Recent Student Milestones

Roselee Ledesma defended her third year specialization project. Her project included a conceptual paper and novel model of microaggressions and the assembly of a teaching portfolio. / September 2021

Linda Guzman defended her third year specialization project. Her project included a conceptual paper of benefits and barriers to help-seeking for depression, advanced didactic training in health care economics and psychopharmacology, and exposure to schools of therapy outside of CBT. / June 2021

Camryn Shepard defended her honor's thesis, "The impact of acculturation status differences between Latinx immigrants, their parents, and their children on mental health outcomes." / April 2021

Lab Team

Graduate Students

Ayla Mapes

Curriculum vitae

Ayla is a sixth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. She is currently on internship at Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She completed her B.S. at Colorado State University. Ayla's program of research is focused on enhancing access to evidence-based prevention and intervention services for vulnerable populations such as people who experience poverty, trauma, and other cumulative adversities. She is particularly interested in examining non-traditional avenues of service delivery in order to engage children and families in therapy and reduce health disparities. Such methods include integrated behavioral health, telepsychology, and mentoring. Ayla's dissertation evaluates the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) bystander program, specifically examining the differential impacts on adolescent bystander intentions to intervene in bullying, dating violence, and sexual harassment.

Clinically, Ayla is interested in providing evidence-based treatment to children and families, particularly those impacted by trauma from homelessness, immigration, sexual violence, bullying, and other forms of abuse. She has provided services to diverse populations across many settings, including the department's Psychological Clinic, a shelter for single mothers, a federally qualified health center, and a women's correctional facility.

Linda Guzman

Curriculum vitae

Linda is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro honor's college, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and minor in Spanish. She is part of the inaugural cohort of the American Psychological Association Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship program. She has held an appointed co-chair position for the APA Division 45 Student Campus Representatives program, where she oversaw 25 campus chapters nationwide. Her research interest focuses on reducing barriers and increasing access to mental health care services for major depressive disorder in Latinx populations. Additionally, she studies integrated behavioral health care as a mental health service delivery model. Her thesis focused on studying perceived structural and attitudinal barriers to care for depression. Her dissertation focuses on enhancing the validity of depression screeners for Latinx populations and measuring the acceptability to treatment components for major depressive disorder among Latinxs. Her clinical interests include providing behavioral health services in either Spanish or English in integrated behavioral health settings serving Latinx and ethnic minority populations.

Roselee Ledesma

Curriculum vitae

Roselee is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate studies at Marquette University, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Criminal and Law Studies. Roselee is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Fellow. Her research interests are understanding how the intersection of diverse social identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, sexual orientation) inform microaggression experiences and access to mental health care. Her master's thesis explored how race/ethnicity and sexual orientation were associated with therapeutic alliance and social perceptions during a mock clinical interview. Her dissertation is focused on considering how contextual factors influence the perceptions and attributions of interactions with racial undertones.

Roselee's clinical interests are making behavioral and mental health care accessible to historically marginalized communities (e.g., Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, Spanish speakers, incarcerated people). Roselee has experience providing psychological treatment and neuropsychological testing in English and Spanish at the department's Psychological Clinic, multiple federally qualified health centers, and a women's correctional facility.

Roselee is also interested in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. She has taught Introduction to Psychology and has mentored DREAM lab research assistants as they apply to graduate programs (e.g., counseling and clinical PhD programs, counseling masters programs, and social work masters programs).

Cameron Perrine

Curriculum vitae

Cameron is a fifth-year doctoral student in the DREAM lab at the University of Arkansas. He is currently completing a clerkship at Cherokee Nation Health Systems, where he conducts neuropsychological assessment of children. His research interests include dissemination and implementation science, evidence-based treatments for justice-involved youth, academic-community partnerships, and novel research methodologies. Cameron aspires to work in a pediatric neuropsychology clinic (outpatient or hospital-based), providing assessment and services for children and families from historically marginalized communities. When he is not working, Cameron enjoys exercising, spending time with family and close friends, and playing a good video game.

Dulce Diaz Benitez

Curriculum vitae

Dulce is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned her B.A. in Applied Psychology and minored in Gender and Women's Studies.

