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Cody Hollist, Ph.D. Lab Lead

Dr. Hollist is an Associate Professor in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies and the Director of the Global Experiences Office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His area of research interest is adolescent mental health and family resilience. His research specifically focuses on Brazilian adolescent mental health and family strength while living in vulnerable contexts. He is currently working on multiple projects in Brazil that engage vulnerable communities in supporting adolescent growth and development.


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Melissa D. Zephier Olson, Ph.D.

Melissa D. Zephier Olson is a Yankton Sioux tribal member and a descendant of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribe. Melissa has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and PhD in Global Family Health & Wellbeing with specialized concentration in Ethnic Studies. She is a published author and has presented at numerous national/international conferences on minority health disparities, Indigenous studies and behavioral counseling for culturally diverse populations. She was selected as an Elouise Cobell Scholar. Her research focus is on Indian boarding schools and their impact on important family relationships and cultural identities.  

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Alexandra Martin, Ph.D. 

Alexandra Martin is from Madison, Wisconsin. She received her B.A from Ripon College in Global Studies with minors in Spanish and Religion and her M.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Child, Youth, and Family Studies with a minor in Anthropology. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Global Family Health and Wellbeing Program within the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include international relations, complexity science, and violence. Her professional interests include mentorship and improving access to community resources and supportive services.

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Bruna Seibel, Ph.D. 

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Aurea Tamami Minagawa Toriyama, Ph.D. 

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Sarah Rasby, M.S. 

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Genese Clark, M.S.

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Tyele Goulart Peres, M.S.

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Deogratias Musoke

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Oluwatobi Abiola

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Diviner Mawulengor

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Former T-REx Scholars

Christopher Neu, Ph.D. Student