USM School Psychology Graduate Students

Erica Bachmayer

  • Email:    erica.bachmayer@eagles.usm.edu


Degrees Earned    

  • B.S., Psychology, The Ohio State University


Research Interests

  • Behavioral and Academic Intervention


Future Goals

  • Licensed Psychologist in Private Practice or School System


Hometown

  • Sylvania, Ohio
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Katherine Bellone


  • Email    katherine.bellone@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • B.S., Psychology, Louisiana State University


Research Interests

  • Functional analysis, behavioral interventions, Autism Spectrum Disorders


Future Goals

  • Working in either a school or clinical setting, specifically with children with autism


Thesis Title

  • A Comparison of the Effects of a Function-based Intervention to a Non-Function-based Intervention to Address Problem Behaviors in Preschoolers


Extracurricular interests

  • Live music, cooking, movies


Hometown

  • Lacombe, LA


 

 

John Travis Blaze


  • Email    john.blaze@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • B.A. in Psychology University of Oklahoma
  •  M.A. in Psychology Southeastern Louisiana University


Research Interests

  • Academic & Behavioral Interventions, Functional Behavior Assessments, Applied Behavior Analysis


Future Goals

  • Licensed Psychologist in School System, Private Practice, or Academia


Extracurricular interests

  • College football, computers, video games, cooking

 



 

 

Jonna Halphen


 

  • Email    Jonna.Halphen@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • B.S. Psychology, Louisiana State University


Research Interests

  • Behavioral and academic interventions, children with developmental disabilities


Future Goals

  • To work either in a school system or in academia


Hometown

  • Columbia, MS


 

 

Christina Hardy

  • Email    Christina.Hardy@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • BA-Psychology
  • MA-Psychology


Research Interests

  • My research interests include behavior management via group contingencies, functional analysis/assessment, academic interventions, and PBIS.


Future Goals

  • I would like to work in a school district.


Extracurricular interests

  • Tennis & Painting


Hometown

  • Fayetteville, NC

 

 

 Lauren Lestremau Harpole


  • Email    Lauren.Lestremau@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • B.S. Psychology from USM


Research Interests

  • Behavioral and academic interventions---too early to tell!


Future Goals

  • Initially to work in a school system


Extracurricular interests

  • Camping, canoeing, reading, and art


Hometown

  • Slidell, LA.


 

 

Brandy Hunt


  • Email    Brandy.Hunt@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • BS Psychology, Ball State University
  • MA School Psychology, Ball State University
  • EdS School Psychology, Ball State University


Research Interests

  • Applied behavior analysis, Group contingencies in the classroom, Developmental Disabilities, Nondiscriminatory assessment of culturally and linguistically different students, Response to Intervention (RtI), Treatment integrity of social, behavioral and academic interventions.


Future Goals

  • Academia and/or hospital setting


Thesis Title

  • The Good Behavior Game with a Preschool Population


Hometown

  • Lebanon, Indiana


 

 

Aimee M Maldonado

  • Email    Aimee.Maldonado@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • B.S., Psychology, Louisiana State University


Research Interests

  • To work in a school setting

Hometown

  • Kenner, Louisiana


 

 

Leila Mullooly

  • Email    leila.mullooly@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • B.S., Psychology, Louisiana State University


Research Interests

  • Behavioral and academic interventions


Future Goals

  • To work in a school district or clinical setting


Thesis Title

  • Effects of Check In/ Check Out on Levels of Problem Behavior and Academic Engagement in Elementary School Students


Hometown

  • Houma, Louisiana


 

 


 

 

 

Laura (Patterson) Needelman

  • Email    Laura.L.Patterson@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • B.S. from Creighton University (Major: Elementary Education)
  • M.A. from The University of Southern Mississippi (Psychology)


Research Interests

  • compliance training, applied behavior analysis, autism


Future Goals

  • clinic setting


Extracurricular & Personal Interests

  • cooking, reading


Hometown

  • Omaha, NE


 

 

Linda-Mai Nguyen

  • Email    Lindamai.Nguyen@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • B.S., Psychology, University of Florida
  • M.A., Human Services Psychology (emphasis ABA), University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Research Interests

  • Behavioral and academic interventions, developmental disabilities, Autism spectrum, early intervention


Future Goals

  • clinic setting


Extracurricular & Personal Interests

  • reading, anime, cooking


Hometown

  • Orlando, FL


 

 

Nichol Pritchard

  • Email    Nichol.Pritchard@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • B.S. Psychology, The University of Tennessee at Martin
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, Mississippi State University


Research Interests

  • PBIS, Academic Interventions, Social Skills Training, Day
  • Treatment Clasrooms, ADHD


Future Goals

  • Work in a clinical in-patient setting or a school system


Extracurricular interests

  • Extracurricular interests - I have a minor in music so I enjoy playing the french horn, reading, and playing with my two cats (Slinky and Smoke) and dog(Rufus)


Hometown

  • Union Ciy, Tennessee


 

 

Brandon Richard

  • Email    mossbluff@hotmail.com

Degrees Earned    

  • B.S. Psychology Toccoa Falls College
  • M.S. Clinical Psychology Northwestern State University of Louisiana


Research Interests

  • Academic and behavioral interventions, classroom management training, and PBIS


Future Goals

  • Work in a school system, teach at a university, and possibly earn a position with a department of education


Extracurricular interests

  • Sports, Reading, Music, Video Games


Hometown

  • Ville Platte, Louisiana


 

 

Julie Sherman


  • Email    julie.sherman@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • B.S., Psychology, Lamar University
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Lamar University


Research Interests

  • PBIS, Classroom intervention through group contingencies, applied behavior analysis


Future Goals

  • Private practice


Extracurricular interests

  • movies, spend time with family


Hometown

  • Beaumont, TX

 



 

 

Kimberly A. Zoder-Martell

  • Email    kimberly.martell@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • BA: Psychology and Sociology; SUNY at Stony Brook
  • MA: Psychology; Adelphi University


Research Interests

  • Strategies to increase treatment integrity, Teacher training, Home and school based interventions for children who are at-risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system, Violence prevention, and Education rights and advocacy.


Future Goals

  • To secure a position in academia


Thesis Title

  • The Effects of Verbal and Graphed Performance Feedback on Treatment Integrity in School-Based Consultation


Extracurricular interests

  • Finger painting, wiffle ball, playing horseshoes


Hometown

  • Long Island, New York



 

 

 Rachel R. Mitchell

 

  • Email    Rachel.Mitchell@eagles.usm.edu

Degrees Earned    

  • B.S., Psychology and Human Services, Millsaps College


Research Interests

  • Social skills training, group contingencies in the classroom, developmental disabilities, behavioral and academic interventions


Future Goals

  • To work in a school district


Hometown

  • Pascagoula, MS