Marie Adams

  • Email: marie-adams@uiowa.edu
  • Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): St. Ambrose University, (B.A. and B.S.), University of Wisconsin-Platteville (M.S.Ed.)
  • Advisor: Dr. Martin Kivlighan
  • Research Interests: social justice, multicultural competency, therapist effects, resilience, vulnerability.
  • Personal Interests: spending time with family and friends, hiking, reading, traveling.
  • Message to Prospective Students: Trust your instincts, trust your own path, and move towards your goal, every day, with hope.

Laurence Chan

  • Email: laurence-chan@uiowa.edu
  • Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): Brooklyn College, B.A. in Psychology; Teachers College, Columbia University, Ed.M. & M.A. in Psychological Counseling
  • Advisor: Dr. William Ming Liu
  • Research Interests: Self-compassion and forgiveness with marginalized populations, racial/ethnic and social class discrimination, men and masculinity
  • Current Assistantship/Volunteership: Graduate Assistant for the Counseling Psychology Program, volunteer at the Eating Disorder Awareness Advocate Program (EDAAP)
  • Personal Interests: Reading, judo, basketball, hip-hop, piano, friends, and family
  • Message to prospective students: “Stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart’s in it, and live the phrase sky’s the limit.” – The Notorious B.I.G.

Kuo Deng

  • Email: kuo-deng@uiowa.edu
  • Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): The College of Wooster, Ohio. Bachelor of Psychology.
  • Advisor:  Dr. D. Martin Kivlighan
  • Research interest: multicultural counseling, mindfulness, Asian population, Arabic population, and effectiveness of various counseling approaches. 
  • Current Assistantship: Teaching assistant at the Psychology Department 
  • Personal Interests: Reading, writing, cooking, music, language, and traveling.
  • Message to Prospective Students: "The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers." -Thích Nhất Hạnh

Malloy Ermler

  • Email: mallory-ermler@uiowa.edu
  • Alma mater and degree: B.S. Psychology, focus in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Advisor: Dr. Megan Foley-Nicpon
  • Research Interests: Adolescent adjustment, weight-gain related to psychotropic medication, school maladjustment due to mental illness
  • Current assistantship: Teaching Assistant
  • Personal interests: Reading, watching and attending sporting events, spending time with friends and family
  • Message to prospective students: "Don't follow your dreams, chase them with all that you have."

Yu Chak Sunny Ho

  • Email: yuchaksunny-ho@uiowa.edu
  • Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): Ed.M. and M.A. in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Advisor: Dr. William Ming Liu
  • Research Interests: Acculturative Stress in Asian immigrants/other Asian Americans population; Indigenous Healing in China/Taiwan/Macau and Hong Kong
  • Current Employment/Assistantship/Volunteership: I am currently hired as a research assistant at College of Public Health analyzing data about cyberbullying among middle school students in Iowa 
  • Personal Interests: All outdoor activities, e.g. going to orchard farms, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, running, etc. 
  • Message to Prospective Students: I have met the most friendly and supportive people in the program, you will love it here, for sure! Just be yourself and we all appreciate your authenticity and honesty. Every faculty here is awesome and they are always willing to help.

J.Y. Cindy Kim

  • Email: jyc-kim@uiowa.edu
  • Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): Arizona State University, B.A. in Psychology; University of San Diego, M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Advisor: Megan Foley Nicpon
  • Research Interests: Posttraumatic growth; children, adolescents, and military personnel; assessment with an emphasis in multiculturalism; group dynamics
  • Current Volunteership: Shelter House; Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP)
  • Personal Interests: Travel; interior decoration; film; photography; books; football
  • Message to Prospective Students: “Fit” is a real thing; find the right-fit for you. Visit the campus, connect with the students, meet the faculty, and be authentic!

Ashlie Obrecht

  • Email: ashlie-rueber@uiowa.edu
  • Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): M.S. in Counseling Psychology, University of North Texas and B.A. Psychology, Coe College
  • Advisor: Dr. William Liu
  • Current Employment/Assistantship: Iowa City VA Health Care System, Researcher
  • Current Volunteership: Four Oaks of Iowa, Inc.

