other at a conference on rural mental health at Appalachian State University. He also interned at the New River Community Action Center helping underprivileged individuals find mental health services, housing, and work. Doug volunteered at the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program helping those with less get food and pay their bills and for Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring two elementary age boys with troubled backgrounds. After graduation, he hopes to enter a doctoral program and eventually work with people with wide ranging degrees of depression.

Melissa Shaw (mgshaw@radford.edu) earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and graduated summa cum laude from Radford University in 2005 while working part time for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  For the past 7 years, she has been working as an optician for a local team of optometrists.  She received her licensure from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Board for Opticians in 2011.   During her first year in the Clinical-Counseling Program at Radford University, Melissa is completing her 2-semester Research Mentorship with Dr. Christensen assisting with a laboratory study on risk-taking.  After graduation Melissa hopes to pursue the Doctor of Psychology degree in Counseling Psychology at Radford University.