RISE students



Our graduate students from both Master’s and PhD programs throughout ASU represent the cutting-edge of resilience research.

 Elise Bailey

Elise Bailey (MS Psychology)

My research interests include examining the effect of life adversities and resilience factors on biopsychosocial development and health during periods of transition throughout the lifespan (i.e. pregnancy; adolescent development).

 Bailey Braunstein

Bailey Braunstein (MS Psychology)

I am interested in the dynamics between social relationships and health. Currently, I am taking a biopsychosocial approach to investigate childhood resilience in the presence of adverse childhood events.


Karla Caldera

Karla Caldera (MS Psychology)

My research interests focus on the impacts of culture on self-identity and perceptions in immigrant and Latinx adults.

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Alexis Faison (PhD Counseling Psychology)

My research focuses on ethnic/racial identity development and minority mental health, with emphasis on the Black population.

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Yuvamathi Gandi (MC Counseling)

My research interests pertain to stress and coping and factors influencing risk and resilience. I am interested in examining these topics with a multicultural lens.

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Samona Garcia (MC Counseling)

My main area of research focuses on factors such as personality, group dynamics, work-life balance, and the integration of technology into the working field of counselors.

Kaylyn Graham

Kaylyn Graham (MS Psychology)

I am interested in resilience in domestic violence survivors and how it effects current relationships. 

Courtney Grigsby

Courtney Grigsby (PhD Biology)

I am interested in computational evolutionary genetics. I will be working on methods for detecting variations and mutations using next-generation sequencing data.

Ana Maria Melendez Guevara

Ana Maria Melendez Guevara (PhD Family & Human Development)

I am interested in contextual stressors that influence mental and physical health outcomes for underrepresented populations, as well as a sociocultural responsive intervention with a focus on interventions that embrace a trauma-informed approach.

Maria Hamlett

Mara Hamlett (MS Psychology)

My research interests are in LGBTQ+ resilience and stigma management.

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Citlalli Hernandez (MS Psychology)

My main area of research is focusing on interracial/intercultural friendships and relationships with empathy and sympathy and racial inequality or discrimination.

Lauren Hocker

Lauren Hocker (PhD Counseling Psychology)

My research interests include experiences of stress between romantic partners, dyadic coping, interpersonal violence, and gender and sexual minorities. 

Jessica Hopkins

Jessica Hopkins (MA Counseling)

I am interested in exploring research topics relevant to close relationships, mental health, and wellbeing.

Johnny Hudson

Johnny Hudson (MS Psychology)    

I am interested in studying how the internet influences development, particularly how alt-right groups influence expressions of racism (white nationalism) in American adolescents.

Diana Jenkins

Diana Jenkins (PhD Family & Human Development)


I am interested in sexism, masculinity, and the sexualization of women in young adulthood in the context of interpersonal relationships.

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Trae Johnson (MS Psychology)

My research interest focuses on the differences in cultural and tradition practices between African Americans and White Europeans and how it affects their physical and mental health.

Marianna Kaneris

Marianna Kaneris (MS Psychology)     

My research area includes examining the relationships of psychosocial factors and health behaviors on mental health and well-being outcomes. 

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Natalie Kanga (MS Psychology)

I am interested in mental and physical health interactions and specifically examining how health behaviors (e.g., diet and exercise) impact health outcomes across cultures.

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Victoria Klennert (MS Psychology)

My current research interests are within the realms of health and social psychology, specifically looking at the exchange between health and behavior.

Kai Kline

Kai Kline (PhD Counseling Psychology)

My research examines individual/relational constructs among gender and sexual minorities. Specifically, how TGNC individuals' experiences of gender dysphoria and internalized transphobia impact their relationships.

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Hsinke (Elyse) Ku (MS Psychology)

My research focuses on emotion regulation, cultural differences, and ADHD, such as how culture impacts emotion regulation and how people with ADHD encounter emotion regulation problems.

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Haojian Li (MS Psychology)

My research interests include human behavior on social media, cultural differences with online expression, and cyberbullying analysis and detection.

 Laura Malouf  

Laura Malouf (PhD Family & Human Development)   

Impact of gender socialization and stigmatization on social relationships, help-seeking, achievement, and health outcomes; health discrepancies among gender, sexual, and ethnic minorities. 

 Kamryn Morris  

Kamryn Morris (PhD Family & Human Development)

My research focuses on racial discrimination stress and posttraumatic stress symptoms among Black youth in relation to their navigation of the school context.

 Stephanie Morse  

Stephanie Morse (PhD Criminology and Criminal Justice)   

My work is focused on offender rehabilitation and promoting resilience and positive outcomes with correctional populations.

Alexis Mostoller   

Alexis Mostoller (MS Psychology)

I am interested in studying gender role strain in the context of toxic masculinity on social support seeking. 

Aubrie Munson

Aubrie Munson (MS Psychology)   

I am interested in learning if and how using touch to regulate affect varies in people with past interpersonal trauma when compared to those without.

Selena Quiroz

Selena Quiroz (PhD Developmental Psychology)

Main area of research: Formation, maintenance, and dissolution of romantic relationships in adolescence and young adulthood, with particular interest in technology and dating violence

Steven Samrock

Steven Samrock (PhD Counseling Psychology)

I am interested in international same sex couples, how racial and queer identity factor into dyadic stress coping. 

Brittany Sawrey

 Brittany Sawrey (MA Counseling)

My main area of research is exploring the particular mental health concerns of conservationists and environmental professionals, and how best to support and foster their resiliency.

Stephanie Thibault

Stephanie Thibault (PhD Family & Human Development)

My research focuses on the impact of peer relationships on child development, particularly peer victimization (aka bullying) at school. 

Brittany Wheeler

Brittany Wheeler  (MS Psychology)

My research interests include workplace intergroup relations, the impact of social media use and online communication on young adults, and quantitative methodology. 

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Anda Zhao (MC Counseling)

My research interests include intimate relationships, resilience across the lifespan, and intercultural communication.

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