These women and men are charged with the task of promoting the philosophy and mission of Div. 35 on their respective campuses through programming efforts. Read about the exciting programs they have coordinated.
Anna Bartko is a third-year PsyD student in the clinical psychology program at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, Calif. She is originally from Pennsylvania and received her bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in sociology and a certificate in women's studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her goals are to become an advocate, an educator, and a researcher within the sociocultural society that we live in and address its interplay with gender and sexuality. In particular, her professional interests include addressing issues surrounding sexual violence, sexuality, and overall sexual health. While her current dissertation research involves reporting sexual assault on college campus, she looks forward to continue to work on the way that agency over one's body intersects with numerous feminist issues. As a campus representative, she looks forward to emphasizing feminist and intersectional conversation to her school.
Sonasha Auset Braxton is a nomad, world citizen, Pittsburgh, Penn. native living in Long Beach, Calif. She received her BA from the University of Miami in international studies and africana studies. She received her MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science in human rights and she received her MA in psychology from Saybrook University where she is currently a clinical psychology PhD student. She holds a post-graduate certificate in global mental health from Harvard Medical School. She is also the Race and Ethnicity chair at The Hampton Institute, a think tank which provides working-class perspectives on current issues with the goal of creating social change. She spent the last several years working in various capacities with and for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in sub-Saharan Africa in the areas of child protection, community services, and resettlement. Currently she is a bilingual psychology intern at Family Support Services at the Los Angeles and Pasadena Ronald McDonald Houses. Braxton is oriented theoretically toward African-centered, indigenous, humanistic, energy and liberation psychologies and is passionate about ameliorating the quality of life for those whose holistic needs are often left neglected by current systems. Braxton appreciates good hip-hop, political humor, experiential learning, unexpected teachers, beautiful stories, selfless acts of love, and being unplugged, but tuned in. She is a yoga instructor, dancer, language teacher, singer and spoken word artist, and thus, consistently integrates creativity into all facets of her work
Stephanie E.V. Brown is a first-year PhD student in the industrial/organizational psychology program at Texas A&M University. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BA in psychology, completing her honors thesis on the effects of the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” on unit cohesion in the United States military. Her primary research interests center on sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, but she is also interested in race and gender in organizations, women in traditionally male-dominated fields (STEM and the military), and the relationship between research and the formation of public policy. In addition to being the Div. 35 campus representative at Texas A&M, Brown serves on the student advisory board for the Psychology of Women Quarterly.
Shelby Burton is a second-year PhD student at University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychological sciences with a minor in criminal justice from Northern Arizona University in 2015. Her research area is in examining the relationship between parenting behavior and mental health outcomes in children and adolescence, specifically in investigating the directionality of such relationships. Burton ultimately hopes to start a charity designed to educate the public and decrease stigma, as well as provide resources and services for low-income populations. As a 2016-17 representative, she aims to increase program involvement in Div. 35, and to utilize innovative events that promote public education about gender inequality with the intention of executing a social justice project in the community. When she isn't submerged in research, class, and practicum, Burton describes herself as a bookworm, foodie, adventure seeker, and eternal optimist.
Lauren Clinton is a second-year masters student at Columbia University — Teachers College. Currently, she is completing her degree in clinical psychology with dual concentrations in statistics/research and women, sexuality, and gender. She currently works as a peer educator for the sexual violence response team at Columbia University, with an emphasis on educating college men on toxic gender norms and safe dating and sexual behavior across the gender spectrum. Additionally, she is an intern at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health HIV Center, as well as an ad hoc editor for the University of Maryland, College Park Gender, Culture and Health lab website, specifically for projects related to masculine and feminine norms. Clinton received her BA from the University of Maryland, College Park in psychology, with a minor in human development. Clinton is extremely passionate about gender/sex research, with an emphasis on changing gender norms to improve interpersonal relationships.
Kenya Crawford is a counseling psychology masters student at Teachers College Columbia University. In addition, to earning her masters she is also works as the co-director for the sexuality, women, and gender project where she is also completing a certificate. Currently, she is interning at the Kull Initiative for Psychotherapy and works as a research assistant in the Stigma, Identity, and Intersectionality Lab at Columbia University. Crawford is passionate about studying the intersectionality of sexuality, race, and gender and this research continues to lead her work as a therapist.
