Meet Our Student Mentors!

Ahmed Adetola, M.A.
Founding UPSIDE Member

Ahmed is a Psy.D. student at Marywood University. He completed a predoctoral intern at Cleveland State University's counseling center and earned his undergraduate degree at Morgan State University and master's in psychology at Marywood University. His interests include: psychosocial development, identity, self-esteem, mindfulness, existentialism, humanistic psychology, holistic care, alternative medicine, DBT, ACT, and CBT. Ahmed is currently working on his dissertation, entitled, "Examining the relationship between racial socialization, racial identity, and the academic achievement of Black college students."

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Loren Carmichael, B.S.

Loren is a first year Psy.D. student at Marywood University. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Austin Peay University. Loren's areas of clinical interest include:  mood disorders, eating disorders, genetics and development of addictive behaviors.

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Amara Chukwunenye, M.A.
Founding UPSIDE Member

Amara is a Psy.D. student at Marywood University, currently on internship at Michigan State University's Counseling and Psychiatric Services. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Howard University and a master's in psychology at Marywood. Her interests include: Disordered Eating, anxiety, depression, stress, boundaries, and perfectionism.

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Brian DaCosta, M.A.

Brian is a first year Psy.D. student at Marywood University. He completed his bachelor's at the University of Connecticut and his master's in clinical psychology at Hartford University. His clinical interests include anxiety and mood disorders, complex trauma, and chronic pain. His research interests are on the impact of long term emotion suppression on mental health and relational/social skills.

Samantha Glosser, B.A.

Samantha is a second year Psy.D. student at Marywood University. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Montclair State University. Her areas of interest include the LGBTQ+ community and allyship particularly for Black/POC communities.

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Bertnie Jeanniton, M.A.
Founding UPSIDE Member

President

Bertnie is a fourth year Psy.D. student at Marywood University from Kissimmee, FL. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University and her master’s in psychology at Marywood. Her areas of interest include race-related stress, ethnic identity, and grit. 

Sydney Palmer, B.S.

Sydney is a second year Psy.D. student at Marywood University. She completed an undergraduate degree in Clinicial Psychology with minors in Counseling and Business at Marywood University as well. Her areas of interest include health psychology, body image related issues, eating disorders & disordered eating, self-esteem, family dynamics and healthy relationships with a specific interest in working with children and families. 

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Brianna Rivera, B.S.

Brianna is a first year Psy.D. student at Marywood University. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Marywood. Her areas of clinical interest include:  adverse childhood experiences, coping, and health psychology.

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Gabe Rivera, B.S.

Treasurer

Gabe is a second year student in Marywood University's Psy.D. program. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in women and gender studies at West Chester University. Gabe's interests include: mental health and resource discrepancies in minority populations with an emphasis on gender, race and sexual minorities. 

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Emily Rosenbaum, B.A.

Emily is a second year Psy.D. student at Marywood University.

Sarah Rowland, B.A.

Sarah is a first year Psy.D. student at Marywood University. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her areas of interest include: forensic psychology, suicide prevention, and severe mental illness.

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Liz Roy, B.S

Secretary

Liz is a second year student in Marywood University's Psy.D. program. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Marywood. Liz's clinical areas of interest include disability, rehabilitation, and health psychology. Her interests include: Rehabilitation, disability, and chronic pain. She would like to work with people with chronic health conditions or who consider themselves disabled.

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Tyana Ruiz, M.A.

Tyana is a third year student in Marywood University's Psy.D. program. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Sonoma State University. Her interests are in self-efficacy, sense of community, and empowerment.

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Alexa Strelecki, M.A.

Alexa is a third year student in Marywood University's Psy.D. program. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at East Stroudsburg State University. Her interests are in adverse childhood experience, attachment, and relationships/social support. 

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Suparsh Tanga, M.A.

Suparsh is a third year Psy.D. student at Marywood University. He received a bachelor's degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology from Louisiana State University, as well as a master's in Counseling Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. He also received a master's in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University. Suparsh's clinical interests are in health psychology. His research interests are on the effects of exercise on anxiety sensitivity and self-esteem.

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Tyshawn Thompson, M.A. 
Founding UPSIDE Member

Vice President

Tyshawn is a third year Psy.D. student at Marywood University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology and English Literature at Assumption College. Tyshawn has experience working with adolescents and adults. His interests include: health psychology, forensic psychology, marketing and outreach in psychology, emotion regulation, emotional reactivity, resilience, and the dynamic of relationships. 

Tyshawn: "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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Brice Tucker, B.S.

Brice is a first year Psy.D. student at Marywood University.

Amanda Tyrrell, M.A.

Amanda is a second year Psy.D. student at Marywood University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Sacred Heart University and her master's in Clinical Psychology at SUNY Brockport. Her interests include forensic psychology, adverse childhood experiences, and sexuality.

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Kate Vala, M.A.

Kate Vala is a third year Psy.D. student at Marywood University. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at West Chester University with a minor in Spanish. Her interests include serious mental illness, the impact of perfectionism, mindfulness, the LGBTQ+ community, and relationships.