Meet the Team

Lab Director: Dr. Anna Jaffe
Anna JaffeDr. Jaffe received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Quantitative Methods from UNL. Dr. Jaffe completed her clinical internship specializing in traumatic stress at the Medical University of South Carolina. She then completed a NIAAA-funded postdoctoral fellowship in addictions research at the University of Washington, where she also served as an Acting Assistant Professor. In 2020, Dr. Jaffe joined the UNL faculty and is a core faculty member of the Clinical Psychology Training Program.

Dr. Jaffe’s program of research centers on understanding the role of alcohol in sexual assault risk and recovery. In particular, she studies sexual assault within the context of interpersonal violence and victimization across the lifespan, recovery following alcohol-involved sexual assault, and associations between PTSD and alcohol use problems. She considers individual factors (e.g., cognitions, stress response), microsystems (e.g., interpersonal interactions), macrosystems (e.g., societal norms), and chronosystems (e.g., changes over time). By translating basic research on stress reactions and alcohol use, she seeks to design and improve clinical interventions that support survivors’ recovery and reduce distress over time. 

Find out more: Faculty Webpage | Google Scholar | ResearchGate

Graduate Students
Erin Beckham

Erin BeckhamErin is a first-year graduate student in the UNL Clinical Psychology Training Program working under the mentorship of Dr. Anna Jaffe. Broadly speaking, she is interested in studying the cognitive and affective mechanisms that increase risk and promote resilience following trauma exposures. In particular, she is interested in the associations that cognitive biases and emotion regulation have with post-traumatic psychopathology and interpersonal functioning. In a related line of research, Erin is also interested in incorporating digital mental health assessment and intervention tools.

Anne Haines

Anne HainesAnne is a first-year graduate student in the UNL Clinical Psychology Training Program working under the mentorship of Dr. Anna Jaffe. Anne is interested in examining the intersections between trauma such as sexual assault, emotion regulation, and risky behaviors such as alcohol use. Anne earned her B.S. in Psychology with a Neuroscience Concentration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before starting graduate school, she worked for two years at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies where she studied temporal patterns and proximal antecedents of high intensity drinking and blackouts.

Becca Howard Valdivia

Becca Howard ValdiviaBecca (she / her) is a first-year doctoral student in the UNL Social and Cognitive Psychology program and pursuing a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is affiliated with the Sexual Assault and Sexual Health (SASH) and THRIVE Lab, working under the mentorship of Drs. Katy Holland and Anna Jaffe. Becca earned her B.A. in Psychology and English from the University of Oregon (2016), and her M.A. in Psychological Research from California State University at Long Beach (2020). She is interested in how interpersonal, institutional, and societal factors affect sexual assault survivors’ well-being, with a particular focus on social reactions to disclosures and betrayal (i.e., institutional betrayal, cultural betrayal trauma). Becca enjoys reading, knitting, podcasts, and spending time with her cat, Tantor.

Harper Jones

Harper JonesHarper is a third-year graduate student in the UNL Clinical Psychology Training Program. She is affiliated with the Women, Immunity and Sexual Health lab and THRIVE lab, working under the mentorship of Drs. Tierney Lorenz and Anna Jaffe. Harper is interested in how experiences in women’s lives, particularly experiences of sexual trauma, impact their sexual health to help survivors have happy and healthy sexual lives. She is also focused on examining the different relational and sexual contexts in which people use alcohol with sexual activity. Harper earned her BA in Psychology and Biology at the College of Wooster. Outside of schoolwork and research, she enjoys rock climbing, cooking, playing board games, and spending time with her dogs.

Madi Edwards

Madi Edwards Madi is a fourth-year graduate student in the UNL Clinical Psychology Training Program, working under the mentorship of both Drs. Anna Jaffe and David DiLillo. Madi is interested in further examining sexual assault prevention mainly through bystander intervention research. She is also particularly focused on understanding how gender socialization and other intersecting identities may influence responses to disclosure and labeling of sexual experiences. Madi graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2019 with a BA in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Child, Youth & Family Studies. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant in the Trauma, Violence, and Abuse Lab on various projects. She also enjoyed serving as a member of PREVENT, a club focused on preventing sexual assault. In her free time, Madi enjoys spending time with friends and listening to podcasts.

Project Coordinator
Kenzie Patterson

Kenzie PattersonKenzie is the project coordinator for the THRIVE Lab. Although there are many aspects of Psychology that Kenzie likes, she is primarily interested in eating disorders, emotional dysregulation, and the intersection between trauma responses and sexual health. She earned her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle. In the near future, Kenzie hopes to attend a masters program for Mental Health Counseling and become a therapist. In her free time, Kenzie likes to listen to podcasts, cook food, listen to live music, and spend time with her dog, Oliver, and her cat, Cleo.

Undergraduate Research Assistants
Ashley Carroll

Ashley CarrollAshley is a senior psychology major at the UNL with minors in Child, Youth, and Family Studies and Ethnic Studies. Ashley is interested in pursuing a master's degree in addiction counseling after graduation and working in a rehabilitation center with a focus on underrepresented communities. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her cat Hazel, going to coffee shops, and spending time outdoors.

Jocelyn Covarrubias

Jocelyn CovarrubiasJocelyn is a senior undergraduate student at UNL studying Psychology and Ethnic Studies. She is part of the Ronald E. McNair program, where she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Anna Jaffe researching gender differences among sexual assault survivors regarding alcohol use and posttraumatic stress disorder. Some of her research interests include trauma, mood disorders, and risk behaviors. Outside of school, she enjoys watching live sports and trying new restaurants.

Mai Pham

Mai PhamMai is a senior student majoring in Psychology and Philosophy at UNL. After obtaining a B.A. degree, she hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. She is interested in understanding childhood trauma and adversity influence developmental trajectories through a biopsychosocial approach. In her free time, she enjoys reading non-fiction books, watching documentaries (especially topics about wars and conflicts), and hanging out with my friends.