Cara Solness

  • Email: cara-solness@uiowa.edu
  • Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): B.Sc. from McMaster University
  • Advisor: Dr. Ali
  • Research Interests: I am interested career development and empowerment for women and the intersection of gender and sexuality with career outcomes. I am also interested in the use of narrative in the psychotherapeutic outcomes.
  • Current Employment/Assistantship My assistantship is with the Psychology Department as a TA for online Abnormal Psychology and through the Iowa Depression and Clinical Research Center as an RA.
  • Current Volunteership: I will be volunteering with Waypoint, the women's shelter in Cedar Rapids.
  • Personal Interests: My three kids keep me busy following all their sports activities. Otherwise I enjoy my horses, my dogs, guitars and the occasional artistic dabbling.
  • Message to Prospective Students: Be yourself and enjoy the journey!

Brianna Ward

  • Email: brianna-ward@uiowa.edu
  • Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Emporia State University; B.S. in Psychology and Biology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Advisor: Dr. Saba Ali 
  • Research Interests: Career Development and Health Psychology
  • Personal Interests: In my free time I enjoy exercising, kickboxing, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Cara Wienkes

  • Email:  cara-wienkes@uiowa.edu
  • Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): Marquette University, B.A. in Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Megan Foley-Nicpon
  • Research Interests: Still developing, however I am interested in at-risk adolescents, ethnic disparities in corrections, and health.
  • Current Assistantship: Teaching Assistantship
  • Current Volunteership: The Shelter House
  • Personal Interests: I enjoy running, traveling, trying new things (specifically food), and spending time with friends and family.


Erin Cannella

  • erin-haynes@uiowa.edu
  • Research interests: discrimination, social class, and gender; multiculturalism, social justice
  • Advisor: Dr. Saba Ali
  • Degree(s): Teachers College, Columbia University, EdM in Psychological Counseling; Siena College, BA in Psychology

Isaac Hooley

  • isaac-hooley@uiowa.edu
  • Research interests: mental health concerns in rural communities, therapies for individuals with PTSD that are embedded in an agricultural setting
  • Advisor: William Liu
  • Degree(s): Goshen College (Indiana); Bachelor of Social Work

Drew Jones

  • @uiowa.edu
  • Research interests:career development and social class
  • Advisor: Dr. Saba Ali
  • Degree(s): University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: B.S. in Psychology and Lewis University: M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Chi W. Yeung

  • chi-yeung@uiowa.edu
  • Research interests:health psychology issues related to disease prevention and psychosocial dimensions of disease management, multicultural psychology, men and masculinity
  • Advisor: Will Liu
  • Degree(s): Baruch College (B.A), NYU (M.A)

Alyssa Zwicker

  • alyssa-zwicker@uiowa.edu
  • Research interests:children with autism spectrum disorder regarding assessment and diagnosis; identity of women in rural communities
  • Advisor: Megan Foley-Nicpon
  • Degree(s):Augustana College, Rock Island, IL - B.A.


Charles Cederberg

Hometown: Boston, MA
Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): North Park University, BA: Psychology; Boston College, MA: Mental Health Counseling
Advisor: Megan Foley Nicpon
Research Interests: Positive Youth Development, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Gifted Children, technology and human development
Current Employment/Assistantship: Research Assistantship with Dr. Nicpon
Current Volunteership: APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team campus representative
Personal Interests: tennis, my dogs, iced coffee, playing guitar, reading, stand-up comedy, fish aquariums. 

Mandy Conrad

Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): Iowa State University of Science and Technology; B.S. in Psychology
Advisor: Dr. William Liu
Research Interests: multicultural competencies, Arabic-speaking populations, social justice, social class worldviews, Islam, sociopolitical development, ethics in interrogation practices, historical trauma

Adam Gallenberg

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota
Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): The University of Kansas, M.S. in Counseling Psychology; Drake University, B.S. in Psychology
Advisor: Dr. William Liu
Research Interests: Implementation of therapeutic interventions with physical activity, cross-cultural similarities and differences in the perceived effectiveness of different counseling styles.
Current Employment/Assistantship: Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship
Current Volunteership: I lead a boxing and cardio program for high school students earning physical education credit through their school.
Personal Interests: I enjoy boxing, ballroom dancing, listening to music, spending time with friends and family, eating awesome food, and travelling.
Message to Prospective Students: You are interviewing the program just as much as the program is interviewing you. Your decision should be based on what environment fits your needs and what you hope to pursue professionally. Although the process can be overwhelming, enjoy your time on campus and get to know current students and other interviewees!

