McNair Staff

Dr. Lydia Fox


Dr. Lydia C. Fox is a first-generation college student from Laredo, Texas. She obtained her baccalaureate degree in psychology from Texas A&M University in 1994. She then attended Texas Tech University where she obtained a Master’s degree in 1997 and a Ph.D. in 1999, both in developmental psychology. She was a university professor at a liberal arts college in West Virginia for three years before moving back to Texas. She came to SHSU in January of 2004 at the inception of the McNair Program. She was initially hired as Coordinator and later became Director of the McNair Program. Dr. Fox truly enjoys working with and serving as a mentor for McNair Scholars. She also serves as adjunct instructor for the College of Education at SHSU. Dr. Fox is married to another psychologist, Daniel, and has two children, daughter Alex—14 years and son Sebastian—12 years. They live in The Woodlands.

Tama Hamrick


Tama obtained her bachelor's degree in speech communication and master's degree in human communication from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), where she also obtained postbaccalaureate teaching licensure in secondary education. After earning her master's degree, Tama served as the Coordinator of Tutoring Services for a TRIO Student Support Services program and as an Adjunct Instructor and Teacher Education Consultant for UNC's Department of Communication Studies. She later attended the University of Denver where she taught courses in communication studies and worked as a research assistant while completing her coursework for a Ph.D. in human communication. Tama recently relocated from her native state of Colorado to join McNair in its efforts to prepare students from populations traditionally underrepresented in advanced degree programs for doctoral study. She also works with the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment and is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership, higher education administration.

Christina Smith

Graduate Mentor

Christina is originally from Red Oak, Texas. Being a first generation college student, she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology with a minor in sociology from Texas A&M University in 2016. She entered into the Master’s of Forensic Science program at SHSU in August 2016. She then transitioned straight into the PhD in Forensic Science program in summer 2018, where she is currently a doctoral candidate. Christina currently serves as the McNair graduate mentor. She also served as a peer-mentor at TAMU during her undergraduate career. She enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, watching TV, and playing with her dog. Her research interests include Novel Synthetic Opioids as well as ADHD medication abuse among college populations.