College of Science and Health > Academics > Psychology > Graduate Programs > Community Psychology (MA/PhD) > Community Psychology Grad Students

Community Psychology Graduate Students

Community Student Bios

Wendy de los Reyes
B.S.Ed. in Human and Social Development, Psychology, University of Miami
M.S.Ed. in Community and Social Change, University of Miami
Research Interests: Acculturation and adaptation of immigrants and refugees, Latinx populations, ​mentoring and social support.
Faculty Advisors: Bernadette Sánchez, PhD, Anne Saw, PhD 

Kayleigh Zinter
BS in Psychology with a minor in History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Research Interests: College homelessness, resilience and coping in individuals facing adversity and/or who have experienced trauma, social justice.
Faculty Advisor: Susan D. McMahon, PhD

Yesenia Garcia Murillo
BA in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice, Saint Xavier University
Research Interests: Attainment of higher education in Latinx immigrant minorities and school-based interventions aimed at systematic barriers for minority youth.
Faculty Advisors: Bernadette Sá​nchez, PhD & Susan McMahon, PhD

Ted Bobak
BA in Psychology, Governors State University  
Research Interests: Substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery.
Faculty Advisor: Leonard A. Jason, PhD

Rebecca McGarity-Palmer
BA in Psychology, Houghton College
Research Interests: Gender and race equity particularly in health and education, intersectional feminism, program evaluation, and systems change.
Faculty Advisor: Anne Saw, PhD

Lidia Monjaras-Gaytan
BA in Psychology at San Diego State University 
Research Interests: Mentoring, educational experiences of ethnic minority and first-generation students, educational attainment, higher education, college adjustment, resilience, college transition, and critical consciousness.
Faculty Advisor: Bernadette Sánchez, PhD 

Annie Wegrzyn
BA in Psychology, North Central College 
Research Interests: Community-based responses to violence against women, vicarious trauma, housing interventions and homelessness prevention, trauma-informed care.
Faculty Advisor: Megan Greeson, PhD​

Kendall Crum
B.S. in Psychology with Community Concentration, Georgia State University
M.S. in Professional Counseling, Georgia State University
M.A. in Community Psychology, DePaul University
Research Interests: Evaluation, community-based participatory research, homelessness.
Faculty Advisor: Joe Ferrari, PhD 

Jeremy Jagers
BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Health and Society at Michigan State University 
Research Interests: Institutional trust, cultural mistrust, suicide prevention, peer victimization and bullying, racial discrimination in education.
Faculty Advisor: Christine Reyna, PhD 

Shaun Bhatia
MS in Epidemiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BS in Statistics/Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research Interests: Environmental criminology/psychology, disparities in education, statistics and data science, geospatial reasoning. 
Faculty Advisor: Leonard A. Jason, PhD

Helena Swanson
BA in Psychological Science with a minor in Gerontology, Central Connecticut State University 
Research Interests: Aging, ageism, community services for older adults, life-span development, and food & housing insecurity. 
Faculty Advisor: Joseph Ferrari, PhD ​

Safa Asad
BA in Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Research Interests: Education reform, disparities in access to education/educational opportunities, enhancing educational systems, mentoring, school-based interventions, educational experiences of ethnic minorities and refugees.
Faculty Advisor: Susan D. McMahon, PhD, Luciano Berardi, PhD

Andrew Camilleri
LLB with a minor in Philosophy, University of Malta, Malta
LLD, University of Malta, Malta
MS, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia
Research Interests: migration, sustainable cities, youth, youth groups, political psychology, evaluation.
Faculty Advisor: Dn. Joseph Ferrari, PhD

Justin Bell
BA in Psychology, Knox College
MS in Experimental Psychology, Rochester Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Substance use disorder recovery, positive psychology, sober living communities, and 12 step groups.
Faculty Advisor: Leonard A. Jason, PhD