Lianne Gann

Hometown: Greenwood, IN
Alma Mater and Degrees: Purdue University, B.A., Ball State University, M.A.
Advisor: Dr. Megan Foley-Nicpon
Research Interests: Still developing, but currently interested in suicide prevention,bystander intervention, eating disorders, LGBTQIA and multicultural competence in counseling.
Current Volunteership: Women's Resource for Action Center (WRAC)
Personal Interests: Running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Message to Prospective Students: Choose a program that will help you pursue your passion.

Christian Latino

Hometown: Concord, CA
Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): BA in Psychology from UCLA
Advisor: Saba Rasheed Ali
Research Interests: Discovering latent potentialities, meditation
Current Employment/Assistantship: Project SEALED
Current Volunteership: N/A
Personal Interests: Traveling, reading, culture, Eastern Philosophy, friends, and family
Message to Prospective Students: Sometimes you have to face your fears and take some risks.

Yunkyoung Loh

Hometown: South Korea
Alma Mater: BA in Business / MA in Psychology, Yonsei University, Korea
Advisor: Dr. William Ming Liu
Research Interests: Currently, starting on the Social Class and Classism research team.
Current Volunteerism: The Crisis Center of Johnson County
Personal Interests: Family, acoustic songwriting, choir, travel, hiking, swimming, photography, handicraft, humor, books by Henry Nouwen. 
Message to Prospective Students: For me life, as well as research is all about people: CP program is a perfect place to learn more about people, with good people.

Soeun Park

Hometown: Seoul, Korea 
Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): B.A. in Education, Seoul National University; M.A. in Education (Major: Educational Counseling), Seoul National University 
Advisor: Megan Foley-Nicpon Research Interests: Life/career transition (e.g., adjusting to college, work, motherhood, fatherhood, mid-life, or retirement), parenting, gender role, help seeking & mental health care system  
Current Volunteership: Johnson County Crisis Center 
Personal Interests: Watching musicals, movies and TV shows, listening to music, spending time with family and friends, visiting museums and art galleries, taking a walk, and traveling.  
Message to Prospective Students: The application and interview process are sometimes stressful, but don't forget that your academic journey has just started. Be open-minded to embrace change and challenge. You can find it eventually a very rewarding experience.

Aurora Pham

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s): University of California, Los Angeles, BA in Psychology; University of Iowa, MA in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
Advisor: Dr. Saba Ali
Research Interests: Career development, social class, multicultural and diversity issues
Current Employment/Assistantship: Project HOPE
Personal Interests: Traveling, socializing, bonding over food, spending time with family, friends and pets, cleaning and organizing
Message to Prospective Students: "Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground." - Rumi

Ethan Sahker

Hometown:  Denver, Colorado
Alma Mater(s) and Degree(s):  MA - Chatham University - Pittsburgh, PA; BA - Metropolitan State University of Denver - Denver, CO
Advisor:  Saba Rasheed Ali
Research Interests:  Atheism, Religion & Spirituality, Addictions, Men & Masculinity
Current Employment/Assistantship:  The Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation
Current Volunteership: Looking into all my options 
Personal Interests:  Cooking and eating good foodstuffs, hockey, writing and recording music  
Message to Prospective Students:  Not getting into a program the first year I applied was one of the best things that ever happened to me.


Daniel Elchert

Hometown: St. Paul, MN Alma Mater(s): St. Olaf College
Advisor: Dr. William Liu
Research Interests: longitudinal research design, health policy, diversity issues, morality
Current Employment/Assistantship: University of Iowa Public Policy Center, Health Policy Research Program
Personal Interests: travel, sports, movies, ceramics
Message to Prospective Students: ask questions

Staci Fosenburg

Hometown: Monroe, IA
Alma Mater: University of Iowa, B.S. in Psychology
Advisor: Megan Foley Nicpon
Research Interests: eating disorder prevention and intervention, family impact of eating disorders, children and adolescents
Current Employment/Assistantship: Project HOPE GA
Current Volunteership: Eating Disorder Peer Education Program
Personal Interests: baking experiments and cooking, running, long conversations over coffee, TV show marathons, and traveling
Message to Prospective Students: Don't focus so much on what the "right" path to reaching your goal is. The odds of being unsatisfied are much higher that way. Instead, work with your strengths to find and pursue the path that's a good fit for you, even if it looks a little bit different.

