People


Deb
ra A. Hope, Ph.D.
Aaron Douglas Professor
Department of Psychology

Dr. Hope received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Albany-State University of New York in 1990 and joined the department at UNL in the same year.  At present, she is a Professor and Graduate Chair. Her current research interests focus on two primary areas: (a) mental health impacts of stigma and discrimination, particularly for gender and sexual minorities, and (b) anxiety disorders with a focus on social anxiety disorder.

Dr. Hope is the director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, one of the specialty services within the Psychological Consultation Center. The current research focus is on disemination of evidence-based treatment, particularly using technology and other innovative approaches. Another area of interest is understanding the gender effect in anxiety. The research on stigma and discrimination is primarily focusing on the work through Trans Collaborations. Trans Collaborations is our joint community-based collaborative with the transgender and gender non-conforming communities, Richard Mocarski at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, our collaborators at Michigan State University, and the University of Alabama. See the Trans Collaborations website for more details about this work.

Dr. Hope teaches classroom and practicum courses on cognitive-behavioral therapy, a senior level course on clinical psychology, and an undergraduate course on the psychology of diversity. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintains a small private practice.



HOPE LAB CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

Todd Caze

Todd graduated from Judson University and the University of Oklahoma. His research interests are how anxiety impacts the assessment, management and rehabilitation of sports-concussion. Particularly, he is interested in how anxiety is manifested and measured once athletes concuss and how does that impact the constellation of symptoms. Todd is currently investigating what anxiety measure is most appropriate for screening in concussion and reviewing what the literature has to say about concussion and anxiety sequelae.

 

Zach Huit

Zach graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is broadly interested in the role of family and social environments in development. More specifically, he is interested in how family and relational structures impact the development of LGBTQ+ individuals and ways in which that can be used to inform services for LGBTQ+ communities. He is also very interested in how familial and social environments impact victims of child maltreatment.

 

Natalie Holt

Natalie graduated from the University of Kentucky and is broadly interested in mental health issues for LGBTQ individuals. She is specifically interested in the delivery of culturally-responsive mental health services to TGNC communities and the use of community-based participatory research. Natalie is currently investigating mental health providers' experiences and competencies for working with TGNC clients.


 

Andrew Jeon

Andrew graduated from the University of Oklahoma and his primary research interests lie in understanding how mental health, stigma, and the law interact in the context of discrimination. Specifically, he has recently been investigating the psychological effects of discrimination on individuals in an employment context as well as how social anxiety and depression are perceived by others.  He is investigating factors such as emotion regulation, social distance, and perception of mental illness and how they affect individuals in their daily lives.  Andrew is also interested in research in mental health public policy within the context of international law. 

 

Allura Ralston

Allura received her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2018 and is currently pursuing her PhD. She previously received her B.A. in Psychology from Temple University. Broadly, Allura's research and clinical interests include social anxiety, minority stress processes, and mental health disparities in LGBTQ+ communities. Additionally, she is interested in treatment dissemination and implementation strategies (particularly technology-assisted treatments) for these and other traditionally underserved communities.

 



HOPE LAB ALUMNI

 


Shelly Cappozzoli Ph.D.
  • Internship: Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT
  • Postdoc/First job: Postdoctoral Fellow, McLean Hospital, Boston, MA

Chandra Bautista Ph.D.
  • Internship: MEDVAMC, Houston, TX
  • Postdoc/First job: Postdoctoral Fellow, General Mental Health, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX

Vincenzo Roma Ph.D.
  • Internship: Vincenzo Roma – VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR
  • Postdoc/First job: Postdoctoral Fellow, PC-MHI/Psycho-Oncology Fellowship, VA San Diego, San Diego

Grant Schulman Ph.D.
  • Internship: VA Puget Sound – American Lake, Tacoma, WA
  • Postdoc/First job: Postdoctoral Fellow, Primary Care-Mental Health Integration, VA Puget Sound - American Lake Division, Tacoma, WA

Peter Meidlinger Ph.D.
  • Internship: VA Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Postdoc/First job: Staff Psychologist, VA Nebraska, Western Iowa Healthcare System, Grand Island, NE
 

 



HOPE LAB PRIOR ALUMNI

Brandon Weiss Kristin Anderson Milena Stoyanova Tim Emge Luis Morales Knight
J. Suzanne Singh Nathan Miller Carmen McLean Sarah Hayes Cynthia Kraus
Robin Chang (with Alan Tempkins, Ph.D.) Michel Bonin Elizabeth Moore Lindsay Ham Cate Hazeldine-Jones
Tami DeCoteau Peter Norton Melanie VanDyke James Burns Leslie Cohn
David Washington (with Mario Scalora, Ph.D.) Valerie Meier Karen Sigler Louis Laguna George Thorn
Dirk Elting