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Ph.D. Program - Clinical Psychology

Current Students

We are very proud of our students. They come from all over the country to study in our program; several even come from other countries. Our students have diverse professional interests and their individual professional development is facilitated in our program. Most present at professional conferences each year, most complete the program with several publications, and all receive outstanding research and clinical training.

Our students' match rates for internships are well above the average for accredited Ph.D. programs. Our students finish our program prepared for careers in research and practice. Some elect to take research-oriented careers in tenure-track positions in research/universities, medical schools, or in teaching-oriented colleges and universities. Others successfully seek careers in more applied clinical settings. Students from our program are well prepared for both paths. Students and faculty work closely together throughout their tenure at the University of Tennessee. Students in our program enjoy a cohesive, supportive student climate in scholarly and social domains.

Previous Students

Student

Advisor

Interests

Email

Alisa Garner

Stuart

Examining the motivations and functions of risky behaviors (e.g., substance misuse, casual sexual encounters, partner and sexual violence) among emerging adults; Translating research into intervention and prevention programs to prevent or reduce harmful risk-taking behaviors.

Agarne21@vols.utk.edu

Andrea Gorrondona

Macfie

Developmental psychopathology; opioid use during pregnancy and it's relation to neonatal outcomes such as preterm birth; borderline personality traits in the context of pregnancy and parenting.

agorrond@vols.utk.edu

Sarah Johnson

Moore

I am interested in studying the interactions between intimate partner violence and perceived stress. Relatedly, I am interested in identifying interventions to decrease stress and related intimate partner violence. Additionally, I study the effects of mindfulness, as an intervention, for individuals using opioids for pain management.

Sjohn192@vols.utk.edu

Samantha Noose

Macfie

Developmental psychopathology and emotion regulation difficulties. Specifically, the risk and protective factors that contribute to the intergenerational transmission of difficulties in emotion regulation (e.g., in the context of borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression) from mothers to their children. 

snoose@vols.utk.edu

Taylor Younginer

Elledge

Research Interests:  the implementation of interventions designed to teach coping skills and/or emotion regulation strategies to children and adolescents, youth mentoring as an intervention, development and implementation of preventative interventions, social and emotional development of children and adolescents 

syoungin@vols.utk.edu

Student

Advisor

Interests

Email

Lauren Fox

Moore

 

Lfox10@vols.utk.edu

Hannah Grigorian

Stuart

Research interests include factors that increase the risk for intimate partner violence perpetration and victimization such as sleep quality, emotion dysregulation, and substance use.  

hgrigori@vols.utk.edu

Emily Mariotti

Bolden

Neuropsychological underpinnings of visual planning and organization; foundational components (e.g., executive functions, effortful control) of self-regulation in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); learning and academic achievement in children with ADHD; psychological assessment.

emariott@vols.utk.edu

Cara McClain

Elledge

 Impact of mentoring relationships on at-risk youth; Impact of peer and teacher support on at-risk youth; Prevention and intervention research

Cmcclai5@vols.utk.edu

Ashley (Morris) Russell

Welsh

Romantic relationships in adolescence and emerging adulthood, self-compassion and mindfulness (especially in the context of romantic relationships), perceptions of romantic relationships, and relationship education approaches/interventions for adolescents and emerging adults.

Amorri58@vols.utk.edu

Student Advisor Interests Email
Parks Fillauer Bolden Psychological Assessment and understanding associations between attention problems, disruptive disorders, and central executive functions across the lifespan to inform evidence-based treatments & psychological science. jfillaue@vols.utk.edu
Autumn Rae Florimbio Stuart Understanding factors (e.g., substance use, social cognitions, attitudes supportive of violence) that increase the risk for intimate partner violence and sexual assault perpetration and victimization; Translating empirical findings into effective prevention and intervention programs. aflorimb@vols.utk.edu
Stephanie Kors Macfie The intersection of developmental psychopathology and child maltreatment; early traumatic experiences and the development of attachment skors@vols.utk.edu 
Katie Lenger Gordon Romantic relationships; long-term marital satisfaction; mindfulness, especially within the context of romantic relationships; couple-based interventions to individual psychopathology; and reaching underserved populations.  klenger@vols.utk.edu
Rebecca Skadberg Moore Substance abuse.  Barriers to care that influence health outcomes. Novel non-narcotic interventions that improve functionality in those chronic pain. skadberg@vols.utk.edu
Conner Smith Nash Unconscious mental activity in psychopathology, psychotherapy theoretical integration, embodiment of emotion, psychotherapy process and outcome. csmit347@vols.utk.edu
Student Advisor Interests Email
Jennifer Bishop Welsh Identity development and psychological well-being in emerging adulthood with a emphasis on role balance, the transition to college, and college success. jbisho22@vols.utk.edu
Meagan Brem Stuart Risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence perpetration, including jealousy, cyber monitoring/abuse, and substance use; mindfulness- and acceptance-based models for intervention. mbrem@vols.utk.edu
DJ Garcia Gordon    
Jenna Gilmore Bolden Understanding the neuropsychological correlates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, particularly the unique profile of girls with ADHD, to inform the development of valid interventions for learning, attention, memory, and behavior. jgilmor5@vols.utk.edu
Rebecca Mahan Macfie Maladaptive parenting behaviors and maternal borderline personality disorder in relation to offspring development and functioning, parent-adolescent interactions, and childhood emotional/psychological trauma and abuse. rmahan1@vols.utk.edu
Megan Schmidt Moore Identifying risk and protective factors for men's perpetration of intimate partner violence within same and non-same sex couples. mschmi13@vols.utk.edu
Marisa Whitley Elledge Child aggression; children's friendship development and trajectories; child psychopathology development, course, and treatment; and Social Network Analysis mwhitle3@vols.utk.edu

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