Shaina Kumar

First Year Graduate Student
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Department of Psychology
Email: skumar@huskers.unl.edu 

Shaina is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Shaina’s broad research interests include intersections among psychopathology, interpersonal relationships, and quality of life in trauma survivors. Additionally, she is interested in studying resilience and psychological protective factors that contribute to wellbeing in this population.

Shaina earned her Bachelor of Science (2013) and Master of Arts (2015) degree in Psychology from Towson University. During her undergraduate and graduate career, Shaina worked as a research assistant studying attachment, family dynamics, and interpersonal relationships. Following graduation, Shaina worked as a lab coordinator where she was involved in research examining relationships among trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, and quality of life. Shaina also served as an adjunct faculty member at Towson University where she taught undergraduate-level courses and mentored students. Outside of academia, Shaina enjoys spending time with her Pomeranian, Pumpkin.  

 

  


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PUBLICATIONS

Kumar, S., & Mattanah, J. F. (in press). Interparental conflict, parental intrusiveness, and interpersonal functioning in emerging adulthood. Personal Relationships

Davila, J., … Mattanah, J. F., Daks, J., Kumar, S., Lomash, E., McCormick, M., & Zhou, J. (2017). Romantic competence, healthy relationship functioning, and well-being in emerging adults. Personal Relationships, 24(1), 162-184. doi:10.1111/pere.12175

Kumar, S. (2017). From student to professional: Thoughts on roadblocks and keys to success. In J. D. Sinnott (Ed.), Identity Flexibility During Adulthood: Perspectives on Adult Development. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

 Webermann, A., Brand, B. L., Schielke, H., Kumar, S., & Myrick, A. (2017). Depression and culture in the TOP DD Network Study: Assessing depressive symptoms, self-harm, and hospitalization among dissociative patients across four cultures. Acta Psychopathologica, 3(S1:39). doi:10.4172/2469-6676.100111

Kumar, S., & Mattanah, J. F. (2016). Parental attachment, romantic competence, relationship satisfaction, and psychosocial adjustment in emerging adulthood. Personal Relationships 23(4), 801-817. doi:10.1111/pere.12161

POSTERS/PRESENTATIONS

Franz, M., Kumar, S., Alexander, E., Sanders, A., Smith, T., & DiLillo, D. (2017, November). Difficulties in emotion regulation explain the link between PTSD and dysfunctional parenting. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego, CA.

Brisbane, M., Smith, A., Kumar, S., & Brand, B. L. (2017, April). Posttraumatic stress symptoms and dissociative experiences: Implications for meaning in life among dissociative disorder patients. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Towson University Research Expo, Towson, MD.

Kumar, S., Myrick, A., & Brand, B. L. (2017, April). Quality of life in patients with dissociative disorders: The role of posttraumatic stress and dissociative symptoms. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Washington, D.C., US.

Schielke, H., Brand, B. L., Webermann, A., Abduragimova, P., Kumar, S., Schuck, A., & Myrick, A. (2017, April). Patient safety and quality of life: Updates from the Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOP DD) Network Study. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Washington, D.C., US.

Kumar, S., & Mattanah, J. F. (2016, April). Attachment style and social anxiety in emerging adulthood: The role of asserting personal rights and displeasure. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Towson University Research Expo, Towson, MD.

Kumar, S., & Brand, B. L. (2016, April). TeachTrauma: Childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Invited speaker at Towson University’s Psi Chi Psychology Lab Fair, Towson, MD. 

Mattanah, J. F., Zhou, J., Kumar, S., Lomash, E., & Daks, J. (2016, March). Parenting correlates of romantic competence in emerging adulthood: Exploring gender-specific relations. Symposium presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

Mattanah, J. F., Daks, J., & Kumar, S. (2015, October). Parenting, romantic relationship competence and satisfaction, and college student functioning: Exploring a meditational model. Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Miami, FL.

Kumar, S., Salkowitz, Y., Gilman, B., McCormick, M., Zhou, J., Lomash, E., Daks, J., & Mattanah, J. F. (2015, August). Perceived marital conflict and mutuality: Links with distress and emotion regulation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Mattanah, J. F., Daks, J., Lomash, E., Gilman, B., Kumar, S., McCormick, M., Salkowitz, Y., & Zhou, J. (2015, March). Romantic competence in emerging adulthood: Construct validity and links with relationship satisfaction. Symposium presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Kumar, S., Ferri, J., Gilman, B., Zhou, J., Lomash, E., Daks, J., McCormick, M., & Mattanah, J. F. (2015, April). Attachment style, romantic competence, relationship satisfaction, and overall life satisfaction: A mediational model. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Towson University Research Expo, Towson, MD.

Kumar, S., Salkowitz, Y., Ferri, J., Gilman, B., McCormick, M., Zhou, J., Lomash, E., Daks, J., & Mattanah, J. F. (2015, March). Gender and perceived marital conflict: Links with loneliness and satisfaction with life. Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Salkowitz, Y., Kumar, S., Ferri, J., McCormick, M., Lomash, E., Daks, J., Gilman, B., & Mattanah, J. F. (2015, March). Marital conflict, romantic relationship competence, and life satisfaction among emerging adults. Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Zhou, J., Gilman, B., Lomash, E., Kumar, S., Daks, J., Roesler, J., McCormick, M., Phillips, P., Carlson, F., Salanon, E., Salkowitz, Y., & Mattanah, J. F. (2015, March). Comparing three measures of mutuality in the close relationships of emerging adults. Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

McCormick, M., Mittel, M., Phillips, P., Kumar, S., Lomash, E., Zhou, J., Daks, J., Salkowitz, Y., Gilman, B., & Mattanah, J. F. (2015, March). How would you handle this situation? Emerging adults’ parenting philosophy is linked to hypothetical parenting scenario responses. Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Lomash, E., Schmidt, C., Brophy, E., McCormick, M., Zhou, J., Salkowitz, Y., Daks, J., Kumar, S., Carlson, F., & Mattanah, J. F. (2015, March). Testing the links between loneliness, physical health, and adjustment to college. Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Daks, J., Gilman, B., Salkowitz, Y., Zhou, J., McCormick, M., Lomash, E., Mittel, M., Kumar, S., Mattanah, J. F. & Phillips, P. (2015, March). Investigating the importance of relational insight in predicting couple satisfaction and less loneliness among emerging adults. Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Kumar, S. & Sinnott, J. (2013, April). The effect of pet ownership and human-animal interaction on quality of life. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Towson University Research Expo, Towson, MD.