Lab Alumni

Many thanks to our prior research team members who have helped advance Mind-Body Trauma Care research. You all have directly influenced where the lab is today.

Learn about our lab alumni's contributions:

Muna Bishar

McNair Scholar Research Assistant

Funded projects:

Bishar, M. (2021). Perceptions of childhood emotional abuse among psychologists, students, and the general public [Oral presentation, McNair Scholars Annual Poster Symposium] [Poster session, University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium]. McNair Scholarship, TRIO, $3,500.

Examining emotional abuse perceptions across community members, mental health professionals, and students (2020-2021). University of Minnesota, Duluth, Chancellor’s Small Grant for Research, $2,956. Role: Research Assistant.

Bruktawit Zewdie

McNair Scholar Research Assistant

Zheng, L., Murphy, A., Zewdie, B., Song, W., Tichá, R., Abery, B., Asplund, A. L., Sundstrom, M. J., Nowacki, J., Sauer, H., & Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (2021, August 12-14). Leisure participation, social activities, and wellbeing of adults with autism spectrum disorder [Virtual conference session]. American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA, United States.

Zewdie, B., †Zheng, L., Asplund, A., Sundstrom, M., Hodgdon, H., & Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (2020, December 11-13). Prospective study on childhood emotional abuse, physical health, and resilience [Virtual poster session]. International Council of Psychologists, Cancún, Mexico.

† = co-presenters

Funded projects:

Zewdie, B. (2020). Prospective study on childhood emotional abuse and health outcomes [Oral presentation, McNair Scholars Annual Poster Symposium]. McNair Scholarship, TRIO, $3,500.

Ecological momentary assessment of leisure activity participation among adults with autism spectrum disorder (2020-2021). University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, College of Education and Development, Jump Start Grant, $25,000. (Institute on Community Integration 100% match: $25,000; Total: $50,000). Role: Research Interviewer.

Angela Murphy

Undergraduate Research Assistant / Postbaccalaureate Research Assistant

Murphy, A., †Zheng, L., Zewdie, B., Song, W., Tichá, R., Abery, B., Asplund, A. L., Sundstrom, M. J., Nowacki, J., Sauer, H., & Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (2021, August 12-14). Leisure participation, social activities, and wellbeing of adults with autism spectrum disorder [Virtual conference session]. American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA, United States.

† = co-presenters

Funded projects:

Perceptions of abusive and positive graduate research lab experiences on research productivity (2022, Spring). Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, University of Minnesota, Duluth, $1,800.

Leisure participation, wellbeing, and trauma among adults with autism: An ecological momentary assessment (2021, Fall). Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, University of Minnesota, Duluth, $1,800.

Thesis acknowledgements:

Zheng, L. (2022, May). Children receiving services at a community child advocacy center: A mixed-method examination of early maladaptive schemas and coping responses [Thesis]. Master of Arts in Psychological Science, Counseling/Clinical Track, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, United States. https://hdl.handle.net/11299/227744

Emma Hartwig

Undergraduate Research Assistant / Postbaccalaureate Research Assistant

Zheng, L., Dietrich, K. M., Roiger, B., Lee, E. K., Hartwig, E., Davidson, J., & Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (2022, August 4-6). Perceptions of emotional abuse severity among survivors of gender-based violence [Conference session]. American Psychological Association, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

Funded projects:

Examining emotional abuse perceptions across community members, mental health professionals, and students. University of Minnesota, Duluth, Chancellor’s Small Grant for Research, $2,956. PI: V. N. Nguyen-Feng. Role: Research Assistant.

Presentation acknowledgements:

Perceptions of childhood emotional abuse among psychologists, students, and the general public. (2021, August 5). Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

Katie Gooch

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lei, X., Sasiskaran, J., Smith, J., Gooch, K., St. Marie, M., & Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (2022, August 4-6). Stuttering severity and social anxiety in daily interactions: An ecological momentary assessment [Poster session]. American Psychological Association, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

Funded projects:

Ecological momentary assessment of leisure activity participation among adults with autism spectrum disorder (2020-2021). University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, College of Education and Development, Jump Start Grant, $25,000. (Institute on Community Integration 100% match: $25,000; Total: $50,000). Role: Research Assistant.

Thesis acknowledgements:

Zheng, L. (2022, May). Children receiving services at a community child advocacy center: A mixed-method examination of early maladaptive schemas and coping responses [Thesis]. Master of Arts in Psychological Science, Counseling/Clinical Track, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, United States. https://hdl.handle.net/11299/227744

Datasets

Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, United States.

Megan Lindemann

Affiliate Graduate Research Assistant—University of St. Thomas

Silverberg, R., Lindemann, M., & Nguyen-Feng, V. N. Trauma-sensitive yoga peer support groups for survivors of sexual violence: A feasibility study and qualitative examination.

