Meet our Students

Lake Sweet

Lake Sweet, M.A. – 5th year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Jodene Fine
Research Interests – “My research interests include assessment and early intervention in developmental, behavioral and learning disabilities.”
sweetlak@msu.edu

Leah Jansen

Leah Jansen, M.A. – 1st year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Dante Dixson
Research Interests – “I am pursuing research in the field of positive psychology. I aim to make secondary education more equitable and holistic for all students.”
jansenl@msu.edu

Nathalie Marinho

Nathalie Marinho, M.A. – 3rd year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Sara Witmer
Research Interests – “I am interested in supporting students from diverse backgrounds. My current research is on the effectiveness and validity of testing accommodations for English learners.”
marinhon@msu.edu

Emma Nathanson

Emma Nathanson, M.A. – 6th in 2021-2022 school year (pre-doctoral intern) in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Rispoli
Research Interests – “My research broadly focuses on parent stress and family involvement in child/adolescent treatment. I am interested in research that is directly applicable to clinical outcomes to support wellbeing for children and their families with a variety of internalizing, externalizing, and neurodevelopmental needs.”
nathans9@msu.edu

Mackenzie Norman

Mackenzie Norman, M.A. – 3rd year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Kristin Rispoli
Research Interests – “I am interested in emotion regulation and language development in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
norman26@msu.edu

Nicole Bergamo

Nicole Bergamo, M.A., TLLP – 5th year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Volker
Research Interests – “My research focuses on examining the psychometric properties of assessment tools used for screening, to aid in the diagnosis, and/or to measure intervention outcomes of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).”
bergamon@msu.edu

Katie Valentine

Katie Valentine, M.A. – 2nd year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Adrea Truckenmiller – Research Advisor; Dr. Sara Witmer – Program Advisor
Research Interests – “I’m interested in reading and writing assessment and intervention, especially in the context of multitiered systems of support. I am also interested in how school psychologists work with teams of people with different training and backgrounds to support student growth and success.”
valen171@msu.edu

Sydney Nelson

Sydney Nelson, LMSW, M.A. – 3rd year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Rispoli
Research Interests – “My research interests include examining interventions and practices that support children with disabilities’ social emotional development, mental health functioning, and relationship quality across settings (i.e., schools, home, community).”
saidoosy@msu.edu

Briana Williams

Briana Williams, M.A. – 2nd year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Carlson
Research Interests – “My individual research interests lie in improving mental health outcomes for all students in schools. I am especially interested in developing programming for social-emotional learning in early childhood. Specifically, my research focuses on providing training and resources for parents to help foster and nurture their child’s social-emotional development.”
will3460@msu.edu

Joi Claiborne

Joi Claiborne, M.A. – 2nd year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dante Dixson
Research Interests – “I am broadly interested in comprehensive school based mental health services, with a specific focus in teacher psychological wellbeing and its effect on student level factors (e.g, achievement, psychosocial factors, teacher-student relationship).”
claib11@msu.edu

Maddy Esterer

Maddy Esterer, M.A. – 2nd year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – John Carlson
Research Interests – “Overall, I am interested in learning how to best support youth mental health in both school and community settings. Specifically, my interests include examining best practices for social-emotional assessment and intervention for youth and families who have experienced trauma. I am also interested in researching how evidence-based practices can be adapted for marginalized youth populations and culturally diverse youth in a way that builds on child strengths.”

Shelbie Spear

Shelbie Spear – 1st year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Barrett
Research Interests – “I am interested in addressing the gap in the literature on the unique strengths and needs of refugees with regard to academic, behavioral, and socio-emotional outcomes. My current research interests include practitioners and educators knowledge of and experience with refugee youth, and how best to support their successful implementation of evidence-based practices.”

Nicholas Ramazon

Nicholas Ramazon, MPS – 1st year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Kristin Rispoli
Research Interests – “Nicholas’ research interests include studying interventions that support emotion regulation in children who have neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder). Additionally, he is broadly interested in ways to enhance family functioning, promote parent-school partnerships, and foster the multiple systems of care that support school-age children.”
ramazonn@msu.edu

Nick Warren

Nick Warren, M.A. – 2nd year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Kristin Rispoli
Research Interests – “My interests include approaches to collaboration across home, school, and clinical systems in supporting children on the autism spectrum, as well as the application of individual children’s strengths within current interventions.”
warrenn4@msu.edu

Shelby Brennan

Shelby Brennan – 1st year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Volker
Research Interests – “I am broadly interested in the assessment and intervention of children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am specifically interested in how children with autism view their self concept and self-esteem. I am also interested in the assessment of co-morbid internalizing disorders with children with autism.”
brenn235@msu.edu

Ersie Gentzis

Ersie-Anastasia Gentzis – 1st year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Dante D. Dixson
Research Interests – “Academic motivation, self-regulated learning, achievement in underserved populations, academic intervention development, Self-Determination Theory”
gentzise@msu.edu

Andryce Clinkscales

Andryce Clinkscales, M.A. – 2nd year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. Courtenay Barrett
Research Interests – “Andryce Clinkscales received her B.S. in Psychology and Spanish from Grand Valley State University in 2018. Throughout her undergraduate career, she gained valuable experience with diverse populations abroad, volunteering with immigrant families in the Grand Rapids area, and providing services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her current research interests include bilingual education, consultation strategies and professional development trainings on cultural competence, and ensuring highly effective service delivery to marginalized students.”
clinksc4@msu.edu

Lindsay Poole

Lindsay Poole, EdS – 2nd year in Ph.D. Program

Advisor – Dr. John S. Carlson
Research Interests – “My research interests include culturally adapted and culturally informed mental health interventions for minority populations, as well as the impact of racial discrimination on black youth outcomes. Also, I am interested in preventative and treatment methods for SED youth, as well as alternatives to punitive discipline practices that perpetuate the school-to-prison pipeline.”
pooleli2@msu.edu