Maegan (Mae) Mack

Hometown: Rincon, GA
Hobbies: Upcycling, thrifting, gardening, cooking, climate advocac
Email: mmack13@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology from College of Coastal Georgia, Summa cum laude
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Kilmer
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Positive youth development using strength-based approaches, protective factors for at-risk youth, effects of prosocial activities, and mentoring on empowerment and resilience in youth  


Kirby Magid

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Hobbies: Hiking, yoga/Pilates, traveling, walking and spending time with my dog
Email: kmagid@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Crime, Law, and Society from College of Charleston
  • M.A. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Manitoba
Advisor: Dr. Amy Canevello
Program: General
Research Interests:

Interpersonal dynamics in close relationships and their impact on health and well-being; coping, adjustment, and support for adults with chronic illness; health policy focused on improving long-term care, caregiver support, and social determinants of health.


Daniel Perkins

Hometown: Pittsburgh PA
Hobbies: playing guitar and collecting records
Email: dperki15@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University
  • B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: Dr. Levens
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Applying Social Psychology approaches to understand and predict healthy/unhealthy behaviors, such as exercise or smoking.


Maria Alessi

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, visiting friends
Email: malessi@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.A. Psychology from University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • B.S. Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: Dr. Bennett
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Atrium Health Union Family Practice
Research Interests:

Clinical applications of psychoneuroimmunology to treat late-life depression; Effects of self-compassion practice on physiological stress reactivity


Lia Bauert

Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Hobbies: I enjoy reading the most popular fiction books, playing disc golf, and taking long walks with my dog.
Email: lbauert@uncc.edu
Education:
  • Bachelors of Science in Public Health, Nutrition Concentration, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Advisor: Dr. Virginia Gil-Rivas and Dr. Jennifer Webb
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

investigating the efficacy and accessibility of technology-based interventions for treating eating disorders by utilizing community-driven research methods. My hope is employing community-driven research will lead to new pathways for increased accessibility and acceptance of digital interventions in traditionally underserved populations.


Grace Carter

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Hobbies: Exploring new places, hanging out with family and friends, listening to podcasts, and going on walks
Email: tcarte55@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology (Highest Honors), Child Development (Highest Honors), and Political Science from Vanderbilt University
Advisor: Dr. Kilmer
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

The dissemination, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based practices in community settings


Michelle Chen

Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
Hobbies: Movies/TV shows, videogames, exercising, playing with my cat
Email: mchen38@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA in Clinical, Counseling, and Applied Psychology from Penn State Harrisburg
  • BS in Psychology with minors in Medical Sociology and Music from University of Central Florida
Advisor: Dr. George Demakis
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: South Charlotte Va Health Care Center
Research Interests:

Neuropsychology, cognitive sequelae of medical and psychological conditions


Kendall Clay

Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Hobbies: Rock climbing, lifting, running, rollerblading, playing soccer, listening to music, watching movies
Email: kclay14@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from UNC Chapel Hill
  • B.A. in Psychology from Duke University
Advisor: Dr. Amy Peterman
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Subjective class identity and perceived scarcity, socioeconomic disparities of health, malleability of class identity, chronic illness


Austin Coates

Hometown: Berlin, MD
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, scubadiving, yoga, cooking, and video gaming
Email: ccoates7@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.S. in Psychology with Honors from Lehigh University
Advisor: Dr. L-R
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Elizabeth Family Medicine and Biddle Point Family Practice
Research Interests:

Child and adolescent trauma and resilience, sexual assault, and psychophysiological interventions for at risk youth


Haley Cooper

Hometown: Wichita, KS
Hobbies: Curating playlists, drawing portraits, playing basketball
Email: hcooper8@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology from the University of Kansas
Advisor: Dr. Case
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Racial and gendered health disparities, integrated healthcare settings, place-based health initiatives


