Student Committee

IPA's 2019-20 Student Committee

IPA's Student Committee is a committee OF students FOR students!  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.

Will Anastasiadis
Will Anastasiadis is a second-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Indiana State University, where he specializes in ADHD evaluation and assessment. He recently moved to Indiana from Cleveland, OH after earning his dual degree in neuroscience and psychology at Baldwin Wallace University. Will has held various lead positions at the Cleveland Clinic for the past four years, with an emphasis in pediatric behavioral intervention. In addition, Will has several research-oriented experiences in neuroscience and behavioral health; his main involvements including collaborative research with a NIH-funded study in clinical neuropharmacology, and treatment fidelity in the delivery of evidence-based care to pediatric patients at the Cleveland Clinic. Currently, his primary research and clinical interests revolve around the pharmacological/behavioral treatment of externalizing disorders. Although, Will has also acquired a burgeoning interest in pediatric neuropsychology and psychogenic pain. In his spare time, Will loves to travel, run marathons, and train his new chihuahua-mix pup named Apollo (or, “Apawllo”).

Rebecca McCormic
Rebecca McCormic, MA, is a third year student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Indianapolis. She moved to Indianapolis from St. Louis in 2017 after earning her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her clinical interests are in working with adult populations on relationship concerns, identity development, and crisis intervention. However, she has thoroughly enjoyed her work with veterans, substance use, and trauma. Rebecca has completed practicum with both Southern Illinois University's Counseling Center and the Northern Indiana VA system. Next year she will be at Ball State's Counseling Center for another year of practicum. Her research focuses mostly on multicultural and ethical concerns and she hopes to make her research applicable and understandable to the general clinician. The Master's thesis she completed for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology and was also featured in APA's June edition of the Clinician's Research Digest. When she is not working on course work, she loves games and puzzles, spending time with family, and reading sci-fi/fantasy novels.

Alia T. Rowe
Alia T. Rowe, BA is a 4th 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.

Claire Scott-Bacon
August, 2019 marks the beginning of my 3rd year at the University of Notre Dame, Clinical Psychology, PhD program. My research interests are primarily in the expression of psychopathy, personality disorders and forensic assessment of the same. Specifically, I am interested in pathological personality traits, in addition to the scaling and assessment of these malevolent personality types. Current measures of these constructs have been developed primarily with men in mind. I want to explore the relationship between the "dark personality" dimensions and sex/gender differences. I want to understand the expression of psychopathy in sex and gender (e.g., women and LGBTQ community). Additionally, with a degree and certification in pre-law, and crime scene investigation; legal psychology, forensic psychology, criminal law, forensic evidence, and jury decision-making is a secondary area of interest. I look forward to becoming a mentor to any student interested in these areas.

Haley Sterling
Haley Sterling, MSEd, is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Purdue University working with Blake Allan, Ph.D. on the Fulfilling Work Research Team. She received her Bachelor’s of Science with a major in psychology and a minor in family, youth, and community sciences at the University of Florida in 2015 and her Master’s of Science in Education on the way to her PhD in May 2018. Her research interests include parents’ (especially mothers’) experiences in the workplace, underemployment, and classism. She is interested in advocating for equity for womxn with intersecting identities and other oppressed populations both in the workplace and in society. Her clinical interests include working with college students, working womxn, and working mothers who present with various adjustment concerns, diagnoses, and identities. In her personal life, Haley enjoys playing roller derby on a team in Indiana.

Lauren Wruble
Lauren (Lo) Wruble, M.C. is a second-year doctoral student in counseling psychology at Ball State University, specializing in clinical health psychology with an emphasis in pediatrics. She moved to Indiana from Tempe, AZ where she completed her Master's in Counseling (M.C.) at Arizona State University. Prior to returning to school for her Ph.D., Lauren worked as the Comfort and Care Program Director and Pediatric Oncology Counselor at Phoenix-based non-profit Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels. In this position, Lauren developed a counseling program providing free services to children and families battling cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions. Lauren also worked closely with child life specialists and pediatric medical providers in three Phoenix-area hospitals to increase medical treatment adherence while emphasizing the importance of mental health and psychosocial issues that often present during treatment. Lauren's clinical and research interests examine pediatric medical traumatic stress, using complimentary and alternative medicine to increase quality of life and reduce symptomatology in pediatric patients with chronic/life-threatening illnesses, and examining/developing programs and resources to better serve pediatric patients, their parents, and their siblings from the time of diagnosis into survivorship. In her free time, Lauren likes to travel, exercise, try new recipes, cheer on her favorite sports teams (Go Blue!) practice yoga, and she is currently working toward being a certified yoga teacher for kids.