Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 12.53.08 PM 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.
 Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame 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.
 (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame) 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.
 Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame Katy-Marie Lance is a fourth year doctoral student in developmental psychology and peace studies. Her primary research interest is the impact of trauma on youth in conflict zones. Her research examines youth resilience and means of addressing trauma in post-conflict settings. She is a Kroc Excellence Fellow.
Picture forthcoming Caroline Scheid is a first year doctoral student in clinical psychology. Her research interests concentrate on improving outcomes for children and families who have been exposed to violence and trauma. She seeks to assist in the development of effective interventions to mitigate the negative mental health and other impacts of long term impacts of trauma exposure.
Picture forthcoming Julia Paulson is a first 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 more effective prevention and treatment methods to enhance resilience among trauma populations.
 DSC03167 Becki Fulmer, M.A., recently returned from Belfast, Northern Ireland where she spent over 6 years as the Director of the Northern Ireland Forgiveness Education Program working in collaboration with Corrymeela Community, Dr. Robert Enright of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the International Forgiveness Institute.  She has also worked with children and families in Lebanon and Serbia.  Becki has a Masters in Counseling degree and worked for many years as a child, adolescent; and family therapist.
Sheryl Cherian. Sheryl is a senior  majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior with a Poverty Studies minor. Sheryl is particularly interested in mental health and resilience promotion in the context of human development initiatives in under-resourced areas, and she would like to pursue public policy, public health, and potentially psychiatric medicine or psychiatric social work.

Kianna Eurick is a senior double majoring in Science Preprofessional and Spanish. She is especially interested in the effects of violence exposure on children and low income families as well as how the exposure affects an individual’s health. She is the vice president of Notre Dame Medical Observers club and she translates documents for the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children.

Kathryn Keough is a senior psychology major with a minor in business economics. She is interested in the effects of violence exposure, especially on children. This past summer, Kathryn was an intern at the Child Mind Institute where she worked closely with the clinicians and children in treatment in the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center and the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center. In particular, Kathryn spent much of her time at Child Mind working with the Selective Mutism Service and PCIT team.

Claire Loftus is a junior psychology major. She is interested in the effects of violence exposure, especially on children’s development. Claire also serves as an activities coordinator for Notre Dame’s Best Buddies program.

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.

Mara Makasiar is a junior 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.

Cristina McCabe is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in International Development Studies. She is interested in studying comprehensive coordinated responses in supporting victims of intimate partner violence and their children. She spent this last summer researching this topic and studying promising practices in Nicaragua.

Susan Morand is a junior 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.

Dolores Vargas is a senior studying Psychology and German. She is interested in how exposure to violence affects children’s psychological development, especially in regard to the development of resilience following these traumatic exposures. She volunteers with Super Sibs, a club that provides support and friendship to children who have siblings with disabilities.