YouRR Lab Members

2013-2014 Membership


Dissertation Students

Sarah Rogers is a 6th year doctoral student from Greensboro, North Carolina.  She is currently on pre-doctoral internship at Northern Illinois University Counseling & Student Development Center.  Her research interests include social support, interpersonal vulnerability to depression, and peer influence.  She is also doing a specialization on internship focused on men coping with grief and loss.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys bike riding, estate sale bargain hunting, and sharing meals with friends.

Rachel (Posthuma) George is a 5th year doctoral student from Pella, Iowa. She is currently on pre-doctoral internship at Meier Clinics in Wheaton, Illinois.  Her research interests include protective factors to depression in adolescence, including self-esteem and attributional style for positive events. When she has free time, she loves spending time with her husband and friends, doing arts and crafts, and shopping.

Miranda Meadows is a 5th year doctoral student and Research Assistant in YouRR Lab from Laurel, Mississippi.  Her research interests include young adult substance use, sensation seeking, dispositional optimism, and hope.  When not writing her dissertation, Miranda enjoys decorating anything that stands still long enough, taking classes at The Second City, playing her ukulele, and using operant conditioning to train her dogs, Lady Darcy of Pemberley and Sir Dashwood of Norland Bark.

Andrea Kirby is a 4th year doctoral student from Cary, North Carolina.  Her research interests include risk and protective factors for the development of depression in early adolescents.  Current projects include a psychometric study on a measure of learned helplessness and mastery orientation in students and an exploration of a cognitive vulnerability-social support model for the development of depressive symptoms in early adolescents.  Whether in or outside of the lab, Andrea enjoys a good cup of coffee and music that is "karaoke worthy.”

Elissa Wu is a 4th year doctoral student from Schaumburg, Illinois. Her research interests include Asian American adolescents, ethnic differences in attributional style, and generational differences in immigrant families.  Elissa will be partnering with Asian Immigrant churches for her dissertation research, which examines how East-Asian values moderate the relationship between attributional style and depression.  When not doing research, Elissa enjoys playing music, eating steak and lobster, and laughing with friends.

Anjelica Jackson is a 4th year doctoral student from Bowie, Maryland.  Her research interests include African-American adolescents and families, social support, resilience, community-based interventions, and the psychology of spirituality. When not doing research, Anjelica enjoys watching sports, relaxing on the beach, and sharpening her napping skills.

Research Assistants

Chase Aycock is a 2nd year doctoral student from Lorenzo, Texas. He is a Research Assistant for and member of YouRR Lab.  His research interests include social support, health psychology, scale development, and substance abuse. In his free time, Chase enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, camping, and being outdoors.

Jacqueline Tsang is a 2nd year doctoral student from Winnetka, Illinois. Her research interests include adolescents, adolescents’ interactions with their parents, social support, and ethnic minorities. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys spending time with her friends and her husband, along with trying new activities.

Sarah Limberger is a 1st year doctoral student from Evansville, Indiana. Her research interests include substance abuse comorbid with severe psychopathology, forensic psychology, mental health issues in the deaf community, and at-risk youth. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, learning sign language, and spending time with her cohort.

Undergraduate Lab Members

Heather Rickert is a 3rd year undergraduate psychology major from Montevideo, MN. Her research interests include family interactions and social support.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiance, reading, and watching chick flicks with her roommates.

Where Are They Now?

Hyung Joon "Joon" Choe graduated from Wheaton College with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2013.  He is currently a graduate student at Yale University. His research interests include adolescent psychopathology, development and psychometric evaluation of psychological tests for adolescents, and most of all "goofing around" with fellow lab members. 

Jungin Hyun graduated from the Master’s program at Wheaton College and is now a 1st year doctoral student at Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in California.  She is hoping to continue pursuing research opportunities with Asian populations.  During her time at Wheaton, Jungin worked as a Research Assistant, helping with research focused on alcohol use among Asians/Asian Americans and health disparities for Asian American youth.  When not doing research, Jungin loves to cook.

Lia Smith graduated from Wheaton College as an undergraduate psychology major in 2013. She is currently a research assistant with the Clinical Addictions Research Laboratory at The University of Chicago and a behavioral health intern at Lawndale Christian Health Center. Her research interests include addictions, sexuality and health disparities. In her spare time, she enjoys laughing, learning to be a better listener, and getting to know the wonderful aspects of creation that are often passed by in a busy lifestyle.

Michelle Lindsey earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College. Her research interests include stressful life events and transitions, depression, and attributional style.  She is currently looking forward to her wedding in August and looking towards graduate school.  In her spare time, she enjoys working out, acting, playing viola, and mostly baking!

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