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Our lab is staffed by good folks who are committed to advancing school-based mental health services.

Our lab is organized as a fairly traditional applied/clinical academic psychology lab. The team is directed by Dr. Renshaw, who's faculty in the USU Psychology Department, and staffed mostly by grad students, who are completing the USU School Psychology PhD or EdS Program. We also benefit from the support of a few stellar undergrad RAs, who are majoring or minoring in Psychology at USU. Following are brief bios and contact info for the good folks in our lab.

Lab Diretor & Principal Investigator

Tyler Renshaw, PhD > 10th year > curriculum vitae > tweets @ty_renshaw > email
Dr. Renshaw (he/him) is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the School Psychology Program @ USU. He holds a doctoral degree in Combined Clinical / Counseling / School Psychology from the University of California @ Santa Barbara. Dr. Renshaw joined the USU Psychology faculty in January 2018. Prior to USU, he was faculty in the Psychology Department @ Louisiana State University for 5.5 years (August 2012–December 2017).
Dr. Renshaw is a former Editor-in-Chief of Assessment for Effective Intervention (2017–2020), a current Associate Editor of School Psychology Review (2020–present), and a recipient of the Lightner Witmer Award (2017) for early-career research contributions to school psychology. To date, Dr. Renshaw has published 70+ scholarly works related to school mental health services that have 3,500+ citations. Outside of work, Dr. Renshaw enjoys long-distance running, recreational reading, and hanging out with his family (i.e., partner + two kids + dog).

PhD Students

Our lab currently has 8 PhD students at various stages of training. Our Department norm is that doctoral students in applied/clinical programs stay on-campus for 5 years and then complete a full-time predoctoral internship in their 6th year.
Left to right: Sean Weeks, Siri Sedgwick, Stephanie Vinal, & John Barr
Sean Weeks, MS > 5th year > email
Sean (he/him) is interested in interventions and outcomes related to school climate, especially for LGBTQ+ adolescents, including mindfulness, minority stress, substance abuse, and suicidality. Prior to joining the SMH Lab, Sean completed undergrad schooling at the University of Kentucky and took time to teach, work, and volunteer across four continents. He enjoys skiing, climbing, traveling, and tennis.
Siri Sedgwick, BS > 5th year > email
Siri (she/her) is interested in the effectiveness of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for adolescents with anxiety in school settings. She is also interested in studying how to create protocols for MTSS to be more effective in the school environment, and in working with parents to improve young children’s behavior. Before joining the SMH Lab, she completed her undergraduate education at Brigham Young University. Siri hails from Salt Lake City, UT, and enjoys reading books, hiking, and spending her free time with friends and family.
Stephanie Vinal, MEd > 4th year > email
Steph (she/her) is interested in measurement methods of social-emotional learning and in designing emotional and behavioral interventions for students with internalizing and externalizing disorders. Prior to joining the SMH Lab, she completed an undergrad degree at Roanke College, worked as a high school special education teacher in Massachusetts, and earned a master’s degree from Boston University in curriculum and teaching. Stephanie enjoys traveling, watching movies, cooking for friends, and hiking with her golden doodle pup (Piper). She has traveled to 5 continents and is looking for an Australia or Antartica travel buddy!
John Barr, BS > 4th year > email
John (he/him) is interested in adapting evidence-based clinical therapies for the school environment. Prior to joining the SMH Lab, he did his undergrad schooling at Texas A&M and spent time working at a charter school tailored for youth with hyperactive tendencies. John enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife (Grace) and their two dogs (June and Mabel).
Left to right: Kris Franzmann, Caleb Farley, Mary Phan, & Jiin Yang
Kris Franzmann, BS > email
Kris (he/him) is a 3rd-year student in the School Psychology PhD Program. He is broadly interested in behavior analysis and its application to clinically relevant problems. Prior to joining the SMH Lab, Kris completed his undergraduate education at Oklahoma State University where he worked as a research assistant in the psychobiology lab. Post-graduation he worked as a special education teaching assistant in a program for youth with behavioral challenges and served on PBIS and leadership teams. Kris enjoys spending free time with his wife and dog, reading, weightlifting, and watching TV.
Caleb Farley, BS > 3rd year > email
Caleb (he/him) is a 3rd-year student in the School Psychology PhD Program. He is broadly interested in mindfulness, mindful self-compassion, and psychological flexibility, and he is especially interested in how these behaviors influence mental health outcomes in school and family contexts. Prior to joining the SMH lab, Caleb studied psychology at Brigham Young University and volunteered internationally. He is also a concert pianist and private instructor of piano and cello. In his free time, Caleb enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, and practicing yoga.
Mary Phan, BA > 2nd year > website > tweets @marylyndphan > email
Mary (she/her) is interested in implementing mindfulness-based interventions with underserved youth in public schools as well as promoting racial equity through policy changes. She received her BA in psychology at Temple University. Before joining the SMH Lab, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at UPenn and was also the director at a psychiatrist’s office. Her interest in research began when she interned at Temple University’s Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC), in which she continued her interest by interning at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Mary enjoys the outdoors, playing video games, reading, and watching anime.
Nai-Jiin Yang, EdS > 2nd year > email
Jiin (she/her) is interested in the identification of individual- and system-level determinants that limit and facilitate the integration of SMH services in schools as well as development of systemic strategies that promote SMH services. Prior to joining the SMH lab, she did her undergraduate degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling at National Taiwan Normal University, worked as a middle school guidance teacher, earned an EdS degree in School Psychology from the University of Iowa, and worked as a school psychologist. Jiin enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

