Myrianna Bakou

Myrianna Bakou

From: Togo, Africa

Year in Program: 1st (MA)

Career aspirations: I would like to work for an agency for a few years and then open a non-profit that caters to people living in low SES communities and offering them free mental health services.

Fun Fact: I love reading, going on walks, and traveling.

Haley Bell

Haley Bell

From: Wisconsin

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: I aspire to one day become a faculty member, conducting research, teaching grad/undergrad courses, and continuing my clinical work through a small private practice.

Fun Fact: Something unique about me is that my favorite animals are chickens, so I especially look forward to having a small hobby farm sometime in the future.

Alyssa Bischmann

Alyssa Bischmann

From: Waukesha, Wisconsin

Year in Program: 5th (PhD)

Career aspirations: In my future career, I hope to teach at a liberal arts college and have a small private practice.

Fun Fact: I enjoy spending time at the ice rink coaching figure skating and skating for exercise.

Bobby Byrom

Bobby Byrom

From: San Diego, California

Year in Program: 5th (PhD)

Career aspirations: My career aspirations are to teach, provide counseling, and train future counselors.

Fun Fact: When my time is not being otherwise spent treading the path toward these goals, I am probably out adventuring with my fiance Grace and our puppy Denna.

 

Emily Camp

Emily Camp

From: St. Louis, Missouri

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: I would like to get a faculty position or create/work at a prevention science center, where I can conduct research on sexual assault/violence, teach, and occasionally work with clients.

Fun Fact: I have two giant guinea pigs named Professor and Charlie.

Kendal Cassidy

Kendal Cassidy

From: Denver, Colorado

Year in Program: 4th (PhD)

Career aspirations: After graduation, I intend to start a practice in order to focus my time as a practitioner with the hope of still contributing to research and training.

Fun Fact: I, unapologetically, post far too many pictures of the dogs but I do not think too many people mind.

Megan Credit

Megan Credit

From: Dayton, Ohio

Year in Program: 1st (MA)

Career aspirations: At this current point in my life, I would like to engage in community-based practice and work in an academic setting. Ultimately, I wish to be happy with the career I choose.

Fun Fact: In the past year, I've locked my keys in my car eight times.

Justine Diener O’Leary

Justine Diener O’Leary

From: Columbus, Ohio

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: I hope to pursue a career in academia, with a specific research focus in examining sexual assault perpetration and prevention, supporting survivors of sexual violence, and promoting positive sexuality.

Fun Fact: I enjoy spending time with my partner, Nate, and our two beagles, Luna and Albus. My favorite activities are being outside, hiking, traveling, and reading.

 

Alexandra Emery

Alexandra Emery

From: Olympia, Washington

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: I would love to open my own private practice where I could conduct individual and group therapy, assessment, and consultation.

Fun Fact: I love to show care for others through cooking and baking!

Alexander Farquhar-Leicester

Alexander Farquhar-Leicester

From: Santa Cruz, California

Year in Program: 1st PhD

Career aspirations: I hope to be a researcher/faculty member and community-based practitioner

Fun Fact: I can walk on my hands.

Hellina Gesese

Hellina Gesese

From: Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Year in Program: 2nd (PhD)

Career aspirations: The trifecta: teaching, counseling, and program development

Fun Fact: Currently re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Greyson Holliday

Greyson Holliday

From: Columbia, Missouri

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: I hope to work at a University Counseling Center.

Fun Fact: I love to play the trombone.

 

Madeline Hunsicker

Madeline Hunsicker

From: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Year in Program: 1st (MA)

Career aspirations: I'm interested in practicing and researching group therapy techniques that focus on embodiment.

Fun Fact: I love listening to podcasts of almost every genre.

Wesley Kobashigawa

Wesley Kobashigawa

From: Los Angeles, California

Year in Program: 2nd (PhD)

Career aspirations: I would love to one day become the clinical director of an adolescent residential treatment center.

Fun Fact: I'm a twin. And my father's a twin.

Juhee Kumar

Juhee Kumar

From: Columbus, Ohio

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: I hope to work in private practice and to teach.

Fun Fact: I love to make music & practice yoga!

Melissa LaRosa

Melissa LaRosa

From: Loxahatchee, Florida

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: My current career aspirations are to become a counselor practitioner in a college or community setting, administer assessments, and engage in campus and/or community outreach.

Fun Fact: I like to hike and I especially enjoy the experience of visiting National Parks.

 

Sonia Lindner

Sonia Lindner

From: New York City, New York

Year in Program: 2nd (PhD)

Career aspirations: I look forward to continuing research and clinical practice throughout my career.

Fun Fact: When I’m not in the lab or counseling center, you’ll find me enjoying local performing arts, practicing yoga, or baking pies.

Hannah Moody

Hannah Moody

From: Seward, Nebraska

Year in Program: 1st (MA)

Career aspirations: I would like to become a LMHP and work with trauma.

Fun Fact: My three favorite things in this world are Juice Stop, S'mores Blizzards from DQ, and my cat (Bubba)!

Chandrama Mukherjee

Chandrama Mukherjee

From: Kolkata, India

Year in Program: 2nd (PhD)

Career aspirations: I'm hoping to use my skills as a psychologist to work in a clinical practice setting. I'm also passionate about research, and want to continue investigating the prevalence of and interventions for IPV in vulnerable communities.

Fun Fact: In my spare time, I like to cook, travel, and spend time with friends and family.

Jihan Najjar

Jihan Najjar

From: Nebraska

Year in Program: 4th (PhD)

Career aspirations: to be a psychologist at a VA hospital and specialize in military sexual trauma or severe mental illness.

Fun Fact: I like to knit, cook, garden, lift weights, and spend time with my partner and our 3 cats.

 

Jessie Nelson

Jessie Nelson

From: Alabama

Year in Program: 2nd (MA)

Career aspirations: My major career goal is to work within Corrections and help work on creating better programming and work towards creating better aftercare support systems for inmates.

Fun Fact: My biggest passions are cats, reading, and bingewatching crime dramas.

Shea O’Brien

Shea O’Brien

From: Ozarks

Year in Program: 1st (MA)

Career aspirations: I would like to open a private practice or join a group practice which has similar values as my own.

Fun Fact: Belly dancing is one of my hobbies and I could talk about it for days!

Hali Santiago

Hali Santiago

From: Swoyersville, PA

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: I am hoping to work with clients who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, trauma, and abuse.

Fun Fact: I have two cats, Lola and Lincoln, and I am a proud cat mom.

Madeline Schlosser

Madeline Schlosser

From: Lincoln, Nebraska

Year in Program: 1st (MA)

Career aspirations: I hope to one day work in a correctional setting as a counselor who provides culturally informed evidence based interventions and treatments.

Fun Fact: I love rabbits and conducting research.

 

Lequisha Sims

Lequisha Sims

From: Omaha, Nebraska

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: I aspire to open a clinical practice which specializes in serving routinely marginalized communities (i.e. people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, refugees, individuals with low SES). I would also like to continue working in academia.

Fun Fact: I’m left-handed.

 

Justin Andersson

Justin Andersson

From: Laurel, Nebraska

Year in Program: 2nd (PhD)

Career aspirations: Continue teaching secondary science students

Fun Fact: Playing ice hockey is my hobby. It's a great way to get a break from reading peer-reviewed literature!

Jordan Black

Jordan Black

From: Custer, South Dakota

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: I currently work on campus leading our Learning Communities program and plan to continue working within the areas of student success, focusing on how we can best support students and utilizing data to inform decision making to increase student retention and persistence.

Fun Fact: When I have spare time, I’m an active runner, craft-beer sampler, and enjoy traveling to visit friends throughout the world.

Dawn Brock

Dawn Brock

From: Philadelphia, PA

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: I currently work as a healthcare leader and work to designing education that improves the health and wellness of communities. I aspire to be an industry leader in this field, working with health systems to create, operate, and build population health programs that achieve sustainable success.

Fun Fact: I really enjoy obstacle course races.

Kymberly Caddell

Kymberly Caddell

From: Norfolk, Nebraska

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: I would like to become a professor.

Fun Fact: First generation student and Buffet scholar who attended UNL as undergraduate (psychology and Spanish major). Masters in Social Work from UNO. Worked as social worker in education the last 4 years.

 

Shuangshuang Cai

Shuangshuang Cai

From: China

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: My career aspiration is to become a professor in a Chinese University.

Fun Fact: My research interest is the writing self-efficacy, deliberate practice and self-regulation among professional writers.

Junrong Lu

Junrong Lu

From: China

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: I hope to work in universities and do research.

Fun Fact: I enjoy painting and watching Anime in my free time.

