The Graduate Students
Stephen is a fourth year student in the Developmental Science concentration at UA. Stephen received his BA in 2012 from SUNY Buffalo with a major in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. Before coming to Tuscaloosa, Stephen spent a year Boston, MA working for the Department of Children and Families. Stephen is interested in examining factors that influence adolescents’ peer relationships, including behavior, social cognition, and psychophysiology. Stephen is also interested in understanding social competence and peer status during adolescence. For his Master’s thesis, Stephen is examining the role of social-cognitive biases and psychophysiological processes in explaining the relationship between victimization and aggression. In his free time, Stephen enjoys board games, Syracuse basketball, and riding with the Druid City Bicycling Club.
Callie is a third year student working on a dual concentration in the Developmental Science and Social Psychology concentrations at UA. Callie received her BA in 2012 from Samford University with a double major in Psychology and History. She then received her MS in Experimental Psychology in 2014 from Georgia Southern University. Callie is interested in the developmental aspects of adolescents’ peer interactions and their social precursors (i.e., contextual factors). Callie is specifically looking at the effects of social rejection on a variety of individual characteristics. For her dissertation, she is examining the effect of social exclusion on empathetic reactions to another’s rejection. Callie enjoys reading, playing a variety of sports, and New Orleans Saints football. Some of her favorite places in Tuscaloosa include the River City Farmer’s Market and Steel City Pops.
Tarsha is a first year student concentrating in both the Social and Developmental tracks at UA. Tarsha holds dual Bachelors’ Degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from Jackson State University. She also earned a MS in Clinical Psychology from the Auburn University Montgomery. Before arriving at UA, Tarsha has been a practicing psychologist, addiction and community support specialist, and university-level adjunct instructor. For her first year project and beyond, her research streams are located at the intersection of aggression, anxiety, and parenting. More specifically, Tarsha plans to examine the rates of comorbidity between anxiety and aggression and investigate how parenting behaviors may predict patterns of anxiety and aggression. During her spare time, Tarsha loves to read, travel, and tutor underserved children.
Jenna Reardanz is a first year graduate student in the developmental sciences program. Although born in California, she grew up in Bellingham, Washington. In 2016 she received her undergraduate degree from Whitworth University (Spokane, WA), with a major in Psychology and a minor in Theology. Her research interests centers around disability and social development, specifically how disability influences the social experience of children and adolescents. Currently, she is beginning to investigate the impact of language deficits and communication disorders within down syndrome on social development. In her spare time she enjoys reading, swimming, and of course watching football!
sUndergraduate Research Assistants
Tonte Fenny was born in Lagos, Nigeria. I have always wanted to understand people and how they think. This fascination with understanding and helping people led me to become a psychology major with a minor in Spanish. I would like to help people by going into mediation and family law. The reason I came into this lab is because I feel that the adolescent determines the adult. Learning about the adolescent, in my opinion, gives an inkling into the adult and the person. I also see aggression as something that is pervasive in all cultures and societies. Learning about what triggers it is an important step into knowing how to mediate aggression. Outside of academia, I am an avid soccer (or football) fan and I currently play for the university’s club team. I also enjoying playing my saxophone, drumming, writing poetry, and performing with my friends.
Sai Dwarampudi is from Collierville, Tennessee, and he is a sophomore, double majoring in Biology and Psychology on the Pre-medicine track with a minor in General Business. He enjoys volunteering with his fraternity (Phi Sigma Pi), rowing (Club Crew), working as an RA at Paty, and hanging out with his friends. Sai joined the RADLab as a part of the Emerging Scholars program, and will present his research at the URCA in 2017. In the lab Sai is currently coding data regarding middle-schoolers and pro-social behavior in this age group. In the future, he plans on pursuing a career in medicine.
