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Clinical-Disaster Research Center

The University of Mississippi

Graduate Students

Marci C. Weber

On Internship

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Marci is completing her pre-doctoral internship at South West Consortium in Albuquerque, NM.

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi, 2017

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

Marci’s research interests include sexual trauma, disaster trauma, posttraumatic growth and resilience. Her dissertation examines aspects of meaning in life and social support that predict resilience and posttraumatic growth among young adult trauma survivors. Recently, she received a Quick Response grant from the Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado – Boulder, to research resilience and coping among quarantined students during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, Marci received the Graduate Achievement Award from the University of Mississippi Graduate School. Marci received her M.A. 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 B.S. in Psychology.


Alexis K. Liberto

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Alexis is completing her pre-doctoral internship at Rochester Institute of Technology – Health Sciences in Rochester, NY.

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

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

Alexis’ research interests include positive psychology and neuropsychology among adolescents and emerging adults. She is currently researching how constructs of purpose in life and executive functioning overlap and/or contribute to one another for her dissertation. During her time at Ole Miss, 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), co-wrote two published book chapters, and helped on other lab members’ projects. She also served as President of the Registered Student Organization on campus, Autism Speaks U – Ole Miss from 2015-2018.


Lavina Y. Ho

6th 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.


Jeffrey M. Pavlacic

4th 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, factor analysis, meta-analytic techniques, predictors of posttraumatic stress and resilience trajectories, positive psychology (i.e., valued living and meaning in life) and disaster mental health.


Mikaela J. Raley

3rd year

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

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

Mikaela’s research interests include the interplay between positive psychology and military mental health. More specifically, she is interested in PTSD, meaning in life, social connectedness, suicide, and resilience in the military population. Recently, Mikaela first authored a book chapter entitled “The Disaster Sciences Interdisciplinary Minor at the University of Mississippi: Positive Psychology in Action (2020)” Her previous 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. Additionally, while completing her BA and MS at the University of North Florida, Mikaela served as lab coordinator for the Health Psychophysiology Lab from 2015-2018 and as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer from 2016-2017.


Victoria McCutcheon

2nd 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 military mental health, post-deployment functioning, purpose and meaning, and the use of cognitive-behavioral strategies for trauma intervention.


Joshua Semko

2nd year

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B.S., Psychology, Boise State University (2019)

B.A., Philosophy, Boise State University (2019)

Josh’s research interests include constructs related to the meaning of life, humor, moral psychology, and the theoretical foundations of contextual behavioral science.


Katherine Lucas

1st year

 

B.S., Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, 2019

Katherine graduated from Purdue University with a concentration from the Research Focused Honors Program. During her time at Purdue she gained clinical research experience through 3 years as a research assistant. In addition, she completed an honors thesis focused on personality profiles in relationships involving partners with pathological personality features. She also gained clinical experience as an intern for the YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. Her research interests include trauma within the military, individual differences, and factors associated with lower PTSD symptom severity.