Meet The CIRS Staff
Dr. Evans is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Ohio University and Co-Director of the Center for Intervention Research in Schools. His research interests are school based treatment development and evaluation for adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related problems. He developed the Challenging Horizons Program which is a school based treatment program for middle and high school youth with ADHD. Dr. Evans has maintained federal research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and Institute for Educational Sciences to support this work for several years. Dr. Evans is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal School Mental Health and is on the editorial board of other related journals. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Ohio and works with graduate students interested in clinical child psychology.
Steven W. Evans, Ph.D
Co-Director Center for Intervention Research in Schools
Professor of Psychology
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Dr. Julie Sarno Owens is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Intervention Research in Schools. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of school-based interventions for elementary school-aged youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and disruptive behavior problems. Her studies examine (a) the effectiveness and feasibility of transporting empirically-supported interventions into schools in under served, communities in the Appalachian region of Ohio, (b) parents’ and teachers’ perceptions, satisfaction and acceptability of such treatments, and (c) factors that either enhance or interfere with the transportation, dissemination and sustainability of such treatments in rural communities.
Dr. Owens also conducts studies that examine self-perceptions of competence in children with ADHD, the nature and function of the positive illusory bias, and the implications of this bias on functioning in youth with ADHD. Dr. Owens is the Director of the Youth Experiencing Success in School (Y.E.S.S.) Program, a school-based mental health program that integrates empirically-supported interventions for youth with ADHD into the school setting. The Y.E.S.S. Program, which has developed in the context of a 12-year university-community partnership, involves intervention development and evaluation, research and practical training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, professional development training for local educators and mental health professionals, and treatment services for youth in our local region. As such the work emerging from the Y.E.S.S. Program has implications for the research, practice, training, and policy agendas at the local and national level.
Julie Sarno Owens, Ph.D.
Co-Director Center for Intervention Research in Schools
Professor of Psychology
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Dr. Allan’s research interests focus on the development and measurement of attentional processes in early childhood and how these processes relate to important aspects of child development. Dr. Allan’s research thus far has examined the underlying structure and effective measurement of attention, impulsivity, and inhibitory control in preschool children. She has also conducted a number of multi-method studies demonstrating the early linkage between specific components of self-regulatory processes and the attainment of early academic skills in preschoolers.
Dr. Allan’s current research projects focus on 1) examining the underlying structure of attention and how it relates to other self-regulatory constructs (e.g., working memory, impulse control) in early childhood, 2) improving the early identification of ADHD, and 3) developing an understanding of how deficits in attention and other self-regulatory processes are associated with early academic performance. She also has an interest in developing and evaluating school-based interventions that target early childhood behavior problems in ways that facilitate both behavior change and early school success.
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Darcey Allan, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Carlson received his Bachelor's degree from Augustana College and then moved on to complete his Ph.D from the University of Michigan. Dr. Carlson's research area is Social Judgment and Behavioral Decision making, while specializing in quantitative and cognitive research. His main focus is on how people interpret, estimate, evaluate and communicate numerical quantities. He is currently pursuing two lines of research. First he is investigating heuristics in the estimation of numerical quantities. Second, he is studying people's conceptions of randomness and how they influence their perceptions of covariant events. Dr. Carlson has completed many publications and received two grants in the past twenty years. He has taught many courses for undergraduate and graduate students, including 'Experiment Design and Analysis' and 'Health Statistics'. Overall, Dr. Carlson believes that numerical reasoning and judgment are fundamental cognitive skills that are essential to everyday life.
Bruce Carlson, Ph.D
Department Chair, Statistical Consultant
Dr. Gut is an Associate Professor of Special Education, Program Coordinator for Special Education, and Assistant Chair in the Department of Teacher Education in the Patton College of Education. She received her Ph.D. in special education and learning disabilities from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include social and academic interventions for students with disabilities in low resource schools, mentoring of pre-service and in-service teachers and in higher education, co-teaching, and integrating 21st century skills into curriculum in the content areas. She has directed several, state, regional and federal grant projects.
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Dianne Gut, Ph.D.
Assistant Department Chair, Associate Professor of Special Education, Special Education Program Coordinator
Dr. Jennifer Ottley holds the B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies and the M.S. in Elementary Education, both from West Virginia University. She also holds the Ph.D. in Special Education from Florida State University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Early Childhood Research and Policy from The Ohio State University. Dr. Ottley teaches courses in adaptations, methods, and assessment for learners with special needs in early childhood settings. Her major research interests focus on supporting the development of young children with disabilities by enhancing the capacity of early childhood educators and families to meet their individualized needs.