Sam Lustgarten

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Alma Mater(s): Colorado State University
Advisor: John Westefeld
Research Interests: Suicide Prevention, Post-Traumatic Growth, Masculinity
Current Employment/Assistantship: Tech in the Classroom
Current Volunteership: APAGS Campus Representative
Personal Interests: Running, Hiking, Reading, and Breakfast

Meaghan Rowe-Johnson

Hometown: Madison, WI
Alma Mater(s): M.A. in Community Counseling, Loyola University Chicago; B.S. in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Advisor: Saba Ali
Research Interests: I have several primary research interests, including career development and vocational aspirations, issues regarding cross-cultural diversity and social justice, and the effects of trauma.
Current Employment/Assistantship: ½ time G.A. for the Iowa Biosciences Advantage Program
Personal Interests: I love reading science fiction and suspense novels, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. Message to Prospective Students: You may have been told this before, but ‘fit’ is truly the most important thing in determining if a program is the right one for you. Be yourself throughout the whole application process, and you’ll end up at the program that most closely matches your interests and values. Also, the application process is stressful, so remember that self-care is essential! As FDR reminds us, “When you get to the end of your rope, you need to tie a knot and hold on!” 

LaNeisha Waller

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Alma Mater(s): University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (BS) and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (MA).
Advisor: Megan Foley-Nicpon
Research Interests: I am particularly interested in possible stigmas, barriers, and whether or not social support influences African Americans from seeking psychological services. My interests also include forensic psychology in regards to assessment, inpatient populations, civil commitment, and cultural diversity issues within the practice of forensic psychology.
Current Employment/Assistantship: n/a
Current Volunteership: n/a
Personal Interests: I enjoy exercising, watching and playing sports, watching TV, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. Message to Prospective Students: Although the application and interview process is sometimes hard, be sure to stay positive and hang in there! In the end, the payoff is well worth it.

Kevin Yeates

Hometown: Cedar Hill, Texas
Alma Mater: Wichita State University
Advisor: John Westefeld
Research Interests: Suicide, PTSD, Veteran's Issues
Current Assistantship: Project Coordinator for the University of Iowa Suicide Prevention Program
Personal Interests: Stand-up Comedy, Movies, Reading, My dog, Video games Message to Prospective Students: Keep an open mind as you go through the application process. Be open to opportunities and ensure you are a good fit with whatever program you choose.


Behrens, Erica

Hometown: Byron, MN
Alma Mater(s): M.S. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology, Illinois State University; B.A. in Psychology, Winona State University
Advisor: Megan Foley Nicpon
Research Interests: I have diverse interests, including interests in career-related interventions, the period of adolescence and young adulthood, and coping with grief & trauma.
Research Teams: I am on the Project HOPE research team, autism measure research team, and the Asian American mental health team.
Current Employment/Assistantship: GA at the Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC)
Current Volunteership: n/a
Personal Interests: I enjoy baking & cooking, lots of TV, hanging out with friends & family, shopping, listening to music, and going to movies.
Message to Prospective Students: "In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure." --Bill Cosby

Brown, Samantha

Hometown: Harlan, IA
Alma Mater(s): Creighton University (B.A. in Psychology)
Advisor: John Westefeld
Research Interests: Broadly interested in gender research and social justice issues. Still trying to flesh out what this looks like more concretely.
Research Teams: Currently, starting on the Social Class and Classism research team and the Project HOPE research team.
Current Employment/Assistantship: n/a currently
Current Volunteership: Starting to volunteer at WRAC with the Men's Antiviolence Council
Personal Interests: When I am not being a student, I enjoy reading fiction or easy reads, cooking/baking, biking, being outside, some sewing, and staying in touch with family and friends.
Message to Prospective Students: As cliche as it may sound, be yourself as you go through the application and interview process. There is no "cookie-cutter" form of what a graduate student should look like. Diversity is good for any community, so do not try to be anyone but yourself. Good luck!

