Current Graduate Students

Jessie Pogue, M.A.

Jessie is a sixth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program and is completing her pre-doctoral internship at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.  Her clinical and research interests include both child maltreatment and pediatric psychology.  She is partnering closely with the local Child Advocacy Center for her dissertation project to improve the identification of children who are at highest risk of sexual abuse.  Prior clinical experiences include providing services to children and families and consultation with the pediatric team of a children’s rehabilitation hospital, coordinating Project SAFE, teaching undergraduate psychology courses (Psyc 430: Psychology of Family Violence, Psyc 289: Developmental Psychology, Psyc 489: Child Behavior and Development), and working as a mental health consultant for an Early Head Start Home-based program and Head Start school-based program in Lincoln, NE.

Jessie graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a minor in French.  After graduation, she spent a year working for a wilderness therapy program in northern Georgia before returning to the University of Michigan.  As a research associate there, her work focused on obesity and stress in low-income populations and she worked closely with Head Start programs throughout the state.  

For fun, Jessie loves to travel, explore Minneapolis on foot and by bike, eat ice cream, and stress-bake.

Katie Meidlinger, M.A.
Katie is a fifth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Her research interests include the impact of trauma on child development and family functioning from a biopsychosocial perspective.  Katie’s clinical interests include working within a multi-disciplinary team to provide mental health consultation and direct services to families, victims of violence, and sexual minorities.  Katie graduated with a BA from University of Nebraska Lincoln as a Psychology major with a minor in Anthropology in 2012. Her research experiences during undergrad included pediatric health topics, developmental neuropsychology, and a lithics project utilizing neuropsychology perspectives.  The achievements from which she takes the most pride are her two adorable children.  See Katie's CV here
Kate Theimer, M.A. 
Kate is a fifth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her clinical and research interests include the factors that influence outcomes following child sexual abuse and the assessment and intervention of child maltreatment. She is currently the Assistant Director of the Family Interaction Skills Clinic and the recipient of the 2018-2019 Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship.
Kate graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology, Leadership and Communication, and Child, Youth, and Family Studies. She worked as a research assistant in several labs on campus, particularly in the Child Maltreatment Lab and Trauma, Violence, and Abuse lab. She volunteered at a local elementary school working individually with low-income kindergartners, the Clyde Malone Community Center, Voices of Hope, and the Child Advocacy Center. See Kate's CV here
Brittany Biles, M.A.

Brittany is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Her clinical and research interests include factors related to outcomes associated with child sexual abuse.  Specifically, she is interested in how abuse-related attributions (e.g., self-blame/guilt, feeling vulnerable) influence outcomes following sexual abuse.  She is currently the Clinical Coordinator for Project SAFE at the local Child Advocacy Center, providing services to children who have disclosed sexual abuse and their non-offending family members.  

Brittany graduated from the University of North Georgia College & State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.  While there, she volunteered at women shelters and at a child and adolescent female group home.  She was also the receipent of the Faculty-Undergraduate Summer Engagement (FUSE) research grant.  Then, she went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2015.  While there, she worked as a research coordinator and lab manager in the Trauma and Family Violence lab, mentored undergraduates, and was a teaching assistant. 

Kelsey McCoy, M.A.

Kelsey is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her clinical and research interests include the emotional and behavioral functioning of abused and neglected children, factors associated with risk and resilience, and evaluating clinical interventions. She currently works as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant at Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders County, specifically with the Early Head Start Home-based program and Head Start school-based program. 

Kelsey graduated from West Virginia University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She worked in a Parent-Child Interaction Therapy lab, as well as a social psychology lab. During her time as a research assistant and as a Ronald E. McNair scholar, she conducted research that she presented at numerous state and national conferences. In addition, she was a teaching assistant for an undergraduate psychology course. 

Emily Sonnen, B.A.

Emily is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her clinical and research interests include risk factors associated with intergenerational transmission of trauma, evidence-based treatments for trauma exposure, maternal depression and anxiety, improving outcomes for at-risk children, specifically in foster care populations. Currently, Emily works with the Head Start program (Home-Based and Blended Learning) as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant. She also works as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate psychology course. 

Emily graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. While completing her undergraduate degree, she worked as a Research Assistant in a Parent- Child Interaction Therapy lab, as well as a pediatric health lab on campus. After graduation, Emily spent a year working at a local foster care agency. See Emily's CV here.

Terrence (Zach) Huit, B.A.

Zach is a second year student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  His research interests broadly include youth, families, and development. Within such areas, he is interested in two branches of research: 1) the role of family and social structures in child maltreatment contexts, and 2) the role of family and social environments in the development of ethnic/racial and sexual minority individuals.

Zach graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Prior to his time at UNL, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in 2011 from North Central University in Minneapolis. During his undergraduate career at University of Nebraska, he was actively involved in a few different research labs spanning topics such as anxiety, child maltreatment, and legal decision-making processes. He was also a Lab Manager for the Child Maltreatment Lab.

Following graduation, he was involved as both a child and parent co-therapist for Project SAFE under the supervision of Dr. David Hansen. He also worked as a postbac Research Assistant for Dr. Weiner’s Legal Decision Laboratory at UNL. His work there spanned topics such as sexual harassment, objectification, and discrimination. He was also involved in several NIJ-funded studies regarding the probation program of Nebraska. 

Akemi Mii, B.A.

Akemi is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her clinical and research interests include studying outcomes following child maltreatment as well as examining the efficacy of evidenced-based interventions following child maltreatment in minority and underserved populations. 

 Akemi graduated from Saint Louis University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant in the Child and Family Research Lab as well as the Violence and Traumatic Stress Lab. Following graduation, Akemi worked as a clinical research coordinator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for two years.  See Akemi's CV here.