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Director

Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal recieved her degree from the University of Arkansas under the mentorship of Dr. Ellen W. Leen-Feldner (and Dr. William Levine at the undergraduate level). Dr. Blumenthal's research focuses on the etiology of anxiety and problematic substance use, with an emphasis on the dynamic interplay of anxiety and substance use behaviors. Although her work spans the life course, her primary interest is in co-occurring anxiety and substance use among adolescents, including how anxiety vulnerability may enhance the likelihood of problematic substance use activity as well as how substance use may increase risk for anxiety psychopathology.

As a developmental psychopathologist her work reflects an intersection between traditional developmental and clinical domains, and an integrative, interdisciplinary approach is essential to her program of research. Dr. Blumenthal enjoys teaching undergraduate (PSYC 3620) and graduate (PSYC 5010, 6200) developmental psychology courses at UNT, is the proud sponsor of the UNT H.E.A.T. social service chapter, and she welcomes undergraduate, post-bachelors volunteer, and graduate student (Behavioral Science primarily) applications.

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Students

Renee Cloutier, MS

I currently am in the fourth year of the Behavioral Science Ph.D. program working under the guidance of Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal. I am interested in the link between social anxiety symptoms, social context, and substance use behaviors among adolescents and emerging adults. In addition to my research, I also serve as the Graduate Student Representative for the BSci program as well as a committee member on the APAGS Science committee. To download my CV click here.

Nathan Kearns, BS

I currently am in the second year of the Behavioral Science Ph.D. program working under the guidance of Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal. I am interested in the etiology and interplay of trauma and problematic substance use among late-adolescents and emerging adults (e.g., college students). To download my CV click here.

Megan Douglas, MS

I am a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Health Ph.D. program and work with Dr. Heideimarie Blumenthal and Dr. Charles Guarnaccia. My research interests include eating behaviors, obesity, weight management, diabetes, lifespan development, substance use, and health disparities. My future plans are to complete an APA internship in 2018 and to ultimately work in academia. To view my faculty profile click here, or my CV click here.

Heather Laslett, MS

I am in my fifth year of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program working under the guidance of Dr. Craig Neumann. Currently, I am working as an extern at the Mental Health Clinic in the Baltimore VA and applying for internship. I plan on doing therapy and assessments for the general population and specializing in the treatment of forensic populations. To download my CV click here.

Post-Baccalaureates

Kinsie Dunham, BS

  • BS Psychology, Minors in LGBT Studies and Development and Family Studies, 2016
  • I plan to go to graduate school for Clinical Psychology. My research interests include sexual minority health behaviors and development, as well as sexual dysfunction in women and survivors of sexual assault and trauma. Clinically, I'd like to work with gender and sexual minority adolescents and families.

Laura Jamison, BS

  • BS Psychology, BA Music Performance, 2016
  • I plan on attending a Clinical Psychology program with a research emphasis on anxiety and eating disorders.

Jamie Pogue, BA

  • BA Psychology, 2015
  • I plan on going to graduate school for Experimental Psychology with a focus on evolutionary psychology, psychophysiology, and anxiety.

Erik Tristan

  • BA Psychology, 2016
  • My goal is to pursue a PhD in cognitive psychology. My research interests include decision-making and memory.

Undergraduate Students

Maris Adams

  • BA Psychology, Minor in Criminal Justice
  • My goal is to attend a Clinical Psychology program with a forensic emphasis. My research interests include juvenile offender competency, as well as risk factors such as family, peer, and community influences.

Nadia Alimam

  • BA Psychology, Minor Drug Abuse and Addiction Studies, Minor Communication Studies
  • My goal is to pursue a PhD in either clinical or counseling psychology and ultimately counsel adolescents and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and/or self-harm. Through research, I hope to shed more light on what causes and exacerbates depression and anxiety, and why many individuals afflicted with these symptoms also turn to drugs and self-harm as a means of coping.

Darian Chambers

  • BA in Psychology, BA in Political Science, Minor in Arabic
  • I plan to attend a Social Psychology program. My research interests include Altruistic Behavior, Perspective Taking, and PTSD.

Michelle Fresnedo

  • B.S in Biochemistry, Minors in Biology, Social Sciences, and Medical Anthropology
  • My goal is to attend medical school and gain residency into a Pediatrics program

Stephen Gutierrez

  • BA Psychology
  • My goal is to pursue a master's program in the field of counseling/therapy. Specifically, I am interested in the relationships between depression, anxiety, self-harm, and substance use among adolescents as well as developing counseling interventions for at risk youth.

Elexus Holland

  • BA Psychology, Minor in Human Development and Family Science
  • My goal is to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology, specializing in working with deaf and hard of hearing populations. I intend to further spread awareness regarding the mental health services needed within the deaf community

Jasmin John

  • BA Psychology, Minor Counseling
  • I plan on attending graduate school after graduation to obtain a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling.

