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Doctoral Students

The following are doctoral students in Clinical Psychology at USF who are conducting their master's or dissertation research at TRIP.

Jason Oliver

Mr. Oliver earned his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  His research interests include the role of major depressive disorder and emotion in decision-making about tobacco use and other health behaviors, and the underlying cognitive processes involved in the onset, maintenance, and cessation of tobacco use.

Bryan Heckman, M.A.

Mr. Heckman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  His research interests include the role of cognition and self-regulation in the etiology, maintenance, and cessation of addictive behaviors. His goals are to develop more effective, theoretically-derived, interventions for addictive behaviors via translation of basic research. He is currently utilizing the Self-Control Strength Model to delineate novel mechanisms underlying tobacco use. Another research interest involves the multimodal, multidimensional, assessment of drug craving and emotion. In addition, he is interested in the application of advanced longitudinal statistical analysis to better understand drug effects and relapse processes.

Michelle Kovacs

Ms. Kovacs earned her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her research interests include the role of tobacco on co-morbid substance use as well as its role in eating (as a barrier to quit attempts and maintenance factor in restrained eating) and body image.

Dave MacQueen, M.A.

Mr. MacQueen earned an undergraduate degree in business administration and completed the substance abuse treatment master's program in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  He has worked in the field of substance abuse treatment within community settings and completed clinical and research placements at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.   His research interests include comparative behavioral pharmacology, substance induced cognitive changes, and the effectiveness of behavioral interventions for low-income substance dependent populations.

Nicole Marquinez

Ms. Marquinez earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Miami and then worked at the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at the Miller School of Medicine. Her research interests include the role of emotion and emotion regulation in nicotine addiction.

John Correa

Mr. Correa earned his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in 2008. He then worked for 3 years as the manager of the Ingestive Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA before beginning his graduate studies at USF and TRIP in 2011. His research interests include identification of mechanisms which may contribute to smoking in specialized populations, particularly females. His research program would implement both experimentally controlled and externally valid methodologies to delineate these potential mechanisms, which include eating behaviors, physical activity, body image dissatisfaction, and attentional bias, among others.A secondary focus of Mr. Correa's research interests include the development and utilization of novel technological methods to evaluate, self-monitor and treat smoking behavior and its associated risk factors.

Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer is a first year clinical doctoral student under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Brandon. Amanda received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and went on to work in a tobacco and alcohol research lab for several years prior to coming to USF. Her research interests include substance use in medical populations, specifically tobacco and alcohol use.

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