Current 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

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Lillian Audette

This is a picture of Lillian Audette.Lillian Audette is a first-year Ph.D. student in the counseling psychology program. She completed her Bachelors degree at Williams College, and 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!

Contact email: laudette@my.tnstate.edu

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Katherine A. Johnson

This is a picture of Katie JohnsonKatie is second-year Ph.D. student in the counseling psychology program, specializing in Military Psychology. She completed her Bachelors degree at The University of Tennessee, and Masters degree from Tennessee State University. Her Masters’ thesis focused on how posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) makes reintegration more difficult following combat deployment. She has been a Graduate Research Assistant on the HBCU-UP grant for almost a full academic year, and recently 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, focusing on childhood trauma, severe psychopathology, 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.
  • Manuscripts:
    • Johnson, K.A., Broyles, T.W., & Hammond, M.S. (Submitted for publication). Career Intervention Effects on Agricultural Students’ Career Development at an HBCU. 

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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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Michael Oyeteju

This is a picture of Michael Oyeteju.Michael is a first 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 related to multiculturalism, racial/ethnic minority psychology, sports psychology, and career development. This will be Michael's first year working as a Graduate Research Assistant with the 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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Carin Smith

This is a picture of Carin K. Smith.Carin is a third-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.
  • Publications
    • Smith, C.K., Young-Seigler, A., Capretta, J., & Hammond, M.S. (in preparation). The Impact of an SCCT Intervention on the Perceptions of Supports and Barriers in Underrepresented Minority Biology Students at an HBCU. Due to submit Summer 2017. 
    • 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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Cecily Taylor

This is a picture of Cecily Taylor.My name is Cecily Taylor and I graduated from Union University with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, and obtained my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Freed-Hardeman University. My research interests include career development, personality assessments, and self-care. 

Contact email: Cecily.Taylor@live.com

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NSF HBCU-UP Broadening Participation Grant

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.

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Susan Githua

This is a picture of Susan Githua

Susan 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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Undergraduate Research Assistants

Carrie Ponder

Contact email:  carrieponder@yahoo.com

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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 Sarah Girresch-Ward, Denver Hall, and Natalie Rochester.  We wish you good luck in your placements, and thank you for being valuable researchers on our team.

Sarah Girresch-Ward

This is a picture of Sarah Girresch-WardSarah is a Ph.D. candidate in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University.  She previously earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University and also is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Sarah’s interests relate to multiculturalism, racial/ethnic minority psychology, resilience, and pediatric psychology.  Her thesis examined cultural trends in perceptions about ADHD, and her dissertation focuses on childhood adversity and posttraumatic growth.  Sarah has been involved with various tasks as a graduate research assistant on two NSF-funded grants with Dr. Hammond from 2015-2017.  Highlights include co-authoring three manuscripts, presenting at local and national conferences, and assisting with data analysis.  Sarah’s pre-doctoral internship is at WellSpan Health in York, PA with placements in behavioral health and pediatrics.  

Contact Email: sgirresch@gmail.com

 

Grant Relevant Citations:

  • Presentations
    • Girresch-Ward, S. & Hammond, M.S., & McKoy, T. (2016, May). Unpacking the complexity of the supports and barriers in the STEM Fields Questionnaire. Paper presented at the 2016 Society of Vocational Psychology Conference. Tallahassee, FL.
    • Hammond, M.S., Girresch-Ward, S., Rochester, N., & Burks, M. (2016, May). Validating the Lent’s Fields Questionnaire for African American students at an HBCU. Paper presented at the 2016 Society of Vocational Psychology Conference. Tallahassee, FL.
    • Girresch-Ward, S. (2016, April). Examining the outcome expectations and level of commitment for agricultural sciences students attending an 1890 land-grant university. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Tennessee State University Research Symposium. Nashville, TN.
  • Manuscripts:
    • Girresch-Ward, S., Hammond, M.S., McKoy, T., Rochester, N., & Hargrove, K.S. (2016). Understanding supports and barriers in the Lent’s Fields Questionnaire for African American students in STEM.  Manuscript in preparation.
    • Hammond, M.S., Girresch-Ward, S., Rochester, N., & Hargrove, K.S. (2016). Lent’s Fields Questionnaire: Utility for African American STEM students. Manuscript under revision for publication.
    • Girresch-Ward, S., Hall, J.L., Hammond, M.S., Broyles, T.W., & Young, D. (2016).  Outcome expectations and commitment of agricultural sciences students at an 1890 land-grant university. Manuscript under revision for publication.

Natalie Rochester 

This is a picture of Natalie RochesterNatalie is a counseling psychology doctoral candidate specializing in military psychology. Her clinical and research interest involve trauma and various areas of diversity. Her master's thesis examined the factors that impacted attachment style following the loss of a companion animal. Her dissertation investigates gender differences in depression and suicidality among veterans following military trauma. Natalie's pre-doctoral internship experience is at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (San Antonio VA) in their trauma psychology track. She worked with Dr. Hammond on two different NSF grants throughout her time at TSU (4 years) and was the primary person in charge of data management. She assisted in several conference paper and poster presentations as well as co-wrote three manuscripts. 

Contact Email: natalierochester@hotmail.com

Grant Relevant Citations:

  • Presentations:
    • Girresch-Ward, S., Rochester, N ., Hammond, M. S., & Martez Burks, M. S. (2016, May). Validating the Lent Fields Questionnaire for African American Students at an HBCU . Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Conference Society for Vocational Psychology, Tallahassee, FL., May, 17, 2016.
    • Girresch-Ward, S., McKoy, T., Hammond, M. S., & Rochester, N . (2016, May) Unpacking the complexity of the Supports and Barriers in the STEM Fields Questionnaire.  Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Society for Vocational Psychology Conference, Tallahassee, FL., May, 17, 2016.
    • Rochester, N., Berman, A.B., Hammond, M.S., Hargrove, S.K., & Hayslett, W.F. (2014, August). Broadening diversity in STEM: Career Development in Immigrant College Students. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association,Washington, D.C., August 8, 2014.
    • Rochester, N., Berman, A.B., Hammond, M.S., Hargrove, S.K., Hayslett, W.F. (2014, August). Black college student career development and retention in psychology. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., August 8, 2014.
    • Hall, D.,  Rochester, N., Hammond, M.S., Hayslett, W.F., & Hargrove, S.K. (2014, April). Career decision-making and self-efficacy among African American STEM students. Poster presented at the 2014 American College Personnel Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN, March 30 – April 2, 2014.
    • Berman, A.B. &  Rochester, N. (2014, February). Career Development and Retention in in STEM. Oral presentation at the Emerging Researchers Conference (ERN), Washington, D.C.
  • Manuscripts
    • Hammond, M.S., Girresch-Ward, S., Rochester, N ., & Hargrove, S.K. Validating the Lent Fields Questionnaire for African American Students at an HBCU . – Submitted for publication
    • Girresch-Ward, S., McKoy, T., Hammond, M. S., & Rochester, N . Unpacking the complexity of the Supports and Barriers in the STEM Fields Questionnaire –  Preparing for submission

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Previous Research Assistants

  • 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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Interested in becoming one of my graduate research assistants? Contact me.