Current Students

First Year Students

  • Profile photo: Ange-Dominique Akesse

    Ange-Dominique Akesse

    Experimental Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Neuroscience, Georgia State University

    Advisor:

    Michael Hall

    Research Interests:

    Music and Emotion, Memory, Instrumentation and Vocalization Perception

  • Profile photo: Allison Arp

    Allison Arp

    Experimental Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, JMU 

    Advisor:

    Sri Upadhyay 

    Research Interests:

    Discourse processing, deaf readers, inner voice, memory, psycholinguistics 

  • Profile photo: Kate Bailey

    Kate Bailey

    Applied Research Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Biology, George Mason University

    Advisor:

    JoAnne Brewster

    Research Interests:

    Police psychology, psychological assessments, crisis intervention, de-escalation

  • Profile photo:Emily Baker

    Emily Baker

    Experimental Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology, JMU

    Advisor:

    Kala Melchiori

    Research Interests:

    Environmental psychology, sustainable and eco-friendly behavior, behavioral neuroscience

  • Profile photo: Megan Barnes

    Megan Barnes

    Applied Behavioral Analysis Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, Minor in Biology, JMU

    Advisor:

    Trevor Stokes

    Research Interests:

    Parent-child Interaction Therapy, Behavioral interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Profile photo: Cody Brindle

    Cody Brindle

    Experimental Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.A. Psychology, B.S. Accounting, Shepherd University

    Advisor:

    Kala Melchiori

    Research Interests:

    Gender identity, sexism, cyclical dominance reinforcement, strategic discrimination interventions

  • Profile photo: Kara Eversole

    Kara Eversole

    Applied Research Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. in Biology, minor in Psychology at Denison University

    Advisor:

    Bernice Marcopulos

    Research Interests:

    Cultural neuropsychology, clinical detection of mild cognitive impairment and dementia, psychometrics and neuropsychological test development

  • Profile photo: Morgan Ferretti

    Morgan Ferretti

    Experimental Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, Minor in Substance Abuse Education, JMU

    Advisor: 

    Jessica Irons

    Research Interests:

    Health risk behaviors, Health behavior change, Substance use intervention, Scholarship of teaching and learning

  • Profile photo: Samantha Harmon

    Samantha Harmon

    Quantitative Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, JMU

    Advisor:

    Yu Bao

    Research Interests:

    Cognitive Diagnostic Models, Assessment and Measurement Recruitment Strategies, Biopsychology.

  • Profile photo: Jemma King

    Jemma King

    Quantitative Psychology Concentration (combined MA/PhD in Assessment and Measurement) 

    Education:

    B.A. Psychology, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 2020

    Advisor:

    Deborah Bandalos

    Research Interests:

    Learning Improvement, Program Theory, Item Response Theory, Impact of Negatively Keyed Items.

  • Profile photo: Jaylin Nesbitt

    Jaylin Nesbitt

    Quantitative Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, Spelman College 

    Advisor:

    Deborah Bandalos

    Research Interests:

    Racial disparities in Neuropsychlogical tests, test assessment and construction, DIF and Item bias

  • Profile photo: Stephanie Osborn

    Stephanie Osborn

    Applied Research Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, Missouri University of Science and Technology 

    Advisor:

    JoAnne Brewster

    Research Interests:

    Mental Health, Clinical Psychology, Police and Public Safety Psychology, Military Psychology, Forensic and Criminal Psychology

  • Profile photo: Laura Reinert

    Laura Reinert

    Experimental Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.A. Psychology, Arcadia University

    Advisor:

    Michael Hall

    Research Interests:

    Auditory perception and sensation, music cognition, cognitive psychology

  • Profile photo: Kate Schaefer

    Kate Schaefer

    Quantitative Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, University of Mary Washington

    Advisor:

    John Hathcoat

    Research Interests:

    Equity, diversity, and inclusion in assessment, evidence-informed programming, reliability

  • Profile photo: Emily Shah

    Emily Shah

    Applied Research Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, Minor in Exceptional Education, JMU

    Advisor:

    David Szwedo

    Research Interests:

    Developmental psychopathology, Anxiety in childhood and adolescence, The intersection of anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Profile photo: Tiffany Schiflet

    Tiffany Schiflet

    Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration

    Education:

