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Graduate Students

Bethany Aiena

Bethany J. Aiena is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include clinical-disaster psychology, PTSD, resilience, and meaning in life. She completed her Bachelor of Science in psychology at Lamar University in 2011, where she received the Ann Shaw Outstanding Student Leader Award.

VIDEO: Bethany Aiena discusses her work on mental health issues related to natural disasters.


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Gina Quebedeaux Boullion (M.S. Applied Psychology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2015) is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include exploring variables that moderate the relationship between unpleasant experiences, such as anxiety, and valued action; meaning and purpose in life; resiliency; and positive psychology. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette while serving as a research assistant and coordinator for the Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group.


Andrea Florez

Ivonne Andrea Florez is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include positive psychology, meaning in life, addictions, and treatment development. Ms. Florez completed her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the University of La Sabana (Bogota, Colombia) in 2011.


Matt TkachuckLavina Y. Ho  (M.A., Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2014) is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Mississippi. She earned her BA degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine in 2012. She was a Bunton-Waller Fellow and granted the Outstanding Graduate Student Award while completing her Master’s degree at Penn State Harrisburg. Lavina served as an adjunct instructor at Penn State Harrisburg and Harrisburg Area Community College from 2014-2015. Her research interests focus on sexual assault, multiculturalism, and psychology and the law.


Jennifer LadnerJennifer M. Ladner-Graham (B.S., Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg – 2008) is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include psychology and law, assessment, and meaning in life.  


 

Alexis-Liberto2Alexis K. Liberto (M.A., Experimental Psychology, St. John’s University, 2015) is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include forensic psychology specifically involving juvenile offenders, positive psychology, and meaning in life. Alexis completed her B.A. in psychology at Hawaii Pacific University in 2012.


Matt TkachuckMathew A. Tkachuck (M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi, 2016) is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Mississippi. His research interests include active military post-deployment and veteran readjustment, posttraumatic stress, suicide, clinical-disaster psychology, and investigating the role perceived meaning in life and values have on psychological distress. Mr. Tkachuck completed his Bachelor of Science in psychology at the University of Washington in 2009 and has presented research at the 2011 and 2012 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conferences.


Lauren WeathersLauren N. Weathers (M.A., Experimental Psychology, Western Kentucky University, 2013) is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include exploring the relationship between meaning in life, resilience, and posttraumatic growth. She is also interested in understanding how these concepts affect psychological and health factors. Ms. Weathers completed her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the Queens University of Charlotte in 2011. She is the recipient of the Experimental Psychology Student of the Year Award (Western Kentucky University, 2013).


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Marci Weber (M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi, 2016) is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include disaster trauma and positive psychology with children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in self-efficacy and collective efficacy. In 2013, Ms. Weber graduated summa cum laude from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.