Sevan Makhoulian is currently a 2nd year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student at Palo Alto University, with an emphasis on LGBTQ Psychology. Her background includes a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies from The University of MichiganDearborn. Sevan’s passion for gender studies led her to become actively involved in a Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program, assistant teach a gender roles course in a women’s prison and complete an honors thesis on the LGBT community.
Past Contributors:Jameta N. Barlow is a doctoral candidate in Community Psychology at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has spent the last 13 years in transdisciplinary collaborations with physicians, public health practitioners, researchers, policy administrators, activists, political appointees, and community members in diverse settings. Her community interests are the psychosocial and environmental stressors contributing to intergenerational health behaviors among African Americans, particularly depression and obesity. Her primary research interests include understanding the production of health inequalities by race, class, gender, and geography. Specifically, Jameta is interested in the psychosocial and environmental stressors contributing to health inequities among Black women, such as obesity. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, she have been active in Southern communities in Virginia, Georgia, the District of Columbia, and for the last seven years, in North Carolina, around issues of food, family health, and social justice. She is particularly interested in the mechanisms explaining the high rates of overweight and obesity in Southern Black women and employing a strengths-based, civic-oriented approach towards a community-based, holistic intervention. Her dissertation is focused on the development of a measure that addresses identity consciousness and collective agency, and its potential relationship with Southern Black women’s mental health, well-being and weight.
Sheri Davis-Faulkner, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow at Spelman College in the Center for Health Disparities Research and Education (CHDRE). She is a graduate from the American Studies Program, at Emory University and a former Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellow at Clark Atlanta University in the Africana Women’s Studies Department. Sheri's specializations are in the areas of 20th Century Black feminist thought, critical race theory, and media reception studies. Her research interests include American consumer culture, feminist body theory, urban visual culture, and Black girl studies. She has been active in labor, environmental, and women's organizations and movements for more than a decade. Her current work examines the mass marketing of the childhood obesity epidemic and the absence of black girls stories within media discourses.
Rachel Brosamle is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology and is excited to represent SPW at CSPP, San Francisco, this year. She looks forward to helping to develop a community for those interested in feminist psychology on campus and hopes to cultivate an environment for discussion, awareness, and curiosity about feminism and women’s issues. Her research has focused on gender ideologies and role stress, and her dissertation will examine the influence of gender stereotypes and sexism on hiring pregnant women in the workplace. Clinically, Rachel has worked with diverse populations in community mental health and college counseling settings and is interested in feminist therapy.
Thema Bryant Davis, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University and author of Thriving in the wake of trauma: A multicultural guide. She is President of the Society for the Psychology of Women. ESSENCE magazine named her among Women Who Are Shaping the World. Dr. Bryant-Davis is author of the book Thriving in the wake of trauma: A multicultural guide. She is a former psychology representative to the United Nations. Dr. Bryant-Davis has been a mental health expert on the Dr. Phil Show and was the psychologist on the docu-series K-Ci and JoJo Come Clean on TV-One.
Samantha Christopher is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Texas Tech University and also a Graduate Certificate student in Women’s Studies. Her research pursuits involve human sexuality and feminist identities. She is a member of the American Association of University Women and also serves as a mentor with a well-established mentorship program through the university. In addition to serving on the executive board of the counseling psychology student counsel for the last two years, she serves on the board of directors for a local non-profit whose focus is on holistic living and has initiated a mentorship program at a local high school. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University.
Monica U. Ellis, M.A. is a doctoral student in Clinical Neuropsychology at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA and Staff Research Associate at UCLA Semel Institute. She earned her M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University and is the 2011-2013 Student Representative for The Society for the Psychology of Women, Division 35 of the American Psychological Association, and 2012-2013 Student Representative for Division VIII, Neuropsychology, of the California Psychological Association. Her current research involvements include studies on pediatric traumatic brain injury recovery, spirituality in trauma recovery, HIV/AIDS prevention, and on neurological recovery from psychological trauma including childhood sexual abuse. Outside of academia, Monica delights in raising her daughter, cooking, hiking, traveling, and singing with her church’s choir.
Cashuna Huddleston. Hello everyone, my name is Cashuna Huddleston, and I am your Division 35 Student Representative at the University of Houston. I recently completed my 3rd year of doctoral training, and I look forward to my 4th year to begin my quest towards internship. This is the second year in which I have served in this position. This year I plan to be diligent toward bringing awareness to feminism and feminist issues on my campus and beyond. Serving in this position has allowed me to gain invaluable insight and require that I be an agent in facilitating better circumstances for women - regardless of task, big or small. By transplant and the quest for upward mobility, I have resided in Houston, Texas, for 8 years. I was born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, and, yes, I consider myself a country woman! I am currently a 3rd year doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at the University of Houston. My research interests revolve around the health and well-being of women. More specifically, I am interested in health disparities, health prevention, and promotion as well as understanding ways to increase quality of life among individuals with chronic diseases and weight-related issues. In my spare time, I like to do what most women enjoy doing . . . shop!! I also enjoy running, traveling, and reading.
Allayna Pinkston, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a Charter Member and Co-Facilitator of The Chicago School Women's Group, as well as a Campus Representative for APA Division 35: The Society for the Psychology of Women. Allayna currently works in a residential facility and in community mental health, where she practices therapy from a feminist existential-phenomenological perspective. Her research interests include women's issues and reproductive health in particular, and Allayna is currently completing her dissertation on the lived significance of 'showing' for pregnant women. In her free time, Allayna enjoys writing music and can be found relaxing with a good book and Darjeeling tea at her favorite coffee shop.