Current RVT Students

Melissa Gowen (pictured on the left) is originally from the Midwest. She moved to Seattle to pursue my graduate degree at SPU. She graduated with a BS in Psychology in 2012 from Missouri State University, and earned her MS in Psychological Science in 2014 from Seattle Pacific University. Her dissertation topic involves studying psychological well-being following trauma. She has completed practicums at the Monroe Correctional Complex (2014) and HealthPoint (2015), and is currently at Madigan Army Medical Center (2016). She likes SPU because professors care about their students, and the mentorship model is valued. Living in Seattle has been a unique and wonderful experience for her. In her free time, she enjoys crossfit, reading, and playing soccer in a local league.

Clara Roberts (pictured on the right) is a fourth-year within Dr. Bikos’s lab who is currently applying for internship with a VA. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Washington and received her Master’s from SPU in 2015. Clara has completed two practicums, one at Sound Mental Health, a community mental health clinic where she completed neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessments, as well as group therapy, and Swedish Family Medicine, where she completed individual and brief interventions as a behavioral health consultant while also working within the geriatric assessment clinic. Her dissertation focused on sexual assault coping self-efficacy as moderated by social support and age. She loves that SPU offers a small community feel on a beautiful, historic campus. Fun facts about Clara: owns a cat who is trapped in a dog’s body aka diagnosed with DDD (Doggie Delusional Disorder).

Kaitlin Patton (pictured on the left) moved to Seattle to pursue her doctoral degree in clinical psychology  after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Biola University, earning her Masters in Psychological Science from SPU in 2015. Her clinical interests have included trauma, international applications of clinical psychology, adjustment, and health psychology. These interests have been fostered by her practicum work at Monroe Correctional Complex and the Multiple Sclerosis Center at the Neuroscience Institute at Swedish Hospital. She shared the following about her training at SPU, "One of the things that I love the most about the clinical psychology program at SPU is the Research Vertical Team. I have gained so much knowledge, experience, and help through this model, and, as I have moved along in the program, have seen the benefits of passing that along to those joining us in our research group. Also, we are the best at making RVT a gourmet experience, which I am grateful for." Kaitlin enjoys getting outside, has come to appreciate a great cup of coffee because of living in Seattle, long walks on the beach, and cooking.

Lindsay Moore (pictured on the right) is a Clinical Psychology Doctoral student in her 3rd year of study. She received a Master’s of Science Degree in Psychological Science in 2016 from Seattle Pacific University where she is continuing her doctoral studies. She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Arts from Fresno Pacific University. Her areas of interest include trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance use and misuse. She is currently working on her dissertation proposal which focuses on adolescent PTSD symptoms and their relation to suicide and substance use. Lindsay is also finishing her first practicum where she spent a year working with active duty military service members at Madigan Army Medical Center doing group therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her boys play baseball, travelling, and playing with her cat.

Caitlin Coyer (pictured on the left) is in her second year at SPU, with research interests in trauma, international psychology, and health psychology. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota in 2015, and she is scheduled to graduate with my Master’s degree in June 2017. Her 2YP examines the effects of global service learning experiences and the shooting that occurred at SPU on calling trajectories of students. She has also gotten the opportunity to work at the Center for Career and Calling on campus as a graduate career advisor. Outside of psychology, she has an interest in history, which led her to travel to Croatia for a month to participate in an archeological investigation of Roman ruins.

After finishing her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, Desta Gebregiorgis (pictured on the right) started attending Seattle Pacific University to pursue her doctoral degree in clinical psychology. She is interested in trauma, cross-cultural applications, and health psychology. As a second year, she hasn’t done any practicum work yet. However, she is waiting to hear back about her third-year practicum placement. For their second year project, Caitlin and Desta are researching calling trajectories in college students after exposure to a college shooting and global service learning experience. Desta loves the close atmosphere at SPU. Her cohort and RVT have made this experience worthwhile! In her spare time, Desta loves to cook for her friends, knit and crotchet, and smash the patriarchy.

Lauren Hirsch (pictured on the left) is a first-year student within Dr. Bikos's lab, having just graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Psychology in June 2016. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she was excited to be able to stay in the PNW for graduate school. Currently, she is working as a graduate assistant for Dr. Bikos, focusing on collecting data on SPU's GLOabroad study. She hopes to continue working with and understanding the implications of international psychology throughout her time at SPU. At SPU, she loves that there are many opportunities to collaborate with other students in class who have different interests and find interesting new topics to work on together. Lauren anticipates being able to integrate her love of international psychology into her clinical practice once she graduates. Fun facts about Lauren: can read, write, and speak Japanese; loves cats; has traveled to 15 different countries.

Thomas Pankau (pictured on the right) is a first-year graduate student who joined Dr. Bikos' RVT in 2016.  Having lived overseas for many years, he was interested in the international component of Dr. Bikos' research and hopes to work internationally in the future.  He is also interested in working with adolescents, which ties into Dr. Bikos' work with youth program evaluation.  He currently works at SPU's Center for Career and Calling where he helps students with vocational discernment.  He enjoys small, close-knit nature of SPU and the opportunity it provides to explore the Pacific Northwest.  In his spare time, Thomas enjoys playing, writing, and recording music, particularly with the guitar.