Current Graduate Students
Kathleen Baggett: Current Student
Brooke DiPetrillo, MPH, Doctoral student, Health Promotion and Behavior, School of Public Health
Brooke DiPetrillo is a doctoral student in the school of Public Health in the Division of Health Promotion and Behavior at Georgia State University. She was awarded a doctoral fellowship and works as a GRA on Dr. Baggett’s NIH R01 study: Reducing Maternal Depression and Promoting Infant Social-Emotional Health and Development. Brooke obtained her MPH from GSU in 2011. Her research interests include child maltreatment prevention, maternal stress and depression, responsive parenting and the use of technology to promote and capture data on behavior change.
Leah Daigle: Current Students
Shanna Felix, M.A., Criminal Justice and Criminology
Shanna Felix is a doctoral student in the department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia State University. She holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University. Her research interests include victimization, particularly as it relates to the LGBT community. Her most recent publications have appeared in Violence and Gender and Journal of Family Strengths.
Michelle N. Harris, M.A., Criminal Justice and Criminology
Michelle N. Harris is a doctoral student at Georgia State University in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She holds a B.A. in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Arkansas and a M.S. in criminal justice and criminology from Georgia State University. Her research interests include substance abuse prevention, criminal justice and mental illness, mental illness and violence and victimization experiences, and criminological theory.
Katelyn Hancock, M.S., Criminal Justice
Katelyn Hancock is a doctoral student at Georgia State University in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Tennessee Tech University, in her hometown of Cookeville, Tennessee, and a M.S. in criminal justice from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. During her master’s program at UTC, she had the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant liaison for the Tommy Burks Victim Assistance Academy. Her research interests are focused in the area of victimization, particularly as it relates to intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
Travis C. Chafin, B.S., Criminal Justice & Criminology
Travis C. Chafin is a doctoral student at Georgia State University in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Travis holds a B.S. in psychology from Kennesaw State University. He will complete his M.S. in criminal justice and criminology Fall of 2020 while beginning his doctoral studies. His research interests include psychological traits of offenders and victims along with developmental theory.
Xiangming Fang: Current Student
Marie Parker, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, School of Public Health
Marie Parker is a doctoral student in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. She has spent much of her career in population health management, with a focus on the development, implementation, and evaluation of population-based healthcare quality improvement activities. At present, she is Director of Population Health and Quality Performance with Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, GA where she leads population health, case management, and patient safety strategies aimed to improve the quality of care for members and the broader metro Atlanta community. Her research interests include chronic disease prevention and management, socials determinants of health, and health economics and policy. She is a board-certified pharmacist, having completed her PharmD at the University of Georgia in 2005 and subsequent community pharmacy practice residency at the University of Kentucky in 2006 and MPH degree Health Outcomes in 2011 from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
Dominic Parrott: Current Students
Miklos B. Halmos, M.A., Community Psychology Program
Miklós Balázs Halmos graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science with honors in psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2012. As an undergraduate he worked as a research assistant in Dr. Monica Marsee’s Youth Social and Emotional Development lab, examining risk factors related to youth psychopathy, aggression, and delinquency in community and incarcerated populations. Additionally, he worked in Dr. Gary Dohanich’s Behavioral Neuroscience Lab at Tulane University researching the role of testosterone in stress and learning. After graduation he worked as a lab manager in Dr. Peter Giancola’s Alcohol and Violence Lab at the University of Kentucky conducting studies examining the association between alcohol intoxication and laboratory manipulations of aggression. He is currently a graduate student at Georgia State University earning his PhD in community psychology. His work in Dr. Dominic Parrott’s Behavioral Science Lab is focused on understanding individual and situational risk and protective factors for aggression perpetration and victimization. Furthermore, he is interested in understanding and predicting aggression among intimate partners in order to prevent the progression of aggression into violence. In his free time you may find him lost in the woods, adding stickers to his car, or trying to keep up with his three dogs and cat. Google Scholar profile
Kevin Moino received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in Psychology with College and Departmental Honors from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. As an undergraduate he was awarded the Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars Fellowship, which funded his thesis examining the ways in which race-based stereotypes affect the attribution of sexual orientation in gay men of color. After graduation, he worked as a research associate at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, where he managed multiple NIH-funded projects examining the effects of substance abuse on a variety of health outcomes. He is currently a graduate student at Georgia State University in the Clinical Psychology program. He is interested in researching how prejudice and stereotypes manifest into behaviors (including aggression and discrimination) that lead to health disparities in marginalized populations.
