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Andrea Argueta

I am a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. I am a native Houstonian and grew up in the Alief community. I earned my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. After college, I worked as a research assistant at the Children’s Learning Institute at UT Health - McGovern Medical School. My research interests are broadly focused on minority stress, multicultural issues, and the impact of traumatic experiences on mental health outcomes of minority populations. I am also interested in the impostor phenomenon and the influence of racial microaggressions. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, Netflix, and I am an avid film watcher. aargueta304@gmail.com

Erica Bacourt

I am a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at University of Houston, working with Dr. Nicole Coleman. I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Miami, Florida and attended Florida A&M University (Shout out to the Rattlers!) for my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in English Writing. Then, I moved to Petersburg, Virginia to pursue my M.S. in Clinical Psychology at Virginia State University. My research interests focus primarily on the effects of childhood sexual assault on sexual satisfaction in adulthood among African American women. I am also interested in researching cultural factors that impact the use of mental health services for African Americans as well as how media impacts sexual behaviors and beliefs among African American women. My professional goals include providing therapy to victims of abuse, addressing stigmas concerning mental health in minority communities as well as outreach in those communities, and becoming a professor at a major university. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends, finding new food dives, listening to music, watching Youtube and Netflix, traveling, Harry Potter, Yoga, meditation and wine. ebacourt94@gmail.com

Amanda Broyles

I am a fifth-year doctoral student in the UH Counseling Psychology Program. I was born and raised in Decatur, GA. I attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA and received a B.A. in Psychology and minored in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. After graduating, I began working as a Lab Coordinator in the Bauer Memory at Emory Lab at Emory University, where I studied various aspects of memory and cognitive development across the lifespan. My current research interests include the individual differences as well as the societal norms that facilitate perpetration of sexual and domestic violence, as well as practical interventions for abusers and at-risk individuals. I am particularly interested in how gender roles and socialization play a role in propensity to perpetrate violence. In my free time I enjoy cooking, tap dancing, practicing yoga, exploring new music, playing with my cat, Rae, and spending time with friends and family! broyles.amanda@gmail.com

Anneliese Bustillo

In 2019, I began the Counseling Psychology doctoral program working under Dr. Nicole Coleman. I am a proud eighth generation Texan with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts from the George Washington University. My research interests include sexual health, violence prevention, and empowerment and how cultural and social factors affect the decisions of adolescents and young adults. In my free time, I love playing trivia, doing crossword puzzles, eating cupcakes, and hanging out with my (two-legged and four-legged!) family. abustillo@uh.edu

Krystal Christopher

I am currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Houston and an advisee of Dr. Ezemenari Obasi. I am originally from the Caribbean but spent most of my life in south Florida. I received my bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Central Florida (UCF). I also received my Master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy at UCF. My research interests are specifically focused on psychoneuroimmunology, stress physiology, health disparities, social determinants of health, and cancer related cognitive impairment. I hope to complete the Health Psychology emphasis during my time in this program as my clinical interests do include assessment and neuropsychology. My future career goals involve working in a hospital and/or academic medical center. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, listening to music/singing, travelling (I plan to visit all 50 states!), getting caught up on my favorite tv shows, and cooking to name a few. kkchristopher@uh.edu

Renae Delucia

I am currently a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, and moved to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University. At Marquette I received my B.A. in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. After college, I worked as a research assistant at the Medical College of Wisconsin. My current research interests include sexuality and gender with an emphasis on bisexual mental health. I am also currently completing my practicum at the VA Medical Center. In my free time I like to travel, go hiking, read, and spend time with friends, family and my cat. renae.a.delucia@gmail.com

Madeleine Desrochers

I am a second-year doctoral student. I completed my B.A. in Psychology at Texas A&M University and my M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Houston. I have worked in various settings, including a residential treatment center for Texas foster youth, a child advocacy center, and a behavioral health clinic. While at Texas A&M, I was a research assistant in social and cognitive labs focused on analyzing sex differences. I joined the M.A.G.I.C. lab as a master’s student and completed my thesis analyzing men and women’s reaction to a frustration induction task. My research interests include studying sex differences in relation to cognition and specifically aggressive and abusive traits. I love to travel, cook, and read in my hammock. Contact: Madeleine.desrochers3@gmail.com

