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Research Assistants

Graduate Students

 

Gretchen Kurdziel Gretchen Kurdziel, M.A.

Email: gkurdzie@utk.edu

Gretchen is a fifth year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D program. She is interested in attachment and the development of psychopathology in children exposed to an unstable home environment. In her free time she likes running, yoga, and cooking.

 

Rebecca MahanRebecca Mahan, M.A.

Email: rmahan1@vols.utk.edu

Rebecca is a fourth year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D program. She is interested in role confusion and parental control among parents with BPD. In her free time she likes swimming, biking, and hiking.

 


phpyRlHMIAMStephanie Kors, M.A.

Email:skors@vols.utk.edu

Stephanie is a third year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She is interested in the development of psychopathology in maltreated children. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking, and being outdoors.

 

 

Andrea Gorrondona, B.A.

Email: agorrond@vols.utk.edu

Andrea is a first year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She is interested in the complex nature of the parent-child relationship, especially regarding issues related to parental self-efficacy and the child’s developmental outcome. She enjoys reading, cooking, and being outdoors.

 

Samantha Noose, B.A.

Email: snoose@vols.utk.edu

Samantha is a first year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She is interested in the development of psychopathology in adolescence, especially borderline personality disorder (BPD) features. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, going to see live music, and yoga.

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

 

Natalie Bueche

Email: nbueche@vols.utk.edu

Natalie is a junior Psychology major with a minor in Anthropology. She is interested in racial stereotypes in childhood and related risks for later psychopathology. In her free time, she likes yoga, reading, and cuddling with her hedgehog, Koda.

 

Alex Clement

Email: aclemen9@vols.utk.edu

Alex is a junior in the Chancellor’s Honors Program majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. He serves as a student assistant for the Honors & Scholars Programs at UT. He is a member of the University of Tennessee Club Soccer Team and the Model United Nations club, where he serves as the director of their high school conference hosted on campus every February. His general research  interests lie in human development and the influence of psychological factors on social deviance. In the future, he hopes to attain a PhD in clinical psychology and eventually become a professor.

 

Sophia Cui

Email: scui3@vols.utk.edu

Sophia is a sophomore in the Haslam Scholars Program majoring in Neuroscience with interests in developmental psychology and mother/infant relationships. A native of Knoxville, TN, she wishes to pursue medicine and eventually become an OB/GYN or pediatrician. On campus, she is involved with TedxUTK, Undergraduate Students’ Research Association, and Pursuit: The Journal of Undergraduate Research. On the weekends, she loves volunteering at Inskip Elementary School, exploring downtown Knoxville, or watching movies with friends.

 

Bailey Edwards

Email: bedwar15@vols.utk.edu

Bailey is a junior Neuroscience major with minors in Psychology and Communications. Her primary interest is researching how the brain’s developmental factors (genetics and personal upbringing) cause humans to make the decisions that they do—whether beneficial or harmful to themselves and society. In her free time, she loves playing intramural sports on campus and reading articles about brains.

 

Katherine Halas

Email: khalas@vols.utk.edu

Katherine is a junior in the Chancellor’s Honors Program from Connecticut majoring in psychology and minoring in Chinese. She plans on going to graduate school to get a PhD in clinical psychology and wants to specialize in adolescents with mood and eating disorders. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis and run and be outdoors.

 

Dan Hess

Email: dhess2@vols.utk.edu

Dan is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Health. He plans on going to medical school after graduation, but is not completely sure what kind of doctor he would like to be. He enjoys skiing during the winter months and hiking on the weekends with his friends.

 

Alexandria Hooper

Email: xgh931@vols.utk.edu

Alexandria is a junior majoring in Psychology and currently wishes to become a clinical psychologist. She enjoys reading and writing poetry.

 

 

 

Kayla Matthews

Email: kmatth12@vols.utk.edu

Kayla is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. Her future plans include applying to graduate school and pursuing a career in research or helping those in need in the clinical or medical field. She is most passionate about her schooling, being kind, and learning something new everyday. She also enjoys video games, tv and film, and making terrible puns.

 

Kaitlyn Rotton

Email: krotton@vols.utk.edu

Kaitlyn is a junior Psychology major with a minor in Child and Family Studies. A Knoxville native, she hopes to pursue a career in counseling. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and spends a lot of her time volunteering around Knoxville. In her free time, she loves going to country concerts and being on the lake as much as possible with her friends!

 

Emily Smith

Email: esmit143@vols.utk.edu

Emily is a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies. She is from Knoxville, TN. She is hoping to one day have a career in Marriage and Family Counseling. She is also involved in Greek life on campus and between that, school, and a part time job, she find’s it hard to find time to do anything else but sleep. However, when she does have free time, she is either watching sports or hanging out with friends!

 

Sydney Stewart

Email: sstewa37@vols.utk.edu

Sydney is a sophomore Psychology major with a minor in Neuroscience. Hoping to pursue a career in medicine, Sydney is particularly interested in the fields of dermatology and internal medicine. When she is not spending time outside with her dogs, she contributes to a student mentor and tutoring program at the Boys and Girls Club of America, as well as volunteers regularly with the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

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