Current Students

Graduate Students

Charlotte Dawson, M.S.

Charlotte is a fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Spanish. Upon graduation, she gained clinical experience working as a Behavior Therapist providing Applied Behavior Analysis therapy with children with autism. Charlotte completed her M.S. in Experimental Psychology working with Dr. Robin Lewis. Her master’s thesis focused on the protective nature of romantic relationships and the mediational role that relationship satisfaction plays in the mental health and well-being of women in same-sex couples. Her research interests include sexual minority women and women’s health broadly. More specifically, she is interested in sexual minority stress, protective factors, health disparities, mental health, romantic relationships, and barriers/facilitators to accessing healthcare.


Cassidy Sandoval, M.A.

Cassidy is a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She earned her BS in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) in 2016. During her undergraduate studies, Cassidy discovered her interest in studying women’s issues, health, and body image. In 2019, she graduated with her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University, where she continued to study women’s body image and fat talk. Cassidy started her doctoral studies in the fall of 2019. Her research interests continue to be focused on women’s health and body image. Specifically, Cassidy studies body dissatisfaction, positive body image, fat talk, disordered eating behaviors, and health behaviors. Regarding populations, she is mostly interested in examining body image and health behaviors in pregnant women, racial and ethnic minority women, sexual minority women, and within romantic relationships.


Kelly Romano, M.S., Ed.S.

Kelly is a fifth-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut with a double major in English, and Human Development and Family Studies. She then went on to complete a master’s of science and a specialist’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Florida State University. Her program of research broadly centers on eating disorders, disordered eating behaviors, and health-related behavior change, with particular focus on examining: (1) the course of eating pathology long-term; (2) intraindividual and psychosocial correlates of disordered eating behaviors and health-promoting eating behaviors; (3) health behaviors in daily life; (4) the co-occurrence of disordered eating and related health behaviors; (5) weight stigma.


Tiphanie Sutton, B.A.

Tiphanie Sutton is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia. She has conducted clinical health research related to sexual practices, substance use, eating, and exercise. She has completed HIV/AIDS prevention work with underserved populations, as well as examined the psychological well-being, health behaviors, and body image concerns of college women and female sexual minorities. Tiphanie has also engaged in trauma research. For her dissertation, she is assessing vicarious posttraumatic growth (i.e., positive change experienced after learning about the healing and transformation of someone else following trauma) among non-helping professionals. Currently, she is completing internship training at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center (Oakland, CA) providing crisis mental health services.


Undergraduate Students

Lauren Butler – Research Assistant & Lab Coordinator

Lauren is a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in human services. She is a research trainee apart of the NIH-funded M-Marc U*Star program. Her research interest broadly encompasses the developmental outcomes (i.e., emotional/behavioral regulation) in children who have been exposed to intimate partner violence, community violence, problematic parenting, and child maltreatment. Clinically, her interest includes trauma, mood disorders, grief, and loss. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, she aspires to continue her education with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  

Cherita Washington – Post-baccalaureate Research Assistant

Cherita is a post-baccalaureate research assistant. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and in Communication from Old Dominion University in 2021. Her research interests broadly encompass health disparities in marginalized communities. Clinically, her interests include cardiovascular disease, cancer outcomes, and disordered eating behaviors. Cherita aspires to continue her education and pursue a doctoral degree in health psychology. 

Alicia Moulder – Research Assistant

Alicia is a senior at ODU majoring in Psychology. Her research interests include disordered eating, alcohol misuse, and the overlap between these two behaviors, particularly feeding and alcohol disturbance (FAD). Upon graduation, Alicia intends to apply for post-baccalaureate research positions in preparation for application to graduate programs in clinical research

Dylan Johnson – Research Assistant

Dylan is a senior at ODU and majoring in Psychology. He loves working with children and standing up for underrepresented groups/minorities. He looks forward to working with these populations in his future career.

Madalyn Stephens – Research Assistant

Madalyn is a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Biomedical Sciences. Her interests in research broadly encompass how split households impact those involved, specifically regarding eating disorder development. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science she aspires to continue her education and get a masters in Clinical Psychology.