Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS) Executive Board
2021–2022


Alexis Rhames, SAS Tri-Chair
Pronouns: She/Her
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Alexis (she/her/hers) is a native of Orlando, Florida and a 4th-year doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri–Columbia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and earned a master’s degree in School Counseling along with a post-master’s certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include exploring the cultural and systemic factors that impact the academic achievement and mental health outcomes of minoritized students in K-12 school settings and communities. As an applied researcher, Alexis hopes to design and implement culturally-relevant prevention and intervention strategies to address the mental health needs of youth in school settings. Clinically, Alexis is passionate about conducting comprehensive psychological assessments for children who may have autism spectrum disorder. Outside of her involvement in professional organizations such as SAS, Alexis enjoys poetry, podcasts, blogging, live music, dancing, and traveling. 

Kymbriona Taylor, SAS Tri-Chair
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Kymbriona Taylor (she/her/hers) is a 2nd year doctoral student at the University of Missouri–Columbia under the mentorship of Dr. Brittany Beasley. She works at Mizzou as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for a cultural diversity course and is training as a practicum student at the Career Center. Her research interests include exploring mental health concerns and multicultural treatment considerations for the Black community, student athletes, and Deaf populations. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she competed on the track and field team. Kymbriona loves to travel and spend time with family and friends. She is currently working on becoming fluent in American Sign Language. 


Melinda Troyka, SAS Tri-Chair
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Melinda  (she/her/hers) is a 2nd-year doctoral student at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She is originally from the Chicago area, but received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where she also minored in dance and women’s & gender studies. Currently, Melinda works as a Positive Psychology teaching assistant and a practicum trainee at Mizzou’s Career Center. Her research interests include identity development, academic self-concept, and their convergence with forms of oppression from an intersectional lens. Outside of psychology, Melinda loves dogs, Grey’s Anatomy, and baking chocolate chip cookies. 


Lue Williams, Secretary
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Lue (she/her/hers) is a 4th-year Counseling Psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon and earned a master’s degree in psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University prior to beginning doctoral studies. Her research interests include ecological factors that influence depressive symptom trajectories across the life span and suicide prevention. She is currently engaged in two clinical placements, conducting comprehensive assessments for ADHD and learning disorders and providing evidence-based treatments at a local therapy practice. Lue is a life-long runner and is grateful for any chance to be outdoors – camping, hiking, trail running, and spending time with her partner on the many gorgeous rivers of the Pacific Northwest. 

Anthony Schmiedeler, M.S., Treasurer
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Anthony (he/him) is a 3rd-year PhD counseling psychology student at the University of Missouri–Columbia. At Mizzou, Anthony works as a graduate teaching assistant and youth assessor for the Center for Evidence-Based Youth Mental Health. He was born and raised in Topeka, KS. Anthony received a B.A. in human biology with a minor in religious studies from The University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS followed by a M.S. in psychology from Avila University in Kansas City, MO. Anthony’s primary research interests revolve around the confluence of vocational and mental health constructs and how these intersections influence career beliefs and perceptions among underrepresented groups. When he’s not doing professional school, Anthony enjoys living life as a dog dad, hanging out with friends, listening to podcasts, running, and following his KU Jayhawks and Kansas City pro sports teams.


 Excellence and Innovation Pillar

Diamond Bracey, Excellence and Innovation Co-Chair
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Diamond (she/her/hers) is a second year PhD student in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology program at Northern Arizona University. Her research interests include telepsychology, depression and anxiety symptom presentation in diverse cultures, culturally responsive, evidence-based treatment for underserved populations, mental health disparities, academic access disparities, and psychology and mental health public policies. Prior to starting her PhD program, she worked as a psychotherapist and saw private- and state-insured child, adolescent, adult, and senior patients for individual, couples, and family therapy treating anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, ODD, PTSD, and other psychological disorders. Born in Washington, DC and raised in Maryland, she earned a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bowie State University in Maryland. When she has free time, she loves to read, travel, and hang out with friends and loved ones. 

Corrine Schwarting, Excellence and Innovation Co-Chair
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Corrine (she/her/hers) is a 2nd-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program at Iowa State University. She received her bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Human Development at Iowa State and has continued her research at Iowa State University at the graduate level. Corrine's research interests are alcohol and cannabis use/misuse, treatment utilization for co-occurring disorders and substance use disorders, and health disparities. She is currently a Project Coordinator on a 10-month longitudinal study investigating cannabis use in a college student population and is training as a practicum student at Iowa State Student Counseling Services. Corrine loves all forms of movement including long walks, runs, biking, yoga, and dance and enjoys cooking for friends.


 Growth and Sustainability Pillar

Sophia Elliott, Growth & Sustainability Tri-Chair
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Sophia (she/her/hers) is a 2nd-year doctoral student studying counseling psychology at Cleveland State University. She works as a research assistant for CSU’s Center for Urban Education. She earned her Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cleveland State University, her Masters of Education in School Psychology from Kent State University, and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Akron. She is a licensed professional counselor. Her broad research interests include topics such as intersectionality, exploring the impact of oppression on university students' mental health, imposter phenomenon, and exploring the effectiveness of clinical strategies that emphasize client strengths and resiliency. She enjoys traveling, volunteering at animal rescues, as well as bird watching. 

