Gillian Acca successfully defended her dissertation on June 5, 2017. Her dissertation was titled “The Interaction of Progesterone and Allopregnanolone with Fear Memories.” Her committee co-chairs were Stephen Maren and Naomi Nagaya. Jim Grau and Farida Sohrabji (Medicine) were also committee members. Congratulations, Dr. Acca!
Olabisi Asenuga Atoba successfully defended her dissertation titled “Leadership Self-efficacy in Small Groups: Validation of a Self-report Measure” on June 16, 2017. Bisi’s committee was chaired by Winfred Arthur, Jr. and included Mindy Bergman, Stephanie Payne, and Srividya Ramasubramanian (Communication). She has accepted a tenure-track position in the psychology department at South Dakota State University. Congratulations, Dr. Atoba!
Melvin Lee Shawn Bates successfully defended his dissertation on June 15, 2017. His dissertation was titled “The Role of Social Environment on Morphine Response in Adolescent Mice.” His committee, chaired by Shoshana Eitan, included Paul Wellman and Steve Maren. Congratulations, Dr. Bates!
Nate Keiser successfully defended his dissertation on June 5, 2017. His dissertation was entitled “National Culture and Safety: A Meta-analysis of the Relationships between Hofstede’s Cultural Value Dimensions and Workplace Safety Constructs.” Nate’s committee, chaired by Stephanie Payne, consisted of Winfred Arthur, Jr., Mindy Bergman, and M. Sam Mannan (Chemical Engineering). Nate was recently awarded a one-year post-doc position as a Research Associate in the Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He will be conducting meta-analytic and primary study research on after action reviews. Nate will be working under the advisement of another TAMU I/O PhD graduate, Winston Bennett. Congratulations, Dr. Keiser!
Deborah Lowe successfully defended her dissertation in August 2016. Her dissertation was titled “Cognitive Dysfunction, Gender, and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Alzheimer’s Disease.” Deborah’s advisor was Steve Balsis. Her dissertation committee also included Lisa Geraci, Darrell Worthy, and Myeongsun Yoon. Deborah has been completing her pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology, neuropsychology track at the Medical University of South Carolina/Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Consortium in Charleston, SC this year. She will start a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center this fall. Congratulations, Dr. Lowe!
Ashley Herrick-Ramos successfully defended her dissertation titled “The impact of Family Functioning and Health Related Quality of Life in Children with Cystic Fibrosis” in the summer of 2016. Her dissertation committee was chaired by Sherecce Fields and included Rob Heffer and James Varni (Architecture). Ashley has been pursuing a pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship in pediatric psychology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. She will be staying at Children’s National to do a 2-year research and clinical fellowship in the Division of Allergy and Immunology. Congratulations, Dr. Ramos!
Stacey Rieck successfully defended her dissertation on May 19, 2017. Her dissertation was titled “Victim-blaming as Normative: Examining Prescriptive and Descriptive Norms Regarding Victim-blaming.” Stacey’s Ph.D. supervisor was Phia Salter and her dissertation committee included Joshua Hicks, Heather Lench, and Kristan Poirot (Communication and Women’s and Gender Studies). This fall, Stacey will start an assistant professor position at Missouri Western State University. Congratulations, Dr. Rieck!
Tatiana Ungredda successfully defended her dissertation in June 2017. Her dissertation was titled “Personality Disorders and Depression.” Tatiana’s advisor was Steve Balsis. Her dissertation committee also included Robert W. Heffer, Rebecca J. Schlegel, and Anita Sohn-McCormick. Tatiana has been completing her pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology, at the Orlando VA Medical Center in Orlando, FL, this year. She has accepted a staff psychologist position at this medical center, which she will start this fall. Congratulations, Dr. Ungredda!
Ashley Yaugher successfully defended her dissertation in June 2016, prior to beginning her clinical psychology doctoral internship at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. Her dissertation was titled “Risk-Taking Behaviors and Impulsivity in Emerging Adults Born Prematurely.” Ashley’s Ph.D. advisor was Gerianne Alexander. Her dissertation committee also included Rob Heffer, Sherecce Fields, and Jeffrey Liew (Educational Psychology). Ashley will begin a Director of Counseling position at Utah State University Eastern this fall. Congratulations, Dr. Yaugher!
Carla A. Zimmerman successfully defended her dissertation on June 14, 2017. Her dissertation was titled “Responding to Ostracism Experiences: Predictors and Consequences of Confrontation.” Carla’s Ph.D. supervisor was Adrienne Carter-Sowell and her dissertation committee also included M. Brent Donnellan, Vani Mathur, Verna Keith (Sociology), and Sonia Hernandez (History). Carla will start a tenure-track, assistant professor position this fall in the Psychology Department at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Congratulations, Dr. Zimmerman!