Maria Dragomir-Davis

I am a fourth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. I am originally from Bucharest, Romania, where I earned my BA in Psychology from the National School of Political Science and Public Administration. I was subsequently awarded a Santiago Grisolía research fellowship in Spain, where I obtained an MA in Psychopathology, Health, and Neuropsychology from Universitat Jaume I and worked as a research assistant in the Laboratory of Psychology and Technology. Building on my previous work on promoting psychological wellbeing of Romanian immigrants in Spain, I am now interested in working with underserved communities, including migrants, refugees, and minorities, especially Spanish-speaking and ESL populations. My current research agenda focuses on multicultural issues such as acculturative stress and individual and/or cultural differences that influence the immigrant experience. I am also interested in examining the causes and components of positive mental health and evaluating the efficacy of interventions targeting psychological wellbeing in various populations. In my spare time I enjoy reading, crafting, gardening, and meditation. amdragomir-davis@uh.edu

Sahar Eshtehardi

Currently, I am a second-year doctoral student under the mentorship of Dr. Lorraine Reitzel in the Health Psychology track of the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Houston. In addition to my role as a doctoral student researcher in Dr. Marisa Hilliard’s lab in the Department of Pediatric Psychology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, I am also a graduate UHAND scholar in Dr. Joya Chandra’s lab in the Department of Pediatric Research at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. Born and raised in Houston, I completed my B.S. in Psychology at the University of Houston and my M.S. in Counseling at the University of Houston Clear Lake. My research interests center around the biobehavioral mechanisms that influence health outcomes in adolescents and young adults (AYA) with chronic medical conditions. Specifically, I am interested in examining factors that contribute to optimal treatment adherence and health-related quality of life in pediatric type 1 diabetes and cancers. I am also keen on examining the biological precursors of co-morbid mental and medical illnesses in the AYA population. Currently, I am a pediatric psychology clinical extern under the supervision of Dr. Rhonda Robert in the Department of Pediatrics Patient Care at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. Additionally, I serve as a Student Member on IRB1 at UH and as the Campus Representative for APA Division 54 - Society of Pediatric Psychology. Ultimately, my career goal is to work in academic medicine as a faculty member, splitting my time between biobehavioral research and clinical practice. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering at my local animal shelter, plant-based cooking, and practicing hot yoga. sseshtehardi@gmail.com

Saman Essa

I am a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology PhD program at the University of Houston. My advisor is Dr. Marcel de Dios who specializes in psychological interventions for minority populations with addictions. Born and raised in Houston, I received my B.A in Psychology and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Houston before enrolling in my current program. My research interests include generational trauma (particularly in refugee families), stigma reduction and help-seeking patterns in minority populations, and culturally-appropriate methods of treatment for depression, anxiety and stress in immigrants, with an emphasis on South Asians, Arabs and Muslims. I enjoy spending time with family, baking sweet treats, watching Bollywood movies and traveling. You can contact me at essa.saman@gmail.com.

Ewune Ewane

I am a sixth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program and my advisor is Dr. Ezemenari Obasi. I’m a proud Houston native of Cameroonian descent. I received my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Africana Studies from Marquette University and a M.A. in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. My research interests focus primarily on health disparities within disenfranchised and marginalized populations. Most specifically, I study biopsychosocial predictors of disease, substance use vulnerability, and health behavior in African Americans. My clinical interests include multicultural competence and health psychology. My professional goals include addressing cultural bias in psychological assessments and service consultation for African American ethnic minorities. My professional interests and aspirations are fueled by the over-generalization of descendants of the African Diaspora and the evidenced gaps in literature concerning racial ethnic minority culturally relevant clinical review and treatment. Currently I’m engaged in empirical study of breast cancer disparities within African-American and Hispanic/Latina women and mechanisms of stress and coping in African-American young adults. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, experiencing new cultures, and attending professional sporting events. ewuneewane@gmail.com

Sana Flynn

I’m a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. I’m a native Houstonian who has lived in the Midwest and Northeast and loves to go on road trips with my spouse and my dogs. I’m currently doing my second year practicum at CAPS; my first year was at UH Clear Lake Counseling Services. I plan to work at a college counseling center after graduation. My research is on identity concealment in non-binary transgender people. In my free time, I like to create art, spend time outside, and watch reality cooking shows.