Brynne A. Velia, B.S., Clinical Psychology Program
Brynne A. Velia graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2017. After graduation, she worked as a research coordinator in Dr. Catharine Fairbairn’s Alcohol Research Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Through running a large-scale alcohol-administration study, she had the opportunity to examine how alcohol’s socially reinforcing effects may contribute to problematic drinking patterns, and how these effects extend to real-world settings. She is currently a graduate student at Georgia State University, earning her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Brynne is interested in researching how the interplay of societal- (e.g., discrimination, aggression) and individual-level (e.g., internalized homophobia) factors contributes to the development of alcohol use disorder among sexual minorities.
Laura Salazar: Current Student
Shannon Self-Brown: Current Students
Ashley E. N. Watson, MPH, School of Public Health
Ashley Watson is a Second Century Initiative University Doctoral Fellow in the Health Disparities in Developmental Disabilities Cluster. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Georgia State University. As an undergraduate student, Ms. Watson became a published Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a member of the Georgia State University Honors College. During her master’s program, her research focused on child outcomes based on parental behavior. Ms. Watson’s current research interests include the identification of risk and protective factors in victims of abuse. She is currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior in the School of Public Health under the tutelage of Dr. Shannon Self-Brown.
Katherine Reuben, B.S., School of Public Health
Katherine Reuben received a B.S. in Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2018. Her undergraduate senior thesis was on trauma and dissociation in autism spectrum disorders. Additionally, she is working on a study related to therapy experiences for adult trauma survivors with complex dissociative disorders. Katherine is interested in researching developmental disability as a potential disparity in risk and treatment of childhood interpersonal violence, dissociation as an outcome of trauma, and commercial sexual exploitation of children. She is currently a graduate student in the Georgia State University Public Health program.
Cynthia Stappenbeck: Current Students
Brennah Ross, B.S., Clinical/Community Psychology Program
Brennah Ross is currently a doctoral student in Georgia State University’s Clinical and Community Psychology program. She graduated with a B.S. in Economics from The College of New Jersey, and later completed a psychology post-bacc at Villanova University. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Temple University coordinating studies on anxiety treatment including an NIH-funded clinical trial. Brennah is interested in interdisciplinary research that aims to improve psychological outcomes for victims of sexual violence.
Anna Peddle, B.S., Clinical/Community Psychology Program
Anna Peddle is a doctoral student in Georgia State University’s Clinical-Community Psychology program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Furman University in 2018. Prior to joining Dr. Cynthia Stappenbeck’s lab at GSU, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at the University of Minnesota on a project investigating subgroups within opioid use disorder. She has previously completed supervised research projects that span the topics of trait-level mindfulness, externalizing behavior and IQ, and social support in addiction. Anna has also worked in inpatient psychiatric settings with adolescents and adults with domestic and sexual violence histories, substance use disorders, and self-harm behaviors. At GSU, Anna is interested in researching novel and evidence-based interventions for substance-abusing populations and victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Kevin Swartout: Current Students
Robyn Borgman, M.A., Community Psychology Program
Robyn Borgman is a doctoral student in Georgia State University’s Community Psychology Program. Robyn earned her M.A. in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2017 and her B.A. in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2012. Her research interests include violence against women prevention and substance abuse and misuse prevention and intervention. Specifically, she is interested in the ways in which exposure to violent media impact sexual violence and violence against women, and the ways in which community context impacts substance use and violence against women. Robyn is currently working on a series of studies investigating the mechanisms by which violence in video games impacts negative attitudes and aggressive behaviors toward women. Robyn is also currently investigating the ways in which various neighborhood characteristics influence a person’s experiences with violence and substance use.
