Clinical-Disaster Research Center

The University of Mississippi

Alumni

Matt Tkachuck

Mathew A. Tkachuck

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Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi, 2019

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi, 2016

B.S., Psychology, University of Washington, 2009

Mathew’s research interests include scale development of clinically applicable and culturally-oriented measures of active military post-deployment and veteran readjustment as well as mental health intervention program development in military settings more broadly. Mathew has presented research at the 2011 and 2012 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conferences as well as the 2015 and 2016 Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences Conference.

Mathew completed his predoctoral internship at the George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System in Salt Lake City, UT.


Lauren WeathersLauren N. Weathers

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Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi, 2019

M.A., Experimental Psychology, Western Kentucky University, 2013

B.A., Psychology, Queens University of Charlotte, 2011

Lauren’s 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. She is the recipient of the Experimental Psychology Student of the Year Award (Western Kentucky University, 2013). She has presented at multiple conferences throughout her time in the lab (View poster from ABCT 2016).

Lauren completed her predoctoral internship at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Austin, TX.

 


Jennifer M. Ladner-Graham, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi, 2018

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi

B.S., Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, 2008

While completing her doctorate degree, Dr. Ladner-Graham’s research interests included psychology and law, assessment, and meaning in life.


Bethany Aiena

Bethany J. Aiena, Ph.D.

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Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi, 2017

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi

B.S., Psychology, Lamar University, 2011

Dr. Aiena completed her clinical psychology doctorate degree at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests while at UM included 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. Dr. Aiena completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and post-doc in Primary Care Mental Health Integration at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. She continues working in the VA as a primary care psychologist.


Andrea Florez

Ivonne Andrea Florez, Ph.D. 

 

 

 

 

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi, 2017

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi

B.A., Psychology, University of La Sabana (Bogota, Colombia), 2011

Dr. Florez doctoral degree from the University of Mississippi and completed her Predoctoral Internship at Emory University School of Medicine, where she is currently finishing her postdoctoral fellowship. She has conducted research in the areas of suicide, positive psychology, meaning in life, racial prejudice, and substance use disorders. Currently, she is interested in program development and evaluation aimed at strengthening evidence-based practices among undeserved population and individuals who struggle with substance misuse.