Karissa Smith (they/them)
Position: Research Coordinator
Hometown: Hillsboro, Oregon
Research Interests: I am interested in developing and disseminating interventions that improve mental health outcomes of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth who have experienced gender-based violence. As well as, structural violence and oppression.
Future Goals: To obtain a PhD in either Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or Social Work
Interesting Fact: I love to garden, and my favorite plant to grow is squash!
Ashley Ford (she/her)
Position: Research Scientist
Hometown: New Bern, NC
Research Interests: Investigating the neurobiological impact of trauma and mood disorders in African American youth to identify novel therapeutic interventions.
Future Goals: Becoming a Clinical Psychologist.
Interesting Fact: My favorite hobby is gardening and all things outdoors.
Liana Giglio (she/her)
Position: Social Media Manager
Hometown: Roswell, Georgia
Research Interests: Studying the varying personality development paths and mental health disparities that emerge in different groups of people to ultimately understand how to best guide them to heal and grow.
Future Goals: Obtain a Master's Degree in clinical mental health counseling and become a practicing clinician!
Interesting Fact: I love to play soccer and I have two cats named Tsuna and Draco.