Clinical-Disaster Research Center

The University of Mississippi

Graduate Students

Marci C. Weber

6th year

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

B.S., Psychology, Sewanee: The University of the South, 2013

Marci’s research interests include sexual trauma, disaster trauma and positive psychology. She is particularly interested in researching posttraumatic growth and in researching self-efficacy and collective efficacy for community resilience for disasters . Marci received her MA in Clinical Psychology at the University of Mississippi in 2017. In 2013, Marci graduated summa cum laude from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. For her dissertation, she is examining the trajectory of posttraumatic growth, posttraumatic stress, and resilience over time following traumatic experiences. Recent publications include a 2-sample study of resilience, posttraumatic growth, and disaster preparedness for tornado survivors. She has presented posters at the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) annual meeting in 2017 (View Poster from IPPA 2017), at the APA annual convention in 2017 (View Poster from APA 2017), and will present at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) annual meeting in 2019. She also presented at the 2018 ResilienceCon (View PowerPoint from ResilienceCon 2018). In 2019, Marci received the Graduate Achievement Award from the University of Mississippi Graduate School.


Lavina Y. Ho

5th year

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M.A., Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2014

B.A., Psychology, University of California, Irvine, 2012

B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, 2012

Lavina 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. She co-hosted an interest group involving campus violence and student preparedness with members of the lab at the 2018 Southeastern Psychological Association conference in Charleston, SC. She served as Vice-President of the Registered Student Organization on campus, Autism Speaks U – Ole Miss from 2015-2018.


Alexis K. Liberto

5th year

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M.A., Experimental Psychology, St. John’s University, 2015

B.A., Psychology, Hawai`i Pacific University, 2012

Alexis’ research interests include forensic psychology and neuropsychology. She would like to continue her research involving the adolescence population. She is currently researching how constructs of meaning in life and executive functioning may overlap and/or contribute to one another. Alexis presented a poster related to the construction of the Impact of Events Scale-8 and the DMS-5 at the 2017 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. (View Poster from ISTSS 2017) She served as President of the Registered Student Organization on campus, Autism Speaks U – Ole Miss from 2015-2018.


Jeffrey M. Pavlacic

3rd year

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M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi, 2019

B.S., Psychology, Missouri State University, 2017

Jeff’s research interests include longitudinal data modeling, multi-group factor analysis, incorporating newer meta-analytic techniques to evaluate the efficacy of low-dose interventions (i.e., expressive writing) for posttraumatic stress disorder, and examining predictors of posttraumatic stress trajectories following combat-related trauma using machine learning. He is also interested in researching positive psychology and disaster mental health. Last year, Jeff presented a poster related to the effects of expressive writing on traumatic stress, posttraumtic growth, and quality of life at the 2018 Applied Behavioral Analysis conference in San Diego, CA (View Poster from ABAI 2018).


Mikaela J. Raley

2nd year

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M.S., Psychological Science, University of North Florida, 2017

B.A., Psychology, University of North Florida, 2015

While at UNF, Mikaela served as lab coordinator for the Health Psychophysiology Lab from 2015-2018 and as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer from 2016-2017. Her clinical experience includes a year-long Clinical Health Psychology Internship at Mayo Clinic and working in a Private Practice in Jacksonville, Florida from 2016-2018. Mikaela has presented research at the 2016 Association for Psychological Science and 2017 Southeastern Psychological Association Conferences. Her research interests include PTSD, secondary trauma, social connectedness, and resilience in the military population.


Victoria McCutcheon

1st year

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B.A., Psychology, Providence College, 2018

Victoria graduated summa cum laude from Providence College with her B.A. in Psychology and received the award for the highest academic performance in her concentration. While pursuing her degree at Providence she gained experience as an undergraduate research assistant and co-taught courses in Behavior Therapy and Personality Psychology.  Victoria also gained clinical research experience as an intern at the Providence VA Medical Center where she worked on a veteran-focused trauma-related anger study. Her research interests include post-deployment functioning and trauma-related psychopathology, meaning and isolation, and the use of cognitive-behavioral treatment in military mental health.