Research Team

Meet the WeTHRIVE Lab!

Temilola Salami, Ph.D.

weTHRIVE Director

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Dr. Temilola Salami is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy. She joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University in the Fall of 2017 and is the director of The Health and Resilience Initiative for Vulnerable and Excluded Groups (weTHRIVE) lab. Dr. Salami received her B.A. in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Salami’s pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship took place at the Medical University of South Carolina and she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/ Ben Taub Hospital. Dr. Salami has received broad clinical training with her main clinical and research interests focusing on the psychological sequela of trauma and discrimination.

Dr. Salami has a strong interest in understanding health disparities among diverse groups with a focus on supporting positive health outcomes among underserved and marginalized populations. Her main aim is to bridge the health disparities gap by targeting biological, psychological, and social factors that cause, maintain or exacerbate symptoms, or increase barriers to service utilization. Dr. Salami’s work is predominantly with racially/ethnically diverse populations, though her research also focuses on other marginalized populations such as immigrant populations and victims of human trafficking.

 Email: txs047@SHSU.EDU


Graduate Research Assistants


Annette Addo-Yobo

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Annette Addo-Yobo is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology master's program. She received her Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Child Learning & Development from The University of Texas at Dallas. Her primary research interests include examining the impact of zero-tolerance policies and implicit biases, and their effect on the quality of life of underrepresented minority children and adolescents with developmental/psychological disorders.


Grace Boland

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Grace Boland is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology: Criminology & Law Enforcement from The University of Akron. Her primary research interests include trauma assessment and treatment among the law enforcement and offender populations, specifically looking at race and gender interactions.


Megan DeBrabander

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Megan DeBrabander is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology master's program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Adrian College. Her research interests center on adolescent mental health, prevention and intervention strategies, trauma and PTSD, Latinx populations, and culture/diversity. Megan is particularly interested in researching the added difficulties under-served populations face, how this affects their mental health and treatment-seeking behaviors, and implementing treatment and intervention strategies that are culturally sensitive and, when applicable, bilingual. 


Amanda Flake

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Amanda Flake is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology master’s program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with honors from Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of trauma in underserved populations, primarily incarcerated individuals.


Erica Fuller

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Erica Fuller is a graduate of the Clinical Psychology master's program. She attended Kansas State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Criminology. Erica is interested in the implications of trauma in forensic settings, specifically the ramifications it can have for both incarcerated individuals and law enforcement officials.


Betsy E. Galicia

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Betsy E. Galicia is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston and a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her thesis was on the protective role of cultural values on posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in Latinx immigrant youth. Betsy's research interests include human trafficking, immigration, trauma, risk and protective factors in psychopathology (i.e., depression, anxiety, PTSD), Latinx and historically underrepresented populations, and culture/diversity.


Cayla Hari

Cayla

Cayla Hari is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Mississippi. She is particularly interested in the role of culture and gender differences in the interrelation between depression, PTSD, suicidality, and resilience. She is also interested in risk, resilience, and treatment efficacy in human trafficking survivors.


Charlotte Hillegass

Charlotte

Charlotte Hillegass is a graduate of the Clinical Psychology master’s program. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Art from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Charlotte is interested in the mediating effects of cultural factors on trauma, resilience, and attitudes towards mental health help-seeking behavior, specifically for underserved populations.


Alice Lima

Alice

Alice Lima is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her primary research interest is in understanding how minority stress plays a role in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, addictions, tobacco and alcohol dependence in minority and in underserved populations. She is also interested in the relationship between minority stress and health outcomes.


Jasmine Phillips

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Jasmine Phillips is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Virginia Wesleyan University and her Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from The George Washington University. Her primary research interests include historical/generational trauma, depression, and the effect of cultural attitudes in minority populations on responses to mental health and deviant behavior.


Justin Price

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Justin Price is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology master's program. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with honors (Summa Cum Laude) in 2018 from SHSU. His primary research interests include understanding differences between marginalized and non-marginalized groups in and out of prison. 


Jazmine Rivera

Jazmine

Jazmine Rivera is a Counseling master's student with a focus in Clinical Mental Health.  She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Services from SHSU.  Her primary research interest follows mental health interventions within Latinx communities.  Additionally, Jazmine is interested in exploring experiences of minoritized students within post-secondary institutions.


Debbie Torres

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Debbie Torres is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology (Chemistry Minor) from Texas Tech University and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her thesis explored the predictability of psychosocial risk factors regarding opioid usage after spine surgery. Broadly, Debbie’s research interests include behavioral medicine, health psychology, and intervention outcomes. Specifically, she is interested in exploring biopsychosocial risk factors - related to treatment, pain, and prescription medication - among underrepresented populations in medical settings.


