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.
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.
Cole Marvin, B.S.
Cole Marvin earned his B.S. in Psychology and Addictions Counseling at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2021. Following graduation, he worked as a research assistant at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and was a project coordinator for a Zero Suicide implementation initiative at a large regional behavioral healthcare network in Grand Rapids, MI. Cole joined the clinical psychology doctoral program at Texas Tech University under the mentorship of Dr. Sean Mitchell in 2023. He is interested in investigating momentary interactions between interpersonal risk factors and suicide risk behaviors via ecological momentary assessment methods, particularly among substance use treatment and justice-involved populations. His other interests include exploring how suicide risk assessment can be efficiently utilized in interdisciplinary clinical contexts to mitigate acute suicidal crises.
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 2024 or as needed.
There is additional information about being involved in undergraduate research through the Department of Psychological Sciences Advising Office.
SRPR Lab Alumni
Nikki La Rosa, Ph.D.
Dr. Nikki La Rosa is currently a psycho-oncologist at the James A. Haley VA in Tampa, Florida. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the Orlando VA Medical Center and graduated with her doctorate degree from Texas Tech University in 2023. Dr. La Rosa’s clinical interests include implementing health-focused, brief interventions for sleep-related disorders, smoking cessation, and adjustment to illness, in addition to completing pre-surgical evaluations and working among integrated medical settings. Her research interests have primarily focused on the relation between suicide and sexual trauma exposure, as well as protective factors for suicide in relation to the interpersonal theory of suicide.