Wojciech Kaczkowski, M.A., Community Psychology Program
Wojciech Kaczkowski is a doctoral candidate in Community Psychology at Georgia State University. He has earned his M.A. in Psychology at Wake Forest University, and his B.A. in Philosophy and B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Before enrolling at Georgia State, he also worked as a project manager for John Templeton Foundation’s Life Paths Research Program in Sewanee, Tennessee. His research interests focus on social and cultural factors that contribute to the development of violent behaviors and attitudes. Specifically, he is interested in examining risk and protective factors for gender-based violence and radicalization into violent extremism, as well as the relationship between these two forms of violent behavior. Some of the research projects that he is currently involved in include the study of the use of images of children in Islamic State propaganda, the qualitative analysis of first-hand narratives of sexual violence perpetration, and the bystander intervention in situations involving sexual aggression.
Daniel J. Lanni, M.S., Clincial/Community Psychology
Daniel Lanni received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science at Oakland University in Psychology in 2016 and 2019, respectively. Currently, Daniel is a doctoral student in Georgia State University’s Clinical and Community Psychology program. He is interested in the relationship between alcohol use, emotion regulation, motivations, attitudes, and sexual assault perpetration. Additionally, he is also interested in social norm-based interventions as a means to reduce sexual violence.
Yamini Patel is a doctoral student in the Community and Public Health program. Yamini graduated from Georgia State University in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychology, and her research interests include community level approaches to violence against women intervention and prevention. Specifically, Yamini is interested in community-based programs that target gender biases, power imbalances, and sexual violence perpetration.
Samantha Sabin, B.S., Community Psychology Program
Samantha Sabin is a doctoral student in Community Psychology at Georgia State University. Sam graduated from Reinhardt University with a B.S. in Psychology in 2014. Sam’s research interests include violence against women prevention and sexual violence prevention. Specifically, she is interested in how exposure to violent and sexist content in media shape attitudes about sexual violence. She is currently working on a project exploring the effects of violent and sexist video games on players’ perceptions of violence against women. Her ultimate research goal is to produce work that will influence policies related to video game content and sexual violence prevention.
Rebecca Wilson, M.A., Community Psychology Program
Rebecca Wilson is a doctoral student in the Community Psychology program at Georgia State University. Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama/Theatre from the University of Montana. She toured with multiple Reparatory Theatre companies performing in plays like My Children, My Africa, Waiting For Godot, and The Laramie Project. Her tour with My Children, My Africa included traveling to underserved communities and Native American reservations discussing community issues of social justice, oppression, and response and prevention strategies. She moved to Chicago where she completed her Master of Arts in counseling and rehabilitation psychology. She worked at Cook County Jail under the direction of Dr. Doreen Salina and Dr. Nancy Soros as a part of the Cook County Sheriff’s Justice Services researching violence against women prevention strategies as well as providing individual and group mental health assessment and treatment. She continued to work for Dr. Leonard Jason at DePaul’s Center for Community Psychology examining violence prevention strategies for African American youth and barriers to recovery for women in the criminal justice system. Rebecca’s research interests include: Examining social norms supporting sexual violence, public health and economic policy approaches to violence prevention, as well as varieties of patriarchy and violence against women. Additionally, she is interested in insurgent group behavior, how social movements become violent, the impact of conflict on women, and the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
Daniel Whitaker: Current Students
Olivia Randall-Kosich, B.S., M.H.A., School of Public Health
Olivia Randall-Kosich is a doctoral student and Second Century Initiative (2CI) Fellow in the School of Public Health. Prior to attending Georgia State University, Olivia earned a B.S. in Psychology and a Masters in Health Administration (M.H.A.) from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Her research interests center around substance use disorder (SUD) prevalence, treatment, and policy, especially regarding access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. As a research assistant for the National SafeCare Training and Research Center, Olivia is interested in the intersection between parental substance use and child maltreatment.