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Prevention Research Lab

Conducting Research with Schools and Communities in the U.S. and Around the World to Facilitate Positive Adjustment in Youth and Families

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Congratulations to our newest graduate, Dr. Alicia Borre-Montealegre!

Dr. Alicia Borre graduated from National University in Bogota, Colombia in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She worked as resident psychologist in Bogota while gaining experience in prevention and intervention programs with at-risk families and youth. She later became part of an interdisciplinary team working to coordinate efforts in order to provide permanent homes for children living in orphanages and foster care. She earned her master's degree in applied developmental psychology from George Mason University, and her doctorate in developmental psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall of 2016. Her research interests focus primarily on understanding the different ways in which individual and contextual factors contribute to the well-being and adjustment of underserved families, children and youth. Specifically, she is interested in promoting positive youth development through the strengthening of family, school and community environments, as well as through the promotion of resilience processes. She currently works as an assistant professor in the psychology department at Hampton University in Virginia.

Doctoral Student Alumni

  • Nishola Rawatlal, Ph.D. (2017), Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Alicia Borre-Montealegre, Ph.D. (2017), Assistant Professor, Hampton University, Virginia
  • Tess Drazdowski, Ph.D. (2016), NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLA's Integrated Substance Abuse Program
  • Lena Jaggi, Ph.D. (2016), Research Faculty, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • Nikola Zaharakis, Ph.D. (2015), Postdoctoral fellow, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Kathyrn Reid-Quinones, Ph.D. (2011), Dee Norton Low Country Children’s Center, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Margaret Ray Gsell, Ph.D. (2010), McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia
  • Kimberly Goodman, Ph.D. (2009), Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, Washington, D.C.
  • Tiffany Hinton, Ph.D. (2009), Henrico County Public Schools, Richmond, Virginia
  • Melinda Moore, Ph.D. (2007), Spectrum Transformation Group, Richmond, Virginia
  • Jera Nelson Cunningham, Ph.D. (2003), Private practice, Richmond, Virginia
  • Robyn Diehl McDougle, Ph.D. (2003), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
  • Roberto Mejia, Ph.D. (2003), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Elizabeth Ayn Welleford, Ph.D. (1998), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
  • Mary Walton, Ph.D. (1997), Merck & Co, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Melodie Fearnow-Kenney, Ph.D. (1996), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
  • Bonnie Dowdy, Ph.D. (1994), Private consulting work, Richmond, Virginia
  • Gena Britt, Ph.D. (1993), John Tyler Community College, Chester, Virginia

Undergraduate Student Alumni

  • Katie Garr (2017), Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology, University of Cincinnati
  • Sawyer Wilkins (2017), Post-Bac Lab Supervisor, Kliewer Prevention Research Lab, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Carolyn Booth, (2017), Master's Student, Epidemiology, Columbia University
  • Alyssa Mitchell (2017), Master's Student, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University
  • Makeda Austin (2016), Doctoral Student, Personality and Health Psychology, Northwestern University
  • Jerry Lee Mize (2016), Master's Student, Applied Developmental Psychology, George Mason University
  • Brian Shields, Ph.D., recently received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University
  • Amber Haley, Doctoral Student, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Larissa Duncan, Ph.D, Associate Professor, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Nicole Constance, Doctoral Student, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Ginell Ampey, Adjunct Faculty, Kinesiology & Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Maggie Gisell, Ph.D., Veteran Affairs Hospital, Virginia
  • Lauren Jimenez, Master's Student, George Mason University
  • Brian Calhoun, Doctoral Student, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Kelsey Richardson, Master's Student, School of Education, University of Virginia
  • Christina Ammons, Doctoral Student, Counseling Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Michaela Crutsinger, Doctoral Student, Occupational Therapy, Mary Baldwin College
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