Lab Members - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

Lab Members

Current Graduate Students

Jenny Lee, Clinical Doctoral Student (2016-Present)
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Research Interests: Examining resiliency and recovery processes for individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder. Her goal is to work with trauma-exposed individuals and study the factors that influence symptom trajectories. She is also interested in studying treatment efficacy and outcomes for individuals impacted by trauma.

Tim McDermott, Clinical Doctoral Student (2017-Present)
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Research Interests: Improving treatment outcomes for individuals with PTSD by integrating findings from neuroimaging. Using neuroimaging to predict which
individuals will best respond to what type of treatment and to predict long-term treatment outcomes.

Caitlin Paquet, Clinical Doctoral Student (2018-Present)
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Research Interests: Understanding the role that sleep plays in the etiology and maintenance of mental health disorders especially stress and anxiety-related disorders. She is also interested in improving EBP for co-morbid insomnia and mental health disorders through better understanding the relationship between sleep and mental health.

Matt Crowley, Clinical Doctoral Student (2018-Present)
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Research Interests: Improving the treatment outcomes of PTSD in the military population, and how to use novel technologies to improve the dissemination of evidence-based treatments.

Kendall Whitney, Clinical Doctoral Student (2020-Present)
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Research Interests: Exploring sexual assault trauma outcomes in order to better inform prevention and intervention strategies. Additionally, she is interested in researching the comorbidity of trauma and mental illness.

Leyli Beims-Ukens, Clinical Doctoral Student (2021-Present)
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Research Interests: Validating and improving PTSD/trauma interventions, and improving access and reducing barriers to PTSD/trauma interventions. She is also interested in assessing the impact of education on rates of sexual assault and attitudes/beliefs regarding sexual assault and consent, and understanding sexual assault and consent, particularly in the LGBTQ+ population.

Dayana Villarreal, Clinical Doctoral Student (2021-Present)
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Research Interests: Exploring the interaction of sleep and emotion processing/regulation among individuals exposed to trauma. Examining factors that contribute to the susceptibility for the onset of PTSD and other comorbid conditions following exposure to trauma.

Current Undergraduate Student Members

Alec Baxter, Senior
Kallyn Meyer, Senior
Abhinita Premkumar, Junior
Sara Altawil, Junior
Amanda Schwenke, Sophomore
Madeline Hudson, Sophomore

For undergraduates who are interested in joining our lab, please email the lab manager, Dayana Villarreal, for consideration.

  • Hall of Lab Managers

    The Hall of Lab Managers

    These are the proud men and women who have had the privilege of serving as TRAPT Lab Manager.

    Matthew D. Crowley, 2018-2021.

    Chelsea M. Cogan, M.A., 2016-2018.

    Rachel L. Micol, Ph.D., 2014-2016

    Katherine E. Miller, Ph.D., 2013-2014

    Christopher C. Cranston, Ph.D., 2009-2013

    Kristi Pruiksma, Ph.D., 2008-2009

    Patricia Byrd, Ph.D, 2004-2008

    David Wright, Ph.D, 2001-2004

  • Graduate Student Lab Alumni

    Chelsea Cogan(2015-2021)
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    Post-doctoral site:

    Jim Scholl(2013-2018)
    Internship site:
    Post-doctoral site:

    Ashley Clausen (2014-2018)
    Internship site: Durham VA
    Post-doctoral site:Duke University

    Rachel Micol (2012-2018)
    Internship site: Boston VAMC
    Post-doctoral site: Boston VAMC

    Jennifer Steward (2011-2017)
    Internship site: Bay Pines VA
    Post-doctoral site: Houston VAMC

    Katherine E. Miller (2009-2016)
    Internship site: Minneapolis VA
    Post-doctoral site: National Center for PTSD, Dissemination and Implementation Division

    Katherine Cunningham (2013-2016)
    Internship site: Baltimore VA
    Post-doctoral site: Durham VA MIRECC

    Kelsey Hancock (2013-2016)
    Current Employment: Violence Prevention Program Coordinator at The University of Tulsa.

