Students

Maria Alessi

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education:

  • B.S. Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh
  • M.A. Psychology from University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Advisor: Dr. Jeanette M. Bennett
Program Track: Clinical
Research Interests:

How mindfulness buffers psychological and physiological stress reactivity; individual-level predictors (e.g. trait self-compassion, trait mindfulness) of acceptability and efficacy of 3rd wave therapy approaches; clinical applications of psychoneuroimmunology for the treatment of co-occurring mental and physical illnesses

Current Practicum Placement: Carolina’s Rehabilitation
Hobbies: Hiking, running, camping

Dhanashree Bahulekar

Hometown: South Brunswick, NJ
Education:

  • B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University
  • M.A. in School Psychology from East Carolina University

Advisor: Dr. Aimee Smith
Program Track: Clinical

Research Interests:

Chronic illness management, medication adherence, pain management, and sleep in primarily pediatric populations

Current Practicum Placement: Atrium Health Union Family Practice
Hobbies: Trying out new recipes, reading, traveling, going on walks, spending time with family and friends, and watching movies/TV

Lia Bauert

Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Education: B.S. in Public Health, Nutrition Concentration, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Advisor: Dr. Virginia Gil-Rivas and Dr. Jennifer Webb
Program Track: Clinical
Research Interests:

Investigating the efficacy and accessibility of technology-based interventions for treating eating disorders, using community-driven research to increase accessibility and acceptance of digital interventions in traditionally underserved populations

Hobbies: Reading the most popular fiction books, playing disc golf, and taking long walks with my dog

Lillian Cai

Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA
Education: B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling
Program Track: Clinical
Labs: THRIVE Lab
Research Interests:

Healthcare, impact of chronic illness on mental health, caregiver-client relationships, and institutional betrayal effects on health outcomes in underserved populations

Hobbies: Playing tabletop RPGs, reading, writing, watching nature documentaries

Michelle Chen

Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
Education:

  • B.S. in Psychology with minors in Medical Sociology and Music from University of Central Florida
  • M.A. in Clinical, Counseling, and Applied Psychology from Penn State Harrisburg

Advisor: Dr. George Demakis
Program Track: Clinical
Research Interests:

Neuropsychology, cognitive sequelae of medical and psychological conditions

Current Practicum Placement: South Charlotte Va Health Care Center
Hobbies: Movies/TV shows, video games, exercising, playing with my cat

Austin Coates

Hometown: Berlin, MD
Education:

  • B.S. in Psychology with Honors from Lehigh University
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling
Program Track: Clinical
Research Interests:

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

Current Practicum Placement: Elizabeth Family Medicine and Biddle Point Family Practice
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, scuba diving, yoga, cooking, and video gaming

Haley Cooper

Hometown: Wichita, KS
Education: B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Case
Program Track: Community
Research Interests:

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

Hobbies: Curating playlists, drawing portraits, playing basketball

Sneha Dhanavanthri Muralidhara
2nd Year

Hometown: Bengaluru, India
Education:

  • B.A. in Psychology, Sociology and Economics from Bangalore University, India
  • M.S in Psychology from Bangalore University, India

Research Interests: Aging, neurodegenerative disorders, women’s health and lifestyle risk factors.

Concentration Perspectives: Something I like about the concentration is the supportive research environment, along with ample resources and opportunities for professional growth. 

Hobbies: Gardening, hiking, watching movies

Daniel Dickie

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Education: B.S. in Psychology from University of Central Florida
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling and Dr. Richard McAnulty
Program Track: Clinical
Research Interests:

Trauma, consent, IVP, substance abuse, sexual violence

Hobbies

: Being outdoors, cooking, traveling, watching soccer, reading, board and video games, and hanging out with friends

Kimberly Ecker

Hometown: Gramado, Brazil
Education:

  • B.A. in Psychology from UFCSPA, Brazil
  • M.S. in Counseling and Human Development from the University of Rochester, NY

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Kilmer
Program Track: Clinical
Research Interests:

Children and families, trauma, grief, resilience, post-traumatic growth(PTG), ethnic minority groups

Hobbies: Running, watching movies, exploring local events and restaurants.

Mia Ersoff

Hometown: Miami, Fl
Education: B.A. in Communication and Psychology, summa cum laude from Florida State University
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Kilmer
Program Track: Community
Research Interests:

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

Hobbies: Staying active outdoors, eating and baking sweets, watching documentaries, and traveling as much as I can to learn about different cultures.

Lena Etzel

Hometown: Hannover, Germany
Education:

  • B.A. in Psychology, summa cum laude, from Queens University of Charlotte
  • M.A. in Psychology from UNC Charlotte

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Webb and Dr. George Demakis
Program Track: Clinical
Research Interests:

Clinical neuropsychology; the role of cognitive resources in supporting adjustment following life-changing experiences; normative and pathological processes of cognitive aging

Current Practicum Placement: Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center – Neuropsychology
Hobbies: Running, cooking, socializing, listening to podcasts, weather/storm tracking, swimming