Research Assistants

Taylor Webb
Lab Manager

Taylor Webb is a senior at Old Dominion graduating in the Fall of 2020. She is a Psychology and Sociology double major. She is a brother of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. Her research interests include anxiety/mood disorders and identity, especially within minority populations. 

Richie Kublius
Senior Research Assistant

Richie Kubilus is currently a Senior Research Assistant in the T.A.R.D.I.S. Lab at Old Dominion University. Richie is a Psychology major, minoring in Human Services, and a member of the Perry Honors College. His research interests include all aspects of substance abuse and the etiology of addiction. Upon graduation, Richie hopes to combine his passion for teaching others with his desire to create a legacy of change in society’s current understanding of the disease of addiction. Richie’s original research, “A Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Identity Development and Harmful Alcohol Use within a Racially/Ethnically Diverse Sample”, under the mentorship of Dr. Meca, was designed to examine the role of identity development in psychosocial outcomes and explored the links between identity development, alcohol expectancies and valuations, and alcohol use/abuse among adolescents.

Jennise Higgins
Senior Research Assistant

Jennise Higgins is a Senior at Old Dominion University and an active member of the ODU pre-health club. She will graduate in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Post-bachelor’s she plans to continue forward with the ultimate goal of obtaining a doctorate.

Dariel Taylor
Research Assistant

Dariel Taylor is an undergraduate student, currently majoring in psychology and minoring in human services at Old Dominion University. He is pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology and plans to start applying to Clinical Psychology programs in 2018. His research interest are on stressors affecting ethnic minority youth in low-income communities to understand risk and protective factors of mental health.

Iayonna Brown
Research Assistant

Iayonna Brown is a transfer sophomore at Old Dominion University. She is double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She has a long term goal of becoming a Clinical Psychologist with a focus on the identity development, activity, and behavior of those in the justice system.

Tedra Ballard
Research Assistant

Tedra Ballard is a 4th year student at Old Dominion University. Her research interests are centered on educational success among disadvantaged youth and fair scholarly treatment of minority individuals. For this reason she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human Services. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a career in School Psychology, so that she may provide disadvantaged students with the services they need.  

Isis Cowan
Junior Research Assistant

Isis Cowan is a Junior at Old Dominion University with a major in psychology. She will graduate in 2021 and is interested in researching identity development and cultural processes. Isis plans to pursue a doctorate in psychology.

Sangeeta Sharma
Junior Research Assistant

Sangeeta Sharma is a Senior at Old Dominion University. She will be graduating in 2020 with a bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Public Service. She plans on furthering her education with the end goal being a doctorate. Her interest includes stereotypes, cultural identity, and identity development within minority groups.

Kyla Carr
Junior Research Assistant

Kyla Carr is an undergraduate student majoring in psychology and minoring in chemistry at Old Dominion University.  In the future she intends to obtain her doctorate in psychology and would like to become a college professor. Her interests are in both developmental and cross-cultural psychology.