APSSC Executive Board

Officer History


Carolyn Davies
University of California, Los Angeles

Carolyn Davies is a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System. Her research focuses on improving treatments for anxiety disorders and PTSD through examining underlying behavioral, psychophysiological and neurobiological processes and identifying predictors and moderators of treatment outcome.


Gal Slonim
University of Bamberg, Germany

Gal is a doctoral student in Social Psychology at the University of Bamberg, Germany. His primary research interests are single life and stereotypes of single people. He studies the perceived and actual well-being of groups of singles compared to coupled individuals, and investigates how relationship status is related to one’s sources of self-esteem.

Graduate Advocate

M-C-Amole_90x120pxMarlissa Amole
University of Pittsburgh

Marlissa Amole is a fourth year clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on the affective, behavioral, and physiological display of emotions in individuals in close relationships. She is currently conducting research on how parents and children dealing with depression influence each other’s emotions.

Communications and Marketing Officer

Amy Rapp
University of California, Los Angeles

Amy Rapp is a fourth year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the etiology and expression of youth anxiety and suicidality. She is additionally interested in examining the influence of culture on internalizing psychopathology and implications for treatment development for underserved populations.

Undergraduate Advocate

A-Brieant_90x120pxAlexis Brieant
Virginia Tech

Alexis Brieant is a second year doctoral student in the Developmental Science program at Virginia Tech. Broadly, her research interests involve the study of developmental psychopathology and the identification of risk and protective factors that confer different trajectories of adaptation. Her current work is on an fMRI study to identify neural, familial, and environmental predictors of adolescent risk-taking behaviors.

Membership and Volunteers Officer

M-Pierce_90x120pxMeghan Pierce
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Meghan Pierce is a doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her current research examines how social support affects the psychophysiological response to stress in trauma-exposed individuals high in psychopathic traits. Other research interests include veteran’s issues, genes related to glucocorticoid receptor function, and how gender and personality traits are associated with risk taking.

RISE Coordinator

Amy Heard
Loyola University, Chicago

Amy Heard is a third-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Loyola University, Chicago. Her research is on the etiology and prevention of childhood obesity and eating disorders, including biological, environmental, and social factors. She is also interested in the public health impact of the current food environment and its impact on children and families from underrepresented populations.

Student Notebook Editor

Photo-pendingElise Goubet
University of Kansas

Elise Goubet is a second-year graduate student at the University of Kansas in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences doctoral program. Her research focuses on emotion regulation and cognitive control. Specifically she is interested in the overlap between the two and how flexibility influences successful emotion regulation. She approaches these topics using qualitative (free-writing), neuropsychological, and cognitive neuroscience methodologies.

Student Research Award Coordinator

B-Slawinski_90x120pxBrooke Slawinski
Michigan State University

Brooke Slawinski is a third-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Michigan State University. Her research interests include antisocial behavior, behavior genetics, and close relationships. Brooke’s current research projects focus on understanding the etiology of and sex differences in social aggression across the lifespan.