Primary Investigator

Tim CavellTimothy A. Cavell, Ph.D. | Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Tim Cavell is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas. His research focuses on parent- and mentor-based interventions for children at risk, and he has published over 60 articles and chapters as well as two books, Working with Parents of Aggressive Children: A Practitioner’s Guide (APA, 2000) and Anger, Aggression, and Interventions for Interpersonal Violence (Erlbaum, 2007). His newest project focuses on strategies school districts can use to provide school-based mentoring to military-connected youth. His work has been funded by the Institute for Education Science (IES) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Because of his expertise in youth mentoring, Dr. Cavell serves on the Research Advisory Council for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the National Mentoring Resource Center. He was Director of Clinical Training at the University of Arkansas for 12 years and is currently Chair of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology Programs (CUDCP). He is also currently a member of APA’s Board of Professional Affairs.

Graduate Students


Samantha Gregus, M.A.  |   

Sam earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Akron in 2010. She earned an M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas and is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology at Boys Town in Omaha, NE. Sam’s primary research interests involve developing, implementing, and evaluating prevention programs in school- and community-based settings for at-risk youth. Sam’s dissertation is focused on developing a competency-based framework to guide elementary school teachers in their efforts to support chronically bullied children.

In her free time, Sam enjoys skiing, football season (Go Steelers!), and spending time with her adorable Brussels Griffon, Dexter.

Freddie A. Pastrana Rivera, M.A.  |

Freddie obtained his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, working as a research assistant in the Eisenberg-Spinrad Child Development Lab and focusing on emotion regulation and socio-emotional competence in pre-school children. As a graduate student, he has evaluated methods to identify chronically peer-victimized youth, as well as preventative interventions for bullied and at-risk school-age children. He is also interested in reducing mental health service disparities in underserved populations (e.g., Hispanic/Latino/a) and evaluating the impact of integrated behavioral healthcare on clinical service provision. He has contributed as a research coordinator, instructor, clinician, peer supervisor, and program evaluator.

In his spare time, Freddie trains in Capoeira Regional, plays basketball, and explores new foods and cultures.

Juventino Hernandez Rodriguez, M.A.  |

Juventino (Juve) is a fifth year graduate student and an APA MFP Fellow. Juve is interested in cultural and contextual processes on Latino youth’s mental health. He is also interested in developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally sensitive school- and community-based preventive programs, particularly towards helping at-risk minority youth. His clinical interests are in evidence-based psychosocial therapies for children and families in community-based settings.

He enjoys cooking, playing basketball, and spending time with his partner and their cat.


Meredith Sourk, M.A.  |

Meredith Sourk is entering her first year of study at the University of Arkansas in the Fall of 2016.  She completed her bachelors and masters degrees in Social Welfare at the University of Kansas and has engaged in direct clinical practice with children and families over the past two years. Her primary research interests included prevention based programs to assist children who are at risk due to experiencing disruptions in caregiving.

Outside of school, she enjoys bike riding, hiking, traveling, yoga and watching college basketball.


Ayla Mapes, B.A.  |

Ayla Mapes is entering her first year of study at the University of Arkansas in the Fall of 2016. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Colorado State University (CSU). At CSU she studied action-based perception and embodied cognition. Her honors thesis focused on Equine Assisted Therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. At the University of Arkansas, Ayla is currently interested in developing interventions for at-risk youth.

Her hobbies include mountain biking, horseback riding, running, and reading.

Lauren Mutignani, M.A.  |

Lauren is a first year graduate student in the lab. She obtained her B.A. from St. John Fisher College in Psychology and an M.A. from SUNY Brockport in Clinical Psychology Research. Her research interests include examining developmental trajectories as well as risk and protective factors for victimized and bullied children. She hopes to conduct research that informs the development of school-based prevention programs for at-risk youth.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys running, watching sports, drinking tea and knitting.


