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Ph.D. Students

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. 

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.

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.

ALEXANDRA REPKE is a third-year Doctoral student. 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. Outside of academia, Alexandra enjoys adventuring with both her husband and daughter, as well as trying to learn her way around a camera.

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.

M.S. Students

ASHLEY BOZEMAN is a second-year Master’s student. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Ashley plans on pursuing licensure as a counselor, working with the incarcerated population. When she is not focused on schoolwork, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, playing music, and doing various arts and crafts.

OLIVIA MILLER is a second-year Master’s student. She completed her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Spring Hill College. She has a particular interest in re-entry programming to help make the transition easier for previously incarcerated individuals reintegrating back into society, as well as examining criminal thinking styles in the common person. Her hobbies include watching Netflix, playing the guitar, and practicing yoga and meditation.

Undergraduate Students

DELANEY ANDERSON is an undergraduate sophomore majoring in psychology and minoring in criminal justice. Following graduation, she intends on earning a graduate degree in psychology and law or forensic psychology. Her dream job is to work for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to help put an end to child sex trafficking. She likes to spend her free time being an animal foster parent, drawing, and watching crime documentaries.

BLAZE GIOVENGO is an undergraduate sophomore majoring in biochemistry and psychology. He plans on attending graduate school to earn a degree in neuroscience. Outside of school and work, Blaze enjoys exploring the outdoors, gardening, and learning about different cultures and ideas. 

IYANNA MARSHALL is an undergraduate sophomore majoring in psychology. She plans on attending graduate school for clinical psychology as a doctoral student. Her research interests fall under the social psychology domain. Iyanna is the president of the USM Speech & Debate Society, an avid thrift shopper, and a cinephile. 

JORDAN MURANA is an undergraduate senior majoring in psychology. He plans on going to graduate school to attain a doctoral degree in either forensic or correctional psychology. When Jordan is not at school, he manages a full-time job, watches movies, and spends time with family.

ARIA SMITH is an undergraduate sophomore majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. She intends on working as a correctional psychologist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She is a Luckyday Scholar and a volunteer advocate for the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention. Beyond school, Aria enjoys reading and writing, shopping, and spending quality time with friends. 

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