Couple and Family Therapy Students

Oloruntoyosi Alomaja is a second-year Couple and Family Therapy Masters student. She is a first generation Nigerian american. She grew up in Newtown, Pennsylvania and earned her B.A in psychology from the University of Hartford with a minor in criminal justice. She was a member of the honors psychology program and conducted an honors thesis which looked at undocumented immigrants, the acculturation process and the mental, physical and emotional effects of living within the Unites States of America. She worked for the Youth Service Bureau in Windsor, Connecticut as a youth worker. She worked in different programs that focused on  youth development and enrichment. Her research interests include immigrations and its effects on the family unit. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with her friends and family and watching all things Marvel.

 

Zachary Berman is a second-year Couple and Family Therapy Masters student from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He earned a B.A. in Psychology and Criminology with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland in 2013. As an undergraduate, Zack worked as an intern investigator for the Washington, D.C. Public Defender Service, a research assistant in the Stereotyping Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Laboratory (SPIRL), and a senior staff writer for UMD’s student-run newspaper The Diamondback. After graduation, Zack worked for five years as a rehabilitation counselor for Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc. He was eventually promoted to Site Administrator of the Foundations Day Program, where he worked daily with clients suffering from a broad range of severe mental illnesses. He also taught the agency’s “Secondary Trauma and Self-Care” training to new employees. Zack’s research and clinical interests include sexuality, meta-communication, adolescence, and the influence of the criminal justice system on families. Outside of work and school, Zack is a musician and an author. He regularly performs in venues around the D.C. area and recently had his first novelette published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. In June of 2018, Zack helped to raise ~$6000 for Planned Parenthood by performing as one of the core musicians in a special benefit show. Unfortunately, his dog Misty will not be attending school this year.

 

Kathryn DeYoung is a second-year Couple and Family Therapy Masters student from Washington, DC. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2009, with a B.A. in Psychology. In 2014 she received a Master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Psychopathology, Psychotherapy, and Assessment from American University. She has been actively involved in behavioral science research since her days as an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee, where she worked on projects centered on intimate partner violence during pregnancy. After graduating from Tennessee she moved back to the DC region, taking a job at the Uniformed Services University of Health Science (USHS) in the newly established Laboratory for the Treatment of Suicide-Related Ideation and Behavior. Most recently, she has served as the Director of Laboratory Operations for the Affective and Translational Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Maryland, where she has managed projects examining how individual risk factors for the development of psychopathology manifest in the daily social and emotional lives of young adults, smokers, and socially anxious teens. Kathryn enjoys saying yes to just about any adventure her friends and family suggest, whether that is fun day hike on Billy Goat trail or heading off to Guatemala to build homes in a mountain village.

 

Jennifer Lee is a second-year Couple and Family Therapy Masters student and a native to Northern Virginia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family Science from the University or Maryland, College Park. While there, Lee  worked for the Multicultural Engagement and Community Advocacy (or MICA) office and as a community assistant through the Department of Resident Life. She also spent time as a research assistant, conducting research on Asian American identity and common factors in couples therapy. Lee also interned and volunteered with the UMD Campus pantry, a food pantry that provides for members of the UMD community. Her research interests include interracial couples/families, trans-racial adoption, and adolescent identity formation. Lee's hobbies include playing board games with friends, cooking, Yelping and the paranormal. Her favorite areas on campus are the Memorial Chapel and the Art-Sociology library.

Trenton Morell is a second-year Couple and Family Therapy Masters student from Ubly, Michigan. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Family Studies and Political Science from Central Michigan University. As an Undergraduate, Trenton was involved in the paraprofessional organization Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates (SAPA). As a SAPA, Trenton worked with survivors of sexual aggression, presented programs, and worked on a 24/7 crisis hotline. Additionally, he interned at MidMichigan Health's Alma Hospital as an observer and occasional presenter in their Partial Psychiatric Hospitalization Unit Group Therapy sessions and was a student worker at the Center for Community Counseling and Development in the summer of 2015. Research interests for Trenton include social justice, especially in relation to gender, trauma related to sexual aggression, intersocial and intercultural interactions, political, legal, and social barriers for individuals and families, intrafamilial oppression, the role of fathers in family life, impact of sexual-decision making on adolescents, and ecological impacts on family growth and development. For fun, Trenton is an avid video game player, board game enthusiast, reading political opinions across the spectrum, and reading casually.

Sabrina Roc is a second-year Couple and Family Therapy Masters student from Tallahassee, Florida.  She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Sciences and minors in Psychology and Sociology in 2012. After receiving her degree, Sabrina worked as the Campus Director for Every Nation Ministries on several college campuses in Tallahassee. She taught staff and student leaders ways to engage students by creating a comfortable atmosphere in which they could explore themselves and gain a faith-based perspective during their formative college years.  Her campus ministry background sparked research interests in the emerging adulthood age and the unique things they deal with in that transition age, from identity formation to loneliness, anxiety and other mental health issues. Another research interest is adoption studies and specifically why couples or singles choose adoption as the route to starting their families. In her spare time, Sabrina enjoys cooking, watching her favorite television shows, and traveling with friends.

Xiaofang Wang Lanterman is a second-year Couple and Family Therapy Masters student originally from Anhui, China. She received her Ph.D. in Family Science in 2009 from University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP), a master’s degree in Parenting Education from Beijing Normal University, and a B.A. in School Education (Pedagogy and Psychology) from Anhui Normal University in China. After earning her Ph.D., she worked in a research consulting firm for eight and a half years conducting more than 30 applied social science and education research, survey, and program evaluation projects for the U.S. federal, state, and local governments. She has presented papers at national conferences, completed a dozen reports/issue briefs for the U.S. governments, authored technical proposals for grants and contracts, and managed research teams. As an adjunct faculty, she taught Parenting Today at University of Maryland University College and teaches Asian American Psychology at UMCP. Her current interests include using her research, clinic, and bilingual (English and Mandarin Chinese) skills in addressing depression, PTSD, trauma, child sexual abuse, cross-cultural adjustment, parenting, and education issues for diverse and immigrant population. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to music, swimming, reading, helping with Chinese international students’ ministry, and spending time with her husband and friends.