I (Melanie) arrived at USU in the Fall of 2000. Since then I have had the great privilege of working with students who brought in top-notch intellect, unique talents, and ignited passions. My goal from the moment students walk in the door is to prepare them to leave, and I couldn't be prouder of our doctoral-level professionals.
Christina Patterson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of New Mexico Health Sciences
Dissertation: Increasing Knowledge and Detection of Racial Microaggressions in White College Students
Andrea Call, Ed.S., School Psychologist, Davis School District
Thesis: Participation in dual language immersion programs: Using Theory of Planned Behavior to predict enrollment
Odessia Knowles, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Veterans Affairs, Denver
Dissertation: The impact of social comparisons on stereotype threat for Black college students attending primarily White colleges and universities (2016)
Thesis: Facebooking for social support: An Experimental Test of Relational Regulation Theory (2013)
Jeisianne Rosario-Colón, M.S., doctoral student, Utah State University
Thesis: Parenting styles and child outcomes in Puerto Rican families (2016)
Marsha Tafoya, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow at Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
Dissertation: The socialization of respeto in Mexican immigrant families
Michelle L. Varón, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Amor de cerca: Positive involvement in Latino families
Lesther Papa, Ed.S.
Thesis: The impact of teaching and academic self-efficacy on student engagement and academic outcomes (2015)
Todd W. Lindsley, Ph.D., Psychologist, Counseling & Human Development at Dartmouth College
Dissertation: A Multimedia Intervention to Increase he Likelihood that University Students in Need Will Utilize Counseling Services (2013)
Thesis: Ethnic Minority Utilization of Counseling Services (2008)
Elisaida Méndez, Ph.D., Psychologist, University Counseling Center of Case Western Reserve University
Dissertation: Perceptions of interethnic dating among college students (2012)
Thesis: Exploring characteristics of interethnic relations (2008)
Cory Myler, Ph.D., Psychologist, Garnett Counseling Center, Cornell University
Dissertation: Increasing psychological flexibility regarding interpersonal conflicts between religious beliefs and attitudes toward sexual minorities: An ACT intervention (2012)
Thesis: Latter Day Saint religiosity and attitudes towards sexual minorities (2008)
Audrey L. Schwartz, Ph.D., Psychologist, University of Oregon Counseling Center
Dissertation: Marital quality, acculturation, and communication in Mexican American couples (2011)
Thesis: Latinos’ collectivism and self-disclosure in intercultural and intracultural friendships and acquaintanceships (2009)
Spencer Richards, M.S.
Thesis: Latino youths’ academic outcomes: The role of ethnic and academic socialization in buffering discrimination
Eliza Torres, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Problem solving in Latino families (2011)
Thesis: Latino/a children’s academic achievement: Role of parental variables (2008)
Melissa R. Donovick, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Dissertation: Parenting practices and child mental health among Spanish speaking Latino families: Examining the role of parental cultural values (2010)
Thesis: Predicting child outcomes from parenting styles of Spanish speaking families (2006)
Aaron Ahern, Ph.D., Psychologist, Department of Veterans Affairs
Dissertation: A longitudinal exploration of factors that influence acculturation and enculturation patterns (2009)
Thesis: Acculturation vs Cultural Identification: A study comparing constructs and measurements (2005)
Azure Midzinki, Ed.S., School Psychologist Cour d'Alene School District
Thesis: Research ethics and coercion in college students
Kee Straits, Ph.D., Psychologist / Owner, TLC Transformations
Dissertation: Language brokering in Latino families: Direct observations of brokering patterns, parent-child interactions, and relationship quality
Ana Baumann, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
Dissertation: Are delay discounting, probability discounting and time perception related? A cross-cultural study among Latino and White American students. (2008)
Jennifer Fallon, Ph.D., Psychologist in private practice, Minnesota
Dissertation: Yoga as an intervention for stress-reduction and enhanced wellbeing in African American athletes
Jesús Rodríguez, Ph.D., Psychologist, Department of Veteran's Affairs
Dissertation: A longitudinal exploration of factors that influence acculturation and enculturation patterns