Meet Our Student Mentors!

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Tyshawn Thompson, M.A. 
Founding UPSIDE Member,
President

Current education: Fourth year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology and English Literature, Assumption College

Clinical interests: health psychology, forensic psychology, marketing and outreach in psychology, emotion regulation, emotional reactivity, resilience, and the dynamic of relationships

"I am open to being contacted by a mentee whenever they may need me. Mentorship is very important to me. I wish I had a mentor when applying to graduate school.

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Loren Carmichael, B.S.
 Vice-President

Current education: Second year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology, Austin Peay University

Clinical interests: mood disorders, eating disorders, genetics, and development of addictive behaviors

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Brice Tucker, B.A.
Secretary

Current education: Second year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology, UMass Amherst

Clinical interests: LGBTQ+ population, children, and adolescents

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Aletha Cannistra, M.A.
Members Education Committee

Current education: Fourth year Clinical Psychology student, Marywood University

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Braxton Clark, B.S.
HBCU Liaison

Current education: Second year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology, Delaware State University

Clinical interests: child psychology, trauma, sports psychology, effects of discrimination on cognition

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Lauren Clark, M.A.
Creative Committee

Current education: Fourth year Clinical Psychology student, Marywood University

Previous education: Clinical Psychology, University of Hartford

Clinical interests: young adults, anxiety, depression, trauma, phobias, body image & eating concerns, and coping skills

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 Nicole Coccodrilli, B.S.
Creative Committee

Current education:  First year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Clinical Psychology, Marywood University

Clinical interests: children and adolescents

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Brian Da Costa, M.A.
Flyers Committee

Current education: Second year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Clinical Psychology, University of Hartford

Clinical interests: effects of emotional suppression on mental and physical states

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Maya Ehikhamenor, M.S.
Creative Committee

Current education: First year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Mental Health Counseling, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Clinical interests:  anxiety, depression, internalized stigma, race-related trauma

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Lacy Foster, B.S.
Creative Committee

Current education: First year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology, Marywood University

Clinical interests: alexithymia and emotion regulation

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Samantha Glosser, M.A.
Website Committee

Current education: Third year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology & Child Advocacy and Policy, Montclair State University

Clinical interests: disordered eating, young adult populations

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Bertnie Jeanniton, M.A.
Founding UPSIDE Member, Past President

Current education: Fifth year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology, Marywood University (M.A.)

Clinical interests: race-related stress, ethnic identity, and grit

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Vanessa Mateo, B.S.
Creative Committee

Current education: Second year Masters student, Psychology Clinical Track, Marywood University

Previous education: Clinical Psychology, Marywood University

Clinical interests: racial minorities, anxiety, and depression

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Kalei Mills, M.A.
Outreach Committee

Current education: Fourth year Clinical Psychology student, Marywood University

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Sydney Palmer, M.A.
Outreach & Website Committee

Current education: Third year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Clinical Psychology, Marywood University

Clinical interests:  health psychology, body image, disordered eating, self-esteem, family dynamics, and healthy relationships

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Brianna Rivera, B.S.
Website Committee

Current education: Second year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Clinical Psychology, Marywood University

Clinical interests: adverse childhood experiences, attachment, coping, and mood disorders.

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Gabe Rivera, M.A.
Social Media Committee

Current education: Third year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology (minor in Women & Gender Studies), West Chester University

Clinical interests: Mental health and resource discrepancies in minority populations with an emphasis on gender, race, and sexual minorities

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Emily Rosenbaum, M.A.
Members Education Committee

Current education: Third year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

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Sarah Rowland, B.A.
Members Education Committee

Current education: Second year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Clinical interests: forensic psychology, suicide prevention, and severe mental illness

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Liz Roy, M.A.
Fundraising & Grant Committee

Current education: Third year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology, Marywood University

Clinical interests: disability, rehabilitation, and health psychology

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Tyana Ruiz, M.A.
Fundraising, Grant, & Social Media Committee

Current education: Fourth year Clinical Psychology student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology, Sonoma State University

Clinical interests: self-efficacy, sense of community, and empowerment

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Beau Samonte, M.A.
Grant and Outreach Planning Committee

Current education: Fifth year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Neuroscience, University of Scranton

Clinical interests: sleep disorders and LGBTQ+ populations

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Morgan Shamro, B.S.
Fundraising Committee

Current education: First year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Clinical Psychology, Marywood University

Clinical interests: Working with veterans and/or active military members

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Alexa Strelecki, M.A.
Fundraising Committee

Current education: Fourth year Clinical Psychology student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology, East Stroudsburg State University

Clinical interests: adverse childhood experiences

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Suparsh Tanga, M.A.
Grad Student Council Liaison

Current education: Fourth year Clinical Psychology student, Marywood University

Previous education: Counseling Psychology, Louisiana Tech University

Clinical interests: healthy psychology

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Dominique Toscano, B.S.
Creative and Social Media Committee

Current education: First year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Union College, New York

Clinical interests:  Children and adolescents

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Amanda Tyrrell, M.A.
Outreach Planning Committee

Current education: Third year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student, Marywood University

Previous education: Clinical Psychology, SUNY Brockport

Clinical interests: forensic psychology, severe mental illness, adverse childhood experiences, and sexual & domestic violence

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Kate Vala, M.A.
Creative, Fundraising, and Social Media Committee

Current education: Fourth year Clinical Psychology student, Marywood University

Previous education: Psychology and Spanish, West Chester University

Clinical interests: perfectionism, complex trauma, identity development, mindfulness, and relationships

UPSIDE Honors Brienna-Rae Cruz

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Brie was (and in some ways still is, through the establishment of the Brienna Rae Scholarship) such a staunch advocate for mental health, awareness, fair treatment, and advocacy for those in need. She was passionate and dedicated in everything she did and spoke to you -- whether a friend, colleague, or client -- in a way that was genuine and made you feel listened to. Brie will forever be missed and fondly remembered by those who had the pleasure of knowing her, and her values and passions will live on through her like minded friends and family.

Written by Dr. Amara Chukwunenye

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