Sam Perez Gonzalez

Sam Perez Gonzalez

From: Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Year in Program: 4th (PhD)

Career aspirations: I would like to work in the private sector doing data analysis; alternatively I would like to have a research/teaching position.

Fun Fact: My favorite thing is watching women's tennis so I hold 2 separate subscriptions to be able to watch all 40+ tournaments year-round. Also, I really enjoy learning how to bake things and always burn them on the first try.

Ricky Poh

Ricky Poh

From: Malaysia

Year in Program: 1st (MA)

Career aspirations: Research the use of music and/or technology as a medium of learning and teaching.

Fun Fact: I LOVE food.

 

Xiaotong Yu

Xiaotong

From: China

Year in Program: 1st (MA)

Career aspirations: At this time, my mind is not set for establishing a career preference. I am interested in second-language learning, class management and student-teacher relationship. I have passion and enthusiasm in working with youth, students and parents.

Fun Fact: I teach Chinese every Sunday in Lincoln Chinese Academy.

 

Karen Alexander

Karen Alexander

From: West coast, east coast, and everywhere in between

Year in Program: 2nd (PhD)

Career aspirations: Teacher evaluation and school accreditation measures.

Fun Fact: I enjoy music, food, reading, and spending time outdoors.

Nancy Anderson

Nancy Anderson

From: Kansas City, Missouri

Year in Program: 9th (PhD)

Career aspirations: My career aspirations are to continue working at the Buros Center for Testing, where I am currently managing editor.

Fun Fact: I When I am not working, I like to spend time quilting and playing the mandolin.

Donna Chen

Donna Chen

From: Temple City, California

Year in Program: 4th (PhD)

Career aspirations: I am working towards teaching, research, and mentoring students one day.

Fun Fact: In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, biking, reading, or experimenting with hand-lettering and watercoloring. People do not consider me bumptious (although only 4 people were sampled for this survey so the generalizability of the results may be limited), so feel free to chat with me anytime!

Tom Choi

Tom Choi

From: South Korea

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: I would like to work as a psychometrician or a methodologist!

Fun Fact: I love doing outdoor activities! Travelling, hiking, biking, fishing, and a little picnic at a park!

 

Paul Dizona

Paul Dizona

From: Omaha, Nebraska

Year in Program: 5th (PhD)

Career aspirations: After graduation, I would like to continue working on research and provide assistance to educational researchers.

Fun Fact: I have played piano since I was 8 years old.

Yage Guo

Yage Guo

From: China

Year in Program: 5th (PhD)

Career aspirations: I would like to pursue a career as a psychometrician in the testing company.

Fun Fact: I love fitness. Exercise enables me to work more efficiently and be more productive. I also feel much happier after going through my workout routine.

Ahmed Haddadi

Ahmed Haddadi

From: Saudi Arabia

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: When I finish my degree I will head back to Saudi Arabia and start working for the National Center for Assessment.

Fun Fact: I am a brother of nine siblings and a father of one lovely girl.

Katerina Matysova

Katerina Matysova

From: I was born in the Czech Republic but grew up in Germany

Year in Program: 1st (MA)

Career aspirations: I would like to get a job in data analysis or psychometrics after I finish my Master's degree.

Fun Fact: In my free time, I enjoy sports and any type of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and camping.

 

Amelia Miramonti

Amelia Miramonti

From: New Hampshire

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: I hope to work in research and teaching in quantitative research methods, particularly in the areas of exercise physiology, sport science, and nutrition.

Fun Fact: I grow herbs and vegetable on my patio in the summer and I love to cook.

Jayden Nord

Jayden Nord

From: Omaha, Nebraska

Year in Program: 5th (PhD)

Career aspirations: I aspire to have a career in which I can live as comfortably and as sanely as possible.

Fun Fact: I have been called a bumptious person, so I apologize in advance.

Analay Perez

Analay Perez

From: Florida

Year in Program: 3rd (MA)

Career aspirations: I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. within the intersection of psychology and law and ultimately work within an academic setting.

Fun Fact: I enjoy exploring museums and have a particular admiration for Renaissance art.

Jared Stevens

Jared Stevens

From: Omaha, Nebraska

Year in Program: 5th (PhD)

Career aspirations: I want to work in program evaluation.

Fun Fact: I love to travel, and I have a cat named Nala!

 

Steven Svoboda

Steven Svoboda

From: David City, Nebraska

Year in Program: 6th (PhD)

Career aspirations: I hope to transition into industry after completing my degree.

