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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Danayeat Abraha (Class of ’23) is a third-year student from Santa Rosa, California, pursuing a degree in Biology (BS) and a minor in Chemistry. Passionate about aiding the marginalized youth within my community on their journey towards upward mobility, I find that my initial interest has since expanded towards investigating the psychological effects of generational poverty on youth and individuals within urban communities. Danayeat plans to pursue an MD-PhD and hope to open a free medical clinic in my home state.
Donovan Taylor (BS ’21) is a HU alum from San Jose, California who can’t get enough of lab. He is interested in child mental health, psychosocial risk factors for anxiety and depression, and global mental health, and preparing for graduate studies in Counseling Psychology.
Kiara Haynes (Class of ’22) is a Psychology major, Spanish and Administration of Justice double minor from Indianapolis, Indiana, who is working on the Nigeria research project. Her interests include forensic psychology and how mental health affects those in disenfranchised communities and egregious life situations. After graduating she plans to pursue a master’s degree in forensic psychology.
Kenneth Fling (Class of ’22) is a Psychology major/Sociology minor from Buffalo, NY. He is mainly interested in child & adolescent mental health, with the goal of pursuing his PhD in clinical psychology & eventually open up a practice in his hometown.
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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.
Angel Norwood-Collins (Class of ’25) is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program from Louisiana. She received a Master of Public Health in International Health and Development from Tulane University. Her research interests are global mental health, community-based interventions, child mental health, and psychosocial risk factors of HIV
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