NSF Research Assistants

NSF ECR Core Grant

 NSF HBCU-UP BPR Grant

Undergraduate Research Assistants 

Previous GRAs off on Internship 

Previous Research Assistants


 

 NSF ECR Core Grant

Lillian Audette 

This is a picture of Lillian AudetteLillian Audette is a second-year Ph.D. student in the counseling psychology program. She completed her Bachelors degree at Williams College, and her Masters degree from Loyola Maryland University. Her Masters' thesis focused on how college students' religious variables and gender are related to body image. It is currently being reworked for publication. Outside of psychology, Lillian enjoys baking and trying out new recipes!

Grant Related Citations

  • Presentations
    • Audette, L.M., Hammond, M.S., & Johnson, K.A. (2018, August). Combining Datasets using SPSS: An Experimental Study. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, California.
    • Audette, L.M., Rochester, N., Hammond, M.S., & Smith, C.K. (2018, June). Methodological Issues Coding Participants in Anonymous Psychological Longitudinal Studies. Paper presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology in Montreal, Canada.

Contact email: laudette@my.tnstate.edu

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Katherine A. Johnson

This is a picture of Katie JohnsonKatie is a third-year Ph.D. Candidate in the counseling psychology program, specializing in Military Psychology. She completed her Bachelors degree at The University of Tennessee, and her Masters Degree from Tennessee State University. She has been a Graduate Research Assistant on the HBCU-UP grant for almost a full academic year, then transferred over to the ECR Core Grant. In the coming semesters, she will be responsible for holding interviews with participants about their career development within the Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT), working alongside Dr. Korsi Dumenyo, a professor in the Agricultural Department. Conducting qualitative interviews with students and the ability to gain valuable research experience is what guided her to this position. Outside of the grant, her clinical and research interests are focused on forensic psychology, childhood trauma, severe pathology, and criminal behavior. 

Contact email: kjohn109@my.tnstate.edu

Grant Related Citations: 

  • Presentations
    • Johnson, K.A. (2017, March). Career Intervention Effects on Agricultural Students' Career Development at an HBCU. Oral presentation at the 2017 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, Washington, D.C.
    • Smith, C.K., Johnson, K.A., & Hammond, M.S. (2018, June). How First-Generation Student Status Affects Career Development in African American STEM students. Poster presentation at the Society for Vocational Psychology's 13th Biennial Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona.
    • Audette, L.M., Johnson, K.A., & Hammond, M.S. (2018, August). Combining Datasets in SPSS - An Experimental Study. Oral presentation at the 2018 American Psychological Association 2018 Conference, San Francisco, California. 
  • Manuscripts
    • Johnson, K.A., Broyles, T.W., & Hammond, M.S. (2018). Career intervention effects on agricultural students' career development at an 1890 land-grant institution. NACTA Journal, 62(2), 135-141. Abstract is available here.
    • Girresch-Ward, S., Hammond, M.S., Broyles, T.W., & Johnson, K.A. (Accepted with revisions). Outcome expectations and commitment of agricultural sciences students at an 1980 land-grant university.
    • Audette, L.M., Johnson, K.A., & Hammond, M.S. (Manuscript in preparation). Combining datasets using SPSS: An experimental study. 
    • Johnson, K.A., Smith, C.K., & Hammond, M.S. (Manuscript in preparation). How first-generation status affects career development in African American STEM students.

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Matthew Kettelhake

This is a picture of Matt KettelhakeMatthew Kettelhake is a second year Master's student in Counseling Psychology. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Communication Studies at the University of Montana. He has been working with Dr. Hammond since January of 2018. Matthew is interested in coping strategies for individuals and parents of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities, resilience, hope, and social interest. He is currently the President of the Graduate Psychology Student Organization at TSU. 

Contact email: mkettelh@my.tnstate.edu

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Michael Oyeteju 

This is a picture of Michael OyetejuMichael is second year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University. He has previously earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and an M.A. in Psychology from Houston Baptist University. Michael's interests relate to multiculturalism, racial/ethnic minority psychology, sports psychology, and career development. This will be Michael's second year working as a Graduate Research Assistant with teh National Science Foundation (NSF) Education and Human Resources (EHR) Core Research (ECR) Core Grant under Dr. Hammond.

