Principal Investigator:

Suzanne Meeks, Ph.D. (link to faculty page)

Graduate Students:


Ron Smith is currently on internship at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is originally from Florida. He obtained his B.S. in Psychology from The University of Florida, then completed a research PhD at the University of Sydney in Australia, studying dementia care and environmental design. He currently studies the mental health of older adults and is interested in improving access to care, care practices, and treatment of mental health issues within the healthcare sector and the community.  Ron was a student-clinician at the Psychological Services Center on U of L’s Belknap campus and also was engaged in clinical work at two practicum sites: Kindred Rehab Wedgewood Nursing Home and Central State Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric hospital.




Nate Andrew is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Milligan College in northeast Tennessee with a bachelor's of science in psychology and business management. His research interests include social needs of older adults in long-term care, loneliness, and various constructs related to person-centered care. Outside of work, he enjoys sports, spending time outdoors, running, and playing music. His career interests are open to both research and clinical work.




Jacinta Dickens is originally from California.  Her research interests include the mental health of older adults in long term care facilities and correctional institutions.  Outside of work she enjoys foreign films, hiking, and performing arts.




    Kelly Shryock obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology and studio art from Centre College and her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado.  Her experiences include working as a psychotherapist at a traumatic brain injury clinic, providing educational assistance to medical students, and serving as a disability rights advocate.  She enjoys knitting, baking bread, and hiking.




    Undergraduate Students & Volunteers:



    Anisha Thomas is a senior psychology major.  She is interested in clinical psychology and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in neuropsychology. 






    Ayanna Jeter is a 4th year psychology major.  She is interested in clinical psychology and occupational therapy and would like to pursue a graduate degree in psychology.  She enjoys drawing, oil painting, and visiting the lake with friends. 







    Brooke Avery is a senior psychology undergraduate student.  She is interested in the human mind and why we think and act the way that we do.  She plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology. 





         Camille Elliott is a junior majoring in psychology.  She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.






        Shayla Thompson is a 3rd year psychology and sociology major.  She is interested in clinical psychology and hopes to earn a graduate degree in mental health counseling.