TRTL Principal Investigator: Sarah E. Victor, PhD


Dr. Victor joined the Department of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech University in fall 2019. She completed her BA in psychology at Stanford University (2008), and her MA (2012) and PhD (2017) in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia. Following her clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (2017), she completed her postdoctoral training in the psychiatry department at the University of Pittsburgh. 


For more information about Dr. Victor's training, publications, clinical expertise, and professional service, please see her CV here.

TRTL Graduate and Undergraduate Researchers

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Nicole Seymour, MA

Nicole is a 6th year graduate student. She graduated from Florida State University in 2013 and worked at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in 2013-2015. She currently studies suicide related behaviors in LGBTQ+ individuals. She is also interested in the role of disclosure of stigmatizing identities and mental health. Outside of the lab, Nicole enjoys spending time with her pets, playing bird games, and baking delicious treats.





Michael McClay, MS

Michael is a 4th year graduate student in the TRTL. He graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 2014, and received his master’s degree from Western Kentucky University in 2017. He currently studies factors motivating the disclosure of non-suicidal self-injury as well as suicidal thoughts and behaviors. He is also interested in the effects of disclosure and stigma related to self-injury. Outside of the lab, Mike can be found running, skiing, and playing board games. 

Terry Trieu, MA

Terry is an incoming 1st year graduate student in the TRTL. They received their bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from California State University, Northridge in 2009 and 2015. They are interested in how individuals conceptualize self-injurious behaviors and how that affects the transition from ideation to action. They are also interested in how suicide risk is measured and determined. When not working, Terry can be found hiking, playing board games, or reading.

Kirsten Christensen, BS
Kirsten is an incoming 1st year graduate student in TRTL. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in psychology and statistics from Florida State University in 2018, and currently works as a research coordinator at McLean Hospital. Her research interests include suicide risk assessment and interventions for acute risk (e.g., inpatient hospitalization). She enjoys hiking, board games, and exploring cities. 

Lauren Richardson

Lauren is a senior majoring in psychological sciences at Texas Tech University. She aspires to become a Clinical Psychologist. Her interests are helping adolescents and adults overcome significant mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. Lauren is a licensed EMT-Basic. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with children, volunteering to aid the underprivileged population, and helping out in various student organizations.

Megan Chilton

Megan is a junior majoring in psychology at Texas Tech University. She aspires to become a Mental Health therapist. Her interests include suicide risk among adolescence and adults and how ideation transitions to action.She enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends, and helping out in student organizations.

Abigail Luce

Abigail is a sophomore majoring in psychology at Texas Tech University. She is interested in helping people who are experiencing mental health crises and contributing to research in this field. In her free time, Abigail enjoys playing the violin or reading fantasy novels.

Savannah Goza

Savannah is a sophomore majoring in Psychology at Texas Tech University. She hopes to become an Occupational Therapist. In her free time, she enjoys skateboarding, painting, and hiking.