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Jocelyn Abrams

I completed my internship at Yale School of Medicine in the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit. I received my B.A. in psychology from Binghamton University in 2007, and previously did research in substance use, addictions, and mood disorders at both Yale School of Medicine and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. My current research interests revolve around outcomes of trauma, including substance use, resilience, and distress tolerance. I am interested in working with substance use and trauma, veteran populations, and severe mental illness. Eventually, I would like to pursue a career that allows me to both practice and do research. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also love to cook, do yoga and listen to music.

Jen Bahrman

I am a graduate of the UH Counseling Psychology doctoral program. I completed my APA-accredited predoctoral internship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Prior to my doctoral degree, I earned a B.A. in Psychology from Limestone College in South Carolina, and a M.A. in Counseling and Guidance as well as a Master’s in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including psychiatric hospitals, prisons, community mental health clinics, and schools. My dissertation focused on unrecognized post-traumatic stress disorder in severe mental illness. In the future, I would like to practice in a psychiatric hospital setting. In my spare time, I enjoy interior decorating, reading, playing tennis, and spending time with friends, family, and my long-haired Chihuahua.

Lucia Cavanagh

I completed my internship at UCLA-Semel Institute on the Adult Neuropsychology track. I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English from the University of Florida. My research interests center around biopsychosocial predictors of disease and drug use vulnerability, specifically focused on psychoneuroimmunology, stress dysregulation, and neurocognition. I also have clinical interests in assessment and neuropsychology. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, yoga, running, tennis, and spending time with my family and friends.

Nadia Damani-Khoja

I completed my internship at the University of California in Berkeley, CA. My advisor is Dr. Arbona. I earned my MBA from McGill University, Canada and my MA in Psychology-Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. I have worked as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Greater Houston area for the last six years. I am originally from Karachi, Pakistan and I have lived in Canada and UAE, before permanently moving to Houston, TX. My research interests include understanding couples and families of the South Asian origins in specific and ethnic minorities in general. My future goals are to be in a private practice setting, conducting research benefiting ethnic minorities, and being a part of the academia. Apart from English, I speak Urdu, Hindi, and Gujarati languages. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my husband.

Felicia Fisher

I completed my internship at the San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health working with a variety of populations, such as the persistently mentally ill, individuals from lower socioeconomic status backgrounds, ethnic minorities, and individuals on probation. My dissertation research is qualitative in nature and centers around the influence of external stress on African American married couples. My future goal is to open up a private practice focusing on psychological assessments and group psychotherapy. I enjoy reading, talking to family and friends, and writing in my free time.

Jennifer Wang-Hall

I am a sixth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. I completed my internship at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the Eating Disorders Track. I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Saint Louis University. Following college, I worked at a residential treatment center for eating disorders and trauma. My current research is focused on parental socialization of emotions, emotion regulation, eating disorders, and adult attachment orientations. I hope to pursue a career that allows me to practice, teach, and do research. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, practicing yoga, cooking and spending time with my husband, dogs and friends.

LaWanda Hill

I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from THE Southern University and A&M College and my Masters in Education from the University of Houston. I am originally from Bastrop, Louisiana, and the last of 10 children. Currently my clinical interests are in corrections and women's issues which include but not limited to sexual objectification and sexual trauma, unresolved childhood trauma, interpersonal challenges, conflict with gender roles, anxiety, grief, and identify issues. My research interests are in the role of media influence and parental involvement in the sexuality development of African American adolescent girls. My long term professional goals include prevention and intervention efforts that will facilitate psychological and spiritual wellness among populations traditionally underserved. In my spare time I enjoy serving my community, lending my voice in advocacy for social justice, working out, trying new foods (healthy of course lol), traveling, and laughing until I cry. I completed my internship at the Federal Medical Center- Lexington. Feel free to contact me:

