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Dr. Patricia A. Frazier

Dr. Frazier is the Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and the director of the Stress and Trauma Lab.  To learn more about Dr. Frazier’s work, click here to read her faculty profile.



Courses Taught

  • Psychology of Stress and Trauma
  • Advanced Practicum Seminar
  • Counseling Psychology Process and Outcome Research
  • Directed Research

Current Lab Members


Graduate Students


Jacob Paulsen: Started Fall 2011

Internship 2016-17: Sharp Healthcare Mesa Vista Hospital, San Diego, CA

Jacob is currently involved in research projects in the realms of personality, psychopathology, psychological assessment, and innovative mental health treatments. Jacob earned his B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Minnesota's Department of Psychology. Along with his strong passion for research, Jacob also enjoys teaching statistics and data analysis and working with inpatients in hospital settings. Jacob was born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and currently lives in San Diego, California. 

AnnaMarie Vu: Started Fall 2011

Internship 2016-17: Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Madison, WI

Image of AnnaMarie VuAnnaMarie is interested in adapting empathic narratives for mental health and behavior change. With experiences in translational research in cancer, social and health psychology, and integrative health teams in primary care, she hopes to impact health care service redesign and reduce barriers to care for medically underserved populations. She’s also active in the community, working with a local junior high school and the Walker Art Museum to communicate empirical work to the masses via interactive games and workshops.

Viann Nguyen-Feng: Started Fall 2013

Image of Viann Nguyen-FengViann grew up in Alexandria, Virginia.  Prior to entering the program, she received a Master of Public Health, completed a post-graduate epidemiology fellowship, and did a registered yoga teacher training.  Her research interests focus on interpersonal trauma prevention and intervention.  She is enjoying biking and climbing in the Twin Cities.

Majel Baker: Started Fall 2014

Image of Majel BakerMajel was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. She received her BA in Psychology, minor in Gender and Sexualities Studies, from the University of San Francisco. She studied, lived, and worked in San Francisco for 6 years before joining the U, hence, Go 49ers! Her research interests focus on issues disproportionately affecting women, including sexism in STEM fields and interpersonal trauma like sexual assault.

Addie MeriansStarted Fall 2015

Image of Addie MeriansAddie grew up in Larchmont, NY, before heading off to Williamsburg, VA, where she received a BS in Psychology from the College of William and Mary. While at William and Mary, she developed an interest in mental health care, as well as aiding survivors of sexual assault. Her research interests focus on trauma, particularly childhood trauma and sexual victimization, as well as developing interventions.

McKenzie Kaubrys: Started Fall 2016

Photo of McKenzie KaubrysOriginally from rural Maine, McKenzie spent six years studying and working in Washington, DC. After receiving her BA in psychology and English from Georgetown University, McKenzie conducted research on the effects of PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Her research interests include the ways in which individuals respond to traumatic events and the development of interventions to facilitate coping and stress management. 

Riley Palmer: Started Fall 2016

Photo of Riley PalmerRiley is originally from the Twin Cities. He received a BA in Psychology and English from St. Olaf College before working as a research assistant for two years at Virginia Tech, and he is very excited to be starting grad school back in Minnesota. Research interests include predictors of response to trauma and to treatment. In his free time, Riley enjoys running, playing cello, and reading.


Undergraduate Research Assistants


Photo of Carissa CoudrayCarissa Coudray, ’18

Psychology major


Photo of Kathleen FrancisKathleen Francis, ’17

Psychology/Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies major, Neuroscience minor


Photo of Abigail GabrielAbigail Gabriel, ’17

Psychology major, Neuroscience/Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies minor


Photo of Federico RomanoFederico Romano, '18

Psychology major


Recent Lab Alumni 

Kelli Howard (PhD 2016). Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Educational Psychology

Liza Meredith (PhD 2016). Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Psychology 

Sheila Frankfurt (PhD 2015). Postdoctoral research fellow, VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research in Returning War Veterans at the Doris Miller VA Health Center in Waco, TX

Christiaan Greer (PhD 2015). Assistant Professor, Manhattanville College

Samuel Hintz (PhD 2013).  Staff Psychologist, Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Reiko Hirai (PhD 2013). Psychologist, Kyoto Wellness, Kyoto, Japan

Nora Keenan (PhD 2013). Senior Clinical Psychologist, Hennepin County Medical Center

Sandra Shallcross (PhD 2013). Senior Clinical Psychologist, Hennepin County Medical Center

Samantha Anders (PhD 2012). Senior Clinical Psychologist, Hennepin County Medical Center

Sulani Perera (PhD 2012). Senior Psychologist, Manhattan Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Clinical Researcher, Interim Director, PTSD Clinic, Manhattan VA/New York University

Margaret Gavian (PhD 2011). Psychologist, North Memorial Health Care

Kelly Berg (PhD 2010). Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of Assessment for the Eating Disorders Research Program, University of Minnesota

Laura Sherr (PhD 2010). College of Saint Benedict Counseling Center

Matt Kaler (PhD 2009). Staff Psychologist, Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Jenna Bemis (PhD 2008). Private practice, Minneapolis, MN

Heather Mortensen (PhD 2007). Partner, SKS Consulting Psychologists

Margit Berman (PhD 2006). Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School

Theresa Glaser (PhD 2006). Faculty, Normandale Community College

Michael Steger (PhD 2005). Associate Professor, Colorado State University

Jason Steward (PhD 2005). Clinical Psychologist and Director of Training, Orlando VA Medical Center

Ty Tashiro (PhD 2004). Book author, speaker, writer for Discovery Fit and Health