Caitlin (Catie) Battle is a sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama. She is majoring in Psychology and is also on the Pre-medical track. She's in the Blount program, so her minor is in liberal arts. She is also an Emerging Scholar. When she graduates from The University of Alabama, she plans on going to medical school so that she can pursue her dream of becoming a psychiatrist. Caitlin joined Dr. McDonald's RADLab to gain experience in the research aspect of psychology and because she enjoys studying adolescent behaviors. In her free time, Caitlin also loves to relax and watch her favorite shows on Netflix.
Kirsten Williams is a junior at the University of Alabama from Gadsden, Alabama. She is studying psychology with a minor in German and liberal arts. After graduation, Kirsten plans to get her doctorate in either social or developmental psychology. She is a member of the Million Dollar Band, and her favorite memories at UA have been cheering on the Tide every Saturday in the fall. Her hobbies include reading and music. Kirsten is also involved in the Blount Scholars Program, the Honors Psychology Program, and Psi Chi.
Sarah Denny is a senior at The University of Alabama from Richmond, Virginia. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. After earning her BA, Sarah hopes to get her masters and doctorate degree in Developmental Psychology and eventually become a researcher. She is also a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority chapter here on campus. Sarah joined her first lab her junior year, which focused on self-administered treatment to improve quality of life in older adults living in the community. Senior year she wanted to widen her experience past older adult research, so she joined RADLab. RADLab has increased her interest in developmental psychology and influence her to pursue research involving peer relationships and behavior. In her free time, she enjoys watching USA diving, Alabama Football, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Rachel Kinsella is from Chicago, Illinois. She is a junior at the University of Alabama. Rachel is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. She plans to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology and eventually becoming a child psychologist. She enjoys learning about trait theories and how the gene-environmental interaction influences the way children and adolescent form an identity. Throughout her career, she also hopes to be involved in academia and research the social triggers of antisocial personality disorder. Rachel joined the RAD lab in order to learn more about the characteristics of peer relationships. She also wants to strengthen her research skills. Outside of her academic and career aspirations, Rachel enjoys fashion, running, and binge watching The Office.
Joshua Tubbs is a junior at the University of Alabama from Northport, Alabama. He is majoring in psychology, with a minor in music. After graduation, Josh plans on getting a masters in counseling psychology and pursuing a career in that field. His favorite thing to do outside of academics is making music and getting involved with his church. Josh joined RADLAB as a culmination of his interest in adolescent development gained from working as a camp counselor during the summer and his passion for Psychology and understanding the way people think.
Elise Goubet graduated from the University of Alabama, December 2014 summa cum laude, with a major in Psychology and minor in History. She is currently in a clinical PhD program at the University of Kansas studying eating disorders and self-harm behaviors.
Emily Capps graduated in May of 2015 with a bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Addiction and Recovery. During her junior and senior year, she took part in a two-year independent research project through the Psychology Honors Program. She developed a study regarding the effects of parental alcohol abuse and marital conflict on child functioning. She entered the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program here at UA starting in the fall of 2015.
Blayne Henning graduated in May 2015 with a double-major in Psychology and Biology, on a Pre-Medical track. He worked under Dr. McDonald in the Relationships and Adolescent Development lab for three years and regularly tutored at various schools throughout the Tuscaloosa area. After graduating, he is pursuing a degree as a Physician Assistant with the aspirations of working in pediatrics some day.
William Liebe graduated from UA in Spring 2016, with a major in psychology and minor in English. He was interested in a variety of issues, including the development of fears and anxieties, the effects of digital media, and the self. During his tenure at UA, he also worked in the UA KIDLab with Dr. Ansley Gilpin.
Amanda Oldani graduated from UA in May 2016. She double-majored in Psychology and Anthropology with a minor in Spanish. Currently, she is taking a year off to gain experience before possibly going to graduate school. Amanda joined the RADLab because of her interest in developmental psychology and adolescent relations.
Ally graduated in December 2015 with a double-major in Psychology and Economics with a minor in Spanish. Currently, Ally is doing an internship with Disney.