Student Commitee

IPA's 2017-18 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 fourth 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/identity development and performance interests of student athletes.  Before becoming a doctoral student, Matt was an assistant coach for the Indiana University wrestling team for four 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.

Alia T. Rowe, BA is a 2nd year clinical psychology doctoral student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) working under the direction of Tamika Zapolski, Ph.D. in the PRISM lab. Alia’s research interests concern substance use among underrepresented and understudied populations. Specifically, she is interested in examining how interventions and prevention programming can be tailored to better serve individuals of various racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. She aims to address gaps in the literature concerning the treatment and prevention of substance use and dependence among vulnerable minority and young veteran populations.


Beshaun Davis, MA is a 4th year clinical psychology doctoral student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) working under the direction of Kyle Minor, Ph.D. Shaun’s research focuses on the investigation of psychosocial interventions to facilitate the development of insight (e.g., metacognition) and promote recovery in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Regarding the former, he is interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying the development of insight in people with schizophrenia and those at risk for the disorder. Further, Shaun is interested in understanding the ways in which people with schizophrenia begin to form complex notions of themselves and others.

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.
Andrew Brown is a third year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Purdue University. He received his Bachelor’s of Science with a double-major in psychology and philosophy from Grand Valley State University.  His current research interests focus on losses, primarily death losses and romantic breakups. He is also interested in terror-management theory and men’s issues, particularly understanding the role of men in addressing problems like sexism and racism. His clinical interests include issues of adjustment for first generation college students or students who hold one or more marginalized identities. Additionally, he is interested in working with individuals who are grieving both deaths and non-death losses.