GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Jessica Maddox, B.S.

 

I am currently in WKU's MA program for Clinical Psychology. After I graduate, I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or Experimental Psychology. Then, I would like to work in academia as a professor with a research lab. My research interests include social media and mental health, technology addiction, mindfulness, meditation, and generational differences in terms of mental health. 

 

Alexander Wright, B.S.

 

Hello, my name is Alexander Wright. I am a graduate student in Western Kentucky University's School Psychology Specialist program. I previously graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a dual major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. My primary research concern is studying how various neurological, psychological, and behavioral conditions can impact an individual's ability to learn, as well as impact the quality of education they receive. My current focus is on Autism Spectrum Disorder and it's common comorbidities.

 

Erin Kazee, B.S.

Hello, my name is Erin. I graduated from Vanderbilt University majoring in cognitive science. I am happy to be a member of Dr. Im's research team. My interests involve language and physiology, and I look forward to gaining experience in electrophysiology through the lab before I apply to graduate school. I am also interested in the neurophysiological correlates of psychological processes. Thank you!

 

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Gracie Vanderpool

 

I’m a student at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University and plan on majoring in neuropsychology when I graduate high school. I’m very interested in abnormal psychology and neuro-divergency and I would love to conduct my own research on those topics in the future. Though I haven’t decided exactly what I want to focus on, my long-term goal is to graduate from a doctoral program and go into a pediatric-neuropsychological field. 

 

Jacob Harris

 

I am a first-year student at the Gatton Academy. Once I finish my time at Gatton, I wish to go into a MD/PhD program and study neurology. I am particularly interested in studying brain disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Alzheimer's Disease. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, reading my Bible, and attending the BCM on WKU's campus.

 

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Haven Romero

 

I ama junior at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU. My interests lie in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, especially how those fields merge when it comes to certain mental disorders, specifically psychotic and anxiety disorders. I am also greatly interested in determining which side of the nature vs nurture affects the development of certain mental disorders the most. I aspire to become a physician and hopefully specialize in the field of psychiatry.

Emilee Payne

 

Hello, my name is Emilee Payne and I am a senior at Western Kentucky University. I will be graduating in 2021 with a BA in Psychology. After graduation, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in clinical and counseling psychology. After my master’s degree, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology. My interests in the psychological field include abnormal psychology as well as personality psychology. My interest in psychology is very broad and I am open to studying a variety of different subjects. Though I have not quite decided what my occupation will be, I am interested in potentially working as a therapist with a concentration in mood disorders, anxiety, and depression.

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