Departmental Information

The Department of Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas has many community connections. We collaborate with local clinics, schools, and programs. Students are funded well, which helps to foster an atmosphere of collaboration rather than competition. Students receive travel funding to attend at least one conference a year. Students have reported being surprised at how supportive and kind the faculty are. They really mean it when they say our program is collaborative and faculty really look out for all students! Although we are not specified as a child clinical program, we have opportunities to work with children through clerkships and in our Department’s Psychological Clinic. Even though we are a primarily program largely training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), we also receive training in other modalities to build a basic foundation of knowledge of treatments.

There are a lot of events the department does together, including a “first-year” party, tailgates for games, Halloween parties, and other events put on by the social committee. You can also participate in intramural sports to get to know people from the community (such as kickball, softball). Come see what the excitement is all about!

Our Team

Kathryn Parisi

Kathryn Parisi

Graduate Student

Ayla is a 5th year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. Her research is focused on advancing evidence-based services for underserved youth, specifically the role of support for youth who experience violence (i.e., school bullying, adolescent dating violence). She is also focused on examining methods to improve access to care and reduce mental health disparities for children and families through novel intervention strategies.

Ayla Mapes M.A.

Ayla Mapes M.A.

Graduate Student

Ayla is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. She completed her B.S. at Colorado State University. Ayla’s program of research is focused on enhancing access to care to evidenced-based prevention and intervention for vulnerable populations, such as populations who experience poverty, trauma, and other cumulative adversities. She is particularly interested in examining non-traditional avenues of service delivery in order to engage children and families in therapy and reduce health disparities. Such methods include integrated behavioral health, telepsychology, and mentoring. Ayla’s dissertation is focused on evaluating the Mentors in Violence Prevention bystander program, specifically examining the differential impacts on adolescent bystander intentions about bullying, dating violence, and sexual harassment.
 
Clinically, Ayla is interested in providing evidenced-based treatment to children and families, particularly those impacted by trauma. She has provided services to diverse populations across many settings, including the department Psychological Clinic, a shelter for single mothers, a Federally Qualified Heath Center, and a women’s correctional facility.
 
Harlee Onovbiona

Harlee Onovbiona

Graduate Student

Harlee is a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. She is interested in treatment methods and resiliency in children with disruptive behavior disorders and building targeted interventions that break cultural barriers and address racial disparities.

Rebecca Bradley

Rebecca Bradley

Graduate Student

Becca is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. She is interested in improving early screening and intervention, reducing barriers to treatment, and increasing our understanding of the familial and community factors that impact outcomes in ASD populations.

Grace Staples

Grace Staples

Undergraduate Student

Grace is a junior honors student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Development and Family Sciences. Her interests include neuropsychological development and injury in youth. She loves working with and hopes to someday work in a pediatric setting. After graduating, Grace plans to pursue a Ph.D. in neuropsychology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exercising, and doing puzzles.

Mariah McIntosh

Mariah McIntosh

Undergraduate Student

Mariah is a senior psychology major. She loves hands on-work within the community, and would love to continue to research the healing of historical traumas experienced by underprivileged populations as her academic career continues. Her dream is that mental health care and resources be made accessible to all people.

Amy Hendricks

Amy Hendricks

Undergraduate Student

Amy is a senior psychology major pursuing a minor in General Business and Spanish. She is interested in a career in clinical psychology. She hopes to continue research in trauma and is interested in helping underprivileged populations.

Madeline Holman

Madeline Holman

Undergraduate Student

Madeline is a senior majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She is interested in school psychology and wants to work with children in the future.

Taylor Davis

Taylor Davis

Undergraduate Student

Taylor is in her last semester at the University of Arkansas. She is majoring in Psychology and Spanish. She is interested in a career in clinical psychology and is focused on studying substance abuse and child mental health.

Kali Brewer

Kali Brewer

Undergraduate Student

Kali is a junior interested in working with children and families, specifically focusing on treatment generational mental illness and access to treatment and therapy for underserved communities and decreasing the stigma around seeking mental health treatment.

Hannah Booker

Hannah Booker

Undergraduate Student

Hannah is a senior at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas but works as part of the research team in the FCI lab. She is interested in anxiety treatments and mental health care for women.