Doctoral Students


Hemy Choi

Hemy Choi is an incoming first year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at UF. She is interested in better understanding the connections between prejudice, discrimination, and cultural identity formation. Influenced by her own experiences, her target populations are those in the LGBTQIA+ community and in ethnic/racial minority groups. In her down time, she loves to window-shop furniture stores, do yoga, and scarf down Korean comfort food. 

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Dexter Wilborn

Dexter Wilborn is a first year student in the Doctoral program in Counseling Psychology here at UF. His research interests include Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), religiosity, and eating disorders. When not doing research, Dexter enjoys playing music and as an instrumentalist for the UF Gospel Choir and The Well Church here in Gainesville.

Dylan Larson-Konar

Dylan Larson-Konar is a second year student in UF’s Counseling Psychology program. His research interests are, broadly, surrounding gender, sex, and stigma toward psychological help-seeking. Dylan used to work as a social science fellow for the Environmental Defense Fund, where he researched behaviors and attitudes pertaining to climate change.



Kristen Madrid

Kristen Madrid is currently a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program. Her clinical interests involve working with clients suffering from anxiety and depression, approaching therapy from the philosophical framework of acceptance and commitment therapy. Her research interests involve intellectual humility, pseudoscience in psychology, and graduate student mental health. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, rearing monarch butterflies, and stargazing.


Melissa (Missy) Gluck

Missy Gluck is a fourth year doctoral candidate whose research is focused on exploring the dark triad of personality and attachment style in intimate relationships. She is interested studying in gender norms and sexist ideologies in the present socio-political climate. She will be completing her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Pace University Counseling Center during the 2019-2020 academic year. 


Billy Palmer

Billy Palmer studies mental illness stigma, specifically the stigma of addictive disorders. He also studies creativity and designed the course, the Psychology of Creativity.

Lab Alumni— (left) Sarah Conlin, 2019 & (right) Natalie Weldon, 2018