TRTL Principal Investigator: Sarah E. Victor, PhD
Dr. Victor (she/her) 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
Nicole Seymour, MA
Nicole (she/her) is a 7th year graduate student on internship at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, CA. 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 (he/him) is a 5th 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 (they/them) is a 2nd 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 (she/her) is a 2nd 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.
Amanda Bianco, MA
Amanda (she/her) is a 1st year graduate student in TRTL. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Appalachian State University in 2019 and with her master’s degree, also in psychology, from Stony Brook University in 2020. She is interested in studying the suicidal process and identifying potential functions of suicidal behavior to inform future interventions for high-risk clinical populations. In her free time, Amanda enjoys staying active by hiking, or engaging in outdoor activities, and traveling to new places.
Abigail (she/her) is a senior 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 (she/her) is a senior majoring in Psychology at Texas Tech University. She hopes to become an Occupational Therapist. In her free time, she enjoys skateboarding, painting, and hiking.
Jetonne (she/her) is a senior majoring in Psychology at Texas Tech University. She is interested in going to graduate school to earn a PhD in clinical psychology. She hopes to continue into academia and/ or work with future clients in a clinical setting. In her free time, Jetonne loves to travel, ski, and work on art projects.