Name: M. Evan Thomas
Program of study: Marriage and Family Therapy
Degrees: B.S. Psychology, University of Georgia; M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University
Previous Teaching Experience at Purdue University: Statistics for Behavioral Sciences,
Adolescence, and Freshmen Experience
Previous Therapeutic Experience: Crown Counseling in Crown Point, Indiana
Research Interests: Rural mental health, advocacy for mental health, integrative care in rural communities, LGBTQ in rural communities
Advisor: Dr. Erika Grafsky
Research Assistantship: SBIRT Grant, Dr. Nancy Brossoie
Teaching Assistantship: Human Sexuality
Expected Graduation Year: May 2020
Birthday: May 9th
Name: Casey M. McGregor
Program of Study: Child and Adolescent Development
Degree: B.S. from Pennsylvania State University (Altoona College)
Research Interests: Role and identity development, parenting behaviors and processes, parenting within adverse contexts, young mothers, and intergenerational families
Advisor: Dr. Joyce Arditti
Facilitator for the Intergenerational Program (Fall 2017 – Fall 2018)
Graduate Teaching Assistant: Infancy and Early Childhood Development (Fall 2017 – Fall 2018)
Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Carolyn Shivers (Fall 2016 – Spring 2017)
Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Cindy Smith in the Children’s Emotions Lab (Fall 2016 – Spring 2017)
Expected Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Birthday: November 8th
In Casey’s Words: As a first-generation college student from a small town in Central Pennsylvania, my background and upbringing influences my passion for families in underserved contexts. I began cultivating my interests for child development and family relationships while studying Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State Altoona. I entered the Masters through Ph.D program at Virginia Tech in 2016 to continue studying individual and family development across the lifespan.
Other info about Diana: My son will turn 1 on September 7th. His name is Dobby and he’s a dog.
Other info about Jameson: Married to Melissa Street Natwick
Program of Study: Marriage and Family Therapy
Degrees: B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies, M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy- both from the University of New Hampshire.
Other Background: Before coming to Virginia Tech, I worked in community mental health in Seattle as a Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. I also did emergency psychiatric care in emergency rooms and jails. Exposure to ineffective policies in incarceration settings is what inspired me to obtain a PhD and specialize in parental incarceration research.
Advisor: Dr. Joyce Arditti
Other Info about Amy: My husband and I are both from New England so in our down time we like to explore the surrounding states or take day trips in VA. Currently our favorite place we have been to is Asheville, NC. We also like to visit friends in Seattle, family in the Northeast, and one day our dream is to live abroad.
Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Health Practice and Research
Human Development and Family Science Instructor of Record, Human Sexuality