After graduating, Dulce worked as the Civic Engagement Coordinator at the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute where she trained youth around topics of community and civic engagement and professional development. Dulce also worked in the Research and Evaluation Unit at the Office of the Chief Judge, Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County, on a MacArthur planning grant aimed at reducing incarceration rates for non-violence offenders. Prior to coming to the University of Arkansas, she worked as the project coordinator at DePaul University on a longitudinal study of a culturally-adapted, school-based intervention for adolescents at risk for anxiety and depression.

Dulce's research interests include the development of community based interventions targeting underserved populations. Dulce is also interested in the mental health and well-being of immigrants, particularly those who are undocumented.

Christin Mujica

Curriculum vitae

Christin is a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Arkansas. Christin is currently in a clinical placement at the Veteran's Hospital in the Trauma Recovery Program. Her current research interests focus on exploring how discrimination, oppression, and racism (internalized, interpersonal, and structural) contribute to mental health disparities in Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian folks. Additionally, she wants to explore how intersectional identities (e.g., gender, sexuality, and race) may mediate or affect outcomes in mental health treatment. Christin would like to ultimately enter academia to conduct research and mentor both graduate and undergraduate students.

Emily Allen

Curriculum vitae

Emily is a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Central Arkansas, where she earned her B.S. in Psychology. While obtaining her bachelors, she interned as a research assistant for the Health and the Legal System Lab under Dr. Melissa Zielinski, where she focused on health disparities among incarcerated populations.

Emily's current research interests include exploring the relationship between racial stereotypes in mental health and treatment outcomes. She is also interested in improving access to treatment for those in rural communities through integrated behavioral healthcare.

Post-Bac Research Assistant and Lab Coordinator

Tori Moore

Curriculum vitae

Tori is the DREAM lab coordinator and a postbaccalaureate RA at the University of Arkansas. They completed their undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas, where they earned their B.A. in Psychology. Tori's research interests include the adaptation of existing treatment modalities for trauma-related disorders for use with TGNC (transgender and gender non-conforming) clients, improvement in access to mental healthcare and mental health outcomes for TGNC clients, and promoting advocacy and improving training in culturally competent care of TGNC clients. Tori has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, where their duties include planning and conducting group therapies and maintaining a safe therapeutic environment.

Honors Students

Natalie Russell

Natalie is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child Advocacy at the University of Arkansas. For her honor's thesis Natalie is researching gender differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adolescent patients in an integrated care setting. She graduates in December 2021 and is hoping to attend law school next fall. Natalie intends to practice public interest law in the nonprofit sector.

Paul Gramling

Paul is in his junior year as an honor's student at the University of Arkansas and in his second year as part of the DREAM Lab. He is currently pursuing a major in Psychology with minors in Spanish and International Business. His research interest focuses on the intersection between poverty and intimate partner violence and he hopes to explore this relationship in his honor's thesis.

Taylen Day

Taylen is a junior, pre-medical student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Medical Humanities and Indigenous Studies at the University of Arkansas. Her research interests include the interaction between Native American mental healthcare and generational trauma.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Anna Anderson

Lena Chanthavong

Korie Cochran

EvaMarie David

Evan Hinchliffe

Evan is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychological Science and Philosophy at the University of Arkansas. He has worked in University Advancement and has served on the Advancement Inclusion and Diversity Team (AIDT), Diversity Leaders Team, and LGBTQ+ Mentoring Program. Evan is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.

Abigail Vance

Curriculum vitae

Abi is a senior majoring in psychology and journalism. She conducted an honor's thesis under the direction of Dr. Leen-Feldner in the PETAL lab. She is currently applying to graduate school and plans to someday work with trauma and veterans. In her free time, Abi likes watching superhero movies and hiking with friends.

Ishan Vengurlekar

Curriculum vitae

Ishan is currently a senior undergraduate student at the University of Arkansas. He is majoring in Psychology and Social Work, with aspirations of pursuing a PhD in school psychology. Ishan's research interests include school-based mental health, the role of culture and race in a peer victimization context, and classroom positive behavioral interventions and supports. He is also a big band geek and has been playing trumpet for 11 years!

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Updated: September 2021