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Doctoral Students

Jen Collins, MA is a doctoral level graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City under the direction of Dr. Erin Hambrick.  When she returned to her roots in Kansas City after more than a decade advocating for military families, she knew that she wanted her career to center around helping families who are affected by trauma and adversity as well as implementation research and building community-based partnerships.  As a result, her clinical focus primarily lies in working with children and their caregivers who are navigating through the complex issues associated with behavioral and developmental difficulties.  In addition to her academic and research pursuits, Jen works with an early childhood education program and counseling center that serves children and their families who are recovering from trauma. Jen can be reached at  

Luisa Lopez Mader, MA is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student at the University of Missouri- Kansas City under the direction of Dr. Erin Hambrick. Luisa completed her undergraduate education in Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, where she studied a family conflict intervention program. Luisa is interested in the dissemination and implementation of evidence based treatments for children from adverse circumstances. In particular, she is interested in evaluating community-based therapy programs for young children who are recovering from trauma. You can reach Luisa at


Volunteers and Undergraduates

Haley Wagonblott is currently a master’s student in the Counseling program, with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at SUNY Brockport in Rochester, NY where she was involved in a research lab for four semesters.  She is excited to be a part of Lab Panda and to continue her involvement in research!  


Hi all, I'm Aneva! I was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, and I am currently a junior studying Psychology and Spanish at UMKC. Some fun facts about me: My favorite color is yellow, I love concerts, I love cake, and I am an ENFJ. I hope to one day become a child psychologist and work in non-profit; I love the experience I am getting with children by working with Lab PANDA!

Kaia Schott is an undergraduate student in the Honors College at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. Kaia is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Writing and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Her primary interest within psychology is trauma. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Outside of academia, Kaia enjoys long hikes and other nature-oriented activities.


My name is Niesha King. I am a senior here at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I am double majoring in both psychology and Spanish. I am interested in child-parent interactions and how it shapes the personality and skills of that child. My immediate goal is to gain research experience by analyzing child-caregiver play interactions, and forming a hypothesis based off of those observations. My long term goal is to obtain a PhD in counseling psychology and work with minorities in under-represented populations. 

My name is Arfon Abdi; I am a first year pre-medicine student. I am double majoring in psychology and public health. I am currently beginning my research with Jessy Guler where we will be analyzing the lives of Somali and Arab refugees and their resilience after resettlement.  


Cora Griffin is a freshman at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She is a Health Studies Major on the Pre-nursing track. Currently, she is planning on specializing in pediatrics or labor and delivery. She is excited to work with children and learn lifelong skills through lab PANDA. Outside of school, she loves travelling, spending time with her family, and photography.


Lab Alumni

From L to R: Samantha Bradfield, Nicholas Peterson, Hannah Doggett, Camille Meeks
From L to R: Britney Haymans, Marcella Beaumont, Madeline Gabbert, Christine Hofmeister
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