    Christopher C. Cranston (2009-2015)
    Internship site: The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Post-doctoral site: Johns Hopkins Medicine
    Current Employment:The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Neuropsychology Residency in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a 2-year position focusing on in- and outpatient neuropsychology and rehabilitation in adult populations. Referrals for the various rotations come from multiple sources for traumatic brain injury, stroke, memory disorders, epilepsy, and other neurological problems. In addition to independent practice as a neuropsychologist, as an APPCN member program, completion of the residency qualifies the individual for fast-track board certification in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology.

    Rachael Swopes (2008-2012)
    Internship Site: Duke University Medical Center
    Postdoctoral Site:Behavioral Healthcare of Rural Missouri
    Current Employment: I am currently completing a postdoc residency at a private practice setting in rural Missouri. I mostly serve low income, high risk populations. I specialize in trauma and foster care, although I see all ages and disorders.

    Noelle Balliett (2007-2011)

    kristi pruiksmaKristi Pruiksma (2005-2011)
    Internship Site: The Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System, Tucson, AZ
    Postdoctoral Site: STRONG STAR Multidisciplinary PTSD Research Consortium, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio<
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry’ Research Therapist, STRONG STAR Multidisciplinary PTSD Research Consortium; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

    David Wright

    Tera Langston

    Cameo Borntrager (2001 – 2006)
    Internship Site:Medical University of South Carolina/National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center
    Postdoctoral Site: University of Hawaii/Child STEPs projects
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, University of Montana; I’m running an active research lab, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, providing clinical supervision to doctoral students, and actively consulting with community-based clinicians (primarily school-based)

    Johna Smasal (2001 – 2006)
    Internship Site: Northeastern Oklahoma Psychology Internship Program (NOPIP): primary rotation Laureate Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit; secondary rotation; University of Tulsa counseling center
    Postdoctoral Site: Tulsa Center for Child Psychology
    Current Employment: Self-Employed- Johna Kay Smasal, Ph.D., PLLC– my work includes supervising one current post-doctoral resident and one TU undergraduate; conducting evaluations for Social Security Administration; conducting parenting capacity evaluations for parents who’s children have been removed by DHS in a grant-funded pilot project, conducting ADHD, ASD, and other psychological evaluations for children and maintaining a small but diverse psychotherapy client load. I also enjoy adjunct teaching at Southern Nazarene University for students enrolled in the Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program (Counseling Children and Adolescents) and adjunct teaching at TU (whatever bone they’ll throw me!)

    Christina Cantrell (2002 – 2008)
    Internship Site: Postdoctoral Site: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
    Current Employment: I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Oklahoma and Massachusetts. Currently, I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. I provide evidence-based therapy and assessment to children, adolescents, and families. I supervise practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows.

    Nina Schneider

    Shantel Fernandez (2002 – 2007)
    >Internship Site: National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina – Child Track
    Post doctoral Site: Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), Department of Psychology – Child/Pediatric Psychology
    Current Employment: Licensed clinical psychologist with Tripler Army Medical Center, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services, School Behavioral Health Team. Serving as both the Curriculum Specialist of this program and as the Program Coordinator of the Tripler’s Early Behavioral Health Team. TAMC, Child Psychiatry Resident Program faculty member and adjunct faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

    Patty Byrd

  • Undergraduate Student Lab Alumni
    • Charlene Debus
    • Emily Moore
    • Kim Shields
    • Anna Jaffe
    • Joe Tomlins
    • Melissa Ebel
    • Kim Hill
    • Melissa Tibbits
    • David Richardson
    • Donica Romeo
    • Marcy Elder
    • Jordan Heroux
    • Julie Burch
    • Monica Steele
    • Doug Griesenauer
    • Shanna Niccum
    • Jennifer Allen
    • Rachel Lee
    • Laura Luke
    • Julian Frazier
    • Sonja Worthy
    • Gabriella Pierce
    • Patrizia Perazzo
    • Taylor Haag
    • Rachel Perry
    • Westley Youngren
    • Destinee Yandell
    • Bri Trappe
    • Elisabeth Akeman
    • Sarah-Nicole Johnson
    • Savannah Phillips
    • Mariah Rubino
    • Ashley Bailey
    • Hannah Cole