On this page you can see information about current and past members of my research team. 

Current Members:

Sally Askar              askar

Sally’s research interests focus on finding the most effective way to implement mental health interventions for school-aged children. She is particularly interested in childhood externalizing disorders and parental role in these disorders. Her other research interests are in pediatric psychology, specifically how to implement childhood injury prevention programs in school systems. Her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from University of Dayton has shaped her interest in these areas. She is currently working for the Wraparound Evaluation Program, which is funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Adrianna Crossing         image2

Adrianna’s clinical and research interests include evidence-based interventions for school-aged children’s mental and behavioral health conditions. Other interests include the validity and proper application of psychological assessment, coordination of care for school-aged populations, and cultural competence and social justice. She will incorporate her broad interests into  a number of our research team activities  with specific attention to the MDHHS-funded Parent Support Partner Evaluation Project in the coming year.

Courtney Darr           courtney

Courtney’s research interests focus on the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs that support children’s mental and behavioral health.  She is particularly interested in early prevention, identification, and intervention for childhood anxiety disorders.  Currently, Courtney is researching a potential subtyping system for selective mutism through a review of outpatient medical records.  She is also involved in the Children’s Trauma Initiative Evaluation grant project, funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).  Through this grant project, Courtney evaluates statewide outcome and fidelity data for children receiving Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and other trauma informed services.  Courtney is completing her clinical practicum through the Byron Area School District.  She also serves as the treasurer for Michigan State University’s Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP).

Danielle Haggerty           haggerty

Danielle’s research interests include exploring dissemination and fidelity of evidence-based interventions, specifically interventions supporting children’s mental and behavioral health.  School climate and the complex relationships between school officials, teachers, parents, and students drive Danielle’s clinical interests.  Currently, she is working on the Evaluation Team with Project AWARE (aimed at improving behavioral health awareness among school-age youth and their communities), funded by the Michigan Department of Education (SAMHSA).

Rachel Korest         DSC_0458 (1)

Rachel’s research interests include examining evidence-based interventions and dissemination of knowledge on the treatment of mental and behavioral health, specifically in low-income populations.   Rachel is particularly interested in understanding the multi-layered systems impacting treatment in the school system. Currently, she is working for the MDHHS-funded Wraparound Evaluation Program.  Community-based wraparound services aim to create individualized plans and provide support for children and their families with severe mental health needs by utilizing strengths.

 

Allison Siroky          Allie

Allie’s main research interests include the early prevention and identification of childhood anxiety disorders and depression. More specifically, she is interested in highlighting the collaborative role both parents and teachers have in promoting children’s mental health and emotional well-being. Allie is currently investigating the effectiveness of an integrative behavioral therapy for children with selective mutism, which encourages parent and teacher participation. She also provides intensive, individualized treatment for children with selective mutism through a private clinic in Brighton, MI. Allie studies protective factors and functioning of children receiving these services throughout the state of Michigan. Allie is a program assistant within the school psychology program.

Becky Thomson          IMG_00454

Becky’s research interests focus on the construct of resilience and, more specifically, the ways in which protective factors can be enhanced for at-risk youth (e.g., Head Start students) and families.  Furthermore, Becky is interested in strategies for increasing access to mental health treatment.  Currently, she is investigating the effectiveness, integrity, and acceptability of a self-administered parent intervention for building social-emotional competence among preschoolers.  She is also studying the development of protective factors among youth who participate in Wraparound services in Michigan.  Becky is completing her clinical practicum at a private clinic in Brighton, MI. She works on the Wraparound Evaluation Project funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and is a clinical supervisor/teaching assistant within the school psychology program.

 

Justina Yohannan          Justina

Justina’s research interests include mental health interventions and their effectiveness. In particular, she is interested in the multicultural factors which can affect intervention effectiveness and interventions which are effective regardless of racial differences. Currently, she is investigating Wraparound intervention effectiveness, attrition rates, and fidelity by racial background in the state of Michigan. She also has an interest in trauma, including prevalence and interventions. Justina works on the Wraparound Evaluation Project, which is funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Recent Graduates:

Justin Barterian, PhD (2015)            Barterian_Image

Dr. Barterian’s dissertation was titled Fluoxetine for the treatment of selective mutism with elevated social anxiety symptoms: A nonconcurrent multiple baseline design across five cases. Justin completed his postdoctoral work at the Research Unit on Pediatric Psychopharmacology (RUPP) at the Ohio State University – Wexner Medical Center (OSU-WMC). Dr. Barterian is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Ohio State University-Wexner Medical Center.

Stacy Bender, PhD (2012)           Pic - SLB

Dr. Bender’s dissertation was titled Investigating parenting stress as a mediator between early childhood mental health consultation and children’s behavioral outcomes. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Bender is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology in the APA-Accredited PsyD and MA/CAS programs at Alfred University in Alfred, NY.

Hannah Ham, PhD (2016)               Research Photo_Hannah

Dr. Ham’s dissertation was titled Treatment of autism spectrum disorder within a medicaid-enrolled pediatric sample: Prevalence and predictors of psychopharmacological treatment. She is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship through the University of Michigan Health System, where she  engages in clinical practice and research within the area of Integrated Behavioral Health.

Taylor Hicks-Hoste, PhD (2016)        taylor photo

Dr. Hicks-Hoste’s dissertation was titled An initial examination of teachers’ beliefs and beahaviors in response to the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Program. She is currently completing her postdoctoral work at Thriving Minds Behavioral Health Center in Chelsea, MI.

Erin Rappuhn, PhD (2014)          Rappuhn picture

Dr. Rappuhn’s dissertation was titled The effects of the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Group Training on teacher strategy use, classroom environment, relationships, and student internalizing behaviors. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and  currently working as a School Psychologist for the Okemos Public School District.

Marla Pfenninger Saint Gilles, PhD (2016)         saint Gilles

Dr. Saint Gilles’ dissertation was titled A pilot study of the effects of a trauma supplement intervention on agency attitudes, classroom climate, Head Start teacher practices, and student trauma-related symptomology. She is currently completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA .

Erin Seif, PhD (2014)

Dr. Seif’s dissertation was titled Exploring the influence of developmental kindergarten attendance on later literacy and social-emotional outcomes: A records review investigation in one Michigan school district. She is currently a Psychologist within the Child Development Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.

Jeff Shahidullah, PhD (2015)          Shahidullah_Headshot

Dr. Shahidullah’s dissertation was titled Integrated behavioral health treatment for externalizing problems in pediatric primary care ADHD referrals: Clinical effectiveness, acceptability, adherence, and cost of care. He completed his postdoctoral work as a Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. Dr. Shahidullah is currently an Assistant Professor of School Psychology (with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Pediatrics) at Rutgers University.

Dylan Voris, PhD (2016)          dylan

Dr. Voris’ dissertation was titled An exploration of psychotropic treatment of youth diagnosed with serious emotional disturbance within wraparound service delivery. He completed his predoctoral internship in integrated behavioral health through the University of Michigan and CS Mott Children’s Hospital.Dylan is currently a School Psychologist/Limited Licensed Psychologist  in Jackson Intermediate School District.

Gabe Watson, PhD (2015)

Dr. Watson’s dissertation was titled Examining predictors of initial treatment recommendations for youth with conduct problems: A retrospective analysis of psychiatric outpatient medical records from a university-based clinic. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow with Psychology Consultation Specialists in MN where he “provides supervised neuropsychological assessment and consultation services to youth and families for a range of referral concerns, including learning disorders, executive dysfunctions, emotional disorders, and behavioral disorders. Dr. Watson has provided psychological services to children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including schools, outpatient clinics, and residential facilities.”