Student Committee


2021-2022

Description of Student Committee and Positions Available
IPA's Student Committee is a committee OF students FOR students! This committee develops specific activities to promote the involvement of student affiliates in IPA and promotes involvement by IPA members in the training and professional development of psychology students in Indiana. The Student Committee strives to have at least one Student Committee Member from every eligible graduate psychology program in Indiana and welcomes multiple students per program on the Student Committee.

Examples of IPA Student Committee initiatives include contributing to IPA publications (e.g., PsychBytes), developing and contributing to the IPA Student Newsletter, providing updates for the Student section of IPA’s website with relevant information about the Student Committee, contributing to IPA’s Fall Conference organization, contributing to the organization of an annual State of Indiana Legislative Advocacy Day, among many others! Student Committee Members are strongly encouraged to become members of other IPA committees and spearhead their own original projects.

How to Apply
If you are interested in getting involved with the Indiana Psychological Association Student Committee, please contact Alexis Pandelios, the Student Committee Chair via email at apandelios@gmail.com. Please include a brief statement of your interest in the IPA Student Committee as well as your C.V. Interested persons should review the IPA Student Committee Code of Conduct, developed by the 2019-2020 IPA Student Committee.

Indiana Schools Represented
Ball State University (BSU)
Indiana State University (ISU)
Indiana University Bloomington (IU)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
University of Indianapolis (UIndy)
University of Notre Dame
Purdue University


Student Committee Member Info


 

Rachel Bailey (she/her)
Rachel Bailey, M.A., is a fourth year Psy.D. student in clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis. Rachel graduated with a B.S. in psychology from Wright State University (2016) in Dayton, Ohio, before moving to Indianapolis to work as a neuropsychological technician in private practice. She earned her master’s degree (2020) en route to her doctoral degree at the University of Indianapolis. Her clinical and research interests include adult neuropsychological assessment, subjective cognitive decline, and dementia. She has completed practicum training at Butler University Counseling and Consultation Services and Richard L. Roudebush VAMC. She is currently completing an advanced practicum in neuropsychology at Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology. When she is not working, Rachel enjoys spending time with her fiancé and two dogs, CrossFit training, and reading.

 


 

Amani Khalil
Amani Khalil, M.S.Ed. is a 5th year Counseling Psychology student at Purdue University. Amani graduated with a B.S., double majoring in child learning & development and psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Amani conducts research in the Parenting, Race, and Family Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Xiang Zhou. Her research interests include improving healthcare access for racial-ethnic minority children diagnosed with autism. Amani’s clinical interests include conducting developmental, language, and intellectual assessments and providing therapy to children and families in schools and the community. In addition to conducting research and clinical services, Amani teaches a variety of undergraduate human services courses at Purdue. When she’s not working you can find Amani at Purdue football and basketball games or running in nearby parks in Lafayette. 
 

Patrick Murphy (he/him)
Pat Murphy, M.S.Ed., is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in counseling psychology at Purdue University. A hometown boy, Pat was born, raised, and educated right here in the Hoosier State. Pat earned his B.A. in psychology from Purdue University—Fort Wayne (2016) and his master’s degree (2019) en route to his doctoral degree at Purdue’s main campus. As a Ph.D. student, Pat teaches and conducts research at Purdue, and provides psychological services to the community as a graduate practicum clinician. Pat’s research focuses on, and sometimes integrates, two topics—positive psychology and social class. Pat’s recent research has focused on identifying personal and social resources that individuals from lower social classes capitalize on to improve their well-being. Another line of Pat’s research explores how people’s subjective perceptions of their social class impacts identity development, academic experiences, vocational trajectories, mental health, and experiences of social mobility. True to his roots, Pat spends a lot of time hiking, fishing, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family when he’s not working. 

 

Alexis Pandelios (she/her), M.S., Chair
Alexis Pandelios is a third-year Ph.D. counseling psychology student at Indiana University-Bloomington studying under the mentorship of Dr. Mary Waldron. Alexis’ research involves projects investigating the role of paternal incarceration on youth substance use onset - with a particular interest in use among racially minoritized youth. Alexis serves on several professional committees, including the IPA Science and Education Committee and the SCP Prevention Committee. Upon completion of her training, Alexis hopes to secure an academic position in a university setting.

 

Danielle Schwartz Miller
Danielle Schwartz, M.S., is a second-year PhD student in Counseling Psychology at Ball State University with a particular interest in psychosocial oncology, chronic illness, and veterans’ wellbeing. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Danielle is brand new to Indiana – and always open to recommendations for places to check out! She earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. While at Chatham, Danielle led a research project at Hillman Cancer Center under the mentorship of Dr. Vernissia Tam, M.D., studying quality of life of patients undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer. This rich research experience developed into a broader interest in health psychology and multiculturally-competent healthcare. Danielle also worked on a research team examining how negative stereotypes affect the mental wellbeing of military veterans. Danielle hopes to work in a hospital, cancer center, or VA by meeting with patients and their loved ones and would enjoy educating medical providers how to deliver culturally-sensitive care. When not working with clients, developing research ideas, or teaching, Danielle likes playing with her dog, gardening, going on hikes, and recommending TV shows to anyone who will listen (Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ozark!). 

 

Claire Scott-Bacon
August, 2021 marks the beginning of my 5th 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. Additionally, with a degree in pre-law and certification as a crime scene technician; legal psychology, criminology, forensic psychology, criminal & civil law, and jury decision-making are additional areas of research and professional interest. I look forward to becoming a mentor to any student interested in these areas.

 


 

Joseph Lee Twitdy
Joseph Twitdy, M.S., is a third-year doctoral student of clinical psychology at Indiana State University studying under Dr. Kevin Jordan. Joseph was born and educated in Indiana, being a lifelong Hoosier, earning his bachelors form Indiana State University, and recently his master’s degree. His current aspiration is to become a clinical health psychologist. Currently, Joseph conducts research with his advisor studying the impact that social and agency evaluations have on cardiovascular reactivity. Additionally, he currently works as a graduate clinician at ISU’s Psychology Clinic, and will be able to serve students during the upcoming 2021-2022 semester, at the University’s Student Counseling Center. Joseph currently teaches as an adjunct professor for one of ISU’s Health Psychology courses. His current research interest includes, cardiovascular reactivity (with a personal interest in the impact of the phenomenon of John Henryism), religiosity and spirituality, and mindfulness. To relax Joseph enjoys reading dystopian and utopian literature, attempting to learn a new language, talking with family and friends, playing games. 
 


 

Michelle Williams