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Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Dr. Elizabeth Neilson, PhD (she/her)

I was born and raised on the east side of Michigan, and I attended the University of Michigan for my undergraduate degree. While an undergraduate, I became interested in the scientific study of sexuality and worked as an undergraduate research assistant in a developmental psychology laboratory. I then obtained a dual Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan (I bleed Maize and Blue). I then worked as a clinical social worker in Chicago, where I provided psychotherapy services to children and families. After four and a half years as a clinical social worker, I obtained my doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. While at UW, I examined the confluence of GBV, substance use, and sexual health. I then completed my pre-doctoral psychology residence at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas where I provided trauma and substance use services to Veterans. After completing my internship, I accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at Morehead State University. I teach courses in addiction therapies, introduction to clinical psychology, psychology of gender, and intellectual assessment. My research program can be best understood by the quote from USAID: “Prevent only, and you ignore the survivor in front of you. Respond only, and you’ll be responding forever.” In addition to my research and teaching, I am a pop culture enthusiast and proud Pitbull rescue mama.

Graduate Students

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Brandi Carey


My name is Brandi Carey. I graduated from Morehead State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology. I am now a first-year graduate student in the clinical psychology M.S. program here! My research interests include the effects of trauma, inter-partner violence, and personality disorders. In my free time, I like watching Netflix, hiking, and traveling!


Jonathan Davidson


(B.S. Allegheny College) is a first-year graduate student in the SUPER Lab. Jonathan's research interests include the role of gender roles/conformity and stigma in mental health, particularly among folx of marginalized identities. He is currently working on a qualitative study examining the interplay between attitudes about sexual experiences, emotions, and substance use in men at risk of perpetrating sexual assault. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and playing video games.

Undergraduate Students

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Nick Lemaster

I'm a senior at Morehead State University, who is graduating with a B.S in Psychology this May. I'm currently in the process of applying to the Clinical Master's program at MSU, in hopes of becoming a substance use clinician. My research interests are emotion regulation's role in substance use and interpersonal violence and how substance use affects executive functioning. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, video games, and cooking.

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Rachel Turner

I’m a junior undergraduate student at Morehead State University studying Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies and Creative Writing. I’m interested in researching the way religion and culture affect an individual’s sexual functioning. Also, I’m involved at the university radio station. I would like to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree in Social Work and Gender Studies after I graduate.

Jacob Daniels


Jacob Daniels is a junior undergraduate student at Morehead state majoring in psychology. His research interests include factors contributing to alcohol and opiate abuse, treatment methods for opiate addiction, and sexual violence in alcohol and opiate abuse. He is currently working with Dr. Elizabeth Neilson at Morehead State University.  He would like to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology, and later a PhD or PsyD. In his free time Jacob enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and restoring classic automobiles.

Dylan Williams


My name is Dylan T. Williams, I am a Junior at Morehead state. I used to be a Pre-Med major before switching to psychology. I am currently aiming to study clinical psychology then in hopes to specialize with Men with emotional irregulating and toxic masculinity allowing more fluidity. I am a large coffee nut. I work to make all forms of coffee and enjoy writing poetry in my spare time. 

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Natalie Grace Fyffe

I’m an undergraduate senior in the lab. Upon graduating in May I will begin the Master’s program for social work at Campbellsville University. My research interests are the effects of religion on opinions regarding sexual orientation. I also am interested in psychological and emotional impact that PTSD has on sexual functioning and satisfaction and it’s correlation to pre- sex drinking. 


Jodie Perkins

I am a junior psychology major and biology minor. After I receive my undergraduate degree, I hope to pursue a career in sports psychology. My research interests include how alcohol and other substances affects one’s likeliness to perpetrate sexual assault. In my free time I enjoy training service dogs, playing video games and exercising. 



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Abigail Mohr

Abigail Mohr graduated with Honors in May of 2020 and received the Outstanding Senior Psychology Student Award for her work in the Psychology Department. Though accepted into Stony Brook University to pursue a Masters in Psychology, she chose to rescind her acceptance due to the Covid-19 outbreak and restrictions. Her interests include how childhood stress and trauma-related events can affect a child epigenetically and alter their later behavior and neurological functioning. She is currently applying to medical school and hopes to lead a career in academic medicine. In her downtime, she enjoys kayaking, painting, reading, and wasting time on TikTok.

Canine Support

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Rhonda Waggletail

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