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Jennifer Ottley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in early childhood special education
Dr. Wymbs completed his doctoral studies in clinical psychology at the University of Buffalo, SUNY and his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Afterwards, he was appointed to postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Seattle Children's Research Institute. Dr. Wymbs' clinical research primarily focuses on studying the association between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and familial/interpersonal relationship dysfunction. Specifically, he has investigated causal relations between child ADHD and inter parental discord as well as associations between ADHD and intimate partner violence in young adults. Dr. Wymbs seeks to develop and test novel family-based treatments for children and adults with ADHD, including interventions for children with separated or divorced parents. Additionally, Dr. Wymbs intends to evaluate and target mechanisms underlying intimate partner violence among young adults with ADHD, including alcohol abuse and negative urgency.
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Brian Wymbs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Wymbs is an Assistant Professor of Primary Care in the Department of Family Medicine in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University. Her research interests are treatments for youth with externalizing and internalizing problems and their families. She has specific interests in the delivery of evidence-based interventions, especially parent interventions, in primary care, school, and community settings for children with disruptive behavior problems, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She is also interested in understanding ways to improve the patient-provider relationship and engage patients and families in evidence-based treatments delivered in primary care. She has additional interests in enhancing the engagement of families in evidence-based treatments for children with ADHD and related problems, and has recently used models from health economics and marketing research to study parents’ and other consumers’ preferences for different evidence-based treatment programs. Dr. Wymbs has a specific interest in studying and working with families who are traditionally "hard-to-reach," including those facing a variety of psychosocial and environmental stressors (e.g., financial stress, single-parent status, limited access to mental health care). Dr. Wymbs’ clinic interests are in children, adolescents, and families with severe behavioral and emotional problems, such as comorbid ADHD, eating disorders, and parental depression. Dr. Wymbs has participated in federally funded research for the past 15 years, has been the recipient of grant funding from private agencies, and has published in peer-reviewed journals. She is a clinical psychologist and works with graduate and medical students interested in clinical child and pediatric psychology.
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Frances Wymbs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Primary Care - Department of Family Medicine at HCOM email@example.com
Ginger Gagne serves as the Center Manager and Administrative Research Coordinator for the Center for Intervention Research in Schools (CIRS) at Ohio University. Ginger has over 20 years experience with non-profit management and has studied Business Management, Applied Communications, and Journalism at Ohio University.
Center Manager, Administrative Research Coordinator
CLINICAL RESEARCH SCIENTISTS
Kari Benson graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Experimental Psychology in 2015. Prior to coming to Ohio University, she worked as a project coordinator for the USC Social Behavior Study and as a recreational counselor for Camp STAR Summer Treatment Program. Kari's research interests include impairments related to ADHD and development of interventions to target these impairments. Kari is currently working as a clinician for the Bridges to Education Success for Teens (BEST) project.
Kari Benson, BA
Heather is an advanced graduate student in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Ohio University.
Heather was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and her Master's degree from Ohio University.
Heather's research interest include risk-taking behaviors and attention concerns in adolescents and emerging adults. Clinical interests include providing evidence-based care to college student and veteran populations.
Heather Davis Gahagen, M.S.
Anne Dawson is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology (Child Psychology specialization) at Ohio University. Anne’s research interests include investigating the dyadic relationships between children and their significant contexts (families, teachers, peers, schools) and the way these relationships influence development, specifically within the context of children with disruptive behavior disorders. Additionally, Anne is interested in how these contextual factors and interactions influence adherence and encourage implementation of evidence-based treatments and interventions for children with disruptive behavior disorders.
Before moving to Ohio for graduate school, Anne earned her Bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Virginia.
Anne Dawson, MS
Theresa Egan is a fourth year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Ohio University. Her research interests include teacher preferences for school-based services for youth with disruptive behavior disorders, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of school-based interventions for children and adolescents with ADHD and co-morbid disorders. Theresa earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University in 2009 and her master’s degree in Clinical Health Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2012. Prior to attending Ohio University, Theresa worked as a clinical research coordinator at ASU and was responsible for the development and implementation of a school-based behavioral health model to provide services to high school students. Within her training at Ohio University, she has worked on federally funded grants providing school consultation to teachers, conducted psychological assessments as part of interdisciplinary teams in hospital settings, and taught several undergraduate courses.
Theresa Egan, MA
Graduated from Northeastern University in 2013 with a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience. Upon graduation, Chelsea moved back to her hometown in Northeastern Connecticut where she has been working as a research assistant at a day and residential school for children with developmental disabilities. Her research interests include the influence of parent and teacher preferences on the implementation and effectiveness of school-based interventions for ADHD.
