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.
- Psychology of Stress and Trauma
- Advanced Practicum Seminar
- Counseling Psychology Process and Outcome Research
- Directed Research
Current Lab Members
Viann Nguyen-Feng: Started Fall 2013
Viann 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 are broadly on interpersonal traumas and access to care. She enjoys biking and climbing in the Twin Cities.
Majel Baker: Started Fall 2014
Majel 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 Merians: Started Fall 2015
Addie 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
Originally 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
Riley 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. Research interests include online interventions and predictors of response. In his free time, Riley enjoys exercising, playing cello, and reading.
Emily Mischel Abramowski: Started Fall 2017
Originally from southwest Wisconsin, Emily received her BS in psychology at the University of Wisconsin and her MA in clinical psychology at the University of Arkansas. Prior to entering the program, she spent two years conducting research on posttraumatic stress at Regions Hospital and the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. Her research interests focus on emotion regulation and how regulation strategies influence recovery following a traumatic event.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Carissa Coudray, ’18
Kathleen Francis, ’18
Psychology/Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies major, Neuroscience minor
Elsa Mattson, ’18
Psychology major, Neuroscience minor
Federico Romano, '18
Recent Lab Alumni
For a complete list of alumni and dissertation topics, please see this link.
Jacob Paulsen. Neuropsychological Assessment, San Diego BrainWorks; Adjunct Faculty, San Diego City College
AnnaMarie Vu. Postdoctoral Fellow in Primary Care/Behavioral Health Integration, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
Kelli Howard (PhD 2016). Visiting Faculty, University of Minnesota Department of Educational Psychology
Liza Meredith (PhD 2016). Faculty, University of Minnesota Department of Psychology
Sheila Frankfurt (PhD 2015). Staff Researcher/Psychologist, 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). Faculty, 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). Faculty/Director of Assessment for the Eating Disorders Research Program, University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry
Laura Sherr (PhD 2010). College of Saint Benedict Counseling Center
Matt Kaler (PhD 2009). Staff Psychologist/Program Manager, PTSD Treatment Team, Minneapolis VA Medical Center
Jenna Bemis (PhD 2008). Private practice, Minneapolis, MN
Heather Mortensen (PhD 2007). Partner, SKS Consulting Psychologists
Margit Berman (PhD 2006). Faculty, Dartmouth Medical School-Psychiatry
Theresa Glaser (PhD 2006). Faculty, Normandale Community College
Michael Steger (PhD 2005). Faculty, 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