Chang, Jennifer

Hometown: Orange County, CA
Alma Mater(s): University of California, Irvine: BA in Psychology (Cognitive Sciences) with a Minor in Biological Sciences
Advisor: William Liu
Research Interests: Socio-emotional development in children, adolescents, and young adults, with a multicultural perspective
Research Teams: Asian American research team, Psychosocial impact of parental cancer in children research team
Current Employment/Assistantship: Dean's Graduate Fellowship
Current Volunteership: Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa
Personal Interests: Alternative rock music, concerts, photography, animals, and spending time with family and friends
Message to Prospective Students: "Reach for the sky because if you should happen to miss, you'll still be among the stars."

Colbow, Alexander

Hometown: Mentor, OH
Alma Mater(s): University of Akron (BA) & Boston College (MA)
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Altmaier
Research Interests: Men and masculinity, social class, children/adolescents, parenting, & evaluation of therapeutic interventions
Research Teams: Men and Masculinity with Dr. Sam Cochran & Social Class and Classism with Dr. William Liu
Current Employment/Assistantship: Hardin Library Graduate Assistant (1/2 time)
Current Volunteership: n/a
Personal Interests: Travel, computers/technology, making home made pizza, & spending time with friends

Gaasedelen, Owen

Hometown: Apple Valley, MN
Alma Mater(s): St. Olaf College
Advisor: Betsy Altmaier
Research Interests: Moral/ethical decision making, Morality, Multicultural Competence, Mindfulness and ACT, and Spirituality and Religiosity.
Research Teams: Autism measure for Twice-Exceptionality and Project HOPE. Moral Foundations and Counseling Psychology.
Current Employment/Assistantship: 1/4 TA for Tech in the Classroom. 1/4 Tech Fellow. 
Personal Interests: Music, Travel, Religion/Theology/Philosophy, Golf, Downhill/Cross Country Skiing, People, Affect, Mideastern Politics, etc.

Hoffman, Anna

Hometown: Western Springs, IL
Alma Mater(s): BA in Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Advisor: Betsy Altmaier
Research Interests: health psychology, psycho-oncology
Research Teams: Psychosocial impact of parental cancer in children research team
Current Employment/Assistantship: Counseling Psychology program GA
Current Volunteership: Diversity Dialogue Circles at the Women's Resource and Action Center
Personal Interests: drawing, reading poetry, and the Chicago Bears

Nanji, Michelle

Hometown: Omaha, NE
Alma Mater(s): Creighton University, B.A. in Psychology and Spanish
Advisor: Dr. Saba R. Ali
Research Interests: Multicultural and Diversity issues, immigration issues, Marriage and Family dynamics, Children, Islam and Psychology, Career development, and Intimate Relationship issues
Research Teams: Project Hope team
Current Employment/Assistantship: Dean's Graduate Fellowship
Current Volunteership: Women's Resource and Action Center Diversity Dialogue Leader and Children's Center for Therapy Social Skills Volunteer
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, ZUMBA!, Kickboxing, Yoga, Volleyball, Enjoying the Outdoors, Beaches, Reading, Shopping, Dancing, and Listening to Music

Rice, Alex

Hometown: London, Great Britain
Alma Mater(s): University of Sussex
Advisor: Will Liu
Research Interests: Men and Masculinity, Social Class
Research Teams: n/a
Current Employment/Assistantship: Housing Program for Homeless Veterans
Current Volunteership: n/a
Personal Interests: Hockey, Soccer, Racquetball, Movies, Snow Boarding, Travel

Rinaldi, Anthony

Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Alma Mater(s): Undergrad: Grinnell College, Master's: New Mexico State University
Advisor: John Westefeld
Research Interests: Multiculturalism, Counseling process and outcome
Research Teams: Will Liu's Social Class and Classism Team
Current Employment/Assistantship: Presidential Graduate Fellowship and Mobile Crisis Outreach Counselor for Foundation 2, Inc.
Current Volunteership: The Bijou Cinema
Personal Interests: Movies, Reading, Spending time with friends and family, running and art

