RUSSELL T. JONES, PH.D
Dr. Jones is a Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech, and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the Psychology of Trauma. He is also an expert in the Behavioral Sciences. Areas of study include natural and technological disasters as well as interpersonal and mass violence. A related area of study is disaster preparedness. His most recent interest is the examination of human adaptation to trauma stress exposure. Major theoretical frameworks guiding this effort include social cognitive theory, conservation and resource theory, and social support deterioration. His work also focuses on the impact of historical trauma on people of color.
MICHAEL LEWIS, M.P.H., M.S.
Mike received his B.A. in Philosophy from Penn State University in 2011 and his M.P.H. with a focus in Health Policy from George Washington University in 2015. He joined the Stress and Coping Lab as a graduate student in 2015. Mike has two major lines of research: 1) Investigating the physiological mechanisms which underlie PTSD as well as other fear-related disorders and 2) Investigating the nexus of public health, public policy, and trauma.
AMELIA TANKERSLEY, M.S.
Mia received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard College in 2014. She joined the Stress and Coping Lab in 2016 after conducting research at the Boston Veterans Affairs Hospital. Mia's program of research focuses on 1) Identifying resilience-promoting factors and coping strategies that facilitate recovery from trauma and adaptation to stress among underserved adolescents (e.g., low-income, racial & ethnic minority, TGNC); and 2) Translating research into policy.
JANEY DIKE, M.P.S.
Janey received her M.P.S. in Clinical Psychological Science and her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. She joined the Stress and Coping lab as a graduate student in 2018. Janey is interested in 1) identifying resiliency factors in the context of complex, IPV trauma, (2) investigating physiological mechanisms and maintenance factors of PTSD and their relation to long-term health outcomes and 3) translating research outcomes to promote social justice and influence policy.
BRIANNA GEORGE, B.A.
Brianna received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2018. She joined Dr. Jones’ Stress and Coping Lab as a graduate student in 2019 after completing a research fellowship in an NIH-funded post-baccalaureate research program at VCU. Broadly, Brianna’s research interests surround trauma. Specifically, Brianna seeks to 1) Examine how minority related stressors and discrimination impact post-trauma trajectories of marginalized populations and to 2) Understand mechanisms by which interpersonal trauma is linked to psychiatric outcomes. Ultimately, Brianna aims to disseminate research that promotes and prioritizes the awareness of cultural differences.
RECENT GRADUATE STUDENTS
Last 5 years
CONNOR SULLIVAN, PH.D. (2019)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center
ANDREW SMITH, PH.D. (2017)
Tenure Track Instructor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine
KATHARINE DONLON, PH.D. (2016)
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
KAUSHALENDRA AMATYA, PH.D. (2015)
Pediatric Psychologist, Children's National Health System