    B.A. Human Development & Family Science, Messiah College

    Advisor:

    Dan Holt

    Research Interests:

    Behavioral economics and choice behavior, Assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Motivation, Behavioral interventions for addiction

  • Profile photo: Catherine Trice

    Catharine Trice

    Experimental Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.A. Psychology, JMU

    Advisor:

     Jeff Dyche

    Research Interests:

    Sleep and pharmacology, psychopharmacology, sleep and exercise, circadian rhythm disorders

Second Year Students

  • profile photo: Michael Austin

    Michael Austin

    Experimental Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, Minor in Sociology, Eastern Mennonite University

    Advisor:

    Kethera Fogler

    Research Interests:

    Memory, Directed Forgetting, Language, Law and Psychology

  • profile photo: Samantha Boddy

    Samantha Boddy

    Quantitative Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.A. Psychology, University of South Florida

    Advisor:

    Debbi Bandalos

    Research Interests:

    Non-conscious cognition, measurement validity, information interpretation and integration, belief formation, reasoning, and JDM.

  • profile photo: Morgan DeLong

    Morgan DeLong

    Applied Research Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, JMU

    Advisor:

    Tracy Zinn

    Research Interests:

    Work/life balance in graduate students, choice behaviors (e.g., behavioral economics), organizational behavior management, and military populations .

  • profile photo: Emily Edgington

    Emily Edgington

    Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration

    Education:

    B.A. Psychology, University of South Florida

    Advisor:

    Trevor Stokes

    Research Interests:

    Parent child interaction therapy, behavioral interventions for addictions.

  • profile photo: Paige Fischer

    Paige Fischer

    Experimental Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, JMU

    Advisor:

    Krisztina Varga Jakobsen

    Research Interests:

    Choice Behavior, Child Development, Yawn Contagion

  • profile photo: Gabriel Gilmore

    Gabriel Gilmore

    Experimental Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, JMU

    Advisor:

    Jeff Dyche

    Research Interests:

    Sleep and Depression, suicide, sleep and mental health in children with cognitive disabilities, psychopharmacology.

  • profile photo: Jessica Hiter

    Jessica Hiter

    Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, Minor in Exceptional Education, JMU

    Advisor:

    Dan Holt

    Research Interests:

    Assessment and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavior in education

  • profile photo: Kathryn Hogan

    Kathryn Hogan

    Experimental Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, Minor in Political Science,JMU

    Advisor:

    Kethera Fogler

    Research Interests:

    Memory, Psychology and Law, Cognitive Aging

  • profile photo: Aesha Khan

    Aesha Khan

    Experimental Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, Minor in Biology, JMU

    Advisor:

    Jeff Dyche

    Research Interests:

    Behavioral neuroscience, animal models, sleep and chronobiology.

  • profile photo: Emme Lis

    Emme Lis

    Applied Research Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. in Psychology, Furman University

    Advisor:

    David Szwedo

    Research Interests:

    Developmental psychology, Attachment styles and social relationships, coping mechanisms and resiliency in young adults.

  • profile photo: Valencia Pankey

    Valencia Pankey

    Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology with Concentration in Behavior Analysis, Minors in Communication Sciences and Disorders & Family Studies, JMU

    Advisor:

    Trevor Stokes

    Research Interests:

    Parent-child Interaction Therapy, Early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or developmental delays, Assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • profile photo: Anisha Patel

    Anisha Patel

    Applied Research Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, Minor in Criminology - Forensic Psychology Concentration, George Mason University

    Advisor:

    Bernice Marcopulos

    Research Interests:

    Criminal recidivism, risk taking behavior, competency and criminal responsibility assessment

  • profile photo: Yelisey Shapovalov

    Yelisey Shapovalov

    Quantitative Psychology Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology and Sociology, Eastern Mennonite University

    Advisor:

    John Hathcoat

    Research Interests:

    Educational Assessment, Rasch Models, Learning

  • profile photo: Jasmine Temple

    Jasmine Temple

    Applied Research Concentration

    Education:

    B.S. Psychology, Minor in Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Advisor:

    Jessica Irons

    Research Interests:

    Sexual health behavior promotion; Intersection between sexual health and substance use behaviors (i.e. transactionary sex)