Lab Personnel

Faculty

Jacqueline Brown, Ph.D. Associate Professor of School Psychology and Program Director of School Psychology Graduate Programs

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Welcome to our lab website! I am an Associate Professor of Psychology and completed my doctoral degree in the combined Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. One of my favorite parts of my job is being able to mentor students in their research and collaborate with them on publications and conference presentations. I feel fortunate to have a strong and engaged group of students. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, and our dog Ulla, along with friends and family. You will often find me hiking, mountain biking, camping, and kayaking in the summer, and skiing in the winter. Montana is a beautiful place that offers a variety of outdoor activities. I also love traveling to different countries and experiencing what each culture has to offer.


Grad Students

Emily Hattouni

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Hello! My name is Emily Hattouni and I am a fourth-year student in the School Psychology PhD program. My research interests include mindfulness-based practices, early interventions, and preventative mental health. Currently, I am working on my dissertation investigating the prevalence of mindfulness-based interventions used by school psychologists. This research aims at promoting useful strategies to combat burnout among school professionals. I have been involved in many activities in the GRAY lab, including presenting at conferences, contributing to book chapters, and providing moral support for my wonderful colleagues. In my spare time, I like to get outside and hike or hang up my hammock and just relax. I also love music and dancing! Missoula has a great music and arts scene, with many local and nonlocal artists on tour. So far, my favorite thing about the GRAY lab is the supportive group of individuals who share common interests in helping students, families, and schools. Collaboration is a true strength of our lab; there are always opportunities to help with a variety of different projects.


Ashlyn Kincaid

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Hi! My name is Ashlyn Kincaid. I am a third-year student in the School Psychology Ph.D. program. I am excited to be involved in the GRAY lab because the focus of the lab relates to many of my own research passions. I am particularly interested in research and advancements for at-risk students; specifically, foster children and children with unstable home environments. Another related interest is around the topic of the resilience of underprivileged students. My experiences as a paraprofessional in a Title school strengthened my commitment to learning more and the lab is a perfect fit. I have been involved in many projects in the GRAY lab including taking part in presentations at the National Association of School Psychologists conference and contributing to book chapters. I am currently working on my master’s thesis titled Resilience, Childhood Trauma History, and Foster Care Experience in College Students. My favorite thing about the lab is the supportive team atmosphere and the opportunities I have been afforded to get involved in research and the professional school psychology community.


Jenny Rotzal

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Hi, my name is Jenny Rotzal! I am a second-year student in the School Psychology PhD program. I am excited to be part of Dr. Jacqueline Brown’s GRAY lab. I am especially interested in providing trauma-informed care to students that experienced personal or interpersonal trauma. I’m also interested in creating a positive school climate in the wake of a crisis. I’ve had the privilege to work in various jobs in the psychology and school industry, but the most impactful ones were being a psychometrician at a rehabilitative hospital and working with children with behavioral and academic needs in an elementary school. With this background, I hope to bring my knowledge base and experience to the GRAY lab. Last year, I contributed to a book chapter on trauma-informed care for children and adolescents that will be published by Oxford University Press, as well as co-presented at the National Association of School Psychologists convention in February 2020. This year, I am hoping to propose my masters’ thesis and conduct research on the perceived efficacy of school violence prevention programs and how they impact school climate. I’m so grateful for the opportunities the University of Montana has already given me, and I look eagerly towards the future for further opportunities to pursue my passion in school psychology. Outside of school, I can be found rock climbing, boxing, or exploring Montana’s beauty with my husband and our hound-mix Moe!