Previous Lab Members & Research Staff


2016

Ruby Charak, Ph.D.
Ruby was a postdoctoral research fellow who served as the data manager/analyst for Project WISE from 2015-2016. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

2015

Rita Dykstra, Ph.D.
Rita was a postdoctoral research fellow who served as the data manager/analyst for Project WISE from 2013-2015. She currently works in private practice in Decora, Iowa.

Rosy Maldonado, Ph.D.
Rosy completed her pre-doctoral internship at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center.  She currently holds a position as a trauma postdocotral fellow at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.

Carrie (Neukirch) Murphy, B.A.
Carrie was a full-time Project Manager for Project WISE from 2012-15 at the Lincoln, NE study site. She currently works as a project coordinator for the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior at UNL.

Laura Watkins, Ph.D.
Laura completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and VA Jackson Consortium.  She currently holds a post-doctoral position in the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the National Center for PTSD, at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.


2014

Meghan (Hastings) Langel, M.P.H.
Megan was a full-time Project Manager for Project WISE from 2013-14 at the Omaha, NE study site. She is currently a project coordinator for the Heartland Osteoporosis Prevention Study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing.

Sydney Tafuri, M.A.

Sydney was a research assistant for Project WISE from 2013-14 at the Lincoln, NE study site. She is currently a graduate student in the counseling psychology masters program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


2013

Renu Thomas, Ph.D.
Renu completed her pre-doctoral internship at Summit Psychological Associates, Inc. in Akron, Ohio. She currently holds a post-doctoral position at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX.


Tara Ryan, B.S.

Tara was a full-time Project Manager for Project WISE from 2011-13 at the Omaha, NE study site. She is currently a graduate student in the clincal forensic psychology doctoral program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC.


2012

Maria Iturbide, Ph.D.
Maria was a full-time Project Manager for Project WISE from 2011-12. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Emily Gale, Ph.D.
Emily completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis.


2011

Kate Walsh, Ph.D. 
Kate completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and was a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is currently an assistant professor at Yeshiva University in New York City.

Jill Panuzio Scott, Ph.D. 
Jill completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology. She is currently a staff psychologist at the Center for Returning Veterans in the VA Boston Healthcare System.


2010

Amanda Kras, Ph.D.
Amanda completed her internship at Albany Stratton VA Medical Center – Albany, NY, where she is now employed as a psychologist.

Sarah Evans, Ph.D. 
Sarah completed her pre-doctoral internship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, where she is now working as a clinical child psychologist. Her time is split between infant/early childhood assessment and child traumatic stress intervention, consultation, and research.


2009

Emily S. Trask, Ph.D.
Emily completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She is currently a pediatric psychologist at Gilette Children's Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.


2008

Andrea R. Perry, Ph.D.
Andrea completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System where she currently works as a psychologist in the Trauma Recovery Program.

Lorraine Cuadra, Ph.D.
Lorraine completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/Worcester State Hospital. She is currently a faculty member at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. 


2006

Sarah DeGue, Ph.D.
Sarah DeGue completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of South Florida/Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI). She is currently a Behavioral Scientist at the CDC National Center for Injury prevention and Control.

Michelle A. Fortier, Ph.D.
Michelle completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at WVU School of Medicine in Charleston. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the UC Irvine Center for Pain Management.


2005

Cindy Nash, Ph.D.
Cindy L. Nash completed her pre-doctoral internship at BoysTown Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. She is currently in private practice.


2004

John Clemmons, Ph.D.
John received his doctorate degree in August, 2004 after completing an internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Pediatrics, Child Study Center and Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Thereafter, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Student Counseling Service. John is currently a staff psychologist at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg, MS.