Melissa M. Ertl is a second-year student in the counseling psychology PhD program at University at Albany, State University of New York. In May 2015, Ertl earned her BA in Spanish and psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she developed academic interests related to stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and intersectionality of identities (e.g., gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation) through her work as an undergraduate research assistant in Trish Devine's Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Lab. In August of 2015, Ertl began the counseling psychology PhD program at UAlbany and began applying her interests in intersectionality to research on health disparities. She hopes to pursue a career in academia teaching courses, practicing therapy, and conducting research on her academic interests. In addition to research, Ertl enjoys running half and full marathons, traveling, and reading for pleasure.
Rebecca Fonville, MA, is a fourth-year PsyD student in the Illinois School of Professional psychology's clinical psychology program in downtown Chicago. She received her undergraduate education at Harding University in Arkansas, where she majored in psychology and minored in Biblical studies. Fonville received her MA in clinical psychology from the Illinois School in 2016. She is passionate about working with university students, women's issues, and her clinical work, research, and advocacies reflect these values. Her current research projects and interests include feminist theory, sexuality, sexual education, religiosity, and the intersectionality of women's lives and religion and spirituality.
Rebecca Marcelina Gimeno is a fourth-year clinical psychology doctoral candidate at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn.
She completed a BA in psychology at Point Park University, and later graduated with a master's degree in psychology from The University of West Georgia. In the past, Gimeno has worked as a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate at a women's shelter. At the shelter, she led group therapy, organized creative writing workshops, and took part in crisis management and safety planning.
Gimeno is currently training as a psychotherapist who integrates psychodynamic approaches and phenomenological theory into her clinical work. Her current research interests include the relationship between psychoanalysis and art, phenomenological psychology, feminist theory, trauma, and gender-based oppression. She is passionate about reproductive rights, social justice, and the healing potential of creativity.
Jessica Graham is a second-year master's student in the mental health counseling program within the Department of Education at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. She earned her bachelor of science in 2015 from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. Graham's research and clinical interests include trauma, gender and sexuality oppression, eating disorders, body image and feminist empowerment. Her objective through her research is to advocate for women and empower them to overcome societal barriers. She currently hopes to pursue a career working as a licensed professional counselor working with women and families. During her free time, Graham enjoys ultrarunning, reading, and spending time with her two children.
Ronna Milo Haglili is a second-year PsyD student at the California School of Professional psychology at Alliant University,social justice track. Milo-Haglili earned a LLM in law from Tel Aviv University, where her interest in women's studies first began. In 2015, Milo Haglili and her family moved to San Francisco, so she could pursue her educational journey in clinical psychology. As part of Milo-Haglili's previous career in law, she provided pro-bono legal advice in gender based discrimination legal matters. When she is not studying hard, she enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, running, as well as spending time with her wonderful two boys and her inspiring husband and girlfriends.
Renee Brown Hangartner is a sixth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology department at the University of South Florida (USF), and holds a master's degree in clinical psychology. She has been the building bridges research fellow for Art2Action since 2014, for which she successfully developed a lab, supervising 10 to 12 undergraduate research assistants per semester, to study the impact of the arts on shifting attitudes about Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim women. Hangartner has been evaluating suicide prevention programming since 2007. She has extensive experience evaluating youth suicide prevention programs, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Her research interests include youth and military suicide prevention, sexual harassment and its association with suicide-related behaviors as well as resiliency in survivors of sexual victimization. Hangartner's clinical work has focused on populations with histories of trauma, substance abuse, veteran reintegration, and family therapy. She currently holds the position of assistant clinic director at USF's Psychological Services Center.
Katie Hannah-Fisher is a third-year clinical psychology PhD student at California School of Professional psychology, San Francisco. She earned her BS in psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her current practicum placement is at the Psychological Services Center where she does school-based therapy with adolescents and conducts psychological assessments. Her current research focuses on the endorsement of sexist beliefs in childhood. In interests include neuropsychology, gender-related determinants of adjustment, feminism, and memory. Hannah-Fisher enjoys spending time with family and friends, relaxing at the beach, and reading in her free time.
