People

  Laura E. Miller-Graff, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Peace Studies and the Director of the BRAVE Research Lab. She graduated from the Clinical Science Program at the University of Michigan, where she researched the effects of exposure to intimate partner violence on the development of young children. She has worked as a researcher and clinician in community settings with children and families who have a history of exposure to violence and trauma. Current research interests include developmental trajectories of post-traumatic stress symptoms in early childhood, the multiplicative effects of violence exposure across domains, resilient processes in those with a history of violence exposure, and the adaptation of evidence-based trauma treatments in low-resource settings.
  Katie Scrafford, M.A. is a third year doctoral student in clinical psychology and peace studies. Her research interests include the roles of group counseling in peace-building efforts, particularly those following ethnic violence, as in post-genocide and post-civil war contexts. She is interested in the psychological impact of mass violence on cultures and non-Western ways of conceptualizing and addressing trauma and healing.
  Katherine Grein is a second year doctoral student in clinical psychology and peace studies. Her research interests focus on reducing risk of detrimental mental health outcomes following disaster and violence. She also is interested in how individual outcomes and viewpoints relate to peace-building efforts in community- and nation-wide settings. Katherine is a Kroc Excellence Fellow.
        Caroline Scheid a second year doctoral student in clinical psychology. Her research interests concentrate on improving outcomes and resilience for children and families who have been exposed to violence and trauma through basic and applied research. She seeks to assist in the development of effective interventions to mitigate mental health symptoms and other, negative impacts of trauma exposure.
 

 

Julia Paulson is a second year doctoral student in clinical psychology. Her research interests include the various pathways through which trauma impacts health and well-being over time and the numerous factors that may influence resilience or vulnerability to adverse outcomes. She is interested in the development of effective prevention and treatment methods to enhance resilience among trauma populations.
  Becki Fulmer, M.A., is a Research Assistant with the BRAVE Psychology Lab. Becki has a Masters in Counseling degree and worked for many years as a child, adolescent and family therapist. She spent over 7 years in Northern Ireland working the majority of the time as the Director of the Northern Ireland Forgiveness Education Program in collaboration with the Corrymeela Community, Dr. Robert Enright of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the International Forgiveness Institute. Becki has also worked with children and families in Lebanon and Serbia and is interested in the development of programs that mitigate trauma and enhance resilience in children and families, especially those affected by war and communal violence.
  Megan McAdoo is a senior majoring in English and Pre-Health. She is particularly interested in the effects of stress and trauma on lifelong physical health,. Megan is a resident assistant in Ryan Hall and is a director of Notre Dame's chapter of College Mentors for Kids. She hopes to go to medical school after graduating college.
  Mara Makasiar is a senior majoring in Psychology and Spanish. She is interested in depression and parenting behaviors in IPV-exposed mothers and their effects on children's resilience, specifically prosocial behavior and emotion regulation. She will be applying for graduate school during her senior year to pursue a doctorate degree in clinical psychology.
  Susan Morand is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Pre-Health Sciences with a minor in Business-Economics. She is interested in studying how stressful living environments, such as homes where children are exposed to violence, affect development, as well as the factors that contribute to the development of resilience. She serves as Campaign Coordinator for GlobeMed and is a dorm representative for the Student Union Board.
  Kirsten Hanlon is a junior double majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior and Peace Studies.  She is particularly interested in the effect of violence exposure on parent-child relationships and the development of effective social support frameworks for violence exposed families.  Kirsten is a member of GlobeMed and the Model United Nations Club.
  Carly Loughran is a sophomore Neuroscience major and Poverty Studies minor.  She is interested in how social services can help foster resilience in individuals who have been exposed to violence.  Carly also serves on the Special Events Commitee for Welsh Family Hall and is a member of GlobeMed.
  Sydney Mulqueen is a junior studying Neuroscience and Behavior.  She is interested in how community programs can be influential on individuals who have previously been exposed to violent situations. Sydney serves on the Notre Dame American Red Cross Board and enjoys volunteering with Music and Memory, a program which brings music to individuals affected by dementia.
  Emma Rowland
  Meaghan Flynn is a sophomore Neuroscience & Behavior major on the pre-med track. Her research interests concentrate on childhood development and the lasting psychosocial impact of childhood experiences. She is a leader for Notre Dame Young Life and plays in Interhall Flag Football.
  Ellie Buerk is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. She is interested in the study of trauma and its connection to Major Depressive Disorder. She is also interested in overgeneral autobiographical memory. Ellie is the Culture Editor for the Scholastic magazine on campus.