Chelsea Hustus, BS
Hannah Kassab is a first-year doctoral student on the child track of the Clinical Psychology Program at Ohio University. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Psychology and a Certificate in Clinical Science in 2017. Hannah’s research interests include investigating contextual and individual factors that may affect implementation outcomes of school-based interventions for children and adolescents with ADHD.
Hannah Kassab, BS
Samantha Kempker is a first-year graduate student at Ohio University. She is interested in the evaluation and implementation of community- and school-based interventions for youth with externalizing problems. Samantha received her BS in Psychology from Missouri University of Science and Technology and her MA in Clinical
Psychology from Sam Houston State University. Prior to beginning her education at Ohio University, Samantha gained a wide breadth of clinical and research experience working with justice-involved youth, adults in forensic psychiatric settings, and offspring of parents with bipolar disorder.
Samantha Kempker, MA
Stephen Marshall, MA
John Monopoli is a graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Ohio University. His research interests include the development of ADHD, as well as forms and functions of aggression and impulsivity. John earned his B.A. in psychology from Dickinson College in 2011, and his M.A. in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2013. Prior to OU, he worked on the development and implementation of school-based interventions for aggression and bullying at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
John Monopoli, MA
Raisa is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology (Child Psychology specialization) at Ohio University. Her research interests pertain to the examination of multifinality related to social functioning in adolescents and young adults. Her studies involve the investigation of risk factors and developmental assets which can be used to enhance case conceptualization and intervention design.
In 2009, Raisa obtained a B.A. in Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. In 2010, she earned a Master's of Science in Issues in Applied Psychology from University of Worcester, UK. Before coming to Ohio University in 2012, she completed a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Practice Interventions in Primary Mental Health Care at University of Manchester, UK and conducted brief CBT interventions with adults with anxiety and depression. In 2015, Raisa earned a Master's of Science in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University.
During her graduate studies at Ohio University, Raisa has gained a diverse clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and parents in a variety of settings, including hospital outpatient behavioral health, residential treatment facility for adolescents with substance use, psychology department clinic, juvenile detention center, and schools. She is currently the project coordinator for the Bridges to Educational Success in Teens (BEST) study. Raisa is also highly involved in mentoring undergraduate research assistants and teaches undergraduate psychology classes.
Raisa Ray, MS
Emma is a first year clinical psychology graduate student in the doctoral program at Ohio University. Currently, her research interests are focused on the evaluation of school-based interventions for adolescents and youth with ADHD and issues surrounding treatment fidelity. Emma earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2015. Prior to attending Ohio University, Emma gained clinical experience as a program coordinator at Children's Mercy Hospital's Summer Treatment Program. Her hobbies include playing with her puppy named Chance, pretending to enjoy kale smoothies, scoping out delicious gluten-free restaurants, and telling people her hobby is running.
Emma Rogers, BA
Gina Sacchetti is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at Ohio University. She is interested in exploring relationship dysfunction in adolescents and young adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Specifically, she intends to examine intimate partner violence within this group of individuals as well as methods for improving conflict resolution and prevention of partner violence. Gina earned her undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University in 2012 and her master’s degree in Clinical Science from the University of Northern Iowa in 2014. Prior to her education at OU, she completed clinical work which involved the treatment and assessment of children with disruptive behavior disorders and adults with severe psychopathology at two Mental Health Institutes in Iowa.
Gina Sacchetti, MA
Sean is a student in the clinical child psychology program. His research interests include interventions for children and adolescents with ADHD and comorbid disorders. Specifically, Sean is interested in parent-child interactions and how characteristics of these interactions can influence evidence-based treatments and interventions. Sean earned his B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014.
Sean Tams, BS
Christie Thiessen is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at Ohio University. Her research interests center around gender differences in ADHD, particularly in adolescent and adult populations. Christie is especially interested in the varied subjective experiences of ADHD and the effect that symptoms have on interpersonal relationships. Prior to attending OU, Christie worked as a mental health case manager with Helen Ross McNabb's Child and Youth Center. Christie earned her BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2015.
Christie Thiessen, BA
Joe is a first year clinical psychology graduate student in the doctoral program at Ohio University. His research interests include the development, evaluation, and implementation of school based interventions for children and adolescents with ADHD. Joe earned his B.A. in Psychology at Case Western Reserve University in 2015. Prior to attending Ohio University, Joe worked as a research assistant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he conducted research examining the effectiveness of several school based intervention strategies for adolescents with traumatic brain injury.
Joe Xiang, BA
Alyssa Poskarbiewicz, B.A. serves as a Research Associate for the Center of Intervention Research in Schools (CIRS) at Ohio University. Alyssa graduated from Ohio University with her bachelor's in psychology. She has direct service experience with adolescents with emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges and with children on the autism spectrum. Alyssa is working on both the CARS and CHP projects.