Yuri Peralta Gandy

I am a seventh-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. Originally from deep South Texas, I received my bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Spanish from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. I completed my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. My research interests are in Latino family and child psychology, particularly issues of acculturation. My current practicum is focused on crisis intervention at Houston Independent School District. I have previously completed practica at A Nurturing Home, a child and family private private practice, as well as at Texas Children's Hospital: Center for Children and Women. During my time at UH, I have also had the opportunity to work on a Spanish language childhood obesity intervention study through Baylor College of Medicine. I spend my free time with by husband, Harry, and two dogs, Howdy and Tamale. I love cooking, entertaining, traveling, and an occasional trip to the gym. yuri.gandy@gmail.com  

Beth Gill

I am a fifth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. I was raised in central Florida and completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Florida State University. After graduation, I worked as a research assistant in the pediatric diabetes lab at FSU’s College of Medicine. My research interests include gender based violence, men and masculinity, and drinking behaviors. In my free time I enjoy exploring new places, reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family and friends. gill.elizabethc@gmail.com  

Laura Harvey

I am a second-year in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program here at the University of Houston. My advisor is Dr. Marcel de Dios and together we work on research concerning psychological interventions for addiction. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, TX, where I grew up. Despite what they told me in Dallas, I already like living in Houston. In the future, I hope to have a primarily academic career, but also practice as a clinician because my real passion is creating interventions that have a tangible impact for clients. In my free time, I like to drink too much coffee, meet as many dogs as possible, and read books I wasn’t assigned to read. Lmh.harvey@gmail.com

Temara J. Holt

I am a fourth-year doctoral student in the counseling psychology program. I am originally from New Orleans, La. I earned my Bachelors in Women and Gender studies from Carleton College in Northfield, Mn. My undergrad experience included working in sexual Heath and minority experiences on campus and studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark with a focus on immigration concerns and human trafficking. I earned my Masters of Arts in Women's Health from Suffolk University in Boston. My research interest include sexual health communication between mothers and daughters and intimate partners within the African American community. I have worked in many areas of women's health including reproductive and abortion care, sexual assault and domestic violence and breastfeeding promotion among women of color. I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and close friends, trying new adventurous things, red wine and cooking! My career goals include sex therapy, intimate relationship and family focused traveling counseling. You can connect with me through email at tjholt@uh.edu.

Brooke King

I am a fifth-year in the Counseling Psychology program. I am currently on internship at FCI Terminal Island in San Pedro, CA. I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and my M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Houston. My research integrates LGBT mental health and trauma psychology. In my free time, I like to spend time with friends and family, make and talk about art, and find a new place to hang my hammock. brooke.c.king@gmail.com

Zongqi Li

I am a second-year doctoral student in the UH Counseling Psychology program. I was born and raised in Shanghai, China. I earned my M.A. from Pepperdine University specialized in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester. After graduating, I worked as an associated Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA where I gained valuable clinical experience. My current research interests include attachment theories, cultural norms that rationalize domestic violence, and group therapy. I am interested in how socialization plays a role in rationalizing aggression. In my free time, I enjoy running, boxing, hiking, and reading. Email address: zli38@central.uh.edu

Amanda Long

My name is Amanda Long and I am currently completing my internship at the Atlanta VA. I earned my B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and my M.A. in Community Counseling from Loyola University in Chicago. I was born and raised in a southern suburb of Chicago, and I am a HUGE Chicago Bulls fan! I am very excited to be a part of the doctoral program at UH. My interests are focused on the empowerment of African Americans through research and community based initiatives. I am particularly interested in the role of social media on the racial identity development of African American adolescents, the mental health effects of colorism, and the factors that influence the current dynamic of the African American family. My career goals include becoming a faculty member at a collegiate level in order to continue to conduct research aimed at multicultural issues, while finding time to providing quality therapeutic services within my own private practice. along0388@gmail.com

Sarah Lute

I am a third-year doctoral student in the counseling psychology program. I was born and raised in Texas. I earned a B.A. in psychology at The University of Texas and my masters from the University of Houston. My research interests include understanding factors in the treatment and prevention of suicide and suicidal ideation/behaviors. I am specifically interested in looking at these factors in first responders and the relationship with trauma exposure. I have a broad interest in crisis care and the bridge between a more traditional counseling relationship. I have worked in a variety of direct care positions including behavior interventions with Autism, crisis counseling for sexual assault and domestic violence, community mental health for severe and persistent mental illnesses, on call response for mental health evaluation for inpatient determination, on call response for medical accompaniment for sexual assault and domestic violence, and trauma counseling for victims of any crime. In my free time I enjoy hiking, fishing, museums, and movies!

