& Lab Graduate Students

 

 

Chandler Benney

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Chandler Benney is a first year EdS student in the School Psychology program at Utah State University. Her interest in School Psychology stems primarily from working in a residential treatment center- where she built close bonds and helped young boys suffering from various neurodevelopmental and psychological disorders. Her research interests include neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as ADHD and ASD, as well as mindfulness-based interventions in the school setting. In her free time, Chandler enjoys spending time with her friends, hiking, camping, yoga, and snowboarding.


Savannah cavender, M.Ed.

Savannah Cavender is a second year student in the School Psychology EdS program. Savannah graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research includes the study and application of positive psychology interventions in schools, the benefits of fostering gratitude in children, and most recently, neurodevelopmental disorders and assessment. She is currently working with Dr. Maryellen McClain Verdoes in the & Lab and her advisor, Dr. Gretchen Peacock. In her free time, Savannah enjoys hiking, swimming, watching Arkansas Razorback basketball, and spending time outside with her husband.


Megan Golson

Megan Golson is a first-year School Psychology PhD student at Utah State University. Megan graduated from Southern Utah University with a B.S. in Psychology. Her research interests include assessment and measure development as well as neurodevelopmental disorders. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading. 


Cassity Haverkamp, M.ed.

Cassity Haverkamp is a third-year student in the School Psychology PhD program at Utah State University. She joined USU after graduating with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Child Development from Weber State University. Her research interests include emotion identification interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and how these interventions affect social outcomes for children with ASD. She is currently working with Dr. Maryellen McClain Verdoes in the & Lab. In her free time, Cassity enjoys reading for pleasure, hiking, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.


Kandice BENALLIE

Kandice Benallie is a second-year student in the School Psychology PhD program at Utah State University. She received her B.S. in Psychology with Honors and a minor in Family and Human Development from USU as well. Her research interests include children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including ADHD and ASD, parent involvement with the assessment and intervention processes, and cultural awareness regarding diagnosis, assessment, and intervention. She is currently working with Dr. Gretchen Peacock and Dr. Maryellen Verdoes in the & Lab. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and spending time outside with her partner and black lab pup. 


Kaelah Bakner

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Kaelah Bakner is an incoming first-year student in the School Psychology EdS program at Utah State University. Kaelah will join USU after graduating from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in Psychology with Honors and a second major in Anthropology/Sociology. Her research interests include children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as ADHD and ASD, as well as assessment and intervention methods for culturally diverse populations. In her free time, Kaelah enjoys spending time with her friends and family, swimming, skiing, watching movies and cooking/baking shows, and being outside.


Tyus Roanhorse 

Tyus Roanhorse is a first year EdS student in the School Psychology program at Utah State University. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. His research interest includes neurodevelopmental disabilities, including ASD and ADHD, school-based assessments, nondiscriminatory assessments of multicultural students, and issues pertaining to culturally and linguistically diverse students. In his free time, Tyus enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with family, and trying to perfect his photography skills.

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