Wurster, Kristin

Hometown: North Liberty, IA
Alma Mater(s): The University of Iowa, twice
Advisor: Megan Foley Nicpon
Research Interests: College students' mental health, social class and classism, and career development
Research Teams: n/a
Current Employment/Assistantship: Living Learning Community coordinator and First Year Seminar director for the Women in Science and Engineering
Current Volunteership: I'm an advocate with RVAP.
Personal Interests: Being a rockin' aunt, spending time with my people, reading, working out, and enjoying the time/space I'm presently occupying


Candler, Margaret

Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Alma Mater(s): Iowa State University
Advisor: Megan Foley Nicpon
Research Interests and Teams: Megan's autism/twice-exceptional scale development team
Current Employment/Assistantship: GA providing research support for the dean
Personal Interests: cooking and trying new recipes, playing piano (when I can find one)

Galligan, Patrick

Hometown: Palatine, IL
Alma Mater(s): The Univeristy of Iowa: B.A. Psychology (with Honors) and a Minor in Human Relations
Advisor: John Westefeld
Research Interests: Men and Masculinity, Creativity, and differential expression of mood disorders
Research Teams: Project HOPE, Men and Masculinity
Current Employment/Assistantship:1/4 time TA in the Department of Health and Human Physiology, RA with Grazyna Kochanska (Dept. of Psychology)
Current Volunteership: The Shelter House, M.A.C
Personal Interests: spending time with friends and family, playing/listening to/creating music, running, hiking, playing/watching sports, board/card games

Gibbons, Shane

Hometown: New Castle, PA
Alma Mater(s): Allegheny College B.S, Boston College M.A.
Advisor: Saba Ali
Research Interests and Teams: Social Class and classism
Current Employment/Assistantship: HOPE Project
Current Volunteership: Shelter House Community Shelter & Transition Services, APAGS Campus Representative
Personal Interests: Sci-Fi Novels, Hiking, Video Games

Lewis, Adam

Hometown: Adrian, MI
Alma Mater(s): University of Michigan (BA in Psychology)
Advisor: William Liu
Research Interests and Teams: gender differences, mood disorders, perceptions of disease and illness, somatoform disorders, existential and interpersonal psychotherapies, LGBT issues
Current Employment/Assistantship: Graduate Assistantship at the Iowa Depression and Clinical Research Center
Personal Interests: Electronic music and jazz, indie films, and books by David Mitchell

Manlick, Christopher

Hometown: Marshfield, WI
Alma Mater(s): St. Norbert College (BA in Psychology)
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Altmaier
Research Interests: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; issues of men and masculinity; impulse control disorders; eating disorders
Research Teams: Research assistant in Psychiatry researching pathological gambling
Current Employment/Assistantship: Teaching assistant in the department of health and human physiology
Personal Interests: biking, hiking, downhill skiing, movies, cooking

Rasmussen, Wendy

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Alma Mater(s): Pepperdine University (BA Public Relations), University of San Diego (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
Advisor: John Westefeld
Research Interests and Teams: Physician-assisted suicide research team, traumatic stress, mindfulness
Current Employment/Assistantship: Assisting Dr. Michelle Weckmann with her study on preventing delirium in bone marrow transplant patients
Personal Interests: Travel, yoga, and outdoors


Marcus Alt

Hometown: Norfolk, NE
Alma Mater(s): Creighton University (Omaha, NE) (BA in Psychology)
Advisor: Will Liu
Research Interests and Teams: men & masculinity, body image issues in males, social class, intersection of masculinity and sexual orientation, health psychology
Personal Interests: exercising, socializing with friends and meeting new people, reading, traveling, cooking, any and all college sports
Current Employment:  College of Education Diversity Committee Graduate Assistant
Message to Perspective Students: "Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races on after another." --Walter Elliott

Mollie Burke

Hometown: Mount Vernon, Iowa
Alma Mater(s):University of Northern Iowa, BA in Psychology and Spanish
Advisor: Saba R. Ali
Research Interests and Teams: Grief, Bereavement, Death and Dying Issues, Health Psychology, and Spanish-speaking populations
Personal Interests: Baking, cooking, reading, TV, family, and goofing around
Message to Prospective Students: "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." -Victor Borge

Domonique Casper

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Alma Mater(s): Grambling State University, Grambling, LA (BA in Psychology)
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Altmaier
Research Interests and Teams:
Current Employment/Assistantship:
Personal Interests: I enjoy sewing, traveling, shopping, cooking, playing tennis, watching television and spending time with friends and family.

