People

Mario J. Scalora, Ph.D.


Education

B.S., Psychology, St. Joseph’s University, 1982
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1989

Biosketch

Dr. Scalora is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests address various types of targeted violence issues including threats to public institutions and infrastructure/threat assessment, sexual offending and workplace violence. This research continues to involve collaboration with state and federal agencies dealing with threat management and counterterrorism issues. Dr. Scalora also collaborates with local, state, and federal law enforcement on threat assessment research assessing predictive risk factors concerning targeted threatening and violent activity.

Current Graduate Students

Elizabeth Low, M.A.

 

        






Education

B.A., Psychology, Carleton College, 2011
M.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016
Expected Ph.D.: 2019

Biosketch

Liz is currently on internship at the UNC School of Medicine, Clinical Forensic track. After graduating from Carleton College in 2011, she spent a year volunteering with AmeriCorps in the criminal justice system in Iowa. From 2012 to 2014, she was a research assistant and study coordinator for the Deployment Health Clinical Center in the Washington, D.C. area examining assessments and treatments for PTSD and depression for active duty military service members. her primary research interests include forensic assessment, threat assessment and management, and the warning signs of suicidal and violent behaviors in the military and forensic populations.

Education

B.A., Psychology, Skidmore College, 2011
M.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016
Expected Ph.D.: 2019

Biosketch

Christina is a fourth-year student in the UNL Clinical Psychology Training Program. She recently matched for internship at Madigan Army Medical Center, where she will be commissioning as a Captain in the US Army. She is a member of two research teams: Dr. Scalora's Targeted Violence Research Team, and Dr. DiLillo's Trauma, Violence and Abuse lab. After graduating from Skidmore College in 2011, she worked for three years as a research assistant at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA Healthcare System, during which she conducted a longitudinal assessment of Boston-area veterans who experienced chronic PTSD. Her primary research interests include suicide and violence risk assessment and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the military population, particularly PTSD resulting from combat and sexual assault traumas.

Christina L. Hein, M.A.

Jessie Semmann, M.A.

Education

B.A., Psychology, Marquette University, 2015
B.A., Criminology and Law Studies, Marquette University, 2015  M.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln                  Expected Ph.D.: 2020

Biosketch

Jessie is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at UNL. Jessie was a McNair Scholar at Marquette University and focused her research on sexual violence. Currently, Jessie’s research focus is targeted violence in educational environments, including college campuses and K-12 settings. Jessie’s research has primarily focused on the characteristics and behaviors displayed by perpetrators of targeted violence. Jessie also maintains interest in threat assessment and management of targeted violence.

Kyle Siddoway, M.A.


 Education

B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University, 2016
M.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2018
Expected Ph.D.: 2021
Biosketch

Kyle is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at UNL. In 2016, Kyle received his bachelor's in Psychology from BYU with a minor in Portuguese. He worked in the research lab of Dr. Gary Burlingame, which focused on the forensic population at the Utah State Hospital. His current research interests include forensic assessment, violence risk assessment, and examining influences on reporting behaviors of both sexually intrusive behaviors, and problematic bias (racism, sexism, etc.) on a college campus. Additionally, he is currently involved in research examining targeted violence in a large public school system. 














Education

B.A., Psychology, Creighton University, 2018
Biosketch

Maddie is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at UNL. Maddie graduated from Creighton University in 2018, during which time her research focused on sexual recidivism and evaluation of sex offender treatment programs. Her current research interests include general and sexual violence risk assessment and the management of targeted violence. Maddie also holds interest in the characteristics and warning signs of those most at risk to commit these types of violence. 

Maddie Eyer

Patrick McGonigal

Education

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2016

Biosketch

Patrick McGonigal is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduating from UMass Amherst in 2016, Patrick spent two years at Rhode Island Hospital's Adult Partial Hospital Program as a clinical research assistant and diagnostician. Patrick is primarily interested in investigating and preventing violent behaviors that pose risk to interpersonal and intrapersonal safety. Specifically, he is interested in severe forms of psychopathology and disordered personality that can increase risk for these behaviors. Additionally, he is interested in issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community, and the use of research to inform public policy.