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RISE students

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


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Elise Bailey (1st year, 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).



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Bailey Braunstein (2nd year, 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.



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Karla Caldera (1st year, 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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Jessie Evers (2nd year, MA Counseling)

I am interested in researching romantic relationships, specifically looking into relational commitment and how that affects relationship dynamics. Furthermore, I am interested in PTSD, particularly in first responders (i.e., police & firefighters). 



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Kaylyn Graham (1st year, MS Psychology)

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




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Courtney Grigsby (1st year, 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.




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Ana Maria Melendez Guevara (3rd year, 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.



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Mara Hamlett (3rd year, MS Psychology)

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





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Lauren Hocker (1st year, PhD Counseling Psychology)

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




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Jessica Hopkins (1st year, MA Counseling)

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





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Johnny Hudson (1st year, 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.




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Diana Jenkins (3rd year, 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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Marianna Kaneris (2nd year, 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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Kai Kline (1st year, 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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Laura Malouf (1st year, 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. 



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Kamryn Morris (3rd year, 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.




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Stephanie Morse (4th year, PhD Criminology and Criminal Justice)   

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




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Alexis Mostoller (1st year, MS Psychology)

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




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Aubrie Munson (1st year, 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.




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Selena Quiroz (2nd year, 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.




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Steven Samrock (1st year, PhD Counseling Psychology)

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





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Brittany Sawrey (1st year, 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.




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Kevin Shufford (4th year, PhD Communications)

I study relational dynamics between romantic partners, as well as fitness trainers-clients, with a particular focus on computer-mediated communication. 




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Stephanie Thibault (2nd year, PhD Family & Human Development)

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




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Brittany Wheeler  (2nd year, MS Psychology)

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