Jisu Kim, Growth and Sustainability Tri-Chair
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Jisu Kim (she/her/hers) is a 2nd-year doctoral student at Cleveland State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Canberra in Australia and attained her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Ajou University in Korea. She is currently a practicum student at Oberlin College & Conservatory Counseling Center. Her research interests include COVID-19 impact on women and families, policy studies for women in the workforce, and cross-cultural studies in scale development and validation. In her spare time, she enjoys campfires and hiking in Northeast Ohio.


Ty Robinson, Growth & Sustainability Tri-Chair
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Ty (he/him/his) is a second-year Counseling and Sport Psychology master’s student at Boston University, a graduate coordinator for the Boston University Initiative for Literacy Development (BUILD), and a research assistant for the Institute for Athletic Coach Education (IACE). Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and raised in Austin, Texas, Ty received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Texas. With regard to research, Ty has been examining the embodied nature of race-based trauma in Black youth and how physical activity can contribute to the learning of social and regulatory skills, and how it can interrupt learning and motor learning. He is currently a practicum intern with the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University (CARD) and Fordham University athletics. As founder and president of Counselors of Color in Training Organization (COCITO), he and his peers have been taking initiative to create a community among mental health graduate students of color at BU and advocating for equitable changes within the department. In his spare time, Ty enjoys running, cooking, anime, and spending time with friends. 


Justice & Equity Pillar

Saumya Arora, Justice and Equity Co-Chair
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Saumya (she/her/hers) is a 3rd-year doctoral student at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee. Originally from California, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Saumya's research interests are in the mental health and well-being of QTBIPOC, intersections of multiple systems of oppression, South Asian mental health, and advocacy through research. In the future, she hopes to use her work to support QTBIPOC through research, counseling practice, and community advocacy. In her spare time, Saumya enjoys playing video games and putting on bright eyeshadow. 


Natalie Malone, M.S., Justice and Equity Co-Chair
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Natalie Malone is a 4th-year counseling psychology doctoral student at the University of Kentucky. She is a member of the RISE^2 Research Team and Research Lab for Interdisciplinary Minority Health. She is advised by Dr. Candice Hargons. Broadly, her research interests include social justice topics and love, sex, and spirituality among Black folx. As a scientist-practitioner and activist, she aims to address systemic-level barriers to mental health affecting communities of color, promote sex-positivity, and celebrate all expressions of Black love throughout the diaspora.


 


 Wellness and Positive Development Pillar

Carrie Bohmer, M.S., Wellness and Positive Development Co-Chair
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Carrie Bohmer (She/Her/Hers) is a 1st-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is advised by Dr. Dena Abbott and her research interests center on female masturbation and the relationships women have with their pleasure. Ultimately, she intends to be a sex and relationship therapist and educator. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her pets, exercising, and traveling to new places (pre-COVID-19). 

 

Kareema M. Smith, Wellness and Positive Development Co-Chair
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Kareema (she/her/hers) is a 3rd-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Auburn University. Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, she later attended George Mason University (also in Virginia) where she received both a Master of Science in Educational Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She then went on to serve as the Director of Student Success for the university’s Honors College. Currently, Kareema’s research interests include examining both psychological stressors and aspects of positive psychology such as resilience and well-being among underrepresented groups, specifically Black folx. Many of Kareema’s values are related to love and community and she thrives from spending time with family and friends, reading and traveling.


Programming Committee

Satveer Kler, BA, Programming Tri-Chair
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Satveer Kler (they/them/theirs) is a 3rd-year doctoral student at Southern Illinois University's Counseling Psychology PhD program. Satveer is originally from California (Bay Area) and got their B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2018. Satveer's research interests include QTBIPOC health disparities, racialized heterosexism, and strengths-based approaches to promoting wellness in individuals with multiple marginalized identities. Clinically, Satveer enjoys working with first-generation students, individuals engaging in identity exploration, and individuals with family of origin concerns. In their free time, Satveer enjoys reading, writing poetry, and playing board games. 


Yi Li, Programming Tri-Chair
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Yi is a 2nd-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at University at Buffalo, SUNY. She is originally from China and has been an international student in the United States since high school. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minoring in Counseling, East Asian Culture, and Asian American Studies, and her Master of Science in Education in Mental Health Counseling at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research interests include minorities/people of color, Asian international students, acculturation, bilingualism in counseling and Positive Psychology. She has a passion towards providing bilingual service to Chinese speaking population. Aside from grad life, she enjoys cooking and hiking. She currently lives in Buffalo, NY, with her two cats. 