Fun Fact: I spend most of my free time in the backyard, playing with my two daughters and our dogs.

Betty-Jean Usher-Tate

Betty-Jean Usher-Tate

From: Dangriga, Belize

Year in Program: 9th (PhD)

Career aspirations: To manage an assessment program (school district / higher education / organization).

Fun Fact: I was Miss Belize 1991

 

Madison Atwater

Madison Atwater

From: Birmingham, Alabama

Year in Program: 1st (EdS)

Career aspirations: I would like to be a School Psychologist, possibly in a rural area/p>

Fun Fact: My friends sometimes call me a robot because I think about things so logically.

Henry Bass

Henry Bass

From: Dallas, Texas

Year in Program: 4th (PhD)

Career aspirations: My career aspirations are to teach at the undergraduate or graduate level and conduct research focused on reducing risk behaviors for adolescents.

Fun Fact: The American bison is my favorite animal.

Karalynn Brown

Karalynn Brown

From: Dallas, Texas

Year in Program: 2nd (PhD)

Career aspirations: I would like to work as a practitioner for a few years, then transition to either an administrative or school psych training role./p>

Fun Fact: I love to travel and have lived in Spain, Estonia, Guatemala, Slovakia, and Norway!

Rae Bullinger

Rae Bullinger

From: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Year in Program: 1st (EdS)

Career aspirations: My career aspirations include eventually working in a school setting helping gifted and under-achieving children find success in their educational careers and beyond.

Fun Fact: I consider myself a foodie and love to cook and go out to fun new restaurants. I also love being active, so I enjoy boxing, yoga, and weightlifting. However, most nights you can find me curled up on the couch drinking kombucha and watching a movie.

 

Rileigh Burke

Rileigh Burke

From: Hinton, Iowa

Year in Program: 2nd (EdS)

Career aspirations: I aspire to be practicing school psychologist within the public-school system. I eventually foresee myself within a small school somewhere in the Midwest.

Fun Fact: My favorite things to do on the weekends include boating in Okoboji with my family, tailgating for the Huskers with my friends, and snuggling on the couch watching movies with my dogs.

Heejae Chung

Heejae Chung

From: Seoul, South Korea

Year in Program: 2nd (EdS)

Career aspirations: I would like to find a place to work with families and students with diverse backgrounds to help promote happiness, safety, and welfare for all.

Fun Fact: I will move to Raleigh, North Carolina after my second year. Hopefully, I will be able to find an internship and future work site there.

Corinne Cominator

Corinne Cominator

From: Bristol, Indiana

Year in Program: 2nd (EdS)

Career aspirations: When I graduate, I want to work at a primary school serving as the school psychologist.

Fun Fact: On my birthdate, the #1 song on the music charts was "I Swear" by All-4-One.

Megan Conley

Megan Conley

From: Texas

Year in Program: 2nd (EdS)

Career aspirations: I hope to use these valuable experiences to pursue a career in school psychology at the secondary level.

Fun Fact: Outside of school work, I enjoy a good book and Cornhusker athletics. GBR!

 

Miriam Crinion

Miriam Crinion

From: Brookings, South Dakota

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: I desire to promote children’s academic success and mental well being in the school environment.

Fun Fact: My mom was my kindergarten teacher.

Samantha Eastberg

Samantha Eastberg

From: Wisconsin

Year in Program: 5th (PhD)

Career aspirations: I hope to work in academia.

Fun Fact: I love oldies music.

Kailee Groshans

Kailee Groshans

From: Doniphan, Nebraska

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: My ultimate career goal is to help as many children, families, and schools through research and implementation.

Fun Fact: When I’m not studying, you will find me reading a suspenseful book, playing with my two dogs, checking out local breweries, or going on long walks.

Guadalupe Gutierrez

Guadalupe Gutierrez

From: Los Angeles, California

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: I want to explore the underlying relationships between early school experiences like bullying and the detrimental impact on children psychological well-being.

Fun Fact: I love to collect key chains.

 

Cassandra Hermiller

Cassandra Hermailler

From: Ottawa, Ohio

Year in Program: 2nd (EdS)

Career aspirations: My career goals are to work in a public school providing supports to the students, parents, and teachers to help better serve the children in the school.

Fun Fact: I am a (semi) professional fruit basket maker.

