Chatham University

Psychology of Gender Research Team
Research Assistants Profiles

Allie Jedinak

Allie Jedinak is a third-year student at Chatham University in the Doctor of Psychology, Counseling Psychology program. She currently is completing a practicum at Carnegie Mellon University, Counseling and Psychological Services, and works part–time in research at UPMC. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Millersville University, a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University – Bloomington, and a Master's degree in Psychology from Chatham University. Her professional affiliations include the Association for Women in Psychology and the American Psychological Association. Her research interests include girls and women, specifically objectification and sexualization in the media. Allie enjoys cheering on Pittsburgh sports, running half-marathons and marathons, traveling, and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Lexa Watroba

Lexa Watroba received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is currently in her first semester of the M.S.C.P. program at Chatham University, and is hoping to pursue either a Psy.D. or Ph.D. degree upon completion of her Master’s degree. Prior to arriving at Chatham, Lexa worked as a research assistant at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, where she focused on affective processing and neurobiological components of adolescent depression. She also worked as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota’s, Department of Social Psychology, where she examined social relationships in couples. In addition, she also interned at a children’s mental health center, and served as a mentor in a homeless shelter for at-risk children in an early childhood development program. Her research interests include relational aggression and media portrayals of eating disorders in girls.

Keely Hirsch

Keely Hirsch is a first year Counseling PsyD student at Chatham University. She received her Bachelors degree in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and received her Masters of Sciences in counseling psychology at Chatham University. She is a Teaching Assistant for the master’s culture and identity, and group therapy courses. Keely has been on the gender research team for 2 years and has been involved with studies involving adolescent females and sexism, and diversity and multicultural counseling. Keely’s research interest includes parenting and the LGBT community, and she hopes to write her dissertation on that topic. She is originally from eastern PA and has been living in Pittsburgh for the past 6 years. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and rock climbing, hanging out with her PsyD cohort, and eating pizza from Pizza Sola.

Lauren Manning

Lauren Manning is a first year Counseling Psychology doctoral student at Chatham University. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in psychology with a minor in statistics from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in April of 2012. She received her Masters of Arts in psychology at Chatham University in August of 2013. She has been on the gender research team since January of 2013 and is enjoying her first semester as the research coordinator. Lauren’s research interests include topics related to gender discrimination, identity formation, and social justice. Her hobbies include baking, watching movies, spending time with family and friends, and going for long walks with her husband and dog.

Marcus  Waters

Marcus Waters received his Bachelors degree from Penn State in 2010. He developed a passion for learning about human behavior during his junior year when he had the opportunity to sit in on a friend’s Intro to Psychology course. He is currently in his fourth semester of the M.A. Psychology program at Chatham University, and is hoping to pursue a career in the research field or a Doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies. A couple of the jobs that Marcus has previously held include being an assistant pre-school teacher at the Carriage House Children’s Center, and a personal care assistant at Pace School. His research interests include the effects of media on adolescent and young adult identity development, Qualitative research methods, Adolescent development, childhood obesity prevention, and social and emotional development in preschool and elementary children. When not on campus, Marcus can be found with his friends, or family, swimming, playing golf or spending some quality time with his dog.

Jason Luccrelli

Jason Luccrelli is a graduate student in Chatham’s MSCP program. He received his undergraduate degree from Carlow University in 2012. For his work in social outreach, Jason has received various awards such as The Mercy Integrity Award and The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Good Citizen Scholarship. His future goal is to pursue a doctoral degree in counseling psychology working with adolescents and adults with mood and personality disorders.

Elizabeth Krinock

Elizabeth Krinock is attending Chatham University to pursue a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice from Bethany College, WV. She currently works at Northwestern Human Services as a Therapeutic Staff Support and interns at Gateway Rehabilitation. Upon graduation, Elizabeth is planning to pursue her Psy.D. and work with substance use disorders. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, playing piano, and working to improve her cooking skills.

Shawna Buerk

Shawna Buerk recently completed a Master’s degree in Infant Mental Health at Chatham University. She is currently completing her internship at the Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, and she is working part-time as a nanny. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a minor in Psychology from Slippery Rock University. She volunteers at Discovery Christian Church as a Sunday School Children’s Leader, with the Together Time program for mothers and children at local homeless shelters, and at UPMC Mercy in the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit. Her professional affiliations include The Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health (PA-IMH) and the American Counseling Association (ACA). Her research interests include the wellbeing of infants, children and families. Shawna enjoys spending time with her cat Luna, watching the Big Bang Theory and pumpkin chai lattes!

Donnielle Bean

Donnielle (Donni) Bean is currently in her second year of the Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) program at Chatham University. Prior to coming to Chatham, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Seton Hill University in 2012. Although unsure of her career plans, she wanted to further her experience and develop her career goals by joining the Psychology of Gender Research Team. She has a wide range of research interests including childhood disorders, gender issues, teenage and adults with depression, and criminal offender population. Joining the research team has been a great opportunity to gain qualitative research experience, broaden her population interests and meet new people at Chatham. She hopes to work in the research field in the future and potentially obtain a doctoral degree. Donni enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend and friends, photography and visiting her family back in Maryland.

Sonia Molloy is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Psychology program at Chatham University. At Chatham, she participates in the Gender Research Team. Her current research project is investigating how father involvement affects mental health. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. After several years working with children and families, Sonia stayed at home to raise her family while staying active in her community and church. Community service has always been important to Sonia. She currently serves as the Christian Education Committee Chairperson, Campership Committee co-chair, and Sunday school teacher at the Freeport United Methodist Church. In addition, she is a Girl Scout Leader and volunteers in the PTO.


Natassia is a full time student at Chatham University pursuing a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. She received her Bachelor’s from Duquense Univeristy in Supply Chain Management and International Business with a minor in Psychology. Her professional affiliations include the American Counseling Association and American Psychological Association. In addition to being a Research Assistant, Natassia volunteers for Smart Futures PA eMentor program where she mentors high school adolescents in developing post-high school education and career goals and for Lawrenceville United, which is a community restoration team. Her research interests include females, adolescents, and addictive behaviors. In her free time Natassia enjoys sports and working out, spending time with family and friends, and trying to new restaurants.

Denise Griffith

Denise D-Griffith is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Creative Writing while minoring in Women's Studies at Carlow University. She is vice president of Sigma Tau Delta and Psi Chi.

Richard Hofscher

Richard Hofscher is a graduate student at Chatham University where he is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Psychology. He earned his baccalaureate degree in Psychology from Penn State New Kensington. Richard is also an Army veteran, having served with the 82d Airborne Division in Afghanistan. After graduating with his Masters degree, Richard would like to pursue a doctoral degree in the field of Psychology.

Evalyn Grey

Evalyn Grey is a student in the PsyD Counseling Psychology program here at Chatham University. Prior to coming to Chatham, she attended the University of Central Missouri in pursuit of a Masters Degree in General Psychology. Her research focus is on identity, particularly as it relates to sex and gender. She is an advocate for the transgender community, and her passion lies in helping transgender individuals find their unique individuality within a world of stereotyping and stigmatization. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Conservation Biology with a minor in Fine Arts, and worked in the veterinary field for several years before returning to school to pursue psychology. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies and playing computer games.