Luiza Martins

I am a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. I am originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I came here to the United States by myself when I was 18 years old to study and play volleyball. I completed my Bachelors of Science in Biology and my Masters of Science in Health Care Administration at California State University, Bakersfield. My research interests include mental health and identity and how these play a role in college students’ lives and academics. In my free time I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, watching movies, and traveling.

Chaniqua Mazyck

I am currently a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at UH and my advisor is Dr. Ezemenari Obasi. I am a Gullah ‘Geechi’ native of Charleston, SC. I attended the University of South Carolina, Columbia where I earned my B.S in Biology (pre-med emphasis) with a minor in Psychology and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I also earn my M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Francis Marion University. Prior to entering the program, I practiced as a mental health provider within an out-patient mental health clinic and saw clients ranging from young children to older adults. My current research interest include drug use vulnerability, specifically focused on stress physiology, and social/cultural influences as they relate to health disparities of African Americans. My current clinical interests are in assessments, neuropsychology and career. Outside of the academic environment, I enjoy spending time with my family and close friends, traveling, cooking, cycling, tennis, reading, listening to motivational speakers, mentoring and of course sewing my sweetgrass baskets. mazyckcd@gmail.com

Andrew Mercer

I am a fourth-year student at UH born and raised in suburban Chicago. I previously completed my B.A. in Business Management at Hope College as well as a M.A. in Counseling from Loyola University in Chicago. In addition to teaching English in French elementary schools for a year, I have practiced as a therapist at an out-patient counseling center, a live-in therapeutic Life Coach at a colligate residential program in downtown Chicago, and taught a couple of psychology courses at a local Bible college. I am currently interested in researching health and wellness outcomes in the LGBT and other minority populations and finding ways to help address the disparity in access to care across these populations. While I loved my work as a clinician, I am looking forward to deepening my skills as an educator and researcher throughout my tenure at UH. In my free time I enjoy running, biking, swimming, yoga, taking my adorable dog Franklin for a walk, trying out a new recipe and laughing with friends. mercer.andrew@gmail.com

Kadija Moon

I am a third-year doctoral student and Holmes Scholar in the Counseling Psychology program under the advisement of Dr. Arbona. I grew up an Army brat but since 2012 have planted my roots in Houston, TX. I have completed both my Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies and my Master of Education in Counseling at the University of Houston-Go Coogs! I do research with Dr. Schwartz’ MAGIC Lab. I am currently gaining my practicum experience at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Center, under the advisement of Dr. Dorsey. I have former practicum experience at Houston Fire Department, under the advisement of Dr. Buser and Dr. Tran, specializing in trauma assessment and treatment and at Krist Samaritan Counseling Center in Clear Lake working with individuals and couples of all ages. My research interest includes military members, veterans, and their families. More specifically, I desire to aid in helping dependents understand and better cope with the strenuous life of having a parent/spouse/immediate family member deployed to a war zone and subsequently reintegrating back into the homefront. I am currently conducting a candidacy study that looks at psychological outcomes of being military-raised. In my free time, I enjoy cheering on my Cougars, traveling, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. You will always find me at a UH football game! Go Coogs! Feel free to contact me at Kadija.moon@gmail.com

Marshall Motsenbocker

I am currently a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Doctoral program at the University of Houston as an advisee of Dr. Correa-Fernandez in LABHRT. As a first-generation college graduate from Dallas, I received my B.S. in psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. After receiving my M.S. in Clinical Psychology at Abilene Christian University, I began providing therapy as an LPC-Intern. In addition, I facilitated a youth-centric, culturally sensitive mental health program for high school students in the DFW metroplex. My research interests include moderators of mental health outcomes among Latinx groups. More specifically, I aim to utilize research on resilience to creatively address mental health behaviors and risk factors within the Latinx community. Outside of academia, I enjoy exercising and relaxing outdoors, traveling, exploring new music, as well as spending time with friends and family.

