Current Lab Members


Autumn Slaughter, M.S.C.P.

Lab Manager

Autumn is a second year doctoral student and the TACTS lab manager. She works at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Current projects include research into journalists’ experiences with hostile environment, first aid and safety training programs. Autumn’s clinical interests include journalists covering traumatic news and psychology advoacy/public policy.

*Autumn earned her B.A. in psychology at Olivet Nazarene University outside of Chicago, IL before completing an M.S.C.P at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City

Merdijana Kovacevic

Merdijana Kovacevic , M.A.

Merdijana is a fourth year doctoral student in the clinical psychology department. She helps manage a study evaluating a trauma-informed prison diversion program, Women in Recovery, for substance-abusing women. Her current research and clinical interests involve individuals with trauma histories. She is interested in developing, evaluating, and disseminating interventions aimed at alleviating health consequences associated with trauma experiences. Furthermore, she is interested in examining risk and protective factors associated with PTSD and other trauma related symptomatology.

*Merdijana earned her B.S. in Psychology from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.


Anushka Patel

Anushka Patel, M.A.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Student Section Vice Chair

Anushka is a fourth year doctoral student. She spent the 2015 summer conducting a needs assessment of trauma exposure and common mental disorders in slums of Bombay, India. Her future goal is to culturally-adapt evidence-based trauma treatments for low-income settings. Anushka's clinical interests include assessing and treating the psychological sequelae of trauma exposure, especially in low-income settings and with ethnic minority populations.

* Anushka earned her B.A. from Carleton College,  in Northfield, MN. She then worked as a research coordinator at Harvard University, where she helped evaluate evidence-based treatments for depression, anxiety, ADHD and conduct problems among youth.


Chelsea Shotwell Tabke

Chelsea Shotwell Tabke, M.A.

Chelsea Shotwell Tabke is a fifth year doctoral student. Current lab activities include managing a study evaluating Women in Recovery, a trauma-informed prison diversion program for substance abusing women.  She also works on a multisite study examining incidents of sexual assault and perpetration as well as adverse childhood experiences among college students. Her clinical interests are focused on evidence-based treatment of PTSD and comorbid disorders.

* Chelsea earned her B.A. from the University of California, Davis, CA for a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She also earned her Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY.

Madisen Dorand

Madisen Dorand

Madisen Fae is a senior undergraduate psychology major with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies. She is particularly interested in the impacts of Intimate Relationship Violence/Domestic Violence, and hopes to go on to get her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is currently a member of the Women in Recovery project evaluation team and involved in the Sexual Assault and Adverse Childhood Experiences study.



Past Lab Members


Sarah Biden, B.A.

Nigel Cook, B.S.

Teresa Morales, B.A.

Cassie Roby, B.A.

Clare Ryan, B.A.


Susan Drevo, Ph.D.

Namik Kirlic, Ph.D.

Summer Nelson, Ph.D.

Stephanie ONeal, M.A.

Tracy Harrington, Ph.D.

Alyssa Rippy, Ph.D.

Shawn Kennedy, M.A.

Sara Tiegreen, Ph.D.

River Smith, Ph.D.

Hannah Pennington, Ph.D.

Noelle Balliett, Ph.D.

Victoria McCoy, Ph.D.

Caroline Pyevich, Ph.D.