Principal Investigator:

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

Graduate Students:


Nate Andrew

Nate Andrew  is currently on internship at the VA St. Louis Health Care System.  He is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and 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


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


    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:



    Ayanna Jeter


    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


    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. 




     Shayla Thompson


    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.