EdS Students

Our lab currently has 2 EdS students in their second year training. Our Program norm is that specialist students stay on-campus for 2 years and then complete a full-time, school-based internship in their 3rd year.
Left to Right: Allysia Rainey & Aubrey Taylor-Hiatt
Allysia Rainey, BS > 2nd year > email
Allysia (she/her) is a 2nd-year student in the EdS School Psychology Program. She is interested in the mental health of diverse youth in underrepresented and underprivileged populations. Prior to joining the SMH Lab, Allysia completed her undergraduate degree at University of Oregon. During this time, she was a research assistant in several child development labs, a McNair scholar, and headed introductory psychology courses. Allysia enjoys spending her free time at the gym, training her dog, and watching sitcoms.
Aubrey Taylor-Hiatt, BS > 2nd year > email
Aubrey (she/her) is interested in creative psychological interventions as well as mindfulness-based approaches to treatment in the school setting. Before joining the SMH lab, she completed her undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University, and studied the science of happiness and longevity as a research assistant in Italy, Greece, and Denmark. She also worked as a private voice instructor and volunteered with children at the Utah State Hospital. Aubrey enjoys singing, songwriting, true crime podcasts, and playing pickleball with her husband.
Want to join us? Are you interested in joining our lab as a PhD student or undergrad RA? If so, check out our "Prospective Students" page for helpful info and related resources.

Undergraduate RAs

We've got 4 advanced undergrad RAs in our lab, who are currently applying to graduate studies in mental health related fields (i.e., school psychology, counseling/clinical psychology, social work, clinical mental health counseling).
Ashley Herd (she/her) is majoring in Psychology at USU and is interested in the effectiveness of diverse therapeutic interventions within school-focused treatment facilities. Ashley enjoys playing the piano, rock climbing, skiing, and fostering the belief that every day is the best day of her life.
Eric Larsen (he/him) is majoring in Psychology at USU and is interested in early intervention and prevention in children with behavioral and social/emotional difficulties. Eric enjoys spending his time with his wife and playing video games.
Chloe Lewis (she/her) is majoring in Communication Studies at USU and is interested in becoming a school psychologist in order to promote proper mental health awareness and conflict management in school systems. Chloe enjoys making others laugh, reading, knitting, and being outside.
Lauren Olinger (she/her) is majoring in Psychology at USU and is interested in school counseling and mental health counseling. Lauren enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Graduate Alums

Our lab has 4 grad student alums who are now mental health professionals. Look them up!
Shelley Upton, PhD > LSU grad 2020 > website > tweets @shelbertonz > email
Shelley was a PhD grad student with the SMH Lab from 2015–2017 at Louisiana State University, prior to the lab's transition to USU in January 2018. Shelley completed a predoctoral internship with the Mary A. Rackham Institute at the University of Michigan and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Psychology Department and Sorenson Center for Clinical Excellence at Utah State University. In her postdoc position, she teaches undergraduate psychology courses as well as conducts and supervises evaluations in the Integrated Assessment division of the USU Behavioral Health Clinic.
Anthony Roberson, PhD > LSU grad 2019 > website > tweets @tonyjroberson > email
Tony was a PhD grad student with the SMH Lab from 2014–2017 at Louisiana State University, prior to the lab's transition to USU in January 2018. Tony completed a predoctoral internship with Devereux Children's Behavioral Health Services in Pennsylvania, followed by post-doctoral training while working as a full-time School Psychologist with Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Texas. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical, Health, and Applied Sciences at the University of Houston–Clear Lake, where he is core faculty in the School Psychology EdS and Health Service Psychology PsyD programs.
Kelsie Hammons, LCSW > UA grad 2018 > website > LinkedIn profile > email
Kelsie was a PhD grad student with the SMB Lab from 2014–2015 at Louisiana State University, prior to lab's transition to USU in January 2018. After 1.5 years of school psychology training, Kelsie transitioned out of the lab to pursue social work training at the University of Arkansas. She is currently a Licensed Certified Social Worker and therapist at Riverstone Wellness Center in Arkansas, where she specializes in perinatal mental health care.
Sarah Bolognino, PhD > LSU grad 2018 > LinkedIn profile > email
Sarah was a PhD grad student with the SMH Lab from 2013–2017 at Louisiana State University, prior to Dr. Renshaw's transition to USU in January 2018. Sarah completed a predoctoral internship with the Sarah A. Reed Children's Center in Pennsylvania. She currently works full-time as a School psychologist with the Guilderland Central School District in New York as well as part-time as a child and family Clinical Psychologist with Capital Psychology in NY.
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