Carmen Kaelke

Undergraduate Research Assistant / Postbaccalaureate Research Assistant

Smith, J., Wheeler, B., Kaelke, C., & Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (2021, August 5). Trauma-sensitive yoga facilitators' coping and compassion fatigue. [Poster session]. University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

Funded projects:

Examining emotional abuse perceptions across community members, mental health professionals, and students. University of Minnesota, Duluth, Chancellor’s Small Grant for Research, $2,956. PI: V. N. Nguyen-Feng. Role: Research Assistant.

Presentation acknowledgements:

Trauma center trauma-sensitive yoga across different countries, cultures, and contexts. (2022, April). Conference on Trauma and Embodiment, United States.

Trauma center trauma-sensitive yoga facilitators: Compassion fatigue and coping. (2021, October). Center for Trauma and Embodiment, Needham, MA, United States.

Brandon Roiger

Postgraduate Research Assistant

Funded projects:

Examining emotional abuse perceptions across community members, mental health professionals, and students. University of Minnesota, Duluth, Chancellor’s Small Grant for Research, $2,956. PI: V. N. Nguyen-Feng. Role: Research Assistant.

Manuscript acknowledgements:

Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Zheng, L., Reich, C. R., & Dahl, C. Perceived severity of emotional, sexual, and physical abuse: Comparisons across psychologists, students, and community members.

Presentation acknowledgements:

Perceptions of childhood emotional abuse among psychologists, students, and the general public. (2021, August 5). Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

Jacob Moore

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Zhou, X., Wamser-Nanney, R., Lotzin, A., Asplund, A., Moore, J., Sundstrom, M., & Machado da Silva, I. (2021, June 17-19). Prevalence of COVID-related stressors, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and adjustment disorder symptoms in a representative United States sample [Conference session]. European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Moore, J. (2020). Study on therapists’ perceptions of emotional abuse. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, University of Minnesota, Duluth, $1,800. https://ugresearch.umn.edu/symposium/fall2020presenters/Jacob-Moore

Manuscript acknowledgements:

Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Zheng, L., Reich, C. R., & Dahl, C. Perceived severity of emotional, sexual, and physical abuse: Comparisons across psychologists, students, and community members.

Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Shrestha, P., Kafle, N., Asplund, A., Lotzin, A., Zhou, X., & Wamser-Nanney, R. COVID-related posttraumatic stress and adjustment disorder symptoms in a Nepali adult convenience sample.

Presentation acknowledgements:

Perceptions of childhood emotional abuse among psychologists, students, and the general public. (2021, August 5). Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

Hailey Sauer

Affiliate Undergraduate Research Assistant & Postbaccalaureate Research Assistant—College of St. Scholastica

Zheng, L., Murphy, A., Zewdie, B., Song, W., Tichá, R., Abery, B., Asplund, A., Sundstrom, M., Nowacki, J., Sauer, H., & Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (2021, August 12-14). Leisure participation, social activities, and wellbeing of adults with autism spectrum disorder [Virtual conference session]. American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA, United States.

Funded projects

Ecological momentary assessment of leisure activity participation among adults with autism spectrum disorder (2020-2021). University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, College of Education and Development, Jump Start Grant, $25,000. (Institute on Community Integration 100% match: $25,000; Total: $50,000). Role: Research Interviewer.

Kelly McKnight

Graduate GAGE Research Scholar

Nguyen-Feng, V. N., McKnight, K., Shire, H., Shrestha, B., Ferguson, G., Shrestha, P. N., Batayeh, B., Bergenfeld, I., & Clark, C. J. Adverse childhood experiences and psychological, sexual, and physical forms of intimate partner violence in Nepal.

Shire, H., McKnight, K., Sundstrom, M., Shrestha, B., Ferguson, G., Shrestha, P. N., Batayeh, B., Bergenfield, I., Clark, C. J., & Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (2020, May 21-24). Intimate partner violence, marriage characteristics, and psychological well-being among women in Nepal [Poster session cancelled]. Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL, United States.

Hannaan Shire

Affiliate Undergraduate Research Assistant—University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Shire, H., McKnight, K., Shrestha, B., Ferguson, G., Shrestha, P. N., Batayeh, B., Bergenfeld, I., & Clark, C. J. Adverse childhood experiences and psychological, sexual, and physical forms of intimate partner violence in Nepal.

Shire, H., McKnight, K., Sundstrom, M., Shrestha, B., Ferguson, G., Shrestha, P. N., Batayeh, B., Bergenfield, I., Clark, C. J., & Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (2020, May 21-24). Intimate partner violence, marriage characteristics, and psychological well-being among women in Nepal [Poster session cancelled]. Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL, United States.

Shire, H. (2020). The association among experiences of violence and marriage characteristics in Nepali women [Senior Capstone Project]. Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.