Daniel Dickie

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Hobbies: Being outdoors, cooking, traveling, watching soccer, reading, board and video games, and hanging out with friends
Email: ddickie@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. Psychology from University of Central Florida
Advisor: Dr. L-R & Dr. McAnulty
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Trauma, consent, IVP, substance abuse, sexual violence


Cody Dillon-Owens

Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Hobbies: Playing guitar and bass, board and video games, being outdoors
Email: cdillono@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology with Honors (Human Development Concentration) from Roanoke College
Advisor: Dr. Peterman
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Atrium Health CMC Elizabeth Family Medicine
Research Interests:

Socioeconomic disparities in health with a particular focus on perceived scarcity and racial differences


Mia Ersoff

Hometown: Miami, Fl
Hobbies: Staying active outdoors, eating and baking sweets, watching documentaries, and traveling as much as I can to learn about different cultures.
Email: mersoff@uncc.edu
Education:
  • Florida State University Major in Communication and Psychology, Summa Cum Laude
Advisor: Dr. Kilmer
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Education, evaluation of early childhood and prevention programs, and improving systematic injustices


Lena Etzel

Hometown: Hannover, Germany
Hobbies: Running, cooking, listening to podcasts, weather/storm tracking
Email: letzel@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA in Psychology from UNC Charlotte
  • BA in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, from Queens University of Charlotte
Advisor: Dr. Webb
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center Salisbury
Research Interests:

Clinical neuropsychology, the role of cognition in emotion regulation, adjustment, and treatment outcomes following intense, life-changing experiences (e.g., military combat), normative and pathological processes of cognitive aging


Cecily Gadaire

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Hobbies: Cooking, exercise, travel, crafts, hanging out with family and friends
Email: cbasquin@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.A. in Psychology with Highest Honors from Elon University
Advisor: Dr. Armstrong
Program: Clinical
Internships/Assistantships: Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health
Research Interests:

Family health behavior change; child overweight; positive parenting strategies


Maggie Gigler

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Hobbies: Running, reading, and watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey and movies about organized crime
Email: mgigler@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology with Honors, cum laude from Wake Forest University
Advisor: Dr. L-R
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: South Charlotte Va Health Care Center
Research Interests:

Promoting health equity through integrated care; health communication in integrated care settings; influence of internalization of stigma on treatment-seeking behaviors


Shaina Glass

Hometown: Waxhaw, NC
Hobbies: Reading, exercise, videogames, cooking, spending time with family and friends
Email: sglass7@uncc.edu
Education:
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Game Design and Development from UNC Charlotte
  • B.S. in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, from UNC Charlotte
Advisor: Dr. Markant
Program: General
Research Interests:

I am interested in the cognitive aspects of mental health, cognitive training, and creating and improving treatments and prevention programs. I am also interested in improving the accessibility of treatments through gamification


Erin Godly-Reynolds

Email: egodlyre@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.Ed. in Sport Administration from Wingate University, 2011B.A. in Psychology and Dual Certification (Childhood Education/Special Education) from Marist College, 2008
Program: Community
Research Interests:

I am interested in the prevention of childhood obesity and Type II diabetes; mother and infant wellness, specifically breastfeeding duration and rates in minority populations; utilizing program evaluation and implementation science to address challenges in educational and healthcare systems; and access to free and appropriate education for all children, including children with special needs and children from low SES households.

I moved to North Carolina in 2011 for a graduate assistantship at Wingate University (about an hour east of Charlotte). Originally planning just to come for grad school, first I fell in love with the weather, and then I met and fell in love with my husband! Like many other implants, I consider NC to be my home state for the foreseeable future. Proud parents of our “big goof” Bridie (an adopted mutt), Mick and I enjoy spending time outdoors with her, and appreciating the diversity of what Charlotte has to offer (from going out in Uptown to relaxing in NoDa). My prior work experiences...