Emily Naveira

I am a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program under Dr. Consuelo Arbona. I grew up mostly in Austin, Texas, but moved to College Station to attend Texas A&M University where I received my B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in English. After graduating, I taught English in Spain for a year before starting the program at UH. My research interests include minority and college student stress and their impact on psychological well-being within the college student population along with positive psychology factors (e.g. resilience) and trauma. I am also currently at the UH Clear Lake Counseling Services for my practicum experience. In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, Netflix, playing board games, and exploring the area. Feel free to contact me at: ennaveira@gmail.com

Christine Pao

I am a sixth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program currently completing my predoctoral internship at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. Originally from Southern California, I moved to Houston to attend Rice University, where I received my undergraduate degree in English and Psychology. Before starting my doctoral studies I worked in the health and safety field. My clinical and research interests are broadly focused on multicultural issues, PTSD, and anxiety. In my spare time, I enjoy staying active, cooking/baking, and playing with my cats. cwpao90@gmail.com

Jasmin Prudon

I'm a sixth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. My advisor is Dr. Nathan Smith. I am a native Houstonian, and received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Health from the University of Houston. I went on to receive my Masters in Health Education from Texas State University, and worked as a Perinatal HIV Epidemiologist at the City of Houston for a few years before transitioning into the field of psychology. I pursued a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, yet I was accepted to my doctoral program before I could complete the degree. My research interests encompass anything in the realm of sexually transmitted infections, especially HIV and HPV, minority stress, women's health, and the LGBTQ community. Whenever I can muster up free time, I enjoy spending it with my husband, baby, family, and friends. We love to travel, cook, bake, and go on constant food adventures.

Erica Rey

I am a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. I am a native Texan and earned my B.A. in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies here at the University of Houston. While at UH, I worked as a research assistant for the Transgender Health Lab and began volunteer work with Gender Infinity. Before beginning graduate study, I served a year in AmeriCorps, where I was able to work as a Program Developer and Senior VISTA for SPRY at the Montrose Center. My research interests include reduction of health disparities in sexual and gender minority populations. Specifically, I am interested in health equity for aging LGBTQ+ populations. In my free time, I like to spend time with my husband and our two dogs. I enjoy traveling, hiking, creating, yoga, reading, and live music. erey@uh.edu

Lycinda Rodriguez

I am a fourth-year student working with Dr. Consuelo Arbona. I was born in the windy city of Chicago and moved to the sunshine state of Florida when I was in middle school. I attended Florida State University (Go Noles!) for my bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Family and Child Sciences. After graduating, I moved to Baltimore, MD to purse my Master degree in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. As for my research interests, I am broadly interested in the role parents play in an emerging adult’s life. Specifically, I am interested in how personal characteristics such as race and ethnicity play a role in the higher education experiences, parenting practices of college students, and college students’ psychosocial functioning. My career goals include becoming a tenured professor, engaging in research, and supporting college students by working on-campus as a clinician. In my spare time, I enjoy going for walks and hikes outdoors, watching YouTube videos, exploring Netflix’s documentaries sections, and adventuring the city of Houston. Lrodriguez1@loyola.edu

Helen Sanchez

I’m a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program, and Dr. Marcel de Dios serves as my research mentor. I completed a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. During my undergrad, I volunteered heavily with the A&M HelpLine, an after-hours mental health service for students and those who are concerned about them. I’m originally from the Houston area, so I’m glad to be back! I’m a member of the Psychology of Addiction Collaborative, and my research interests include substance abuse treatment and psychological interventions to address chronic pain. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading at coffee shops, and exploring new running trails in Houston. hsanchez3@uh.edu

Samantha Sciulli

I am a sixth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. I grew up in Houston but moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas where I received a B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art. After college, I worked as a research assistant and neuropsychometrist examining cognitive and emotional functioning in neurologically diverse populations. My current research interests include resiliency and emotional processing, cognitive functioning, and how individuals respond to social demands following trauma and trauma concurrent with brain injury. I enjoy cultural and adventure travel, scuba diving, white water rafting, hula hooping, and board games. samanthasciulli@yahoo.com

Alexandra Slaughter

I am a fourth-year doctoral student originally from North Texas. I completed my B.A. in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in psychology with a clinical concentration at the University of Dallas. My research interests are broadly focused on juvenile justice-involved youth with special educational needs. I completed my first practicum rotation at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department and am currently completing my second rotation at Texas Children's Hospital - The Center for Children and Women. In my spare time I enjoy practicing yoga, traveling, listening to music, hiking, and cooking (especially making sushi!!). Feel free to contact me at amslaughter@uh.edu