Undergraduate Research Assistants 


Nicole Gorzovalitis

Jeffrey Rogers

Sanjana Satishkhumar


Allison Wetzel

Myles Brewington

Reagan Broach









Anna Rutherford

Madeleine Corbell

Emily Wish







Lab Alumni

Past Graduate Students

JT CraigJ.T. Craig, Ph.D. | Curriculum Vitae

James (J.T.) Craig joined the CRAV lab in the fall of 2010.  James completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Kansas.  At KU his research focused on the treatment efficacy of motivational interviewing with adolescents as well as the treatment of pediatric obesity.  James is excited about furthering the research of the CRAV lab and looks forward to working with mentorship and victimization during his graduate career.  James is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health in Nebraska. In his spare time James enjoys tennis, yoga, and watching college basketball.

Debbie Gomez, M.A. |

Melissa A. Faith, Ph.D. | Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Faith earned a B.S. in psychology and B.A. in English from the University of Florida. She earned an M.A. in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Arkansas. In addition to the clinical psychology training she received during her graduate school tenure, Dr. Faith also received specialized training working with youth who have hematological and oncological illnesses during her predoctoral internship at University of Mississippi Medical Center and her pediatric hematology/oncology-focused postdoctoral fellowship at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Faith is currently assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center and pediatric clinical psychologist at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She conducted and contributed to a number of studies on peer victimization risk factors and interventions, relations between sibling relationship quality and peer adjustment, and relations between parenting behaviors during sibling conflict and children’s peer adjustment while in the CRAV lab. Her current program of research focuses on relations among parenting (e.g., emotion socialization beliefs and practices, parental coping factors that impact parenting behaviors), sibling adjustment and sibling relationship quality, and peer adjustment in the pediatric oncology and pediatric oncology survivor populations. She also has an interest in sibling adjustment after bereavement related to pediatric cancer. For fun outside of psychology, Dr. Faith enjoys teaching ballet, making fondant/gumpaste-covered cakes, and learning new arts and crafts (Updated May, 2014).

L. Christian Elledge, Ph.D.  |

Dr. Elledge earned a M. S. degree in experimental psychology with a developmental specialization from Florida Atlantic University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas. He was the recipient of the Ruth L. Kirstein National Research Service award through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which funded his 3-year individual postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kansas in the Clinical Child Psychology Program. Currently, Dr. Elledge is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee. His current program of research focuses on (a) identifying relationship characteristics and interpersonal processes that confer developmental risk or protection for aggressive and bullied children, and (b) developing preventative intervention strategies that effectively enhance these children’s social contexts and interpersonal relationships toward reducing later dysfunction. Dr. Elledge has particular interest in developing school-based interventions that can promote or enrich the peer relationships of these at-risk youth. One prominent line of his empirical research has focused on the application of school-based mentoring as a form of selective prevention for children who are aggressive or chronically bullied.  He continues to collaborate with Dr. Cavell and members of the CRAV lab on several on-going research projects.

Emily Mayfield, Ph.D.  |

Emily is a Psychologist in the US Air Force.  She is a Captain and stationed at Misawa AB in Japan, and recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan.

Kenya Malcolm, Ph.D.  |

Chad Parsons, M.A.  |

Amy D. Seay, Ph.D.  |

Past Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Jennifer Branch
  • Samantha Butler
  • Hannah Coffman
  • Caira Dortch
  • Oyunaa Enkhtur
  • Paige Griswold
  • Allison Harris
  • Jessica Hobbs
  • Chance Holland
  • Molly Keltner
  • Jonathan Lawson
  • Mallory Murphy
  • Kayla Nichols
  • Ashley Oeffinger
  • Alisha Pace
  • Colleen Poplawski
  • Paige Ramos
  • Ashlin Smith
  • Lindsay Winemiller
  • Ally Burton
  • Christina Goudreau
  • Taylor Henschell
  • Tyneshia Hill
  • Kelsie Hammons
  • Amber Pham
  • Desmond Webb
  • Jayne Mota
  • Mallory Eddy
  • Gabrielle Lewis
  • Paige Quinlan
  • Grant King
  • Carly Krieger
  • Jayde Bryson
  • Amanda Verhaak
  • Hannah Norton
  • Grace Cho
  • Megan Guinn