Taryn Greene

Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Hobbies: Yoga, running, cycling, connecting with nature, and painting
Email: taryn.greene@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.A. in Psychology from UNC Charlotte
  • M.A. from the American Military University
  • B.A. in Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Reeve
Program: General
Research Interests:

Posttraumatic growth (PTG), resilience, and thriving; development and application of military focused PTG interventions


Sophie Hirsch

Hometown: Leipzig, Germany
Hobbies: Taking yoga and strength classes; Trying new foods; Playing with my quarantine puppy, Buster
Email: shirsch8@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology; BS in Exercise Science from Catawba College
Advisor: Dr. Jane Gaultney
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Sleep quality and behaviors; Inflammation; Mindfulness practices


Bridget Jules

Hometown: Baldwin, NY
Hobbies: Travelling, hiking, yoga, movie watching, spending time with people I love
Email: bjules1@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.A. Psychology and Spanish Language and Literature from Binghamton University
Advisor: Dr. L-R
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: UNCC Counseling Center (CAPS)
Research Interests:

Intimate partner violence, consent, risk factors to sexual perpetration of violence, trauma informed care


Paisley Lewis

Hometown: Easley, SC
Hobbies: Hiking, yoga, playing flute, reading, cooking, and connecting with nature
Email: plewis19@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology from Davidson College
Advisor: Dr. Peterman
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: UNCC Counseling Center GA
Research Interests:

Nature and well-being within the context of scarcity

 
 

Jodie Lisenbee

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Hobbies: Live music, boating, hiking, snowboarding, puppies
Email: jlisenbe@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology and Human Development from the University of California at Davis
Advisor: Dr. Webb & Dr. Gil-Rivas
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: UNCC Counseling Center, Beginning Practicum
Research Interests:

Maternal and perinatal health, doula care, psychosocial influences on childbirth outcomes, clinical treatments for perinatal mood disorders

 

 


Megan McComas

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Hobbies: Yoga, craft beer, travel, meditation
Email: mmccomas@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology & Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution-Interpersonal Track from Salisbury University
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Thanatology from University of Maryland
  • Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C)
Advisor: Dr. Gil-Rivas
Program: Clinical
Internships/Assistantships: UNC Charlotte CAPS
Research Interests:

Social media, technology, cyber aggression, LGBTQ+, mindfulness, adjustment

 
 

 


Iris McMillan

Hometown: Hassloch/Pfalz, Germany
Hobbies: Spin, running, cycling classes, playing with furbabies, binge-watching netflix & ice cream
Email: ifraude@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.A. in Psychology from UNC Charlotte
  • BSc. in Psychology with distinction from Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt
Advisor: Dr. L-R
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Atrium Health Levine Children's Hospital, Child and Family Development
Research Interests:

relationship processes, (cyber) intimate partner violence, transdiagnostic vulnerabilities

 
 

Jaimelee Mihalski

Email: jmihalsk@uncc.edu
Education:
  • Graduated from DePaul University in 2013 with a B.A. in Community Psychology
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Substance abuse recovery and prevention, education, and child welfare
 


Dana Miller

Hometown: Chambersburg, PA
Hobbies: Photography, Travel, Music, and spending time with my husband and 3 ferrets
Email: dmill164@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.A. in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Psychology (Neuroscience option) at Penn State
Advisor: Dr. Demakis
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological assessment of neurodegenerative disorders, Forensic neuropsychology


Alexis Mitchell

Hometown: Abingdon, VA
Hobbies: exercise, exploring new walking/hiking trails, baking new recipes, making travel plans, live music, documentaries, cuddling and playing with my dogs
Email: amitch83@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology, Summa cum laude from UNC Charlotte
Advisor: Dr. Sara Levens
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Atrium Health Union Family Practice
Research Interests:

affective (e.g., positive affect, positive reappraisal) and cognitive (e.g., future thinking) mechanisms underlying health behavior change, mindfulness and emotion regulation, inclusive health promotion approaches, positive psychology approaches to increasing physical activity