Contact email: oyetejumt@hbu.edu

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Ina Simpson

This is a picture of Ina SimpsonIna Simpson is a first-year Ph.D. student in the counseling psychology program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Master of Education in Counseling with a concentration in Couples and Family Therapy from The University of Montevallo. Her Masters' research focused on the effects of childhood maltreatment and insecure attachment styles on adult relationships. Ina's interests include multiculturalism, minority mental health, family dynamics, intergenerational patterns, and romantic relationships. 

Contact email: isimpo2@my.tnstate.edu

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Carin Smith

This is a picture of Carin SmithCarin is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University, who is also specializing in military psychology. She previously earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University, where her thesis examined the relationship between body image and perceived partner beliefs as predictors of sexual satisfaction. Carin's interests related to military psychology-- specifically help-seeking and treatment efficacy-- and couples & interpersonal relationships. Carin began her experience on Dr. Hammond's research team by volunteering and has since been hired on as a graduate research assistant on the NSF-ECR Core grant. Since beginning on this team, Carin has been involved in co-authoring three manuscripts, assisted in data analysis and management on several projects, and presented at national conferences. 

 Grant Related Citations:

  • Presentations
    • Smith, C.K, & Hammond, M.S. (2016, May). Community and Career: A recursive Relationship Among Social Class, Privilege, Power and Work Values. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Society for Vocational Psychology Conference, Tallahassee, FL.
    • Smith, C.K., Johnson, K.A., & Hammond, M.S. (2018). How First-Generation Student Status Affects Career Development in African American STEM Students. Presentation accepted for the SVP 13th Biennial Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Publications
    • Smith, C.K., Young-Seigler, A., Capretta, J., & Hammond, M.S. (Submitted for publication). The Impact of an SCCT Intervention on the Perceptions of Supports and Barriers in Underrepresented Minority Biology Students at an HBCU. 
    • Hammond, M.S., Temple, R.A., Scott, A., & Smith, C.K. (in preparation). Career Development of Graduate Students. Due to submit Summer 2017.
    • Hammond, M.S., Betz, N., & Smith, C.K. (in preparation). Community and Career: A Recursive Relationship  amongst Social Class, Privilege, Power and Work Values. Due to submit Fall 2017.

Contact email: cksmith.tnstate@gmail.com

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NSF HBCU-UP Broadening Participation Grant

Susan Githua

This is a picture of Susan GithuaSusan is a newcomer to our grant and is currently studying to get her Ed.D degree in Higher Education Leadership at Tennessee State University.  She also holds an MSc degree in Agricultural Sciences, majoring in Agricultural Education and Extension. Her research interests are STEM, student achievement, and women leadership.  She completed a masters thesis focusing on Mathematics performance of high school agricultural education students as compared to non-agricultural education students.  Susan was interested in Dr. Hammond's research grant because she had never worked on a grant before, and wanted experience in grant writing and management, as well as publishing articles. She will be working alongside Dr. Tom Broyles in the Agricultural & Consumer Sciences department.

Contact email: susangithua@gmail.com

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David Shelton

This is a picture of David SheltonDavid is a third-year Ph.D. student in the School Psychology Program at Tennessee State University. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Vanderbilt University and Master’s of Science in Psychology at Lipscomb University. His Masters’ thesis focused on executive function and Theory of Mind. Previously, David worked on a TBR grant for 1 year exploring the roles that personality, career, and developmental factors play in determining college retention and persistence with under-represented groups. David has been working on the HBCU-UP grant since August 2016. His work has included research writing, a conference presentation, and data analyses. Outside of the grant, David’s research and career interests are in academic and cognitive testing, applied behavior analysis, and autism.

 Grant Related Citations:

  • Presentations
    • Shelton, D. (2017, March). The Roles of Self-efficacy, Interests, and Expectations in Predicting Career Persistence for Undergraduate African American Biology Majors. Oral presentation at the 2017 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, Washington, D.C.

Contact Email: davidshelton2014@gmail.com

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Morgan Swain

This is a picture of Morgan SwainMorgan Swain is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Counseling Psychology program at Tennessee State University. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Walden University and Master of Science degree in Community Psychology at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Morgan’s research interest focused on how racial socialization as racial identity impact self-esteem and social support. She is also interested in community outreach in psychology, including the importance of teaching lay populations about mental health through programs like Mental Health First Aid. This is Morgan’s first year working on the NSF HBCU-UP Broadening Participation Grant. 

Contact email: morgan_swain@yahoo.com

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Undergraduate Research Assistants

Ayanna Candie

My name is Ayanna Candie and I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am a junior here at Tennessee State University, and I'm majoring in psychology. I chose to volunteer under Dr. Hammond because I want to learn and gain experience with others who share my interests.