Martinque Jones

I am Martinque “Marti” Jones and I am a graduate of the program. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. I also received my Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Houston. My current research interests include racial/ethnic identity development and the intersectionality of identity among Black Americans. Relatedly, I enjoy clinically working with adolescents and emerging adults who may by grappling with issues of identity and utilize relational and solution-focused approaches in therapy. I am additionally interested in sociocultural issues in counseling context, group therapy, culturally competent supervision and training, and social advocacy. While not in school, I enjoy hobbies such as reading, working out, cooking, and scrapbooking. I completed my internship at the University of Florida Counseling Center. For more information about me and my experiences at the University of Houston, please feel free to email me at:

Mijin Kim

I completed my internship at the University of Texas in Austin, TX. I grew up in South Korea and moved to Houston to attend this program. I received my B.A. in both British and American Culture and Psychology from Sogang University and my MA in Counseling Psychology from Ewha Woman's University. My current research interests involve international students’ adjustment from the attachment theory perspective. Furthermore, I am interested in how trauma influences an individual’s attachment system and affect regulation and what variables are critical to individuals working through their traumatic experiences. I am also interested in after-effects of trauma and their impact on attachment with significant others and community. I enjoy working with college student population. In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening music, and meditating, and also love traveling with my husband.

Kelly Lee

I am a graduate of the program with a focus on peer aggression and gifted studies. I graduated in 2009 from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. I am interested in pursuing a career of teaching and research in academia. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, running, and playing with my dog, a “puggle” named Russell. I completed my internship at Washington State University.

Colleen Martin

I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University (Ohio) and my master’s degree in counseling at Loyola University (Chicago). My current research interests involve post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in trauma-exposed populations (e.g., Veterans, firefighters, inpatient populations), as well as identifying mechanisms underlying the link between PTSD and suicidality. Specifically, my dissertation explored the role of emotion regulation difficulties in the association between PTSD symptom severity and suicidality. In past research projects I have studied career indecision in Veteran college students, minority stress in LGBT college students, the appraisal and coping processes of veterans with depression and diabetes, and predictors of suicide risk in firefighter/EMS personnel. Past clinical experiences include group and individual therapy in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), inpatient and outpatient mental health rotations within the VA, therapy and assessment in an acute-care adult psychiatric inpatient setting, and therapy and crisis intervention services with firefighters at the Houston Fire Department. I completed my internship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center here in Houston, and I hope to continue my trauma-based work in the VA in my future career. In my free time I play soccer, spend time with friends, and am addicted to Netflix!

Laura Milliken

I am a graduate of the UH Counseling Psychology program and am originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. I earned my B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University and my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Addictions from Marquette University. My clinical and research interests are in health/medical psychology, specifically in the relationship between psychiatric disorders and physical conditions. For my candidacy project, I examined depression as a moderator of the relationship between pain intensity and pain interference with a sample of Veterans. My dissertation focused on the illness intrusiveness model as it relates to Veterans diagnosed with chronic heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and/or anxiety and depression. In the future, I would like to conduct therapy and research in a hospital setting or group practice with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, along with yoga, meditation, and singing. I completed my internship at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.

Nausheen Noor

I completed my internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX. I am a fifth-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology program. I earned my B.A and M.A. in Clinical Psychology at University of Karachi, Pakistan. Prior to moving to Houston, I worked in Karachi for three years as a researcher, trainer, and counselor in community mental health and education. My research interests are focused on assessing the needs and help-seeking attitudes of the South Asian community. My future goals are to be in private practice, develop and conduct psycho-social educational programs in the community, and be part of academia. I volunteer as an advocate and volunteer coordinator at a non-profit organization catering to survivors of domestic violence. Apart from English, I am fluent in Urdu/Hindi and Sindhi. I enjoy spending time with my husband, traveling, reading, and cooking.

Alice Ayoung Phang

My name is Alice, and I am passionate about helping individuals and organizations become the best version of themselves. I completed my internship at Arizona State University, in Tempe, AZ. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, I received my B.A. in British and American Culture at Sogang University and my M.A. in Psychology from Yonsei University. My clinical interests include anxiety disorders, depression, and trauma among adult populations. I am currently working on several research projects related to career development, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal guilt. I see myself in a future career where I can apply psychological methods to solve practical problems of human behavior and experience. Outside of school, I spend a lot of time at church, with my husband, playing golf, drinking coffee, and reading books.

