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.

Aarianna Longino


Aarianna Longino currently resides in Humble, Texas. In 2015, she obtained her B.A. in Music-Vocal Performance from Prairie View A&M University. Aarianna then decided to continue her education at the University of Texas at Austin. She obtained her M.M. in Opera Performance in 2018. Aarianna has served as a mentor for middle school, high school, and college students. Through mentoring, she discovered her passion for education, specifically Higher Education. She is currently enrolled at Sam Houston State University pursing her second master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. She currently serves as the Coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program. When not working, Aarianna frequently sings in concerts around the Houston area and is currently a member of the Houston Grand Opera chorus. She also enjoys hanging out with family, reading and binging her favorite Netflix series.

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.