Queen-Ayanna Sullivan, B.A., Programming Tri-Chair
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Queen-Ayanna Sullivan (she/her/hers) is a 1st-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Psy.D. program at Radford University, located in Radford, Virginia. She obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2021, and she also received her Bachelor of Arts degree double majoring in Psychology and Human Communication from the University of Kentucky in 2019. Her career goal is to become a licensed psychologist and sex educator working for the United States military, specifically focusing on military service members of color and their families. Additionally, her areas of interest include sex, intimacy, relationships, trauma, and life transition among people within this community. 


 Communications Committee

Quyen Tang, Social Media Chair
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Quyen (he/him/his) is a 2nd-year doctoral student at the University of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he also earned a Master of Arts in counseling psychology. Originally from Seattle, he received his Bachelor of Science in psychology at Seattle University. His research interests include clinician burnout from telepsychology during the COVID-19 pandemic, severe and persistent presentations of mental illness, disordered eating, and wellbeing. Prior to pursuing his graduate education, Quyen was a clinical research coordinator at the University of North Carolina exploring the relationship between anorexia nervosa and the gut-microbiome. Clinically, he is passionate about working with underserved and marginalized populations in integrated health care settings. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games, fiddling around with his fountain pens, and traveling whenever he gets the chance. 


Chris Capron, Newsletter Editor
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Chris Capron (he/him/his) is a Los Angeles, CA native and a 2nd-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Oregon. He received his BA in Psychology from Swarthmore College and has focused on youth development and supports for Latinx families in his professional and academic career. His research interests include working with minoritized youth, Spanish-speaking populations, cross-cultural psychology, and critical consciousness. He loves nonfiction biographies, podcasts, activism and organizing, and can usually be found in starting contests with his geriatric cat. 


Carly Thornhill, M.Ed., Listserv Coordinator
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Carly (she/her/hers) is a 3rd-year counseling psychology doctoral student at Texas A&M. She received her bachelor's degree in statistics from Utah State University and is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. She works as her program's graduate assistant. Carly's current research interests are sexual assault and Latinx mental health. She is currently a practicum clinician at the Counseling and Psychological Services at Texas A&M. In research and clinical work, Carly is invested in social justice and making services more equitable. In her free time, Carly enjoys spending time with friends, talking to her family, watching true crime documentaries, cross-stitching, and walking her dog.




Membership Committee

Sandra Gomez, Membership Co-Chair
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Sandra Gomez (she/her/hers) is a 2nd-year Doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at Columbia University under the direction of Dr. George V. Gushe. Sandra is currently a graduate clinician at the Baruch College Counseling Center in New York, New York.  Her research interests are in ethnic identity development, acculturative experiences and mental health/career outcomes of Latinx populations. She is invested in social justice work and weaving that lens throughout research and practice. She is also interested in Bilingual and Bicultural services within her clinical work and disseminating information to communities.  She is a member of the National Latinx Psychological Association. Sandra is originally from Illinois, but has strong ties to Durango, Mexico. In undergrad she was part of the cross country and track team and continues being an athlete with running clubs in the community. She loves traveling and attempts to take every opportunity to do so when presented. 

Rachel Chickerella, Membership Co-Chair
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Rachel Chickerella (she/her/hers) is a 5th-year doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts Boston who is Interning at the University of Maryland this year. Rachel is originally from Ohio and got her bachelor’s degree at Xavier University and completed her master’s degree at UMass Boston in mental health counseling. Following getting her master’s degree, she worked in community mental health before returning to UMass to get her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. Rachel’s research interests include minority stress for those with bisexual and other marginalized identities, and early interventions to engage in trauma informed practice. Her doctoral practicums have been in college counseling, and she pulls from relational cultural therapy, emotional focused therapy and DBT. When she is not grad-schooling, Rachel enjoys hiking, painting, watching all sorts of television and reading. 


Regional Coordinators

Region 1 (AZ, CA, CO, NM, WA): Vacant

Carlos Vidales, Region 2
University: Iowa State University
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Faraha Hasan, Region 3
University: University of North Texas
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Krista Robbins, Region 4
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Kris (she/her/hers) is a 4th-year doctoral student at Purdue University. She received her B.A. in psychology and anthropology of religion at Beloit College and her M.S.Ed. in counseling psychology at Purdue University. Her research interests include acculturation processes, mental health, well-being, and friendships among migrant populations. Clinically, Kris approaches her work form a feminist framework and loves using her clinical skills to supervise undergraduates in a service-learning course she teaches. In her free time, Kris enjoys readings memoirs and novels, napping with her dog, and exploring new places on foot. As a proud Midwesterner, Kris will never say no to ice cream. 

Ashley Jones, Region 5
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Ashley  (she/her/hers) is a 4th-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has worked under the mentorship of Drs. Ashley Batastini and Craig Warlick. She has served as campus representative for SAS since 2019 and is looking forward to serving the larger region for the next two years. Ashley’s research interests include treatment in correctional settings and technology innovations to address barriers in the justice system and corrections, among other related topics. She is also the chair-elect of the DIV 18 Criminal Justice Section Student Committee. When she is not working, she is taking her son to the beach.


Region 6 (MA, NJ, NY, PA)
: Vacant