Daniel Soltis

I am a fifth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. My undergraduate degree is in English and Political Science and I have my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Broadly, my research interests are focused on marginalized social identities, with particular focus on those who have diverse genders or sexualities. My master’s thesis explored queer identity from a multicultural framework and I am currently collaborating on a study exploring body image dissatisfaction for those who identify as bisexual. I also have strong research interests in the areas of non-religious/secular identity and sizeism/weight bias. I currently serve as the Graduate Assistant for the LGBTQ Resource Center at UH, overseeing the Peer Mentoring and Queer Discussion Group programs. Clinically, I have practiced from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) paradigm and am interested in exploring contextual behaviorism in my dissertation work. As self-care, I enjoy cooking, indoor gardening, gaming, binging Netflix, and spending time with my furchild Wilhelmina. desoltis@uh.edu

Ashley Taylor

I am a first-year student in the UH Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program working under Dr. Lorraine Reitzel. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016, where I majored in Psychology. My current research interests focus on the social determinants of health, health disparities, and cancer-related risk behaviors in the African American and Hispanic populations. I am especially interested in exploring the biopsychosocial factors related to tobacco and obesity-related cancers. In my free time, I enjoy staying active, being outdoors, and spending time with my family. Ataylor875@gmail.com

Niloofar Tavakoli

I am currently a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Houston working with Dr. Correa-Fernandez. Born in Iran and raised in Houston, I completed both my B.S. in Psychology at the University of Houston and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Houston. My research interests include anxiety, smoking/substance abuse, and psychological flexibility/inflexibility among minority individuals; with a special interest in creating culturally tailored psychological and health-related interventions. In pursuit of my goals to become a more informed and prepared clinician and researcher, I have received extensive training as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist as well as an Acceptance and Commitment Therapist. In my spare time, I enjoy working out, spending time with family and friends, hanging out with my 8-year-old puppy named Teddy, and traveling. ntavakoli@uh.edu

Autena Torbati

I am a third-year student in the UH Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program working under Dr. Nicole Coleman. Originally from Oklahoma, I received my B.A in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Oklahoma. My research interests involve dating, intimacy, and romantic relationships in young adults. Specifically, I am interested in individuals’ motivations and behaviors in dating relationships, the factors that influence satisfaction in intimate relationships, and how intimate relationships impact individual well-being. Additional emerging areas of interest include women’s sexuality in the digital age and sex-positive interventions to promote sexual health in young adults. I completed my first year of practicum at the University of Houston – Clear Lake Counseling Services center, and I am currently completing my second year of practicum at the Houston Fire Department. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, exercising, and watching reality TV. Feel free to contact me at atorbati@uh.edu

Kelsee Tucker

I am a sixth-year student in the UH Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program working under Dr. Jonathan Schwartz. Born and raised in Indiana, I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Marian University (Indianapolis) and my master’s degree at Indiana University (Bloomington) in counseling and counselor education. My current research interests focus on stress and relationship outcomes, substance use and intervention, and health disparities. In my free time I channel my energy into dog rescue, cooking, and yoga. kelseemtucker@gmail.com

Charli Washington

I am currently a fifth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Houston. I was raised in the Metro Atlanta area and stayed there through the completion of my bachelor’s degree in 2007. After earning a bachelor's in Economics from Spelman College, I moved to Houston, TX to begin a career as an Oil and Gas Financial Analyst. Throughout my career, I managed the financial outlook for portfolios ranging from $6m to $1.5bn. Although I enjoyed the challenges of my career, after 7 years I decided to make a career change to become a Psychologist. Prior to entering the Ph.D program, I worked on several research projects at the University of Houston. I worked on the Stress and Health and FRESH AIR data collection projects. I also presented my research on "Social Norms and Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in African-American Adults by Sex and Income Status" in the American Academy of Health Behaviors. As a doctoral student, I will continue researching minority stress with a focus on health risk behaviors. I am particularly interested in exploring LGBTQ and African-American populations. In my free time I enjoy traveling, shopping, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. charli.washington@gmail.com

Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams is a sixth-year doctoral student in the UH Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Kansas State University located in Manhattan, Kansas. Her primary research interests involve relational issues between non-traditional couples and families as it relates to relationship/marital satisfaction, gender-role conflict, work-life balance and intimate partner violence. brookewilliams_92@yahoo.com

Sandra Yan

I am a fifth-year in the Counseling Psychology program. I received my B.S. in Psychology and B.S. in Biology from the University of Houston. My research interests include substance use/addictions, multiculturalism, and health disparities in minority populations such as African Americans. Current research projects include investigating biopsychosocial predictors of disease, substance use vulnerability, and stress dysregulation via biomarkers and psychological measures. In my free time, I like to spend time with friends and family, draw, and practice origami. syan6@uh.edu

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