Lab Director

Matt R. Judah, PhDMatt R. Judah, Ph.D.


Dr. Judah joined Old Dominion University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2016. Prior to this he completed his PhD at Oklahoma State University, followed by a clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina.



Graduate Students


Alicia KruzelockAlicia Kruzelock

Alicia is a first-year doctoral student in the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. She received her BA in Psychology and BS in Biology with a Neurobiology concentration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She then worked with individuals with affective disorders as a Research Assistant at the South Texas VA and in a clinical environment as an EEG and TMS Technician. Her current research interests broadly encompass the psychophysiology of cognitive-affective processing with an emphasis on emotional regulation and threat responses in individuals with anxiety.



Gabrielle SouthGabrielle South

Gabby South is a first year graduate student in the Psychology MS program at Old Dominion. After graduating with her BS degree from Averett University in 2018, she worked as a Behavioral Technician within a Behavioral and Autism Services Clinic. She plans to pursue her PhD in the future and focus her research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder within active and retired military populations. Her current research focuses on analyzing and comparing outcomes of suicide prevention skills trainings.



Nathan HagerNathan Hager

Nathan is a third-year in the clinical psychology PhD program at Old Dominion University and the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. After earning a BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University, he worked in addiction neuroimaging research at the University of Pennsylvania. His current research uses psychophysiological methods to explore cognitive and reward system function in anxiety and depression.



Tiphanie SuttonTiphanie Sutton

Tiphanie earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia. She is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests broadly encompass clinical mental health concerns, including the mental impacts of physical health concerns, such as sleep, women’s health issues, and weight management. Clinically, her interests include trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and body image. She is also passionate about helping clients explore their sense of mind-body-spirit wellness, as well as empowering them to live as their most authentic selves. Ms. Sutton aspires to work in an academic medical setting, as well as form her own wellness organization. She also hopes to organize community events and discussions to raise mental health awareness.



Lab Manager

Nicollette Dwyer

Nikki graduated from Old Dominion University in May 2019. She majored in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She plans to pursue clinical psychology in graduate school. Her research interests include psychopathology, forensic psychology, and psychophysiology.





Research Assistants

Alexis Hatcher

Alexis Hatcher is a senior at Old Dominion University completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology while minoring in biology. Alexis is also completing a diversity studies certificate with her B.S. degree and expects to graduate in 2020. After graduating, she plans to attend a doctoral neuropsychology graduate program.



Connor Spencer

Connor is a senior at Old Dominion University and will be graduating in December with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and in Communications. After Graduation, he plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Experimental Psychology, then pursuing a doctoral degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. His research interests include bullying and the impact bullying can have on the brain, specifically how bullying can alter both the structure and chemistry of the brain.



Hannah Hamrick

Hannah, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, graduated from Old Dominion University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She plans on applying to clinical psychology PhD programs for Fall 2020 admission. Her research interests include risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behavior in military populations, as well as cognitive, affective, and attentional factors associated with the development and maintenance of PTSD and related pathology.




Harleigh Hanselman

Harleigh is a senior at Old Dominion University and will be graduating May 2020. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Statistics with plans to attend graduate school for Occupational Therapy. Her research interests primarily include developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, as well as cognitive psychology.



Helen Smith

Helen graduated from Old Dominion University in May 2019. She plans on pursuing a graduate degree in psychology. Her research interests include cognitive psychology and mental illnesses; specifically depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders.




Isaiah White

Isaiah is a senior at Old Dominion University majoring in psychology and minoring in management. He plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology. His research interests include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder.




Isis Cowan

Isis Cowan is a junior at Old Dominion University pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in health and wellness. She is interested in neuropsychology and developmental disabilities and will graduate in 2021. She is currently a MARC trainee and will pursue a doctorate in the field of psychology after graduation.



Pallavi Mahesh

Pallavi Mahesh is a senior at Old Dominion University, double majoring in Biology and Psychology while minoring in Biomedical Engineering. Pallavi plans on attending medical school after graduating. Her interests include depression and substance abuse disorders as well as treatment responses.



Rachel Park

Rachel is a senior at Old Dominion University and will earn her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May 2020. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in behavioral psychology with a goal of becoming a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Her research interests include autism spectrum disorder, delayed attention skills, and intellectual disability.





Stephanie Ragan

Stephanie is a senior at Old Dominion University majoring in psychology. After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology. Her research interests include the links between depression and anxiety; specifically social anxiety, general anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.






Previous Research Assistants

Elizabeth Bauer – Clinical Psychology PhD program at Texas A&M University

Taylor Bland – Master’s program in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology at Virginia State University

Ebone Brown – Master’s program in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University

Jada Coleman

Christine Conley

Ryan De Los Reyes

Casey Hayes

Shaundra Holmes – Master’s program in Mental Health at George Mason University

Brittany Japec

Bryce Jones

Carlton Jones

Korena Klimczak – Combined Clinical/Counseling PhD program at Utah State University

Heather Marine

Jessica Marshall

Richard Mason

Shukryyah McEachin

Patricia Mejia – General Psychology Master’s program at University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Katherina Nako – M.S.E.d. in Counseling with a focus in Mental Health Counseling

Jordan Parker – Master’s program in Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University

Ekaterina Shurkova – Psychology PhD program at Edinburgh University in Scotland

Jennifer Tennell

Melody Velger

Yuan Wang

Taylor Webb