Primary Investigator

Note that Dr. Cavell is not planing to take a new graduate student in 2019-20.

Timothy 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

Meredith Sourk, M.A.  |

Meredith is a third year graduate student at the University of Arkansas.  She completed her bachelors and masters degrees in Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. After completing her masters she provided direct clinical services to children and families for two years prior to returning to graduate school to pursue her doctorate. She recently completed her Masters in Arts: Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas. Meredith is currently completing her clerkship at Community Clinic as a Behavioral Health Care provider. At Community Clinic, she provides brief mental health services to underserved and disadvantaged individuals in the primary care setting. She is also interested in providing family based services to youth, their parents, and their families.

Meredith’s primary research interests include understanding how parental behaviors and perspectives influence their children’s overall psycho-social functioning. Specifically, she is interested in understanding parent’s help-seeking behaviors in order to connect families with either informal or formal resources. Meredith currently collaborates with Dr. Cavell and Dr. Weiler on the godparent project and is interested in piloting interventions that focus on helping parents facilitate natural mentoring relationships for their children. Additionally, Meredith is researching parental preferences about disclosure and help-seeking after their child has experienced adolescent dating violence. Outside of school, she enjoys riding her bike, traveling, cooking, spending time with her dog (Ellie), and watching Jayhawk basketball! 

Ayla Mapes, B.A.  |

Ayla is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Arkansas. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University (CSU). Ayla’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of prevention and intervention strategies for underserved or vulnerable populations. Her research interests include providing care for underserved populations through non-traditional services such as mentoring. Her thesis project examined an Autism Support Program for college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Currently, she is working on an adolescent dating violence (ADVOCATE Project) study that examines the role of support from peers, parent, and natural or informal mentors. Her hobbies include mountain biking, running, reading, and spending time with her two perfect, cute, smelly dogs.

Lauren Mutignani, M.A.  |

Lauren is a second 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 basketball, and drinking tea.

Jake Steggerda, B.A.  |

Jake is a first year graduate student at the University of Arkansas. He earned his B.A. in Psychology at Wheaton College in Illinois. After his bachelors, Jake worked as a behavior technician and a youth mentor at a community mental health center. His research interests include youth mentoring, adolescent depression, peer victimization, causal attributions, and autism-spectrum disorder. Some of Jake’s hobbies include playing violin and guitar, bike riding, watching Netflix, fantasy football, and eating chocolate.

Kayce Hyde, B.A. |

Kayce is a first year graduate student at the University of Arkansas. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Virginia. Her research interests include developing intervention and prevention programs for vulnerable or underserved children and adolescents. When she’s not in school, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and trying new restaurants.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Myles Brewington

Jeffery Rogers 

Reagan Broach

Emily Wish

Grace Wewers

Mary Katherine Seiter

Bailey Mathis

 Lab Alumni

Past Graduate Students

Freddie A. Pastrana Rivera, Ph.D. | Medical University of South Carolina 

Juventino Hernandez Rodriguez, Ph.D. | Medical University of South Carolina

Samantha Gregus, Ph.D. | Wichita State Universtiy

Michelle Ocampo, B.A. | 

J .T. Craig Ph.D.| Dartmouth Medical Center

Debbie Gomez, M.A. |

Melissa A. Faith, Ph.D. | Children’s Medical Center Dallas

L. Christian Elledge, Ph.D. | The University of Tennessee Knoxville

Emily Mayfield, Ph.D. | United States Air Force

Kenya Malcolm, Ph.D. | University of Rochester Medical Center 

Chad Parsons, M.A. |

Amy D. Seay, Ph.D. | Schmieding Developmental Center