Jordie Poncy

My name is Jordie Poncy and I am from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I grew up in the sunshine state and then headed to North Carolina to attend Davidson College, where I majored in Psychology. After college, I attended graduate school at the University of Florida, where I earned a Master of Education in Student Personnel in Higher Education. Next, I moved to Houston to work in the Office of Admission at Rice University. I am now a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Houston. I have completed practicum training in a private practice, a university counseling center, and Houston's federal prison. In terms of my research, I have focused on understanding the role that sense of humor plays in mental health. I have also enjoyed working as an instructor for the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program at UH. I completed my pre-doctoral internship in Counseling Services at Arizona State University. Anyone with questions about the doctoral program is welcome to email me.

Elisabeth Powell

I completed my internship at Pacific University School of Professional Psychology in Portland, OR. I am originally from Northern California, and then moved up to Portland, Oregon, to pursue my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Portland. Following college, I worked as a Research Assistant at Oregon Health & Science University in the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute. My research interests center around attachment theory and the impact of early attachment experiences on later outcomes. Specifically, I am focusing on sexual risk taking in college students, and the impact that adult attachment dynamics may have on participation. In my free time, I enjoy exercising and going to yoga classes, reading, and staying in touch with friends and family.

Akilah Reynolds

I am Akilah Reynolds and I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I earned my Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in Psychology and also completed coursework in Business Management and minored in African American studies. After, I received my Master of Arts and Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. My research interests include the intersections of psychology and the media. I am particularly interested in the influence of the media on the perceptions of African American women and their self-esteem, possible selves, the internalization of stereotypes, body image, and identity development. My career goals include obtaining licensure and becoming a faculty member providing culturally competent mental health services and conducting cross-cultural research. I aim to ensure that research is available and clearly communicated to broad audiences. Furthermore, I plan to inform mental health policy and consult with community agencies to increase and improve the quality of psychological services to underserved populations. In my leisure time, I enjoy writing, film, and traveling, and hope to incorporate these interests into my professional life. I completed my internship at Pacific Clinics in Pasadena, California.

Navneet Thind

I am a graduate of the program and completed my internship with the Houston Independent School District. I hail from the beautiful state of California, and am the eldest of three sisters. I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UCLA in 2007. I also have an M.A. in Research Psychology from California State University, Sacramento and an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Houston. My current research interests are centered on examining the influence of racial microaggressions from an attachment theory perspective. My future goals include working with high-risk adolescents and teaching undergraduates. In my spare time, I very much enjoy singing, reading and writing poetry, running, yoga, hiking, traveling, tennis, warm weather and languages! I speak English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Spanish. I love to spend time with family and friends when I can. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail if you have any questions about our program, or the PhD process in general!

Allison Verhaak

My name is Allison Verhaak, and I am from a small town in Downeast Maine. I graduated from Bates College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience, and spent three years working in Boston as a research assistant at McLean Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I moved to Houston in 2010, where I have since been assisting with quality of life research in the brain tumor population at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. My current clinical and research interests involve Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine topics, particularly co-occurring medical and mental health concerns, coping/adjustment to chronic illness and traumatic injury, pain management, and substance use disorders. I completed my internship at the Veteran’s Affairs Connecticut Health Care System in West Haven, CT. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, enthusiastically rooting for all Boston sports teams, traveling, running, and trying out new cooking recipes.

Kate Winderman

I completed my internship at the University Of Maryland counseling center, and that I am completing my postdoc at the university of Chicago student counseling service. I am a Houston native, and I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Saint Louis University. My research interests include various issues pertaining to the LGBTQ community such as minority stressors, media representation, and dimensions of sexual minority identity. In the future, I would like to pursue a career where I can conduct research as well as practice, and continue to do work in the LGBTQ community. In my free time, I enjoy reading, Netflix, yoga, antiquing, and traveling.



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