Karissa Smith (they/them)

    Position: Research Coordinator

    Year: Postbacc

    Major: Psychology

    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.

    Wes Unruh (he/him)

    Position: Digital Media Strategist
    Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho
    Experience: From 2014 through 2020 I served as webmaster for The Peabody Awards.

    Research Interests: Understanding how online interactions can support the health of a diverse community.
    Future Goals: Developing safe, engaging online spaces for emotionally charged issues.
    Interesting Fact: I am a private adoptee and I've found both my mother and father.

    Liana Giglio (she/her)

    Position: Social Media Manager
    Major: Psychology

    Hometown: Roswell, Georgia

    Research Interests: Studying the varying personality development paths and mental health disparities that emerge in different groups of people.
    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 a kitten named June.