Caylee Hunter is a doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. She earned a BA in communication at the University of North Dakota in 2012 and an MA in counseling at the University of North Dakota in 2014. Her research interests are broadly centered on gender and sexual violence, and she is currently focusing her dissertation research on the impact of gender socialization on victims of sexual violence. Hunter is also involved in specialty practicum at the VA Medical Center in the Oklahoma City area, in which she is currently teaching a baking class.
Lauren Jacobs is a third-year student in clinical psychology program, PsyD, at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. She earned a master of arts degree in psychology from Adelphi University in 2013. She also has earned a bachelor of arts degree from St. John's University with honors in psychology and law. Her current research focuses on adolescent sex offender's cognitive distortions and psychopathic traits, and how they influence recidivism rates. She hopes to use her research to create new interventions to assist this population during periods of incarceration. Lauren also works with couples in a research study, focusing on resolving factors that led to acts of infidelity. She served as Regent's Div. 35 representative from 2015-2016 and is looking forward to furthering her endeavor of contributing to the growth of feminist concepts within the field psychology.
Annika Johnson is a second-year PsyD student at George Fox University. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Western Oregon University. During her undergraduate work she volunteered as a sexual assault victim's assistant, and conducted research on affirmative consent. Currently, she plans to conduct her dissertation on health psychology issues facing women. She is passionate about women's issues, social justice, and health psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys trips to the mountains and ocean, playing with dogs, and warm cups of tea with beloved company.
Megan Mansfield is a doctoral candidate (PsyD.) at California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, Calif. She began her clinical work in the field of psychology as a crisis intervention counselor at Los Angeles' longest-running rape crisis center, Peace Over Violence, where she worked predominantly with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. Since then she has also completed practicum training at Jenesse Center, a domestic violence shelter in South Central Los Angeles, and is currently a practicum trainee at the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood. Her primary interest is facilitating the healing process of survivors of trauma caused by violence, and she plans to complete her dissertation titled "A Guide for Psychotherapists Working with Lesbian Sexual Assault Survivors," in the upcoming months.
Meredith Martyr is a third-year PhD student in counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities. She completed both her BA in English literature and gender, women, and sexuality studies in 2010 and her MA in counseling and student personnel psychology in 2013 at the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities. Martyr's research interests include clinical supervision, ethics, and stigma experienced by women who seek abortion services. Her clinical interests are LGBT psychology, identity development, trauma, sexual violence and psychoeducation with college students regarding mental health, sexual violence and bystander intervention.
Keiko McCullough, BA, is the student media coordinator for Div. 35. This is her first year managing the content and online presence of the FemPop blog. McCullough is currently a doctoral advisee of Y. Joel Wong, PhD, in the counseling psychology program in the School of Education at Indiana University, Bloomington. McCullough received her BA in psychology from the University of Akron in 2015. As an undergraduate honors student, McCullough's research experience was broad and informative. She exercised her interest in masculinity scholarship as the senior undergraduate research assistant of a gender studies lab, assisted with the exploration of integrated care outcomes at a community hospital, explored implicit bias against sexual minority individuals, and incorporated aspects such as length of military service into her own research on traditional masculinity. Furthermore, during her undergraduate career she served as vice president of the University of Akron's Active Minds chapter. She additionally volunteered as a victim advocate providing support for recent victims of crime in the Akron community. Broadly, her current research interests include men of color and masculinities; Asian American mental health; and feminist issues. McCullough is passionate about working with college students and aims to be involved in social justice advocacy on campus throughout her doctoral education.
Renee Mikorski is a third-year doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before coming to UTK, she earned a BA in psychology and biology from Boston University and an MS in psychology from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her research interests include masculinity, sexual objectification, body image, and LGBT mental health and she is interested in completing her dissertation research on masculinity and substance use. She is currently completing a clinical practicum at a substance abuse treatment center conducting individual, family, and group therapy with men with alcohol and drug abuse issues. She is passionate about feminist and social justice issues both inside and outside of the field of psychology. In her free time, Mikorski enjoys hiking, biking, reading, and cooking.