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Previous GRAs off on Internship

We would like to congratulate our GRAs who have moved on to their pre-doctoral internships.  Congratulations Martez Burkes and Tonya McKoy! We wish you good luck in your placements, and thank you for being valuable researchers on our team.

Martez Burks

Martez Burks moved to Nashville from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My great passion is helping people and bringing healing to people. Research interest includes: AA undergraduates students' racial identity and academic self-concept. My educational background includes a MS in Counseling Psychology and I'm currently a PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University.   

Contact Email: mburks14@yahoo.com

Grant Related Citations:

  • Presentations:
    • Burks, M.E., & Hammond, M.S. (2017,  March). The Relationship Between Ethnic Identity and Self-Efficacy Amongst Undergraduate STEM Students. Oral presentation at the Emerging Researchers National  (ERN) Conference in STEM, Washington, D.C.

Tonya McKoy

This is a picture of Tonya McKoyTonya is a Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University. She earned a Master of Education degree in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Tonya continues to be passionate about minority women in engineering related careers. While at Tennessee State University, she has worked with Dr. Hammond as a Graduate Research Assistant on two NSF – funded grants since 2014 that evaluated the impact of career theories to promote retention of minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career fields. Tonya’s research interests are in the areas of retention of African American women in engineering careers and mental health services for veterans and military connected families. Recent publications, conference and poster presentations have focused on the retention of African American students in STEM. She has also presented internationally at the American Society of Engineering Education of persistence of African American female engineering students, retention and identity. She participates in a program where she donates one Hour of therapy services up to one year to veterans.

Contact email: tmckoy@mytsu.tnstate.edu

Grant Related Citations: 

  • Presentations
    • McKoy, T. (2017). Retention Factors in African American Engineering Students. Oral presentation presented at Tennessee State University Annual Research Symposium on April 18, 2017. Received 2nd place award. 
    • McKoy, T., Hammond, M., Armwood, C., & Hargrove, S.K. (2017, March). Persistence of African American Females in Engineering: The Identity Factor. Paper to be presented at the 2017 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Zone 2 Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
    • McKoy, T. (2017). A process evaluation of the retention of African American female engineering students. Poster presented at the 39th Annual Tennessee State University Psychology Day. Nashville, TN.
    • Girresch-Ward, S., Hammond, M.S., McKoy, T. (2016, May). Unpacking the complexity of the supports and barriers scale of the STEM Fields Questionnaire. 30-minute presentation at the 2016 Biennial Conference of the Society for Vocational Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
    • McKoy, T. (2016, April). The persistence of African American females in engineering: The identity factor: A pilot study. Poster presented at the 38th Annual Tennessee State University Research Symposium. Nashville, TN.
    • McKoy, T. (2006, April). The relationship of father absence and incarceration. An oral presentation at the American Counseling Association. Montreal, Canada.
  • Publications
    • McKoy, T., Hammond, M., Armwood, C., & Hargrove, S. K. (2017, March) Persistence of African American Females in Engineering: The Identity Factor has been accepted as a Work In Progress Paper to the 2017 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Zone 2 conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Previous Research Assistants

  • NSF EHR Core Grant
    • Natalie Rochester
    • Sarah Girresch-Ward
    • Cecily Taylor
    • Carrie Ponder 
  • NSF HBCU-UP BPR 2012-2016
    • Denver Hall
    • Shereen Haj-Hassan
    • Kristeena G. Jenkins
    • Calisha Brooks
    • Amy B. Berman
    • Tonya McKoy
    • Katy Roth
    • Martez Burks
    • Derron Ambrose
    • Natalie Rochester
    • Jessica "Jaye" Cappretto
    • Sarah Girresch-Ward
    • Dr. Carmen B. Buckner
  • Tennessee Board of Regents' Faculty Research Grant 
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Pro-DIGS
    • Dr. Dana Foster
    • Dr. Rebecca Temple
    • Ivan Greenfield
  • Previous Graduate and Undergraduate Research Assistants
    • CDC Grant
      • Dr. Andre Bean
      • Dr. Pernella Singleton-Deams
    • KUDER Grant
      • Twanna Irvan
      • Kevin Wright
    • Career Development and the Transtheoretical Model of Change
      • N. Westmoreland
      • Dr. Tara Mikula
      • Dr. Marios Argyrides

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