Chair: Terri Pelley, University of Cincinnati

Terri is a fourth year clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati. Clinically, she is interested in working with patients throughout the lifespan who experience severe mental illness and/or health complications. She is also passionate about working with minorities in community settings to help children gain access to mental health treatment.  Likewise, her research focuses on community and health psychology. She is currently working on her dissertation which examines risk, protective factors, and resilience of Latino youth living in a nontraditional destination area. Terri joined the OPA board in 2012 because she was looking for a way to get involved in the field of psychology beyond her day-to-day clinical and research work. She is looking forward to serving Ohio graduate students this year as chair and is open to any feedback regarding how the board can better serve doctoral students in Ohio.

Chair-Elect: Demaree Bruck, University of Cincinnati

Demi is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati. Her clinical interests include chronic illness, treatment adherence, and severe mental illness in children and adolescents. Her research addresses obesity and type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents, utilizing community-based participatory research methods to work with under-served, at-risk populations.

Diversity Chair: Nikki Winchester, Xavier University

Nikki is a fourth year clinical psychology doctoral student at Xavier University. She obtained her MA in clinical psychology from Xavier University and her BA in psychology from the University of Dayton. Nikki’s research interests include borderline personality disorder, suicide and self-harm, emotion regulation, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Her dissertation explores the relationship between symptoms of borderline personality disorder, emotion dysregulation, and an implicit measure of suicidality. She has had experience providing individual, group, and family therapy; conducting psychological assessments; and providing substance abuse interventions. Nikki is DBT-trained and has been seeing individual DBT clients as well as leading DBT skills training groups since her second year in the doctoral program. She has trained in a state psychiatric hospital, a community mental health center, and a department clinic. Nikki has also served as an advocate on Xavier’s Sexual Assault and Response Facilitation Team since her second year in the program. She is currently a graduate student affiliate of OPA, APA and ABCT.

Advocacy Chair: Roshni Rao, Wright State University

Roshni is a second year clinical psychology doctoral student at Wright State University. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and masters degree from Vanderbilt University. She is interested in working with children and adolescents suffering from neurodevelopmental disorders, neurological disorders, and chronic illnesses. Her dissertation research will focus on pediatric neuropsychology. She is passionate about mental health advocacy work and helping individuals access mental health services. She is excited to serve on the OPAGS board this year along with an extremely talented group of individuals.

Social Responsibility Chair: Kelly Obert, Wright State University

Kelly Obert is a second year student at Wright State’s School of Professional Psychology. Prior to becoming a student at Wright State, Kelly worked as a master’s level therapist with the Seriously Mentally Ill population. Her experience with this population sparked her interest and participation in the development of sound mental health policy and programming for this often under served group.  Kelly’s clinical interests include the Seriously Mentally Ill population, Personality Disorders and and integrated health care treatment models. Her dissertation will explore how professional’s attitudes towards integrated care may affect health care outcomes. Kelly is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is level two trained in Eye Movement Desnsitization and Reprocessing. Kelly looks forward to her work with OPAGS and getting to know the psychology community in Ohio!

Communications Chair : Teresa Mueller, Wright State University

Teresa Mueller is a third year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Wright State University. She obtained her MS in Clinical Psychology from Morehead State University and a BS from Ohio University. Teresa’s interests include neuropsychology, developmental disabilities, trauma in children, as well as, child assessment and child therapy. Her dissertation will be adapting the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools for children diagnosed with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also plans to look at the effectiveness of the treatment. Teresa is looking forward to serving Ohio graduate students this year as the Communication Chair.

Continuing Education Chair: Ashley Murray, Wright State University

Ashley is a fourth year clinical psychology doctoral student at Wright State University. She obtained her Bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and her Master’s in clinical psychology from Wright State University. Ashley’s clinical interests include working with children with chronic illnesses and developmental disabilities. She has had experience conducting early interventions for young children diagnosed with Autism, conducting neuropsychological assessments in a hospital setting, and providing individual and group therapy. Likewise, her research focuses on children with developmental disabilities and integrated care. Her dissertation is focused on the effectiveness of Theraplay on the caregiver-child relationship in children diagnosed with Autism. In addition, she has worked on several research projects at Wright State University which include assessing the behavioral and mental health needs of children in a primary care setting and evaluating the effectiveness of a parent training program. Ashley joined the OPAGS board in 2011 and has been actively involved in OPAGS as the past Chair and Advocacy Chair. She looks forward to serving the board this year as the Continuing Education Chair.

Research Chair, John Forrette, Xavier University



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