BATLAB MEMBERS

Current Ph.D. Students
Kaylee Cook

KAYLEE COOK is a first year Doctoral student. She is from Arlington, Texas and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Tech University. Broadly speaking, Kaylee’s research interests include reintegration post-incarceration, systemic stigma toward persons involved in the criminal justice system, and correctional interventions and program participation. Upon completing her doctorate, she hopes to work in a correctional setting. Outside of school, Kaylee likes to spend her time crocheting/knitting, being outside with dogs that may or may not be her own, playing instruments, and watching Netflix.

RILEY DAVIS is a third-year Doctoral student. She is from Mobile, Alabama and completed her B.A.’s in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Alabama. Riley’s research interests involve racial disparities in the criminal justice system and legal decision making. She is interested in the mental health of justice-involved individuals and hopes to pursue a career in a correctional setting after the completion of her doctorate. In her free time, Riley enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with loved ones. 

Jade Horton

JADE HORTON is a first-year Doctoral student. She is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and completed her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Southeastern Louisiana University. Jade’s research interests involve re-entry, restrictive housing, recidivism and racial injustice in the criminal justice system. She is interested in the rehabilitation of justice-involved individuals and hopes to pursue a career in a correctional setting after the completion of her doctorate. In her free time, Jade enjoys reading books about social justice issues and watching documentaries.

ASHLEY JONES is a second-year Doctoral student. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Psychology, both from Arizona State University. Ashley hopes to work in a prison or hospital setting, engaging in research and program development. Ashley's non-academic life goals include hiking a volcano in Costa Rica and spending Halloween at Disney World.

Madison Lord
Meera Patel

MICHAEL LESTER is a second-year Doctoral student. He is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and completed his double major in Psychology and Art at the University of Mississippi in 2014. Michael also earned his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2018. Broadly defined, Michael’s research interests include the empirical validation of treatment efficacy and borderline psychopathology. After earning his doctoral degree, he hopes to join a dialectical behavior therapy treatment group.

MADISON LORD is a first-year Doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Memphis. She earned her BS in Psychology and BA in Criminal Justice from Georgia College & State University. Madison received her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University. She is most interested in working within the justice system whether it is in a correctional setting or with folks after re-entry. Her research interests center around traditional masculine ideologies that contribute to offending behaviors, prevention strategies, and forensic assessment. For fun Madison likes to watch reality tv shows, spend time with her cat Bug, and listen to murder mystery podcasts.

MEERA PATEL is a second-year Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student at the University of Memphis. She is from Knoxville, TN and completed her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee — Knoxville. She completed her M.Ed. at Lincoln Memorial University in Mental Health Counseling. Her ongoing clinical research interests include jury decision making, re-entry programs, criminality in minority populations, and personality disorders. After graduation, she hopes to work in a correctional setting. In her free time, she spends time with her two African Grey parrots, Lance and Rocky and dog, Dillon.

Sarah Pringer

SARAH PRINGER is a second-year Doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology PhD program at the University of Memphis. She is from Jefferson City, Missouri. Sarah completed her B.S. in Psychology at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She completed her M.S. at Indiana State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Sarah’s research interests involve trauma in correctional settings and trauma histories of adults who are incarcerated. Sarah is interested in trauma treatment for justice involved individuals and plans to pursue a career within corrections and policy work after completing her degree. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies, and playing with her dog Winston. 

ALEXANDRA REPKE is a fourth-year Doctoral student and is currently on internship at Mississippi State Hospital. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University. Alexandra intends on working as a psychologist in a hospital, working with both the general and forensic populations. Her research focuses on illuminating the impact of presentation strategies on the female expert's source credibility

RHEANNA STANDRIDGE is a first-year Doctoral student. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Florida. Her research interests include examining competency to proceed, re-entry programs, and factors that contribute to recidivism. After earning her Ph.D., Rheanna plans to work as a psychologist in a prison or state hospital. When Rheanna is not studying, she enjoys spending time with her dog, bachata and salsa dancing, and enjoying the outdoors.

Lab Alumni

ASHLEY BOZEMAN graduated from the Counseling Psychology M.S. program at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2020. 

OLIVIA MILLER graduated from the Counseling Psychology M.S. program at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2020. 

LAUREN COAKER graduated from the Counseling Psychology M.S. program at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2018 and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia. 

JA'NISHA ROBINSON graduated from the Counseling Psychology M.S. program at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2018 and is working as a mental health practitioner in Dallas, Texas. 

University of Memphis

Counseling, Educational Psychology, & Research

Memphis, TN 38152

ashley.batastini@memphis.edu

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