Alexis Brewe is a fifth-year doctoral student working with Dr. Susan White in the Clinical Psychology - Child concentration. Her research interests include the emotional and behavioral profiles of youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), psychosocial interventions that target comorbid psychopathology and their underlying mechanisms (e.g., emotion regulation) for youth with ASD, and the application of implementation science to make psychosocial interventions more accessible and useful to families.
McKayla Kurtz is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Child Psychology program at The University of Alabama working with Dr. Rajesh Kana. McKayla is interested in pediatric neuropsychology. Her research interests focus on the relationship between the brain and behavior in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). McKayla is also interested in looking at the efficacy of early intervention methods and their impact on the brain.
Allison is a fourth-year graduate student working with Dr. Theodore Tomeny in the Research on Autism and Families (RAF) Lab. Allison completed her MA in psychology at The University of Alabama and her BA in psychological science at Gustavus Adolphus College. She is interested in investigating the mechanisms of social skills intervention variables, including family, peer, and teacher knowledge/understanding of and responses to ASD and peer reciprocity.
Meagan Beckerson is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Child Program. She received her B.S. in both psychology and biology from Murray State University. She then completed her M.A. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Tennessee. For her thesis project, she utilized fNIRS to measure changes in neural connectivity associated with the development of cognitive flexibility during childhood. Meagan is currently interested in the neural bases of social and executive function deficits in children diagnosed with ASD, as well as measuring changes in these factors over development and post-intervention. In her spare time, Meagan loves running, cycling, art, and traveling.
Z Winters Derevjanik is a third-year graduate student in the Educational Neuroscience concentration of The University of Alabama's Educational Psychology program. They are focused on learning neuroimaging techniques to aid their future research at UA.
Rachel is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Child Concentration working with Dr. Theodore Tomeny. Rachel is most interested in how having a child with ASD or another neurodevelopmental disorder impacts caregivers and siblings. More specifically she is interested in development of empathy and prosocial behavior amongst typically developing siblings and coping amongst caregivers during the diagnosis process.
Josh Golt is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program, working with Dr. Susan White. His research interests include child and adolescent autism spectrum disorder. Specifically, he is interested in development and dissemination of emotion regulation interventions and the impact that emotion regulation has on other psychiatric and behavioral problems.
Jong-Woo Suh is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Child Psychology program, working with Dr. Susan White. He graduated from Korea University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He has a broad interest in autism spectrum disorder. His primary area of focus is investigating interventions that target autistic young adults to support the transition to adulthood. Outside of academia, he enjoys playing computer games with his wife.
Ramya Manikkan is a first-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the child concentration working with Dr. Kelsey West. Ramya earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and BFA in Studio Art from New York University. Her research focuses on developmental cascades- how changes in motor skills ripples across the development of language and communication in children, specifically, how infants of families with a history of autism interact with their caregivers.
Justine is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Child Psychology concentration working with Dr. Tom Davis. Justine graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is interested in examining the impact of autism on family functioning, parent and sibling well-being, and support.
Olivia Ward is a first-year graduate student working with Dr. Theodore Tomeny in the Research on Autism and Families (RAF) Lab. Olivia completed her MS in Clinical Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam and a BA in Clinical Psychology and Child Studies and Human Development at Tufts University. She is interested in the role neurotypical siblings play in families with a child with ASD as well as the sibling perspective in reporting measures.