Clinical Psychology - Seattle Pacific University


 

Clinical Psychology
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Ave. W

Suite 107
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206-281-2839
Fax: 206-281-2695
clinicalpsyc@spu.edu

 

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Principal Investigator

Amy Mezulis

Amy Mezulis, Ph.D.

Dr. Mezulis is a developmental psychopathologist interested in understanding the development of depression and related affect regulation disorders such as NSSI. Her research interests include vulnerability stress-models of depression; the development of vulnerabilities to depression in childhood and adolescence; the integration of cognitive, affective, and biological pathways to depression and NSSI; and the emergence of the gender difference in depression in adolescence. Learn more.

 


Current Students — At SPU

 

Katey Anne Nicolai, M.A.


Katey joined the program in 2009 and is a fifth-year graduate student. Her research interests include vulnerabilities to depression in adolescence — specifically, depression, rumination, co-rumination, and non-suicidal self-injury behavior in adolescent girls. For her dissertation, Katey is examining predictors of nonsuicidal self-injury among college students. She will be applying to internship in the fall of 2013.


 

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Marissa Rudolph, M.A.

Marissa joined the program in 2009 and is a fifth-year graduate student. Her research interests focus on linking emotion-regulation deficits and cognitive vulnerabilities to depression. For her dissertation, Marissa is examining the effects of attentional biases, inhibitory control, and physiological reactivity on stress-reactive rumination among depressed and non-depressed individuals. She will be applying to internship in the fall of 2013.


Student Photo Tyler Laney, M.A.

 

Tyler joined the program in 2009 and is a fifth-year graduate student. His clinical interests include child and adolescent psychotherapy, with a particular focus on severe and persistent mental illness. Through his research interests, Tyler seeks to help this population use cognitive behavioral interventions to help regulate biology and behavior.  For his dissertation, Tyler is examining physiological predictors of depression.  He will be applying to internship in the fall of 2013.

 


Student Photo Kara Pegram, M.S.

Kara joined the program in 2009 and is a fifth-year graduate student. Her research interests are focused on eating disorders in adolescence, and other self-harm behavior.  For her dissertation, Kara is examining the impacts of exercise on depressive symptoms.

 


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Sarah Crystal, M.S.

Sarah joined the program in 2010 and is a fourth-year graduate student. Her research interests include understanding the neurobiological and psychophysiological underpinnings of mood disorders, affect regulation, rumination, impulsivity, and non-suicidal self-injury. Sarah also is interested in the mechanisms through which stress, trauma, and negative life event antecedents affect development.

 


Kaitlin Harding

Kaitlin Harding

Kaitlin joined the program in 2011 and is a third-year graduate student. Her research interests include vulnerabilities to depression in adolescence and early adulthood. Specifically, she is interested in negative cognitive style as it interacts with stress to predict internalizing symptoms.

 


Melissa Hudson

Melissa Hudson

Melissa joined the program in 2011 and is a third-year graduate student. Her research interests include negative cognitive style, rumination, and affect regulation. She is also interested in the mechanisms through which stressors and positive and negative life events impact development.

 


Josh Ahles


Josh joined the program in 2012 and is a second-year graduate student. His interests center on the interaction between cognitive processes and physiological stress reactivity and recovery.



Graduates, and Students Away on Internship

Student Photo Anna Charbonneau, Ph.D.

 

Anna joined the doctoral program in 2005, defended her dissertation in 2011, and graduated in 2012 following her internship at Columbia Valley Community Health. Anna’s primary research interests are women’s health, stress-related disorders, and behavioral health interventions. For her dissertation, she developed a relaxation and meditation intervention called Women ROCK to prevent depressive symptoms among young women in their first year of college.

 

 

Student PhotoAmanda Herges, Ph.D.

Amanda joined the doctoral program in 2005, defended her dissertation in 2011, and graduated in 2012 after completing her internship at the University of Missouri in 2011. Her research interests focus on cognitive vulnerability-stress models of depressive symptoms among individuals with brain injuries. She is currently completing a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship at the Barrows Neurological Institute in Arizona.



Student Photo Kristyn Funasaki, Ph.D.

 

Kristyn joined the doctoral program in 2006, defended her dissertation in 2011, and graduated in 2012 after completing her internship at the University of Idaho's Counseling and Testing Center. Her areas of research interest include cognitive vulnerabilities to depression (including rumination and co-rumination) and gender differences between these variables. Kristyn’s specific interest is in understanding the mechanisms that explain why co-rumination leads to both adaptive and maladaptive outcomes.

 


Stephanie Cox, Ph.D.


Stephanie joined the program in 2006, defended her dissertation in 2011, and graduated in 2012 after completing her internship at West Virginia University. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Family Medicine at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine.

 

 

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Lauren Smith, Ph.D.


Lauren joined the doctoral program in 2006, will defend her dissertation in 2013, and will graduate in 2013 following the completion of her internship at Western State Hospital. She will be a postdoctoral fellow in forensic psychology at Western State Hospital’s Center for Forensic Services in the fall of the 2013-2014. Her areas of research interest include cognitive vulnerabilities to depression and how rumination affects working memory.

 

 

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Jordan Simonson, Ph.D.


Jordan joined the program in 2007, defended his dissertation in 2013, and will graduate in 2013 after completing his internship with the United States Air Force at Malcolm Grow Air Force Base in Maryland. His research applies much of what we have learned about cognitive vulnerabilities — such as negative cognitive style and rumination — to the LGBTQ community.


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