APSSC Executive Board

Officer History


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.


Tatyana Kholodkov
University of Wyoming 

Tatyana Kholodkov is a 4th year doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wyoming, and is currently finishing her predoctoral internship at the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center. She has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship in psychology through Duke University Medical Center, Integrative Medicine department, where she will be full-time clinician. Her clinical interests globally include problems with emotion regulation, trauma, and mindfulness in psychotherapy.

Graduate Advocate

Nichol Castro
University of Kansas Nichol Castro is a fourth year graduate student at the University of Kansas completing a Dual-Title PhD in Psychology and Gerontology. Her research interests are in how language processing changes with aging and cognitive decline, and how we can delineate changes in language processing associated with normal, healthy aging from progressive declines due to disease.

Communications and Marketing Officer

Carolyn Davies
University of California, Los Angeles

Carolyn Davies is a fifth-year doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include translating basic laboratory findings into enhanced treatments for anxiety disorders and PTSD. Her current research projects include an investigation of the role of reflexive avoidance in PTSD and an examination of affect labeling as a technique for enhancing outcomes from exposure treatment for PTSD.

Undergraduate Advocate

Ashley Gillmor
Pennsylvania State University

Ashley Gillmor is completing a Master’s degree at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg in the Applied Psychological Research program.  Her current research involves individual differences regarding stimulus independent thought, as well as effects of meta-awareness on thought recall.  Other interests involve the processes of the default mode network in attention, learning, and executive function.

Membership and Volunteers Officer

Jonathan Waldron
Virginia Tech University

Jonathan is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science program at Virginia Tech and is currently completing his predoctoral internship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX. His research examines the social psychophysiological factors associated with victimization and violence perpetration. He is currently investigating associations between physiology, empathy, and psychopathy.

RISE Coordinator

Amy Heard
Loyola University, Chicago

Amy Heard is a second-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

Amy Rapp
University of California, Los Angeles

Amy Rapp is a third-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.

Student Research Award Coordinator

Sheena-Jeswani-2015Sheena Jeswani
Fordham University

Sheena Mirpuri is a 5th year doctoral candidate in Applied Developmental Psychology at Fordham University. Broadly, her research interests include ethnic-racial identity, mental health and academic outcomes among diverse adolescent and young adult populations. She is also interested in how these processes are affected by diversity and intergroup contact. More recently, her research has considered the role of biological functions (e.g., sleep patterns, blood pressure) in racial health disparities.