People

Lab Members and Alumni

Michael R. Nadorff, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Nadorff received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 with degrees in Psychology and Computer Applications.  He received his master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at West Virginia University and completed his clinical residency at Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Nadorff’s research interests involve the relations between sleep disorders, suicidal behavior, and aging. A particular focus of Dr. Nadorff’s work has been examining the relation between insomnia symptoms, nightmares, and suicidal behavior.  Dr. Nadorff is also interested in changes in suicidal behavior with age and investigating the efficacy and effectiveness of sleep treatments such as Cogntive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and Imagery Rehearsal Therapy for nightmares.

Patricia Cartwright, M.S.

Patricia is a native of Garland, TX and a fifth year in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. In her free time, Patricia enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her 2 dogs (Sarge and Koco), exercising, and traveling. Patricia’s dissertation is examining what factors differentiate individuals who think about suicide and attempt suicide in a military sample (external committee member: Dr. Pete Gutierrez). Her current research interests include mental illness stigma, nightmares, the assessment and treatment of adjustment disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal behaviors in the military population.

Katrina (Kat) Speed, M.S.

Kat is a fifth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program who is currently on internship at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. She graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Business Management minor. Prior to joining the MSU PhD program, she worked as a grant writer, Project Director, and volunteer supervisor for a local SAMHSA-funded Crisis Center Follow-up Grant. Her love for working in a crisis center setting led her to develop clinical and research interest in suicide prevention, trauma, and sleep disorders. Further, Kat is interested in working to promote better mental health outcomes for all military service members. For her dissertation, Kat is comparing the effectiveness of Imagery Rehearsal Therapy for Nightmares administered in-person to administered via a smartphone app in a sample of active duty military and Veterans (external committee member: Dr. Anne Germain).

Caitlin E. Titus, M.S.

Caitlin is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program here at State. She received her master’s degree in Human Development with a concentration in Research from the University of Rochester where she then spent 3 years working on an adolescent suicide prevention program. Caitlin then moved to the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and continued research in suicide prevention with Veterans. Inspired by these experiences she decided to go back to school with the hope of one day running her own research in the field of suicide prevention. More specifically, Caitlin would like to examine both resiliency and risk factors within prevention programs and their connection with suicide attempts and deaths rates in populations.  Caitlin is doing a second thesis project which is examining cognitive predictors of suicidal ideation.

Anisha Thomas, M.A.

Anisha is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University. Her thesis examined the impact of distress tolerance and social support on self-directed violence among Black college students. She then moved to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where she worked as a clinic coordinator and counselor for a specialty trauma clinic. Following her time there, Anisha returned to Kentucky and worked as a clinician at both a behavioral health hospital and crisis stabilization unit. Anisha’s primary areas of interest include emotion regulation, suicidality, and the experience of chronic and traumatic stress among Blacks and other marginalized groups.

Ashley Pate, B.S.

Ashley is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in women and gender studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. While there, she became interested in and pursued research on suicidal ideation among sexual minority individuals. Upon graduating, Ashley went to work as a behavior technician and a recreation adviser at an inpatient state psychiatric hospital in Florida. Experiences working with clients within that facility served to further her interest in pursuing research to help better understand and prevent suicide. Specifically, Ashley is interested in examining risk factors and resiliency among minority groups, particularly sexual and gender minorities, and how these factors may differ based upon intersecting identities.

Lab Alumni

Christopher Drapeau, Ph.D.

Dr. Drapeau completed his post-doctoral fellowship in our lab.  He  is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, serving as a faculty member in the graduate M.Ed./Ed.S. School Psychology Program. He completed his doctoral training at Ball State University, where he specialized in school psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and counseling psychology. Christopher completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship in the Psychological Services Department at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, where he also specialized in parent management training (PMT). During his postdoctoral fellowship at Mississippi State University, he specialized in behavioral sleep medicine and provided mid-level supervision to Clinical Psychology doctoral students providing PMT services.

Courtney (Shea) Golding, Ph.D.

Dr. Golding is one of the first four graduates from the Clinical Psychology PhD program at MSU, and is also the first graduate from our laboratory.  She received her master’s degree from MSU, with her thesis focusing on parenting and discipline practices (Dr. Cliff McKinney, chair).  Her dissertation, which was funded by the Military Suicide Research Consortium, focused on the role religiosity plays in coping after the suicide of a loved one (external member: Dr. Julie Cerel).  Dr. Golding practices Behavioral Sleep Medicine at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan.