Lab Members - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

Lab Members

Meet the SPARTA Lab


Lauren Prince, Lab ManagerLauren Prince
Lab manager 2022-2024

“Broadly, I am interested in trauma and resiliency. Specifically, I am interested in how experiencing different types of traumas and an accumulation of traumas affects people. ”

Graduate Researchers

Elissar El SabbaghElissar El Sabbagh (

“I am interested in studying historical trauma in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) populations, specifically to examine the cumulative experiences of racial/ethnic trauma and their impact on mental health outcomes.”

Aviva JohnsAviva Johns (

“Broadly, I am interested in historical trauma and how individuals heal from/cope with trauma. More specifically, I am interested in factors such as historical loss awareness, ethnic/cultural identity, communication style, environment, and everyday historical trauma reminders (e.g., micro and macroaggressions, anti-semitism, hate crimes/hate speech) in relation to how individuals experience, respond to, heal from, and cope with historical trauma and loss.”

Brooke PangelinanBrooke Pangelinan (

“I am interested in researching historical trauma with CHamorus, the indigenous people of Guam, particularly understanding the impacts of colonization, historical loss, and the physical & psychological proximity to the trauma. I also want to examine the role of ethnic identity, specifically to explore whether it buffers the negative impacts of historical trauma on psychological distress.”

Mollie RischardMollie Rischard (

“My research broadly focuses on the assessment of trauma-related symptoms in youth, particularly within the arena of sleep disturbances. Specifically, I am interested in the instrumentation of valid and reliable tools to diagnose sleep pathology in children and adolescents. For my dissertation, I developed and am currently psychometrically evaluating the first structured diagnostic interview to evaluate DSM-5 sleep disorders in children aged 8-17. I am wrapping up data collection for my dissertation; I am currently on an internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Child Study Center.”

Jack StimsonJack Stimson (

“I am interested in studying trauma, resiliency, and strength as it relates to athletes and their well-being. Specifically, I am interested in advocacy for at-risk athletic populations and the possible role trauma plays in the lives of athletes. For my dissertation, I am examining the prevalence of institutional betrayal and its effect on retention in a student-athlete population.”

Undergraduate Researchers

Cecilia Nguyen (

“I am interested in researching the historical and intergenerational trauma in children and adolescents in the Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American community. I am also interested in understanding the causes, treatments, and prevention of trauma for adults and children in the Asian, LGBTQ+, and Christian religious community.”

Adrian Melton (

“I am interested in psychology, trauma research, and how to make mental health resources more accessible.” 

Caroline Capellupo (

“I am interested in clinical psychology with an emphasis on trauma and how it relates to children. I am also interested in intervention strategies and therapeutic methods to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in adults and children.”

Lauren Prince, Lab ManagerSarah Tran (

“I am interested in studying historical and inter-generational trauma within the Vietnamese community as a result of the Vietnam War and how it has affected parenting styles and the outcomes of their children and their mental well-being.”


Tara Buck, MD

Dr. Tara Buck is an assistant professor of psychiatry and Oxley Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. Dr. Buck is working in collaboration with Dr. Cromer on the Clinical Outcomes of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Nightmares in Children (CBT-NC) project.

Lab Alumni

Doctoral Alumni

Devin BarlannDevin Barlaan
Current Employment: Post-doctoral fellow at Oklahoma State University Hardesty Center for Clinical Research & Neuroscience
Clinical Internship: Hennepin Healthcare, Child Track
Dissertation: Academic and Behavioral Health Outcomes Following a Delay in School Start Time to 9:15 AM at a Large Suburban Middle and High School

Ashley LouieAshley Louie, PhD
Current Employment: Licensed Psychologist in Kansas
Clinical Internship: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Dissertation: Resilience in Military Families with Young Children: A Pilot Study of Pre-deployment Parent Training

Emily CromwellEmily Kaier Cromwell, PhD
Current Employment: Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center
Clinical Internship: University of Rochester Medical Center
Dissertation: Reaching a Rural Community: Feasibility of Delivering a Child Posttraumatic Nightmare Treatment Via Televideoconferencing

Danielle ZanottiDanielle Zanotti, PhD
Current Employment: Clinical Psychologist at the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs in Oklahoma City
Clinical Internship: Michael E. DeBakey VA in Houston, TX
Dissertation: Reaching a Rural Community: Resilience in collegiate student-athletes: A pilot study of a prevention and resilience training program

Masters Alumni

Ludivina Vasquez, MA (

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Academic Year 2022-2023


Academic Year 2021-2022

  • Adrian Melton
  • Caroline Capellupo
  • Cecilia Nguyen

Academic Year 2020-2021

  • Alexa Morton *Senior Thesis
  • Jada Holmes *TURC Project
  • Christy Mather
  • Alyssa Brewer
  • Hannah Havemeier

Academic Year 2019-2020

  • Katie King *Senior Thesis
  • Andrew Helt *TURC Project
  • Hannah Walker
  • Jada Holmes
  • Alyssa Brewer
  • Simon Olaoluwa Falokun
  • Marisol Jaramilo Delmgh

Academic Year 2018-2019

  • Katie King/Sinor
  • Andrew Helt
  • Hannah Walker
  • Jada Holmes
  • Julia Richardson

Academic Year 2017- 2018

  • Olivia Darr
  • Darian Dozier
  • Reagan Hausman
  • Katie King
  • McKenzie McAdams
  • Hannah Walker

Academic Year 2016- 2017

  • Agnes Chu
  • Darian Dozier
  • James Whisenhunt

Academic Year 2015- 2016

  • Erin Camp
  • Darian Dozier
  • Sage Martin
  • Jules Soper
  • Darcy Waller
  • James Whisenhunt
  • Destinee Yandell

Academic Year 2014-2015

  • Erin Camp
  • Isaura Enrique
  • Montega Jordan
  • Brandi Krieg
  • Darcy Waller
  • Chase Winterberg

Academic Year 2013-2014

  • Tom Gaus
  • Brooke Hinch
  • Montega Jordan
  • Brandi Krieg
  • Forrest Rice
  • Renee Vanasse
  • Chase Winterberg

Academic Year 2012-2013

  • Brooke Hinch (Summer)
  • Lexis Learmonth
  • Amanda Schenk
  • Renee Vanasse
  • Chase Winterberg (Summer)

Academic Year 2011-2012

  • Sara English
  • Brooke Hinch
  • Max Jaggers
  • Mitchell Johnson
  • Lexis Learmonth
  • Kaylene Rojas
  • Amanda Schenk
  • Renee Vanasse
  • Chase Winterberg

Academic Year 2010-2011

  • Katie Birnie
  • Julien Frazer
  • Joanna Hughes
  • Mitchell Johnson
  • Grace Kesic
  • Kaylene Rojas
  • Hanna Tacha

Academic Year 2009-2010

  • Katie Birnie
  • Clara Hill
  • Rachel Zarrow (Summer)