Alyssa Poskarbiewicz, BA
Christine received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from James Madison University. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio University under the mentorship of Dr. Steve Evans in 2014. Christine completed her clinical internship with the University Of Washington School Of Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and completed a pediatric psychology post-doctoral fellowship with the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine at Norton Children's Hospital. She is currently employed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine. Christine is also Assistant Chief of the Consultation-Liaison Service to Norton Children's Hospital and provides inpatient and outpatient care to the Division of Hematology and Oncology. She is actively involved in the internship training program and provides supervision to interns in pediatric psychology, consultation, and biofeedback. Areas of clinical and research interest include coping with chronic illness, non-compliance, and supporting LGBTQ youth.
Christine Brady, Ph.D.
Nora Bunford earned her B.A. degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale; her M.S. degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University; her M.A. degree in Philosophy from Eötvös Loránd University; and her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from Ohio University, with predoctoral internship at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Nora is currently a post-doctoral research fellow in comparative neuroscience at the Department of Ethology of Eötvös Loránd University, Institute of Biology.
Her research primarily focuses on the etiology, neurobiological underpinnings, manifestations, and multi-method/informant measurement of emotion dysregulation associated with neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders. She is further interested in the relation among emotion dysregulation and negative outcomes such as functional impairment, substance abuse, and risky sex; as well as the way in which basic findings on these relations inform the development and evaluation of preventions and treatments for adolescents.
Nora Bunford, PhD
Craig received his B.S. from Brigham Young University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Ohio University under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Evans. Craig completed his clinical internship with the University of Oklahoma Health Science Consortium in 2016 and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Family Mental Health Program at the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System.
Craig Spiel, Ph.D.
Jennie earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees at Ohio University, under the mentorship of Dr. Julie Owens. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Wittenberg University. She is currently employed as a full-time psychologist with KVC West Virginia, a non-profit foster care and child welfare agency, where she does clinical work and program development. She has a clinical faculty appointment in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, and is involved with the internship program at WVU School of Medicine- Charleston Division. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide, and is active in the West Virginia Psychological Association. Areas of clinical and research interest include behavioral parent training, pediatric PTSD, and the impact of trauma on children.
Jennie Storer, Ph.D.
Yuko earned a B.A in Psychology at UCLA and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Fullerton. She has worked as a clinician in various settings: elementary schools, a community counseling center, and a drug/alcohol rehabilitation facility before entering the Ohio University Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. She was involved in multiple research projects at OU: intervention integrity for teacher’s implementation of Daily Report Card as a part of Y.E.S.S. program, the contribution of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo to the level of impairment the sustainability of Y.E.S.S. program in Logan school district, and mechanisms of positive bias in children with ADHD. Yuko is currently at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, providing mental health services for children with mental disorders and developmental disabilities and conducting research on assessment and intervention for ADHD in an interdisciplinary setting.
Yuko Watabe, Ph.D.
Joanna received her B.S. from Virginia Tech and M.A. from James Madison University. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio University under the mentorship of Dr. Steve Evans in 2015. Joanna completed her clinical internship with the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Behavioral Medicine Center at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Joanna Yost, Ph.D.
Allison is a doctoral student in the Child Clinical Psychology Program. She is currently a graduate assistant for the Challenging Horizons Program (CHP). Her research interests focus on the development and evaluation of interventions for youth with disruptive behavior disorders that can be implemented in school or camp settings. Allison earned her B.A. in Psychology and Classical Studies from Wesleyan University in 2007. Before coming to Ohio University Allison worked as a research coordinator at the ADHD Clinical Research Center at UIC and served as the program director for Camp STAR, a summer treatment program for youth with ADHD.
Allison Zoromski, Ph.D.
Alex is a doctoral student in the Child Clinical Psychology Program. He is currently completing his internship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham/Birmingham VA Medical Center and remains active in research in the Center for Intervention Research in Schools (CIRS). His research interests include development and evaluation of consultation and coaching programming for education professionals, especially in the pre-service environment. Alex earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, and his M.S. in Clinical Child Psychology at Ohio University in 2013.
Alex Holdaway, PhD
Clifton is a doctoral student in the Child Clinical Psychology Program. His research interests include the development and evaluation of school-based interventions for children with ADHD and comorbid disorders. In addition, he is interested in examining factors that contribute to the selection, implementation, and adherence to effective mental health interventions by school personnel. Clifton earned his B.S. in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2008 and his M.A. in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2012. He has also worked in the Louisiana Public School System as a research coordinator for the Teaching Research Institute and a Case Manager for children with behavior disorders.
Clifton Mixon, Ph.D.
Verenea Serrano, PhD