Meet the SPARTA Lab



Lab Coordinator

devin_updated_useDevin Barlaan (

“I am interested in researching the interplay between trauma and resiliency, particularly examining risk and protective factors among children and their families.”

Graduate Researchers

Mollie_02_USEMollie Rischard (

“I am interested in the assessment and treatment of trauma-exposed youth, with a specific focus on executive functioning and sleep as it pertains to maltreated youth.”


Dani Lab PhotoDanielle Zanotti (

“My primary research interests are studying and developing therapeutic techniques to develop and strengthen resiliency in at-risk populations.”


KristenKristen Gray (

“I am interested in researching trauma in children and families, specifically as it relates to mental health functioning and sleep.”


Undergraduate Researchers

IMG_2947James Whisenhunt (

“My research interests include examining coping strategies and effects of traumatic experience in child and military veteran populations.”


Agnes_01_USEAgnes Chu (

“I am interested in learning more about the resources that are essential for children to build resilience after traumatic experiences.”



Darian Dozier (

“I hope to gain psychology research experience and learn more about research projects, specifically dealing with the emerging field of sports psychology.”


div-19-dogsSPARTA Lab and Division 19 partner together to learn about the impact of service dogs when working with Veteran populations!





img_0177-2 img_0180-2Graduate students start of the Fall 2016 semester making sushi for the first time with Dr. Cromer!





talent-show-1SPARTA Lab performs “Cups” at the TU Psychology Department’s annual Homecomiong talent show!






grad_01-2Left to Right: Mollie Rischard (1st year doctoral student), Danielle Zanotti (4th year doctoral student), Kristen Gray (2nd year doctoral student), Devin Barlaan (1st year doctoral student)





Dr. Cromer’s Academic Family

Left to right back row: Lisa DeMarni Cromer, Laura Kaehler, Christina Gamache Martin, Bridget Klest, Robyn Gobin, Rachel E. Goldsmith Front row: ShinShin Tang, and Jennifer J. Freyd