Sarah Johnson

  • BA Psychology, Minor in Development of Family Studies
  • My goal is to attend a Masters Clinical Psychology program with a focus on eating disorders and abuse coping mechanisms.

Anabel Potts

  • BS Psychology, Minor in Counseling
  • I hope to attend a Clinical Psychology program. I'm interested in mood disorders, specifically bipolar disorder and psychotic symptoms during manic episodes.

Sydney McKinnis

  • BS Psychology, Minor in Spanish
  • I plan to attend graduate school and complete a doctoral program in clinical psychology, specializing in child and adolescent psychology.

Brooke Reynolds

  • BA Psychology, Minor in Russian
  • I plan to attend a PhD program for clinical neuropsychology. I am interested in looking at personality disorders and continuing research into the human connectome.

Matt Russo

  • BA Psychology
  • My plan is to attend a Clinical Psychology program with a research emphasis on addiction and substance use.

    Alumni

      2016

      Alvin Akibar, MS

      Teah-Marie Bynion, BS

      • BS Psychology, 2016
      • Next Step: I am currently a doctoral student in the Experimental Program at the University of Arkansas in the Anxiety Research Program. My research focuses on parent-child relationships and psychopathology among youth.

      Emma Holmes

      • Next Step: After successfully completing the TAMS program at UNT, I am now pursuing my BSA in Neuroscience as part of the pre-med program at the University of Texas at Austin. Next year I will be applying to medical schools to focus on pediatric neurology.

      Gabrielle Javier, BA

      • BA Psychology, 2014
      • Next Step: I am currently working as a psychiatric clinical assistant for Denton County MHMR. This year I will be applying to Masters Programs in Counseling Psychology to work with individuals who suffer from non-combat PTSD and anxiety related disorders.

      Patrick Melugin, BS

      • BS Psychology, Minors in Biological Sciences and History, 2016
      • Next Step: I am currently working towards a master's degree in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience at UT Dallas where I am studying synaptic plasticity and alcohol dependence in mice. My goal is to pursue a PhD in neuroscience studying the etiology of clinical depression

      Joslyn Wilson, BA

      • BA Psychology, Minor in Development and Family Studies, 2016
      • Next Step: Currently, I am teaching pre-kindergarten at Children's Lighthouse Learning Center in Frisco and performing group counseling with special-needs children at United Through H.O.P.E. In Fall 2017 I plan to apply for Master's programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling so that I can work with children and families using direct counseling and animal assisted therapy.

        2015

        Catherine Baxley, BS

        • BS Psychology, Minor in Drug Abuse and Addiction, 2014
        • Next step: Catherine is headed to St. Louis University to pursue her doctorate in clinical psychology in the WAGER laboratory.

        Taylor Gleitz, BA

        • BA Psychology, minor in Counseling, 2015
        • Next Step: I am currently in my second year of the Counseling Psychology master's program at Texas Woman's University and a counseling intern at Denton County Friends of the Family, where I do individual and group counseling with survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual assault. After graduating, I plan to continue counseling and working towards becoming a licensed professional counselor (LPC).

        Emily Kaus, BA

        • BA Psychology, 2015
        • Next step: I am thrilled to continue my education at UNT through the UNT Counseling program to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and eventually work with low-income and homeless individuals.

        Jasmine Thompson

        • BS Psychology
        • I plan to go to a graduate program in psychology, and currently am exploring which sub-discipline I would like to pursue.

        Tori Wheelis

        • BA Psychology, BFA Visual Art Studies
        • I plan on returning to UNT after graduation to complete pre-medical post-baccalaureate coursework and later obtain an MD/PhD. I am interested in studying bias in medical and educational settings.

        Sarah Wilson, BA

        • BA Psychology, Minor in Developmental and Family Studies, 2015
        • Next Step: I plan to attend graduate school with a focus on the treatment of anxiety disorders in children, specifically selective mutism.

        2014

        Angel Huichapa, BA

        • BA Psychology, Minor in Addiction Rehabilitation, 2014
        • Next step: Angel operated an after-school program for youth in Fort Worth and currently is working as a Mental Health Technician and Activity Therapist for both adults and adolescents at Mesa Springs Behavioral Hospital. Angel plans on attending graduate school with an emphasis on at-risk children and teens.

        Katherine Prindiville, BS

        • BS Psychology, Minor in Substance Abuse and Addiction, 2014
        • Next step: Katherine is headed to the University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center to pursue her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling.

        Deyaun Villarreal, BA

        • BA Psychology, 2013
        • Next step: Deyaun will commence her doctoral studies at the Family Research Lab, University of Texas at Dallas.

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