Ph.D. Students

Jaynee Bohart

1st year School Psychology PhD student

Jaynee Bohart is a first-year School Psychology doctoral student under the mentorship of Dr. Greg Machek. She has lived up and down the Puget Sound and completed her B.S. in Psychology from Western Washington University. As an undergraduate, she conducted several small experiments, worked as a research assistant for a personality psychology lab, and focused on child development courses. Over time, she discovered her love for the school psychology specialty and all of the rich opportunity it offers - both professionally and personally. Currently, she is interested in studying the influences on the development of attitudes towards bullying and peer victimization. She believes school-based services and interventions can drastically change the trajectory of children's lives and needs to be promoted. When she isn't engrossed in academics, she can be found watching the latest animes, spending time with her partner and dog, bicycling the great Missoula trails, or thrift shopping.

Bohart

Ashlyn Kincaid

1st year School Psychology PhD student

Hi! My name is Ashlyn Kincaid. I am a first year student in the School Psychology PhD program. I am excited to be here and be a part of this great community. I am originally from North Dakota and I got my undergraduate degree at Montana State University in Bozeman. I am a member of Dr. Jacqueline Brown’s GRAY ( Grief and resilience among youth) lab. I am particularly interested in research and advancements for at-risk students; specifically foster children a well as childhood trauma/resiliency. Outside of school I enjoy doing any activities that gets me out in nature. I like to snowboard, hike, bike, fly fish, and swim.

Kincaid

Diana Diaków

2nd year School Psychology PhD student

Diana is originally from Poland, where she studied Applied Developmental Psychology and Applied Linguistics with a specialization in English and Arabic at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz and the European University of Cyprus.

As a part of her graduate career, she investigated the vocabulary learning strategies among Arab learners of English and examined the implicit prejudices towards Arabs among Polish society. She also explored the effects of positive mood on the English vocabulary memorization.

Diana's current research interests include mental health and acculturation of refugee children and youths, education in emergencies, well-being of humanitarian workers, and emotion-cognition interactions in the foreign language acquisition. Under the supervision of Dr. Goforth, she conducted a qualitative research project in summer 2018 which investigated humanitarian aid workers' perspectives of Muslim refugee children’s resilience and culturally-responsive services in refugee camps. The preliminary data collection led her to develop a goal of her dissertation which focuses on humanitarian workers’ perspectives of refugee children's mental health and their coping strategies.

Diana has collaborated with a number of humanitarian organizations and schools in the United States, Poland, Slovakia, Ireland, Croatia, Indonesia, and lately, in refugee camps in Greece and Iraq. Specifically, she served Syrian, Kurdish, Iraqi and Eritrean refugees, children who experienced sexual trauma and neglect, foster families, youths at risk of substance use disorder, children with ASD, and ELLs.

Apart from psychology, she loves everything that is related to Iceland! She is also a big fan of documentary movies. Besides that, Diana is a linguaphile – she knows eight languages and craves more! To recharge her mental-batteries, she practices Ashtanga yoga and goes hiking.

Diana Diakow

Emily Hattouni

2nd year School Psychology PhD student

Emily Hattouni is a second year doctoral student in the School Psychology Program working under the advisement of Dr. Jacqueline Brown. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota before earning a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of South Dakota. She loves to travel, and moving to Montana has already allowed her opportunities to go hiking, rock climb, and practice yoga. During her undergraduate degree, she completed an Honors thesis that sparked her research interest in the applications of mindfulness. Specifically, she is interested in mindfulness and other interventions related to positive psychology applied within an ecological framework of the education system. During her undergraduate she was involved in an array of student organizations, including leadership roles in the book club and sustainability club. She now volunteers for a local afterschool program helping fourth and fifth graders with math and science.

Emily Hattouni

Samantha Russell, M.A.

3rd year School Psychology PhD student

Samantha Russell is a third year doctoral student in the School Psychology program under the mentorship of Dr. Jacqueline Brown. Samantha was raised in the mountains of Colorado, then completed her undergraduate education in California and Nevada. After graduating with a B.A. degree in Psychology, Sam was intensely interested in traveling to explore new places, so she did just that. Ultimately, the exploration lead to a deeper interest in psychology as a profession. She returned to school in Flagstaff, AZ to complete an M.A. degree in Psychology with a focus in clinical health. For her master’s thesis research, she traveled to the small island country of the Republic of Palau, wherein she worked with youth and their families to develop a healthy lifestyle program under the guidance of her master’s mentor. This cross cultural experience, combined with working with high school aged youth, sparked her desire to pursue a PhD in School Psychology. The University of Montana was an obvious choice! Sam’s research interests include methods of prevention and intervention related to mental health issues in school based settings, including resiliency among adolescents, effective ways of encouraging positive health behavior and cross cultural school psychology perspectives. When Sam is not buried in the books, you can find her running up and down peaks, climbing rocks, snowboarding, practicing all types of yoga or cooking with her partner, Jeff, in their tiny kitchen. 

Samantha Russell

Olivia Holter

4th year School Psychology PhD student

Olivia Holter is a fourth year School Psychology doctoral student under the mentorship of Dr. Anisa Goforth. Olivia is a fifth generation University of Montana graduate. Olivia’s passion for psychology, diversity, and education stems from her 6+ years working with Seeds of Peace, an international NGO which aims to bring together students from regions of conflict to talk about the problems that surround them and provide leadership opportunities. Olivia’s first solo research experience focused on the educational experiences of LGBT students in Montana. Olivia hopes to continue researching diversity within an educational setting, and is so excited at the multitude of opportunities that being a part of the School Psychology PhD program has to offer. In her spare time, Olivia is an adrenaline person– she loves to run, scramble to the tops of mountains, and ski. 

Holter

Miriam Rose Baker, M.A.

6th year School Psychology Ph.D. student -- on internship 

Email: miriam.rosebaker@umontana.edu

Miriam is in her sixth year in the School Psychology Doctoral Program and is currently on internship. She is originally from the east coast and received a BA in Neuroscience from Middlebury College. Miriam works in the Machek lab, and her research interests involve relational bullying and early-life stress. Outside of school, Miriam likes to cook, play with her complicated camera, and go country swing dancing. On Monday and Wednesday nights, Miriam can be found at the gym for Zumba class.

Miriam Rose Baker

Zachary Shindorf

6th year School Psychology Ph.D. student -- on internship

Email: zachary.shindorf@umontana.edu

Zach is a doctoral student in the school psychology program at the University of Montana, working with Dr. Anisa Goforth; he is currently on internship. Zach’s primary research interests lie in the examination of the school-to-prison pipeline and minority overrepresentation in the juvenile justice system. Zach also has a strong interest in the social skills building of children and adolescents diagnosed with autism. Zach’s practicum experiences include the providing of individual therapy to children and adolescents, consulting with educational professionals, and the utilization of various assessment techniques. Prior to graduate school, Zach has attended Miami University in his home state of Ohio where he majored in psychology and minored in criminology, while also working at a suicide hotline. During his undergraduate career he was a member of a social fraternity and was a co-founder of a student organization. In Zach’s free time he enjoys hiking, floating, intramural sports, photography, and watching movies.

Zachary Shindorf