Gabriele Trupp

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Gabriele Trupp is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She received her master's degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College from Criminal Justice and her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her primary research interests include forensic assessment, psychopathy, and psychometric work​. Her practice interests include competency and sanity evaluations, treatment in correctional settings, mental health diversion, and law enforcement intervention.


Alexus Uhl

Alexus

Alexus Uhl is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology master's program. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Sam Houston State University in Spring 2020. Her primary research interests include the effects and influences of mental health on adolescents and young adults, along with looking at how demographic factors can influence the mental health of individuals (i.e., race, gender, socioeconomic status).


Undergraduate Research Assistants


Michaela Allen

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Michaela R. Allen is a second-year undergraduate student at Sam Houston State University majoring in Biomedical Science. Her research interests include personality disorders, psychobiology, human trafficking, and health disparities among minority populations.


Asiah Byers

Asiah

Asiah Byers is recently graduated from Sam Houston State University with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She will begin her graduate studies in fall 2020 at University of Texas at Tyler in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Her research interests include incarcerated individuals and how to decrease recidivism rates, as well as the effects of anxiety, depression, and suicide on minority groups and law enforcement officers.


Valeria Garza

Valeria

Valeria Garza is a third-year undergraduate student at Sam Houston State University majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology and Human Services. Her research interests include trauma in relation to mental health disorders and criminality.


Jarod Grant

Jarod

Jarod Grant is a junior at Sam Houston State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. His research interests encompass the replication of historical studies to research the psychological discrepancies between heterosexual, cis-gendered individuals and members of the LGBT+ community. Additionally, Jarod's research interests include trauma, stress, depression, and how these factors affect marginalized communities. 


Millicent Hendrix

Millicent

Millicent Hendrix is a senior at Sam Houston State University double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Her research interests include trauma and resilience in regards to individual pathological and psychological well-being over one's lifetime. Her main focus with her work is to be an advocate for mental health patients and bring awareness to the stigma that hinders those in need of assistance. 


Javien Jefferson

Javien

Javien Jefferson is a senior at Sam Houston State University majoring in Psychology.  Javien's research interests include cognition and neuroscience. Specifically, the effects of daily life on the general population and how this changes brain chemistry and physiology, along with analyzing the resulting effects on one's cognition.


Nahee Lee

Nahee

Nahee Lee is a junior at Sam Houston State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Dance. Her research interests include PTSD, depressive disorders, anxiety, eating disorders, and body dysmorphia. She currently works with children at a dance studio to incorporate dance movement therapy into their lives.


Matthias Litzmann

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Matthias Litzmann is a junior at Sam Houston State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Services.  His research focus is on adolescents with social, emotional, or dependency issues, and how early intervention may assist in altering negative growth for positive results.


Mercy McCarty

Mercy

Mercy McCarty is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology at Sam Houston State University. Her research interests include PTSD, depressive disorders, and how nutritional intake impacts mood and motivation. She has experience in leadership development, administration, and communication. Her hope is to apply these skills with psychological concepts researched and studied in everyday life.


Isabelle Muniz

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Isabelle Muniz is a senior at Sam Houston State University. She will be graduating with a major in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. Her research interests include close relationships, human trafficking, trauma, culture and diversity. She hopes to go on to graduate school for Clinical Psychology to expand on her research and skills.


Marissa Pequeno

Marissa

Marissa Pequeno is a senior at Sam Houston State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Services. Her research interests include mental health issues such as depression and anxiety in minorities, personality disorders, and health psychology.​


Samantha Rodriguez

Samantha

Samantha Rodriguez is a senior at Sam Houston State University double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Her research interests include stress resilience and stress vulnerability in regards to anxiety and depression, as well as behavioral psychopharmacology.


Matthew Rosa

Matthew

Matthew Rosa is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. His research focus includes racial disparities and implicit bias on how it affects our understanding and decisions. His research interests also include racial disparities and the effects it may have on neurological health. 


Gwendolyn Squires

Gwendolyn

Gwendolyn Squires is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice with specific emphasis in neural-functioning. She is passionate about emotional disorders, neurological differences and how the body (hormones, neural functioning, and biology) relates to behavior, especially when it results in suicidality, anxiety, depression, altered mental states, and illness. Her research interests include autism, brain and neurological functioning, trauma, human trafficking, neuropsychiatric disorders, brain imaging, emotional and personality disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases. Her goal is to earn a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience.


Jamie Washington

Jamie

Jamie Washington is a third-year undergraduate at Sam Houston State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Her research interests include mental health, personality disorders, and the legal system.