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

Project Coordinator

Becca Howard Valdivia

Becca HowardBecca is the project coordinator for the THRIVE Lab. Broadly speaking, Becca is interested in how interpersonal, institutional, and societal factors affect victim/survivors’ experiences with, and recovery from, sexual assault. She is particularly interested in social reactions to disclosures of sexual assault and institutional and cultural betrayal trauma theories. She hopes to expand her research into sexual assault prevention and sexual health.

Becca earned her BA in Psychology and English (2016) from the University of Oregon, and her MA in Psychological Research (2020) from California State University at Long Beach (CSULB). Under the mentorship of Drs. Courtney Ahrens and Jennifer Gómez, her Master’s thesis examined the multiplicative effect of high betrayal trauma and cultural betrayal trauma on young adult Latina/o/x victim/survivors’ psychological and physical health. Between graduating from CSULB and starting as the project coordinator for the THRIVE Lab, Becca was a part-time lecturer at CSULB. In addition to research, Becca enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and playing with her cat, Tantor.

Graduate Students

Madi Edwards

Madi EdwardsMadi Edwards is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is 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. This led her to complete an undergraduate thesis examining the barriers to bystander intervention among sober and intoxicated men. Madi also worked as an intern at Williamsburg Behavioral Psychology Clinic and as Vice President of Psi Chi. 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.

Harper Jones

Harper JonesHarper is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is affiliated with the Women, Immunity and Sexual Health (WISH) 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 in order to help survivors have happy and healthy sexual lives.

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 pug, Jax.