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Meet the Research Team

 


 Cathy Lau-Barraco, Ph.D.

Dr. Lau-Barraco joined ODU in the Fall 2009. She came to us from the Research Institute on Addictions at SUNY Buffalo where she completed an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship. Broadly, her research focuses on the determinants (e.g., cognitive, social, environmental) of alcohol use and other risk behaviors. She's also interested in developing brief interventions to address problematic alcohol use among young adults. Dr. Lau-Barraco was born in Hong Kong but moved to the States at the age of 10. She lived in Florida for most of her life but now considers Chesapeake, VA home, where she resides with her husband Anthony. Dr. Lau-Barraco is a self-proclaimed craft-nerd who enjoys knitting, scrapbooking, decorating, and photography. 

                                                                Contact: cbarraco@odu.edu

 

  

Graduate Students

  
Ashley Linden Carmichael

Ashley is a fourth-year doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Applied Experimental Psychology PhD program at ODU.  She completed her undergraduate work at Central Michigan University in 2010 and received her M.S. in Experimental Psychology from ODU in 2012.  She currently serves as the BARS lab coordinator.  Ashley's primary research interests are in caffeinated alcohol use (e.g., Red Bull and vodka), mental health, and associated cognitive factors among young adults.

Academic Website: http://ashleynlinden.weebly.com

                                                        Contact: alind016@odu.edu 

     

 

Joe Minifie 

 Joe is currently a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program offered jointly through ODU, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Norfolk State University. He earned his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 2008. Joe is currently working on the REACH project as an interventionist. His primary research interests center on the psychosocial factors that relate to alcohol use in emerging adults. Joe's clinical interests include substance use, grief, trauma, and anxiety and mood disorders within young adult and adult populations. 

Contact: jmini001@odu.edu

 

 

Brynn Sheehan 

Brynn is currently a third year in the Applied Experimental Ph.D. program. She completed her undergraduate work at Bloomsburg University and received her Masters in Justice from the University of New Hampshire in 2011. For the last two years, Brynn served as the BARS lab graduate research coordinator.  Her primary research interests include alcohol-related aggression, social dominance, and risky alcohol and health behaviors.

Brynn's Curriculum Vitae

Contact: bshee006@odu.edu 

 

 

 

Cristina Valdivieso 

Cristina is currently a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program offered jointly through ODU, EVMS, and NSU. She earned her undergraduate degree from Longwood University in 2010 where she double majored in psychology and sociology. She earned her MA in psychology with a concentration in substance abuse treatment from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2012. Cristina is currently working on the REACH project as an interventionist. Her primary research interests center on the psychosocial factors that relate to alcohol and drug use in collegiate emerging adults. 

                                                    Contact: cvald002@odu.edu

 

  

Amy Stamates

Amy is a first year in the Applied Experimental PhD program. She completed her BS in Psychology at Northern Kentucky University in 2010. From 2010-2013, Amy worked on an NIH funded grant, which examined the behavioral and cognitive effects of consuming alcohol with energy drinks. Amy is currently the lab's REACH Project Coordinator. Her research interests include alcohol use (alone and with other substances) in emerging adults, alcohol-related cognitions and risks, and individual differences in subjective responses to alcohol. 

Academic website: http://amystamates.weebly.com/

                                                          Contact: astam007@odu.edu

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Kacy

Kacy is an undergraduate student currently majoring in psychology at Old Dominion University. Though she is currently unsure of where her future in psychology will take her, she plans on continuing to graduate school for psychology after her graduation.

 
Nicole

Nicole is a junior at Old Dominion University where she is majoring in Psychology with a Human Services minor. Nicole plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. Her interests include PTSD, criminal behaviors, and substance abuse. She is a member of the Pre-Clinical Psychology Community.

Austin

Austin is an undergraduate at Old Dominion University. He is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. After graduating he plans to attend graduate school for I/O Psychology. His interests include social networks and using gamification to increase motivation in the workplace.