PhD Students

A few of our graduate students in Clinical Psychology:

Alexandra Buscaglia, MA

Alex Buscaglia is a second year student working with Dr. Christine Fiore. She earned her MA in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University in 2017, and her BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2014. Alex’s current research interests involve sexual assault policy change on college campuses. Her master’s thesis focused on the influence of communication style and sexism in dating interactions. Clinically, Alex has worked with adult male offenders, as well as victims of relationship violence and sexual assault. In all of her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, up-cycling old furniture, and admiring the beautiful Montana views.

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Cali Caughie

Cali is a second year doctoral student under the mentorship of Dr. Stuart Hall. She grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington and earned a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Western Washington University which affirmed her interest in the relationship between brain and behavior. Currently, her research interests are diverse though specifically focused on topics in neuropsychology. She has experience working with clinical populations in wilderness therapy treatment, at a neurodevelopmental intervention program, and at a neuropsychology clinic. Her previous research experience includes the role of inflammation in respiration and the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease in mouse models. While passionate about academia, Cali also finds time to continue her love affair with the outdoors through backpacking, skiing, canoeing, rock climbing, and generally frolicking through the natural world.


Kinsie Dunham

Kinsie Dunham is a second year student under the mentorship of Dr. Bryan Cochran. She grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, with a dual focus on developmental studies and LGBT issues. Supplementing her degree with experience across multiple psychology labs, including an adolescent physiological lab, a sexual minority health lab and a race/ethnicity social justice lab, Kinsie integrated her diverse experiences into her current research interests: investigating minority health disparities through a developmental lens. Kinsie spends her copious spare time baking, watching documentaries and maintaining her caffeine addiction.

Kinsie Dunham

James Brennan

James Michael Brennan is a third year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program under the mentorship of Dr. Bryan Cochran. He's a New Englander by birth (Rhode Islander, to be exact) and a Californian by heart (San Franciscan, in particular). Never one to fly direct, James explored his way to Psychology, first getting his B.A. in Political Science and Russian Literature from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA before spending several years in Russia and Kazakhstan on a Fulbright Student Grant, then living in San Francisco and working at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA. While in San Francisco, he volunteered for Larkin Street Youth Services, which inspired in him a desire to work with homeless and foster-care youth, particularly those who identify as LGBTQ, as well as research and implement interventions tailored to this vulnerable population. In his spare time, James likes to look at the all the beauty Montana has to offer (from the comfort of the indoors), write and read poetry, talk astrology and philosophy, school folks at badminton, and, most importantly, dance!  

James Brennan

Ari Silverman, MA

After graduating with a BA in psychology from Middlebury College in Vermont, Ari spent a year as a guide at Summit Achievement, a wilderness therapy program for troubled teenagers. The following year, he moved west to Montana where he spent six years working as a team leader and transition house manager at the Montana Academy, a therapeutic boarding school for struggling high school-aged youth. This experience sparked Ari's interest in returning to graduate school for additional training, and his love for Montana pointed him towards UM. Ari is one of Dr. Jennifer Waltz's students, and his research interests focus on social contentedness and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). Outside of school, Ari is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys the expansive wilderness afforded by Montana. In his free time, he can be found mountain biking, climbing, hiking, or skiing up and down the mountains, or rafting and throwing flies at trout on the rivers.

Ari Silverman

Ivie English, MA

Ivie English is a fourth-year clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Montana under the mentorship of Dr. Duncan Campbell. She received a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Montana State University. Her research interests surround health psychology and policy, including access to depression care and the use integrated models of health care delivery. Her master’s thesis surveys the use of universal depression screening in student health center primary clinics across the U.S. Though originally from Montana, Ivie has lived in our Nation’s Capitol working on federal policy, the Bay Area working for immigrant rights and a tech company, and Mexico (which she considers to be her second home) researching immigration and teaching English. Organizing campaigns and working with state-level policy has made clear her interest to help bridge the gap between research and policy-making. When not engrossed in the duties of being a graduate student, Ivie loves yoga, speaking Spanish, public service and advocacy, traveling throughout Latin America, cooking, being outdoors, and irony.

