Hannah Williamson, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and completed her clinical internship at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. Much of Dr. Williamson’s research focuses on low-income couples, a population that has been historically under-represented in relationship science, despite having disproportionately higher levels of relationship distress and dissolution. Existing research on close relationships provides a reasonably strong account of relationship functioning in the middle-class, yet by focusing almost exclusively on interpersonal processes among economically stable couples this approach overlooks the possibility that chronic stress and socioeconomic disadvantage undermine processes that promote close and enduring family bonds. See the Williamson Lab website for more information about Dr. Williamson’s program of research.
Emily Georgia Salivar, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice specializing in romantic relationships. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami under the mentorship with Brian D. Doss, and completed her clinical internship and residency at VA Medical Centers in Florida. Dr. Georgia Salivar’s research focuses on disseminating flexible, web-based interventions for traditionally underserved and understudied couples. She has specific interests in older adult couples, weight bias in couples, and the influence of with trauma and military experiences on dyadic processes. Her faculty page can be accessed here.
Jessica Kansky is a 6th year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on psychosocial predictors and outcomes of romantic experiences from adolescence through adulthood. Specifically, she is interested in the role of romantic relationship quality in optimal interpersonal and individual development and well-being. Prior to graduate school, she served as a research coordinator for the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology. Jessica will begin her pre-doctoral internship at the Charleston Consortium in summer 2020.
Karena Leo is a 5th year clinical psychology graduate student at the University of Utah working with Dr. Brian Baucom. Her research interest is primarily focused on examining communication behavior and affective expression during conflict and in couples coping with a chronic illness. Karena grew up in Indonesia before moving to the United States to pursue a B.S. in biology and psychology. Karena will begin her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in July 2020.
Michelle Ramos, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). She received her M.A. in Psychology from CSUF and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. She completed her clinical internship at the UC San Diego School of Medicine/VA Medical Center - Children's Hospital and is a licensed psychologist. Dr. Ramos conducts research on the intergenerational transmission of couple and family aggression. She is particularly interested in youths’ romantic relationships, conflict via electronic/social media, and health outcomes.
Colin Adamo is a 4th year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah where he works with Dr. Brian Baucom in the Couples Laboratory for Observational Studies. His research interests include the use of mobile technology in clinical interventions especially in the context of couples therapy. Colin earned is B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies from Yale University and worked across multiple settings in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health education and advocacy before pursuing his doctorate.
Maggie Parker, M.S. is a Clinical Science doctoral student at Binghamton University studying sexual assault and intimate partner violence under the supervision of Dr. Richard Mattson. She is particularly interested in identifying situational and dispositional factors that may predict violence perpetration in men and women.
Corey Pettit, B.A., is a second-year doctoral student with Dr. Joe Allen at UVA and has served in the media co-coordinator role since November 2019. Her research interests center around exploring romantic relationships from a developmental perspective, identifying longitudinal precipitants and outcomes related to maladaptive relationship behaviors. Corey earned her B.A. from the University of Southern California and served as a lab manager in the USC Family Studies Project and UCI THRIVE lab prior to graduate school.
Emily Carrino, B.A. (she/her), is a second-year doctoral student with Dr. Don Baucom at UNC Chapel Hill and has served in the media co-coordinator role since November 2019. Her research centers on understanding the interplay between individual functioning and relationship well-being, with a focus on sociocultural factors and psychopathology. She is also interested in understanding processes within dyads who face unique challenges, including sexual and gender minority couples and long-distance partners. Emily earned her bachelors degree in Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies from UNC Chapel Hill and served as a lab manager in the Teen and Young Adult Lab at the University of Pittsburgh prior to graduate school.