Lab Members

We are student scholars who tell and learn from untold (and mistold) stories of people whom society has treated as “other.” We tell stories by asking questions and working towards answers with scientific rigor, integrity and humility. Welcome to our lab. 

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Alissa Gray (Class of ’20) is a rising junior Psychology/Biology double major from Clarkston, MI. After graduation from Howard University in 2020, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology. After experience in the medical field, she also plans to become a member of Doctors Without Borders, providing medical relief to communities in need

Meghan Derenoncourt (Class of ’22) is a Psychology major Chemistry minor from New York, who will be working on the Ibadan-Howard project examining guardian willingness to utilize accessible mental health services for their child. Meghan’s life goal is to open a medical clinic in a resource-limited country – a goal influenced by volunteer work with her family in Haiti.

Tayler Christian (Class of ’20) is a junior Psychology major, English minor from Mount Vernon, New York. Upon graduating from Howard, Tayler plans to pursue a doctorate degree in Cognitive or Clinical Psychology and explore research in international relations and advocacy.

Austin Webster (Class of ’21) is a Psychology major transfer student from Morehouse College and native of Los Angeles. Austin is working on the Ibadan-Howard project and plans to pursue doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology.

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Folasade (Sade) Akinkuotu (Class of ’20) is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program from Canada. Her research focuses on courtesy stigma among Nigerian caregivers of family members with mental illness in the US, Canada, and Nigeria. Sade is also the Site Coordinator for our collaborative study with the University of Ibadan on guardian willingness to use accessible mental health services children.

Vanessa Camelo Lopez (Class of ’23) is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program from Maryland. Her research focus is on the prevention and resilience of those who have experienced trauma, or whom are more likely to experience trauma. Vanessa hopes to study how certain groups or people respond to trauma and how that might affect the model of standardized personalized treatment.

Christine Kindler (Class of ’24) is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program from Kentucky. She received her Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, where she focused on psychosocial trauma and resilience. She is interested in community-based interventions designed to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of trauma and promote reconciliation in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Alissa Charvonia (Class of ’24) is a PhD student from Ventura, California. Realizing her greater interest in community psychology and trauma, she volunteered abroad and locally with asylum seekers and immigrants in schools and local clinics, and now focuses on the etiology of and treatments for trauma following migration and/or exposure to conflict. 

Alissa Charovonia (Class of ’24) is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology from Ventura, California. Realizing her interest in community psychology and trauma, she volunteered abroad and locally with asylum seekers and immigrants in schools and local clinics, and now focuses on the etiology of and treatments for trauma following migration and/or exposure to conflict. 

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Congratulations to graduates Ayanna, Jackie, and Jasmine…lab won’t be the same