Student Commitee

IPA's 2016-17 Student Committee

IPA's Student Committee is a committee OF students FOR students!  Beginning in 2012 as a task force, and building on the student mentoring program, this committee develops specific activities to promote involvement of student affiliates in IPA and promotes involvement by IPA members in the training and professional development of psychology students in Indiana.

For a complete and updated list of Committee members and contact information, please click here.

Matthew Powless is a thid year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Indiana University with a minor in Sport and Performance Psychology.  He has master of science in education degree in Counseling and Counselor Education and a bachelor of science degree in Psychology, both from Indiana University as well.  His current research interests include career and identity development of student athletes.  Before becoming a doctoral student, Matt was an assistant coach for the Indiana University wrestling team for three years.

Melanie Mivshek is a third year student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program at Indiana State University (ISU) in Terre Haute, IN.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Criminology from Indiana State University.  Her clinical and research interests include forensics and severe psychopathology, with more specific interests in sex offenders and therapist burnout.  She hopes to work in a federal prison in the future.

Kimberly Dreison earned her B.A. in Psychology at California State University Northridge and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology at IUPUI. After graduating, Kimberly worked for several years as the programs director of a non-profit organization, during which time she strengthened her abilities in program evaluation, grant writing, communication, and leadership. Kimberly returned to graduate school in 2014 and is working on a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She serves as a research assistant for the Indiana ACT Center, and her research interests include severe mental illness, evidence-based program implementation and evaluation, and the impact of job burnout in mental health providers. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys hiking and reading fantasy books.

Karen Miller is a 5th year student in the Counseling Psychology department at Purdue University. She holds a master's degree in Counseling with an emphasis in College Student Services from Saint Mary's College of California. Karen's research interests are varied, however, primarily focus on lifespan development issues and transitions. Her clinical practice includes a variety of mental health concerns including personality and eating disorders. Karen is passionate about mental health work and advocating for client services.

Katie Rice is a 3rd year student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at Ball State University (BSU). Before moving to Indiana, Katie completed a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University at Albany (Albany, NY) and Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from Niagara University (Lewiston, NY).  Her clinical interests are in counseling children and families and her research interests include social skills training for children with autism as well as the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy.  Katie has also been a volunteer firefighter for the past 6 years, and is passionate about continuing her work in emergency services in the future.

Emily Vanderbleek is a fourth year student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Notre Dame. She is originally from the Chicago area and received her B.A. in Psychology and English from Washington University in St. Louis. Emily currently works in the Center for the Advanced Measurement of Personality and Psychopathology, and her research primarily focuses on the conceptualization and assessment of personality disorder. When she isn't studying psychology, Emily can probably be found baking, playing video games, or spending time with her dog.

Divya Japa

Ande Williams is a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program at Indiana State University (ISU) in Terre Haute. She received her Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Equine Assisted Learning from Midway University (formerly Midway College), and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Morehead State University (MSU). Her clinical and research interests are varied but include neuropsychological assessment and health psychology, with more specific interests in geriatrics and chronic pain. She hopes to eventually work in the area of neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation at an academic medical center.