Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students
Year Entered: Fall 2009


Jean Kesnold Mesidor, M.S
Hometown: Ile a Vaches/Cayes, Haiti
Language spoken: Haitian Creole, French, Spanish, and English.
Research Interests: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), multicultural issues in psychotherapy, political violence, and refugee resilience


Kanasha Reese

Kanasha is from Vaughan, MS. And she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Tougaloo College in 2009. Research interests include psychopathology and risky behaviors in war veterans and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Year Entered: 2008


Alyssa Ellis Killebrew
is a 2nd Year Clinical Psychology Doctoral student. Alyssa went to Belmont University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She also attended Delta State University where she obtained a Master’s of Education in Community Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Alyssa has worked for 7 years in the substance abuse field as a counselor and a drug and alcohol prevention specialist. Alyssa’s research interests include but are not limited to substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and psychopathology.


Porshia Haymon

Hometown: Greenwood, MSUndergraduate: Xavier University of LouisianaCurrent Research Interests: Community Violence, Resiliency, Trauma, “At Risk” Youth

Anyaliese Hancock has lived in several different places in the United States and her family’s latest settlement is Granger, Indiana. Her research interests include children and disparities among minorities, particularly with standardized testing. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Alcorn State University. Her hobbies include volunteering and listening to music.

Michelle L. Smith was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is currently an assistant to the Director of Clinical Training at Jackson State University with a research interest in the study of minority health disparities. She received a B.A. in Psychology and in African and Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Fayetteville State University. Her hobbies include traveling, playing basketball, cooking, mentoring youth, and watching movies.


Wardah Ali


Theresa Woodard

Hometown: Gloster, MS
Undergraduate Degree: Jackson State University 2005, TRUBLUJSU
Graduate: Mississippi College, Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology, 2008
Research Interests: Adolescent Psychopathology and Delinquency, Substance Abuse

Year Entered: 2007

Lindsey Davis
Lindsey is originally from Auburn, AL where she earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from Temple University in 2004. She also obtained an M.A. degree in clinical-counseling psychology from LaSalle University in 2007. Her research interests include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Trauma, suicidality and self-harm behaviors, and protective factors and resiliency in various populations. Her thesis was on the development of Secondary Traumatic Stress in Public Service Officials, including police officers, firefighters and paramedics.


Shannae Harness, B.S.
Hometown: New Orleans, LA, Research interests: HIV risk behaviorsClinical interests: adolescents, marriage & family therapy

Nicole Weiss
Nicole is a third-year graduate student hailing from Nashua, NH. I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University in 2003 (Go Orange!). Her research interests are in the areas of traumatic stress and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Specifically, she is interested in identifying protective factors that operate to reduce individual vulnerability to PTSD following exposure to traumatic events as well as factors that mediate the link between trauma exposure and self-destructive behavior (e.g., risky sexual behavior, substance use disorders, self-harm). She is also interested in exploring trauma exposure, prevalence, and expression of PTSD in the African American population. Currently, she is investigating risk and resiliency factors within a variety of populations at-risk for development of PTSS/PTSD including, African American college students with a history of trauma exposure, inpatients in a residential substance abuse treatment center, HIV-positive African American males, and clinical psychology trainees’.

Year Entered: 2006


Erin Dehon

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Erin is currently a fourth year graduate student in the clinical psychology program who received her B.S. in Psychology from Millsaps College in 2005. Her research interests lie in the area of pediatric psychology. She is particularly interested in risk and resilient factors associated with psychosocial adjustment of children with chronic illnesses and their families. Other areas of interest include pediatric obesity and pediatric pain management. Her dissertation is titled Psychosocial Risks and Benefits of Social Networking Sites for Parents of Children with Cancer.


Shenell Evans

Ms. Evans is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Jackson State University (JSU) in Jackson, MS. She is completing a two-semester clinical research externship rotation in the PERT lab. Her duties include conducting mental status examinations and structured clinical interviews; recruiting participants; collecting, entering, and analyzing data; and preparing manuscripts. In addition, under the supervision of Dr. Tull, she is implementing empirically-supported group treatments (e.g., Seeking Safety; Emotion Regulation Group Therapy [Gratz, 2007]) among men and women with substance dependence. Having completed her doctoral coursework, she is actively seeking an APA-accredited internship and anticipates graduation in 2011. Ms. Evans’ clinical training has involved persons across the lifespan and various medical (i.e., HIV/AIDS, spinal cord injury, diabetes) and psychiatric (i.e., major depression, substance abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder) conditions. A native of West Memphis, Arkansas, Shenell earned her undergraduate degree in psychology with honors from JSU in 2002. Research topic areas of interest include: stress and coping, posttraumatic stress disorder, posttraumatic growth, emotional regulation, HIV/AIDS, addictive behaviors, pediatric psychology, women’s health, religion/spirituality, and multicultural/cross-cultural psychology.

Advanced Students


Rushina Harishkumar Bhatt, M.A

Hometown: Gujarat, India
Clinical and Research Interests: PTSD and other Trauma-related issues, Spirituality, Neuropsychology, and Rehabilitation
Life Interests: Reading books, drinking coffee with friends, practicing yoga, eating vegetarian food, playing with my pets, and laughing with friends


Shannon Smith



Shannon Moore


Kenneth Tye

Hometown: Rienzi, MS
Undergraduate: Mississippi State University, B.A. in Psychology
Graduate: Jackson state University, Master and Specialist in Community Counseling
Research Interests: Adolescent’s anger, depression, anxiety and other problem behaviors
Internship Placement: Kenneth is currently on internship at Broughton Hospital in Morganton, North Carolina

Shenia Lyons
Undergraduate: Jackson State University, B.S., 2003
Internship Placement: University of Oklahoma Health Consortium
Clinical Interests: Integration of spirituality w/psychodynamic and existential approaches to therapy
Research Interests: Spirituality and HIV testing; psychotherapeutic techniques and treatment outcome
Hobbies: Collection of crystals, yoga, painting, and guitar playing