Ka Yan Danise Mok is third-year doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at Brigham Young University. She was born and raised in a multi-racial family in colonial Hong Kong and experienced the historical “turnover to China” as a bright-eyed fourth grader. Her family has strong roots in political activism and she went to her first public demonstration as an one year-old on a piggy-back ride.
After earning her BA in psychology at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, she returned to Hong Kong and graduated with a MA with distinction in family-centered practice and family therapy. During her masters, she worked with female sexual violence victims and began her advocacy with female foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong. She has researched human rights issues, gender studies, and human trafficking prevention internationally. Her future goal is to continue her career as a advocate, activist, and educator.
Sarah Reynolds is a second-year PsyD student at Marshall University in Huntington, W.V. She completed her undergraduate degree at Marshall in 2015. After taking Women's Studies 101 on a whim her sophomore year, she fell in love with the field. She is currently the graduate assistant for the women's studies program at Marshall, where she is responsible for planning events for the program and recruiting new members. Her favorite thing about the women's studies program is the focus on service and volunteerism. Reynolds is also working toward a graduate certificate in women's studies. Reynolds loves learning about the intersections of psychology and feminism, and hopes to someday be able to apply those to her work. In her free time, she enjoys chasing after her puppy, Harley.
Johanna Riojas is a third-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Regent University. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Riojas was inspired to move to Virginia Beach, Va. for graduate school after noticing the significant need for mental health professionals. As a Hispanic woman, Riojas is passionate about advocating for women in the professional world with a specific interest in intersectionality. Riojas hopes to use her role as a Div. 35 representative to increase the feeling of community of women within her program across all races and ethnicities.
Talia Schulder is a third-year undergraduate writing seminars major and women, gender, and sexuality minor at Johns Hopkins University where she focuses many of her writing projects on feminist issues and hopes to increase programming on intersectionality on campus. In high school she helped co-found a discussion group to foster free discussions on gender identity and sexual orientation. Schulder has been interested in activism both through on-campus events and municipal protests, and recently interned for two years at Ferkauf's Chronic Disease Self-Management Lab studying disparities in access to diabetes care along gender lines within an economically and racially diverse sample. Schulder hopes to pursue a graduate degree in psychology to gain experience working with women in low-income communities and increase their access to mental healthcare.
Stephanie Steele-Wren, MS, is a second-year counseling psychology doctoral student at Springfield College. She earned her bachelor's degree from Williams College in psychology and her master's degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University. During her undergraduate experience, Steele-Wren researched adolescent issues related to conformity and cognitive development, as well as a post graduate position researching PTSD and anxiety related disorders. Currently, Steele-Wren's dissertation focuses on a qualitative investigation of women's experiences with breast cancer and psychological care, as well as the clinicians who treat such a unique population. Clinically, Steele-Wren spent several years as an adolescent and child clinician in community mental health, with a focus on substance abuse. This year, Steele-Wren will be training at Simon's Rock College Counseling Center, a college for non-traditional, intellectually gifted adolescents. She will also be teaching an undergraduate course on mindfulness, another area of her interest and expertise. In terms of a career, she is remaining open to new experiences as she learns more about herself throughout the doctoral degree and hopefully finds her true niche where she can be of most help to others. This past year, Steele-Wren volunteered with the United Way as part of a social justice course in her hometown where she worked with local adolescents in preventing teenage pregnancy and creating awareness of community resources for sexual health available to adolescents. In her free time, Steele-Wren enjoys fitness, baking, cooking, gardening, travel, and spending time with her dogs. Steele-Wren looks forward to representing her program and sparking more interest in her colleagues to help with Div. 35 initiatives.
