CURRENT STUDENTS AND FELLOWS (Fall 2016)
Natalie Berreth- Natalie is going to be a junior at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology & Development with a minor in Public Health and is a Community Engagement Scholar. She is looking forward to being exposed to elements surrounding the issue of parental incarceration and is excited to expand her studies of public health into the work of Dr. Shlafer and her team.
Laurel Davis– Laurel is currently a post-doctoral fellow. Laurel completed her PhD in Family Social Science, with a minor in Prevention Science, in 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Laurel is interested in parent-child relationships and their effects on children’s emotional development. She has worked on several federally-funded, family-based programs that aim to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents.
Maria Decker- Maria is a senior at the University of Minnesota, studying Child Psychology and Social Justice. She is excited to be a part of the team and learn more about the effects that parental incarceration has on children, and the systems that impact these relationships.
Tiffany Hamidjaja- Tiffany is a senior in the Honors Program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, double-majoring in Psychology and Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance with minors in Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies and Family Violence Prevention. Her research interests include: developmental psychology of children affected by incarceration, psychopathology of serious criminal offenders, and psychology of victims of abuse and trauma. She has enjoyed her experience so far with the VIP project and is excited to work under the guidance of Dr. Shlafer and to be a part of such an incredible team.
Lauren Hindt- Lauren received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in child psychology, along with minors in neuroscience and public health. She has worked on numerous projects in Dr. Shlafer’s lab since 2011, which included an honors thesis and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program project. Lauren is currently in Loyola University Chicago’s clinical child psychology doctoral program. She is interested in strengthening families and supporting children at risk for social and emotional difficulties from unserved populations, particularly children and families in the context of incarceration and the child welfare system. Lauren continues to collaborate with Dr. Shlafer and her team to promote the reproductive health of incarcerated women and analyze data from the observational jail study.
Kathryn Hiolski– Kathryn is a second-year Master’s of Public Health student focusing on Community Health Promotion. She got her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in psychology with a minor in human physiology. She is currently a predoctoral fellow in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health training program and hopes to use this opportunity to continue working with Dr. Shlafer on projects improving the health and well-being of children and adolescents through community-based interventions.
Lauren Holly- Lauren is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Technical Writing and Communications with a minor in Public Health. She is interested in studying the effects of parental incarceration on children and how these relationships factor into the overall health of the individuals involved. She is very excited to start learning and to be working with Dr. Shlafer and her team!
Alyssa Jedlicka– Alyssa is a senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, majoring in Child Psychology, with a leadership minor. Her interests including working to support individuals with mental illness and helping them live a healthy lifestyle in the community. She is excited to learn more about the effects of incarcerated on children and incorporate those findings in her current career path. Overall she is excited to work with Dr. Shlafer and be a part of her research team!
Shazia Mulla– Shazia is going to be a first year Nursing Student in the Masters of Nursing program. She is interested in the cross-section of science and society from a public health standpoint. Her interests include public health education, health disparities, maternal & childcare and working with a lower socio-economic population. She is excited to be working with Dr. Shlafer and thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of the ShlaferLab.
Natisha Alicea- Natisha received a bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. She participated in the 2013 McNair Scholars Program and worked with Isis Rising.
Julia Bauer – Julia received a bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology with a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies from University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in May 2015. She worked three semesters with the Shlafer lab and enjoyed working at the Dakota County Jail on the VIP Project as well as the Emotion Recognition Study. She has become impassioned by her work with incarcerated parents and their children and hopes to continue in this field after graduation.
Chloe Britzius- Chloe graduated with her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in May 2014. She strongly believes in the efficiency and importance of early intervention and prevention, and while her focus is clinical mental health, she always keeps the bigger picture in mind. Chloe spent most of her time working with children, and worked with moms in the Isis Rising program.
Erin Casey- Erin worked in the Shlafer lab while in graduate school, concentrating on the intersection of homelessness and parental incarceration as well program evaluation of visiting programs for mothers in prison and their children. Erin completed her in May 2016 and now works doing research and program evaluation at the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a social service agency working with families who have experienced domestic violence, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Courtney Chupurdy– Courtney interned with Isis Rising from summer of 2013 until she received a bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. She plans on pursuing a career in school psychology.
Megan Duininck- Megan was a member of the research team until Spring 2015 and is currently a medical student. Her interests as of now include nutrition, women’s health, and obstetrics.
Danille Fink– Danielle interned until receiving her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.
Claire Hepworth – Claire graduated in 2016 from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a degree in sociology of law, criminology, and deviance and a minor in English Literature. She is interested in the intersections of ambiguous loss theory and parental incarceration, as well as identifying protective factors and strengthening families. Her work in the lab has focused on coding family drawings of children with jailed parents.
And, check out this awesome video of Claire’s honor’s project with the Shlafer Lab.
Maari Josephson– Maari interned for Isis Rising during the spring 2012 semester. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities and is now a graduate student in Occupational Therapy at the University of New England.
Cecilia Moulton- Cecilia was a member of the research team until she graduated from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology and Spanish Studies.
Megan Massie- Megan graduated in 2016 from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, with a major in Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance with a minor in Communication Studies. As part of her time on the team, Megan completed her honor’s thesis examining developmental appropriate explanations of what children are told about their parent’s incarceration.
Kasey Orvidas– Kasey was a member of the research team until she received a bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance from University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in May 2015. She is currently in graduate school.
Leah Schillmoeller– Leah interned for Isis Rising during her junior year and continued through fall 2013 semester. She graduated in fall 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology and Spanish Studies from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.
Alyssa Scrignoli – Aly interned for Isis Rising at the beginning of her junior year and continued until her senior year spring semester 2014. She graduated May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology of Law Criminology and Deviance at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.
Allie Siu – Allie interned for Isis Rising during the spring semester of her junior year and continued through the spring 2013 semester. She graduated in May 2013 with her bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities and is currently a graduate student in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.
Macy Tran – Macy is a junior at Beloit College and is double majoring in Public Heath and Youth Studies with a minor in French. She is working with Dr. Shlafer through the Public Health Disparities Research Program, and her interests include working with/learning about under-served populations to address the health disparities that exsist. Specifically, she is interested in pursing her interests in women’s and children’s health through a public health lens that synthesizes a biological and sociological approach for an interdisciplinary perspective.
Amanda Wanous- Amanda began as an intern during the summer 2013 as an Undergraduate Research Scholar with the CTSI. She focused on the Sesame Street Dissemination and VIP Projects until graduation in May 2014. She is currently a medical student at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN preparing for a career in pediatric medicine.
JaLeesa Wright- JaLeesa recieved her bachelor’s degree in Family Social Science with a minor in Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in May 2015. She received her A.A. in Liberal Arts from Normandale Community College. JaLeesa was a 2014 McNair Scholar.