2018 Cohort

Name: Allie King
Program of Study: Marriage and Family Therapy
Degrees: B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University; M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of San Diego
Research Interests: family therapy interventions for eating disorders, attachment-based family therapy, and person-of-the-therapist training
Advisor: Dr. Jody Russon
Assistantships: Research Assistant for Dr. Jody Russon and Research Assistant for Dr. Rose Wesche.

Birthday: June 29

Name: Deneisha S. Scott-Poe
Program of Study: Marriage and Family Therapy
Degrees: Psychology, BA; Marriage and Family Therapy, MA; Certificate in Multicultural Counseling
Research Interests: African American Adult-Child Caregivers, caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease
Advisor: Dr. Megan Dolbin-MacNab
Assistantships: Graduate and Research Assistant at ISCE
Birthday: May 6

Name: Jessica Resor
Program of Study: Family Studies
Degrees: B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and B.S. in Extension Education from NC State University; M.S. in Human Development and Family Science from East Carolina University
Research Interests: family processes; technology-mediated communication; families and technology
Advisor: Dr. Erika Grafsky
Assistantship: Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. France Bélanger, Pamplin College of Business
Previous Assistantships: Graduate Research Assistant – CoDeS Lab, Graduate Research Assistant – CAATS Lab, Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Katherine Allen, Graduate Instructor of Record
Other Information: 2021 VT Diversity Scholar, Member of Data in Social Context Workshop
May 7


Name: Samantha Simpson
Program of Study: Marriage and Family Therapy
Degrees: BS in Family Studies from Brigham Young University, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University
Research Interests: LGBTQ+ Youth, Religious Families, Family Therapy Processes
Advisor: Dr. Erika Grafsky
Assistantships: Graduate Instructor of Record- HD 2314: Human Sexuality, Family Therapy Center Graduate Assistant
Birthday: September 10
Other info: Collector of People and Passionate LGBTQ+ Ally

Name: Steph Cooke
Program of Study: Marriage and Family Therapy
Degrees: B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Major in Psychology, Minor in Sociology); M.A.from Appalachian State University (Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling)
Research Interests: Interpersonal processes of black queer women
Advisor: Dr. April Few-Demo
Assistantships: Graduate Research Assistant (Supervisor: Dr. Katz – CAATS Lab). I am an Instructor of Record for HD 2314: Human Sexuality (Supervisor: Ms. Victoria Lael).
Birthday: May 3
Other Info: Currently on the Project SMYLE (Sexual Minority Youth Lived Experiences) research team with Dr. Erika Grafsky. Our study is recruiting parents, siblings, and extended family to participate in a project exploring family members’ experiences with an LGB relative coming out. Secretary/Treasurer on Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) and Vice President of Human Development and Family Science Graduate Student Association (HDFSGSA).