Kelsey Thomas is a second-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology PsyD program, forensic concentration at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She graduated with her MA in clinical psychology from Forest Institute of Professional psychology in Springfield, Missouri, and her BS in psychology from Louisiana State University. During her master's program, Thomas gained clinical experience providing outpatient mental health services to individuals and couples, as well as co-facilitating domestic violence offender psychoeducation groups in the community. Additionally, she spent one semester as a drug treatment intern at Ozark Correctional Center. Currently, Thomas co-facilitates a survivor empowerment therapy group for domestic violence survivors in the community, as well as groups for survivors who are incarcerated in south Florida.
In addition to her experience in psychology, Thomas also has a degree in American Sign Language interpreting, is nationally certified, and has worked as an interpreter for over six years. Thomas's goal is to work as a forensic psychologist specializing in deaf mental health and assessment. Thomas is currently involved in research teams studying battered women's syndrome and human trafficking. Her other research interests include anything in the area of deaf mental health (specifically norming psychological assessments for use with individuals who use sign language), and using aspects of positive psychology and well-being therapy with forensic clients.
Jen Trimpey is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of San Francisco, where much of her work is conducted with underserved and marginalized communities. She is originally from Alaska, and received her bachelor's in history from the University of Colorado. Her research interests include analyzing the connection between media, social norms, and psychosocial wellbeing in transgender women, as well as HIV prevention and intervention. When she isn't advocating for the equal rights of women, you can find her eating funnel cake and watching Shakespeare in the park.
Kelly M. Whaling, MA, is a PhD student in counseling, clinical, and school psychology (counseling psychology emphasis) at the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB), completing an additional doctoral emphasis in black studies. She is an intersectional feminist, dedicated to reducing disparities in access to mental health care and education in Latina/o populations, with a specific emphasis on increasing access to mental health services for depressed and suicidal Latina adolescents and emerging adults. Whaling is excited to promote feminist psychological frameworks and events on the UCSB campus as a Div. 35 representative, and after obtaining her PhD., she hopes to teach and conduct research at a California State University in order to mentor underrepresented undergraduate students. In her free time, she enjoys being with her loved ones, cuddling with her pets, and doing activities outdoors.
Eliza Wierzbinska specializes in reproductive and perinatal mental health. She hopes to support women before, during, and after pregnancy. Wierzbinska aspires to work with families as they transition to parenthood, especially confronting challenges to intimacy and relationship dynamics.
Wierzbinska completed her undergraduate degree in psychology, minored in philosophy and art history, and had a concentration in human sexuality at Adelphi University. She then worked as a case manager for under-served populations and as a clinical research coordinator at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she researched women's subjective experiences of motherhood.
Wierzbinska completed her master of arts degree in clinical psychology in education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She pursued two concentration tracks in her studies: underserved populations; and women, gender, and sexuality. Both tracks emphasized research and clinical work with women, combining how psychology and social justice can be used in a progressive, feminist manner. Wierzbinska has advanced training in perinatal mood disorders from Postpartum Support International and the Seleni Institute.
Wierzbinska has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in various settings across the greater New York area. She is an active member and campus representative for Div. 35, Society for the Psychology of Women. She is a member of several other local, state, and national professional organizations, including APA, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and Postpartum Support International. She is currently a second year clinical psychology doctoral student at Adelphi University where she is researching women's subjective traumatic birth experiences.
Stephanie N. Wong, MA, Ed.M., is the student representative on the executive committee of Div. 35. She has served in this position since 2015, serving as a liaison between campus representatives and the executive committee, coordinating with campus representatives to promote the dissemination of feminist research and scholarship, and organizing campus-wide events for Div. 35. Wong is currently a doctoral fellow under the mentorship of Sumie Okazaki, PhD, in the counseling psychology program in the department of applied psychology at New York University. Wong received her BA in psychology and economics from Cornell University and her MA/EdM degrees in psychological counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University. Throughout her research and clinical career, Wong has been committed to working within underserved communities, particularly by focusing on social justice and feminist issues within multicultural counseling. Her current research focuses on Asian American psychology, body image, disordered eating, and the impact of acculturative and biculturative stress on mental health and well-being. Wong additionally serves as the co-editor-in-chief for the Asian American Psychological Association Newsletter.