 
 

Jan Mooney

Hometown: San Mateo, CA
Hobbies: listening to podcasts, reading scary stories, catering to my dog's every whim
Email: jmoone14@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MMFT, Pfeiffer University-RTP
  • BA from the University of California at Berkeley
Advisor: Dr. Webb
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Psychology, Children's National Hospital, Washington, DC
Research Interests:

embodiment; interoceptive awareness; pregnancy; postpartum; mindfulness; eating behaviors; interactions with healthcare/legal/policy systems and their contribution to health and well-being

 
 

Victoria O'Connor

Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Hobbies: Running, horseback riding, cuddling with my dogs
Email: vwillet1@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • BA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with University Honors
Advisor: Dr. L-R
Internships/Assistantships: Salisbury VA
Research Interests:

Posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic stress after interpersonal traumas and the impact of mediating behaviors like rumination and social media surveillance

 

 


Sydney Park

Hometown: Pewaukee, WI
Hobbies: Sociailizing, playing guitar/singing, watching TV, & reading
Email: spark68@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology with a minor in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Advisor: Dr. Levens
Program: Clinical
Internships/Assistantships: Emory University Medical Center
Research Interests:

Executive function, neuropsychology, emotion regulation, & health behavior engagement


Ameante Payen

Hometown: Jamaica, Queens, New York
Hobbies: Reading, Spending time with family and friends, Volunteering, Traveling, Dining Out
Email: apayen@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.A. Queens College City University of New York
  • M.A. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Advisor: Dr. Bennett
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

The effects of stress and inflammation on cognition, the clinical use of biomarkers in neuropsychological testing


Brittany Price

Email: bprice34@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology and BS in Animal Science from North Carolina State University
Advisor: Dr. Jeanette Bennett & Dr. Andrew Case
Program: Clinical
Internships/Assistantships: VA Greenville Healthcare Center
Research Interests:

stress, health disparities and physiological markers of stress


Pedram Rastegar

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Hobbies: Playing sports, video games, hiking
Email: prastega@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Peterman & Dr. L-R
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Violence exposure and resiliency; mental health and Muslim Americans


Fallon Richie

Hometown: Auburn Hills, Michigan
Hobbies: Running, traveling, hiking, & baking
Email: frichie@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology from Hope College
Advisor: Dr. L-R.
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Atrium Health Carolinas Rehab
Research Interests:

Health equity, integrated healthcare systems, institutional betrayal, intimate partner violence

 
 

Aria Ruggiero

Hometown: Glen Head, NY
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, cooking, playing trivia, making memes of my dog
Email: aruggie2@uncc.edu
Education:
  • MA in General Psychology from American University
  • BA in Psychology from Boston University
Advisor: Dr. Gaultney
Program: Clinical
Internships/Assistantships: Atlanta VA Healthcare Center
Research Interests:

How societal attitudes and beliefs about sleep shape sleeping behaviors; the social and emotional predictors and outcomes of sleep disturbances


Rachel Siegal

Hometown: Westborough, MA
Hobbies: Hiking, running and reading a good book!
Email: rsiegal@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Kilmer & Dr. Jim Cook
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Using community-based participatory research approaches in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs to improve community well-being and inform action across multiple levels of the bioecological model


Leslie Snapper

Hometown: Ashland, MA
Hobbies: hiking, bike riding, lifting, yoga, reading, a good cup of coffee, photography, caring for plants, and spending time with my husband and our dog
Email: lsnapper@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Psychology (Neuroscience track) from Boston College
  • M.A. in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Advisor: Dr. Peterman & Dr. Scott
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Research Interests:

My research interests are fairly broad and are focused around promoting health and wellbeing, particularly related to mental health and integrated behavioral healthcare. Some of my more specific interests include physical activity promotion, understanding and improving health communication, medically unexplained symptoms and ethical implications for psychologists as well as medical providers, and mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions.