Hannah Kerby

Hannah Kerby

From: Omaha, Nebraska

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: My current career aspirations are to work with and for underserved youth as a licensed psychologist. I am not yet sure in which setting I would like to work!

Fun Fact: I am an Irish Twin!

Katelyn Loogman

Katelyn Loogman

From: Kearney, Nebraska

Year in Program: 2nd (EdS)

Career aspirations: I aspire to work as a school psychologist in a public school setting serving students in the Lincoln area. I take a special interest in analyzing school-wide data to inform decision-making and program development at all tiers of support and also have a passion for getting school psychologists involved in bullying prevention and concussion management in schools.

Fun Fact: ) In my spare time, I have taken up the non-traditional hobby of fire performance. The fire hula-hoop is my prop of choice, but I also practice fire eating and was once internationally recognized while working with a troupe of fire performers specializing in the art of fire nunchaku.

Rebecca Maas

Rebecca Maas

From: Lincoln, Nebraska

Year in Program: 2nd (EdS)

Career aspirations: After graduating from the program, I hope to work as a school psychologist in an elementary school setting.

Fun Fact: I am a lover of live music, outdoor exploration, and animal companions of all kinds.

 

Alia Noetzel

Alia Noetzel

From: Omaha, Nebraska

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: My current career aspiration is to become a licensed psychologist and work in a clinical setting.

Fun Fact: Outside of school, one of my favorite things to do is volunteer as a Mental Health Professional for Camp Kesem UNL (a summer camp for kids who have a parent with cancer).

Raul Palacios

Raul Palacios

From: El Paso, Texas

Year in Program: 4th (PhD)

Career aspirations: When I grow up, I would like to be a professor of school psychology and one day open my own private practice focused on supporting youth and young adults, especially those coming from diverse communities.

Fun Fact: Raul and Cody Solesbee have a bi-weekly podcast that they record called The Real Psychobabble Podcast.

Barbara Racine

Barbara Racine

From: Wichita, Kansas

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: While I do plan on working in schools for a few years to gain experience and understanding, I plan on continuing to pursue research to improve the field of school psychology. I eventually hope to be in a position to improve outdated policies on a large scale.

Fun Fact: I love listening to music and do so almost all of the time. I also love classic movies, Professor Snape, Anne of Green Gables, and Studio Ghibli.

Lauran Scanlan

Lauran Scanlan

From: Lenexa, Kansas

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: I am interested in practicing psychology in a hospital or residential setting.

Fun Fact: I love true crime television and podcasts.

 

Rachel Schumacher

Rachel Schumacher

From: Omaha, Nebraska

Year in Program: 4th (PhDEdS)

Career aspirations: I hope to combine aspects of research and practice to help inform policy and evidence-based practice for early childhood.

Fun Fact: I got married this past summer and my husband and I love tailgating and going to husker football games together!

Cody Solesbee

Cody Solesbee

From: Charlotte, North Carolina

Year in Program: 3rd (PhD)

Career aspirations: : I would love the opportunity to work as a Pediatric Neuropsychologist in a hospital setting. I think it would be great to participate in clinical work in addition to research and some teaching.

Fun Fact: : I co-host a podcast named Psychobabble with 4th-year Raul Palacios, which focuses on important topics related to psychology and mental health!

Cassidy Spradlin

Cassidy Spradlin

From: Wheelersburg, Ohio

Year in Program: 1st (EdS)

Career aspirations: I want to work in schools to create a positive learning environment for everyone by collaborating with teachers, students, and families.

Fun Fact: !) I love iced coffee, stand-up comedy, and making new friends.

Linnea Swanson

Linnea Swanson

From: Park Ridge, Illinois

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: As of right now, I would love to work as a school psychologist in a hospital setting and eventually teach at a University.

Fun Fact: : I have dual citizenship from Switzerland and got to travel there for the first time this past summer!

 

Jeffrey Tlamka

Jeffrey Tlamka

From: Lincoln, Nebraska

Year in Program: 1st (EdS)

Career aspirations: I want to become a School Psychologist in the k-12 school system

Fun Fact: I served in military operations in Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Cesar Torres

Cesra Torres

From: Omaha, Nebraska

Year in Program: 1st (PhD)

Career aspirations: I hope to teach at a university and further explore my research interest in bullying and victimization. I am open minded about other careers within school psychology, but hope to narrow my interest as I explore my talents within the field.

Fun Fact: Ariana Grande is my favorite musical artist, I love her music, and have even drawn a portrait of her.