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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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Annie Wright, M.S.

Annie graduated from the University of Vermont in May of 2012 with a B.A. in psychology. During her undergraduate career she worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Rex Forehand’s lab. After graduating she worked as a research coordinator for Dr. Alice Schermerhorn at UVM. Annie joined Dr. Kliewer’s research team in 2014 when she  moved to Richmond to begin her training in clinical psychology at VCU. Her research interests are risk and resilience in youth who have experienced early adversity or trauma, particularly in orphanage or foster care settings.



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David Sosnowski, M.S.

David graduated from Penn State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology. While at Penn State, he worked under Dr. Jenae Neiderhiser studying gene-environment interplay during adolescence. Prior to studying at VCU, he worked as a research assistant at Baylor University under Dr. Shawn Latendresse, where his research focused on refining the measurement of various phenotypic constructs using an integrative data analysis (IDA) framework. Broadly, David's research focuses on understanding the biological and environmental mechanisms through which early life stressors (e.g., community violence, childhood maltreatment) contribute to various behavior and health outcomes throughout the lifespan. 


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Kristina McGuire, B.S.

Kristina graduated from the University of Utah in May, 2016 with a BS in Psychology. While at Utah, she worked in a research lab with Dr. Patricia Kerig that focused on the risk and resilience of incarcerated youth and looked closely at their post-traumatic stress symptoms and any affiliated outcomes. Her research interests broadly include looking at the environmental effects of anger and aggression in at-risk youth and how this affects development.



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Lingum Pillay, M.A.

Lingum Pillay is a doctoral student and member of the Project CARE team at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, where his main areas of research are risk and cognitive resilience.  Lingum graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology, honours in clinical psychology and a master's in clinical psychology from the University of Kwa-Zulu (ne University of Durban- Westville).  He worked for a few years as a resident clinical psychologist at a psychiatric clinic, a rehabilitation centre, and an assessment and therapy centre before proceeding to establish a full-time private practise in Durban, South Africa.  His areas of work and interests include adult and adolescent psychotherapy, relationship interventions, work stresses, PTSD, neuropsychological assessments, and criminal/ medicolegal assessments.  In addition to clinical practise, Lingum has also been extensively involved in the South African Society for Clinical Psychology and continues to serve in organizations that focus on youth, women, and community empowerment.


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Karl Swain, M.S.

Karl Swain is a clinical psychologist, lecturer, and academic coordinator in the Department of Behavioural Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa.  Karl received his Master's of Social Science (cum laude) in 2008 at UKZN.  He served on the Extended Scientific Committee (Rehabilitation) for the International Congress of Psychology 2012 under the auspices of the International Union of Psychological Science.  Karl is currently the chairperson of the South African Society for Clinical Psychology, as well as the current vice-chairperson and executive committee member of the Division of Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology, divisions of PsySSA.  Karl is the local representative for the International Neuropsychological Society Student Liaison Committee for South Africa and Africa. His interests include neuropsychology, traumatic stress, violence and resiliency. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the area of neuropsychology, investigating cognitive effects associated with PTSD, and physiological stress-markers.

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