Rose Soliemannjad

Hometown: San Jose, CA
Hobbies: Swimming, Hiking, Candle-making, Traveling, Writing, and Spending time with my dog!
Email: rsoliema@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.A. Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Health Psychology from Santa Clara University
  • B.A. Pre-medicine, English from Santa Clara University
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Kilmer
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

The intersection between health and mental health among diverse youth populations experiencing adversity; resilience; integrated care; intervention and prevention efforts within academic and community-based settings; sleep.


Alexa Sotiroff

Hometown: Birmingham, Michigan
Hobbies: Painting, Yoga, Cooking, Hiking, Documentaries/Podcasts
Email: asotirof@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.A. in Psychology at the University of Michigan
Advisor: Dr. L-R
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:
Violent behavior, factors that influence behaviors and attitudes towards deviant behavior, forensic psychology

Jasmine Temple

Hometown: Richmond, VA
Hobbies: Painting, Cooking, Yoga, Exploring Nature, Dog Mom Activities, Binge-Watching Crime Docs, Game Nights
Email: jtempl10@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.A. in Psychological Sciences from James Madison University
  • B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University
Advisor: Dr. Erika Montanaro
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Reducing sexual health disparities, health risk behavior intervention, community based participatory research


Annalise Tolley

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Hobbies: Cycling, running, anything outdoors, travel, cooking/consuming delicious food
Email: atolley1@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. biology, minor psychology from Elon University
Advisor: Dr. Victoria Scott
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Mitigating racial health disparities through top-down policy change and bottom-up community empowerment. Promoting health equity through integrated care, asset-based community development, and community-based participatory research. Evidence-based interventions rooted in critical race public health praxis.


Tran Tran

Hometown: Saigon, Vietnam
Hobbies: Dancing, cooking, and watching true-crime documentaries
Email: ttran97@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.A. in Psychology and Theater & Dance at Dickinson College
Advisor: Dr. Gil-Rivas & Dr. Webb
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

Eating disorders among ethnic minorities, and multicultural counseling competencies


Audre Tyner

Hometown: I hold two special places in heart as my hometowns: Doerun, GA and Murphy, NC.
Hobbies: I love to curl up with a good book and paint.
Email: atyner@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in psychology with a focus in neuroscience at Western Carolina University.
Advisor: Dr. Gil-Rivas
Program: Clinical
Research Interests:

How individuals cope with chronic illnesses in a variety of situations. I've particularly looked at how humor plays a role in coping with the stresses related to Multiple Sclerosis.


Rachel Uri

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Hobbies: Spending time outdoors, cooking new recipes, playing with my cat Marley
Email: ruri@uncc.edu
Education:
  • BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Advisor: Dr. Gil-Rivas & Dr. Webb
Program: Clinical
Current Practicum Placement: South Charlotte Va Health Care Center
Research Interests:

poverty-related stigma, eating behaviors within the context of poverty and deprivation, the impact of food insecurity on mental health, type II diabetes


Clysha Whitlow

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Hobbies: Nexflix, volunteering, working out, cooking and trying new restaurants (I love to eat!)
Email: cwhitl37@uncc.edu
Education:
  • M.A. in General Psychology at NC Central University
  • B.A in Psychology at East Carolina University
  • B.S in Rehabilitation Services at East Carolina University
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Case
Program: Community
Research Interests:

Physical and mental health disparities, root causes of health inequities, community-based participatory research and evaluation, place-based initiatives, and the connection between stress, coping mechanisms, and racism.


Philip Zendels

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Hobbies: Board Games, cooking, sleeping, listening to music
Email: pzendels@uncc.edu
Education:
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, Neurobiology Concentration, B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina State University, 2018
Advisor: Dr. Gaultney
Program: General
Research Interests:

Sleep Hygiene, Chronicity, Physiological sleep outcomes, Cognitive sleep outcomes