Ivie English

Oak Reed, MA

Oak M. Reed earned his BS in psychology and sociology from Central Michigan University. Currently, he is a fourth year clinical psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Montana under the mentorship of Dr. Bryan Cochran. Oak’s ultimate career goal is to improve the lives of LGBT individuals through clinical work, research, and advocacy. His primary research interests include analyzing motivations and impacts of anti-transgender prejudices and investigating barriers to care seeking among transgender individuals. For his master’s thesis research, he is investigating how different types of contact (e.g., personal contact, contact with educational material, contact with general media) could influence the level of transphobia an individual may hold. His thesis work is currently underway and he is excited to see what implications it can have on the transgender population both near and far. When Oak is not feverishly studying, he enjoys hiking, biking, floating, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two dogs!


Ka Powell, MA

My name is Ka Powell and I am a fifth year student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. I am originally from Oahu, Hawaii where I earned my B.A. in Psychology at the University of Hawaii. My primary research interests are in the characterization of youth mental healthcare services as we know very little about the mental healthcare that most children receive, which leads to a significant barrier in our ability to improve those services. Outside of school, I enjoy adventuring outdoors with my partner and our tiny dog, playing video games, and expanding my collection of incredible sweaters.


Hillary Powell, MA

Hillary Powell is a sixth year student pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology as well as her graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). She is a member of Dr. Cochran's lab, and her research interests involve improving mental health providers' competencies for working with sexual and gender minority clients. Hillary applies a critical feminist lens to both her teaching (for both the Psychology and WGSS departments) and clinical work. She is passionate about research that doubles as advocacy. Outside of the department, Hillary enjoys hiking, cooking, pokemon training, and playing with her tiny anxious dog.

Hillary Gleason

Meredith Reynolds, MA

Meredith Reynolds, M.A., is a sixth year clinical psychology doctoral student with an emphasis in neuropsychology at the University of Montana and is currently on internship. She is from Kelowna, BC, Canada and she completed her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree from the University of British Columbia in 2012. Meredith is currently working with Dr. Stuart Hall. Her research interests include: how neuropsychological test security is threatened on the Internet, diagnosis threat, mild traumatic brain injury, and the development of novel neuropsychological tests. Her other interests include fitness, crafts, and cats.

Meredith Reynolds

Lindsey Grove, MA

Lindsey Grove is a seventh year clinical psychology Ph.D. graduate student and is currently on internship. Her graduate research has focused on the impact of various variables on the perspectives of victims of sexual violence, under the advisement of Christine Fiore, Ph.D. Lindsey has enjoyed developing her teaching skills through numerous opportunities to instruct on subjects ranging from introductory psychology to upper division courses. Her clinical training is adult focused with special interests in trauma, health behavior change, and co-occurring disorders. Her future career aspirations include working in an integrated care setting and continuing to teach. Beyond studying to become a psychologist, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family and being in the outdoors. Specifically she has enjoyed playing volleyball, working at the farmers market, exploring trails, and walking around downtown Missoula. Originally from the southeast, Missoula has become home to her and her family.

Lindsey Grove

Priya Loess, MA

Priya is a seventh year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program working with Dr. Jennifer Waltz and is currently on internship. She earned her Master’s in Psychology in 2015 from UM. Priya’s primary research interests include emotion dysregulation, self-compassion, and Borderline Personality Disorder. Priya’s passion also lies with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); she has led two DBT skills groups, and plans to obtain certification in DBT upon completion of her program. Prior to graduate school, Priya obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and worked in a research laboratory for a few years. She then returned to school to pursue a Bachelor’s in Psychology; here she gained experience with research in suicide prevention. Montana has nestled into her heart, and when outside of school, she enjoys hiking, yard work, and hot springs.

Priya Loess