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