Gender Scholarship in 2009 at RU1

Speakers' Biographies by Christi Byrd ~ Graduate Assistant ~ Center for Gender Studies

Dr. Jeff Aspelmeier is a member of the Department of Psychology at Radford University. His research focuses on close relationships, adjustment, and cognitive processes. He has been collaborating with Dr. Ann Elliott to study predictors and consequences of childhood sexual abuse among women. Dr. Aspelmeier currently teaches courses in research, social psychology and the psychology of diversity.  { Ru: Web   Email: jaspelme@radford.edu }

Dr. Moira Baker is a professor of English and program director for Women's Studies at Radford University. She earned her Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Notre Dame, with specializations in: Renaissance Literature, Medieval Poetry, Medieval Drama. {Ru: Web  Email: mpbaker@radford.edu }

Ms. Miranda D. Bishop is from Riner, VA and a second year nursing major with a minor in psychology. Miranda has just been accepted into the upper division school of nursing here at Radford University. She plans to continue her education at Radford in obtaining her Master's degree in Nursing to become a Nurse Practitioner. {Ru: Email: mdbishop@radford.edu }
Ms. Dominique N. Boone is currently a graduate student pursuing her M.S. in clinical psychology. She received her B.A. in psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2007. After graduation Dominique plans to gain more clinical experience in pursuit of a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Dominique hopes to develop an empirically supported line of research examining issues related to gender and minority status. {Ru: Email: dnboone@radford.edu }
Ms. Jackie Briski is a senior at Virginia Military Institute where she's majoring in Modern Languages & Cultures-Spanish with a double minor in Leadership Studies and International Studies & Political Science. Her research interests include social politics in the Andes, the impact of group dynamics on organizational leadership, and the role of women in combating human rights violations in Latin America.
{VMI: Email: briskijm@vmi.edu }
Dr. Niels Christensen earned his B.A from the University of Notre Dame and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. An associate professor, he has been with the university since 2004 following a five year appointment at San Diego State University. Trained as a social psychologist, his interests also include clinical psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Although he has published articles on a variety of topics, a recurring theme is investigating how people perceive others and how people think they are perceived by others.
{Ru: Web   Email: pchristen@radford.edu }
Ms. Anna Fierro is a senior Sociology major graduating in May. Anna is from Danville, Virginia and is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Gamma Mu, RU Ambassadors, and the Sociology Club. After graduation she will attend the Phoenix Project in Petersburg, VA. She plans to pursue a career in Public Health. {Email: aafierro@radford.edu }
Ms. Asia Hall is a senior from Gretna, VA. She is graduating with a bachelor degree in psychology and plans to continue her education, pursuing a graduate school degree in counseling education. {Ru: Email: ahall38@radford.edu }
Dr. Sarah Hastings earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. Her research interests are in women’s health, emotional eating, and rural practice. Dr. Hastings teaches in the Psychology Department . She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. {Ru: Web   Email-ru: slhasting@radford.edu }
Ms. Elizabeth Kinser is a Sociology Major from Oakwood, VA. She is an intern at the Boys and Girls Club of the NRV, working at Christiansburg Middle School. She hopes to continue working with children after graduation. {Ru: Email: eskinser@radford.edu }
Ms. Katie Lawson earned her BA in psychology from the college of Notre Dame of Maryland and is currently a second year student in the experimental psychology program at Radford University. She hopes to continue her education in a social psychology doctorate program and ultimately would like to teach and conduct research in psychology, focusing on gender issues in the work place. {Ru-Cgs: Email: kmlawson@radford.edu   Web-psu   Email-psu: kml5509@psu.edu
Mr. Robert Lytle earned his BS in Psychology from James Madison University and is currently a student in the Experimental Psychology program at Radford University. He hopes to continue his education at a Social Psychology doctoral program and pursue a career teaching and researching social psychological topics. {Ru: Email: rdlytle@radford.edu }
Dr. Hilary M. Lips is a social psychologist who has spent her career studying gender issues with particular emphasis on the interaction of gender with power, and with academic and career choices. She is the Director of the Center for Gender Studies and Chair of the Psychology Department at Radford. {Ru: Web   Email: hlips@radford.edu }
Dr. Jeanne Mekolichick is Associate Professor of Sociology at Radford University, where she teaches in the areas of social psychology, research methods, and social problems. She earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Kent State University. She is currently conducting research in collaboration with the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia. {Ru: Web   Email: jmekolic@radford.edu }
Ms. Sofia Nelson is a graduate student in the Experimental Psychology program at Radford University. She earned an AA in human services from Santa Fe Community College in 2002 and a BA in psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2005. Always enthusiastic about gender studies, her current focus is on applying a Dynamical Systems approach to human perception. This research interest has been generated by her thesis work with Dr. Thomas Pierce. Sofia is scheduled to graduate in August, 2009. {Ru: Email: snelson38@radford.edu }
Ms. Megan Niziolek is a senior at Radford University. She will be graduating in December of '09 with a BS in Psychology. When she graduates she plans to go into social work. {Ru: Email: mniziolek@radford.edu }
Ms. Karmen Rizzo is a junior psychology major at Radford University, who will be graduation in May 2010. Karmen is the president of Circle K International and has been on the Dean’s List her whole college career. She hopes to attend Radford University for her master's degree in Counseling Psychology. {Ru: Email: krrizzo@radford.edu }
Ms. Annamarie Roszko is a junior at Radford University majoring in Psychology. She plans to graduate in May 2010 and go onto grad school in the School Psychology field. {Ru: Email: aroszko@radford.edu }
Ms. Brooke Salmon is from Madison County, Virginia. She is a sophomore nursing student who just got accepted into the upper division school of nursing at Radford University. She hopes to become a pediatric nurse and possibly travel abroad to use her major to help those in third world countries. {Ru: Email: bdsalmon@radford.edu  }
Ms. Lora Stewart is a senior sociology major from Alexandria, Virginia. She is a member of the Radford Chapter of the International Sociological Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta, and will graduate in May 2009. {Ru: Email: lstewart19@radford.edu }
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