Angel Yiting Cheng

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Alma Mater(s): The University of Texas at Austin (BA in Psychology, Minor in Communication Studies)
Advisor: Dr. William Liu
Research Interests: Multimulturalism, Asian American psychology, international student population, counselor development, children and adolescents
Research Teams: Social class research team; Asian American research team; Career research team
Current Employment/Assistantship: Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Graduate Assistant- Graduate and Post-Doc Programs Coordinator
Personal Interests: Being active in the outdoors (running, hiking, kayaking...); movies, theater & dance; good food; traveling (road trips); photography; and spending time with friends & family.

Lauren Levy

Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Alma Mater(s): University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BS)
Advisor: Dr. Saba Ali
Research Interests and Teams: Family dynamics; sexuality; interpersonal violence; mindfulness, spirituality & self-care; improving mental healthcare for underserved populations (e.g., Spanish-speaking and low-income individuals)
Current Employment/Assistantship: Special Graduate Assistantship
Personal Interests:Cooking (eating!), any activity outside, live music (especially country), running, yoga & meditation, traveling, meeting new people, good conversation, hanging out with my dog, sleeping in!

Emily McCann

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Alma Mater(s): BS in Psychology at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC; MS in Professional Counseling at Georgia State University
Advisor: John Westefeld
Research Interests and Teams: PTSD and trauma, eating disorders, feminist therapy, grief, stress and coping. Grief Team, UCS Eating disorders Team, Religion/Spirituality Team
Current Employment/Assistantship: TA for Intro to Social Psychology

Kristen Menke

Hometown: Carroll, Iowa
Alma Mater(s): The University of Iowa; B.A. in Psychology and Human Relations
Advisor: Saba Rasheed Ali
Research Interests: Transitional issues (e.g., homesickness, major selection, career selection, adjustment to college/graduate school) and issues in interpersonal relationships (particularly intimate relationships)
Research Teams: Career Interventions Team, UCS Research Team
Current Employment/Assistantship: TA for Introductory and Intermediate Statistics, waitressing at the Wig and Pen Pizza Pub in Coralville
Personal Interests: Friends & family, animals, baking, meeting new people

Christopher Nguyen

Hometown: Davenport, IA
Alma Mater(s): Upper Iowa University (BS in Psychology, Minor in Business)
Advisor: Dr. William Liu
Research Interests: Cognitive outcomes in elderly cancer survivors; aging and decision-making
Current Employment/Assistantship: Research Assistant for the UIHC Department of Neurology - Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, under the supervision of Dr. Natalie Denburg;
Graduate Assistant for the UIHC - Department of Psychiatry, under the supervision of Dr. Susan Schultz
Personal Interests: Coffee, books, movies, and spending time with friends and family
Message to Prospective Students:  "After all is said and done, more is said than done." - Aesop

Ryan Pittsinger

Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Alma Mater(s): BA in Psychology from the University of Utah
MS in Sports Psychology from California State University, Long Beach
Advisor: William Liu
Research Interests and Teams: PTSD, sport and exercise psychology, social class, men & masculinity. Teams: Social class research team; career research team
Current Employment/Assistantship: TA in the Health and Human Physiology Department 
Current Volunteership: Mens Anti-Violence Committee (MAC)
Personal Interests: Family & friends, skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, running, art, music, and traveling.

Joanna Wiese

Alma Mater(s): Augustana College, B.A. University of Iowa, School Psychology
Advisor: Megan Foley Nicpon
Research Interests and Teams: UCS Eating Disorder Team, UIHC Pediatric Psychology Feeding Clinic Research Research Interests: child and adolescent psychopathology, family systems models, eating disorders, therapeutic process and outcome research 
Current Employment/Assistantship: International Programs' Grants Office
Personal Interests: International travel, beaches, scuba diving, cycling, yoga, hiking, outdoor activities, my two puggles!