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Graduate Students

Dr. Mitchell will be accepting applications for new graduate students during fall 2022 (fall 2023 class)!

Julianne Cary, M.A.


Julianne Cary earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice (2017) at SUNY Oswego, and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology (2020) from Teachers College, Columbia University. She joined the clinical psychology doctoral program at Texas Tech University under the mentorship of Dr. Sean Mitchell in 2020. Julianne is interested in investigating social support as a factor in preventing suicide, and the underlying cognitions that influence suicide risk, specifically in first responder, military, and legal system-involved populations. 

Michael LeDuc, M.A.Ed., M.A.

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Mike LeDuc earned his B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University (2012), M.A.Ed. in Research and Evaluation Methodology from the University of Florida (2016), and M.A. in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University (2021). Mike joined the clinical psychology doctoral program at Texas Tech University under the mentorship of Dr. Sean Mitchell in 2021. Mike is interested in the measurement of suicidal thoughts and behaviors using smartphone technology, and examining transdiagnostic cognitive and affective risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Nikki La Rosa, M.A.


Nikki graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family & Child Sciences in 2015. Upon graduation, she spent two years working as a research assistant at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. She began  Texas Tech University’s Clinical Psychology doctoral program (2018) under the mentorship of Dr. Kelly Cukrowicz and received her master’s degree in Psychology in 2019. She is now a graduate student under the mentorship of Dr. Sean Mitchell. She matched at the Orlando VA Medical Center (Orlando, FL) internship site. Nikki’s research interests focus on the relation between suicide and sexual trauma exposure. Her other interests include risk and protective factors for suicide in relation to the interpersonal theory of suicide.

Sarah Sparks, M.A., M.Sc.


Sarah Sparks earned her B.A. and B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin (2012), her M.A. from University College London (2013), and her M.Sc. in the Psychology of Mental Health from the University of Edinburgh (2016). After graduating, Sarah worked as an assistant psychologist and research assistant within the National Health Service (NHS) and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She returned to Texas to attend the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Texas Tech University under the mentorship of Dr. Sean Mitchell in 2020. Sarah is interested in researching the utilization of public health approaches for suicide prevention and stepped-care models for early intervention in community and high-risk populations.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

The SRPR Laboratory is not accepting applications for undergraduate research assistants at this time. Applications will be accepted again in spring 2023 or as needed.

There is additional information about being involved in undergraduate research through the  Department of Psychological Sciences Advising Office.

SRPR Lab Alumni

Nicole Morris, M.A. (2019-2020)

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Nicole Morris earned Masters' degrees in Clinical and Quantitative Psychology from Ball State University in 2019 under the mentorship of Dr. Tayla Lee. Nicole is currently a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student in Dr. Paul Ingram’s lab at Texas Tech University. They also worked with Dr. Sean Mitchell as a graduate research assistant from 2019 to 2020. Nicole intends to pursue their research interests on the conceptualization and assessment of personality and psychopathology, the detection invalid responding, and the utility of assessments in clinical settings.

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