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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 am a doctoral candidate in my fifth year of the Behavioral Science Ph.D. program working under the guidance of Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal. I am interested in the developmental and social processes leading to different substance use patterns across adolescence and emerging adulthood. In January 2017 I started a NIDA funded predoctoral fellowship (1F31DA041105) looking at social anxiety symptoms, social context, and use willingness. In addition to my research, I also serve as the chair of the APAGS Science committee. To download my CV click here.

Nathan Kearns, BS

I currently am in the third year of the Behavioral Science Ph.D. program working under the guidance of Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal. My research focuses on etiological mechanisms, interplay, and consequences of trauma, posttraumatic stress, and problematic substance use among at-risk populations (e.g., emerging adults, traumatic injury). In addition to my research, I also serve as a Clinical Research Assistant for the Department of Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and as the Student Representative for the Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group (SIG)within the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT). To download my CV click here.

Megan Douglas, MS

I am a doctoral candidate in my sixth year of the Clinical Health Psychology Ph.D. program. I am currently working on my dissertation which focuses on eating behaviors during the emerging adulthood period with my co-chairs Dr. Heideimarie Blumenthal and Dr. Charles Guarnaccia. My research interests include eating behaviors, obesity, weight management, diabetes, and substance use. My plans are to complete an APA clinical internship starting in 2018 and to ultimately work in academia. To view my CV click here.

Caitlyn Carey, BS

I currently am in the first year of the Behavioral Science Ph.D. program working under the guidance of Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal. I am interested in the etiology and interaction between anxiety and substance misuse among adolescents and emerging adults. Specifically, my research interests include alcohol, e-cigarettes, and prescription medication misuse (e.g., opioids, ADD/ADHD). To view my CV click here.

Post-Baccalaureates

Stephen Gutierrez

  • BA Psychology, Minor in Counseling, 2017
  • My goal is to attend a Master's program in counseling/therapy. More specifically, I am interested in working with an adolescent population. My interests include how the relationships between depression, suicidality, anxiety, and substance use affect an adolescent population.

Undergraduate Students

    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.

    Angeles Astorga

    • BA Psychology, Minor in Counseling
    • I am planning on pursuing a PhD Clinical Psychology program. I hope to work in a hospital setting or at the VA as a clinical psychologist and specifically help individuals who suffer from anxiety, stress, and PTSD.

    Daniel Cole

    • BS Psychology
    • My current goal is to apply for PhD Social Psychology programs and learn the necessary skills to conduct research at a university, government agency, or a private agency. My research interests are the biopsychosocial factors that influence happiness in people across various social environments.

      Michelle Fresnedo, Data Management Coordinator

      • BS Biochemistry, Minor in Biology
      • BA Integrative Studies, Concentrating in Psychology, Anthropology, History
      • My goal is to attend medical school. My interests lie in the fields of cardiology, pediatrics, and family medicine in general.

      Mary Geisinger

      • BA Psychology, Minor in Biology and Chemistry
      • My goal is to pursue a graduate school program in either the medical field or experimental psychology.

      Brittney Jackson, Recruitment Co-Coordinator

      • BS Psychology, Minor in Human Development and Family Science
      • My goal is to attend a Clinical Psychology program and work with individuals, families, and/or couples in a hospital setting. My research interests include PTSD, protective behavioral strategies, and particularly the bidirectional impact of family life on substance use.

      Camille Naval

      • BA Psychology, Minor in Human Development and Family Studies
      • My goal is to attend a Counseling Psychology program, with hope to work with children and adolescents. I hope to work as a counselor in a psychiatric hospital or through private practice. My interests lie in anxiety, stress, and the emotional/social development from birth to young adulthood.

      Alisa Payne

      • BS Psychology, Minor in Counseling
      • My goal is to attend a Counseling Psychology program with training to work with children and adolescents. I hope to work in a hospital setting, a juvenile detention center or in the foster care system. My research interests include childhood trauma and how individuals cope depending on parenting styles and family demographics.

        Anabel Potts

        • BS Psychology, Minor in Counseling
        • My goal is to attend a Clinical Psychology program. I'm interested in mood disorders, with a focus on bipolar disorders. I hope to work in private practice as a psychologist.

        Ennissea Powell

        • BA Psychology, Minor in Human Development and Family Science
        • My goal is to attend a Master's program in Counseling. I aspire to become a counselor working with adolescents and their behavior. More specifically, at-risk youth, depression, anxiety, suicide, and ways to prevent such with coping strategies and skills.

        Jennifer Sandlin, Recruitment Co-Coordinator

        • BA Psychology
        • I am planning to attend a Master's program in Counseling. My research interests include the etiology and treatment of Non-Suicidal Self Injury, as well as lifelong effects of childhood abuse and trauma. I hope to work in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

        Alumni

          2017

          Maris Adams

          • BA Psychology, Minor in Criminal Justice, 2017
          • Next Step: I am currently applying for Clinical Psychology programs with a forensic emphasis. My research interests include juvenile offender competency, as well as risk factors such as family, peer, and community influences.

          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.

          Jasmin John

          • BA Psychology, Minor Counseling
          • Next Step: I am currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UNT. I am on the adult track and plan to focus on minority communities and social justice issues. I hope to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) once I complete my Masters degree.

          Sydney McKinnis, BS

          • BS Psychology, Minor in Spanish, 2017
          • I am working full-time at UNT, currently applying to Master's Counseling programs, and my goal is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

          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.

          Brooke Reynolds

          • BA Psychology, Minor in Russian
          • Next Step: I am currently applying for PhD programs in clinical psychology.

          Erik Tristan

          2016

          Alvin Akibar, MS

          • BA Psychology 2013, MS Psychology 2016
          • Next Step: I am currently a doctoral student in the Behavioral Science Ph.D. program working under the guidance of Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann. I am interested in LGBT and minority issues, including risk for social anxiety and reduced support-seeking behaviors.

          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.

          Kinsie Dunham, BS

          • BS Psychology, Minors in LGBT Studies and Development and Family Studies, 2016
          • Next Step: I am currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Program at the University of Montana at Missoula. I am interested in LGBT and minority issues, including risk for social anxiety and reduced support-seeking behaviors.

          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.

          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.

            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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