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Molly Brown, Ph.D.
HARC Lab Director
Assistant Professor
Clinical-Community Psychology
DePaul University
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About

Dr. Brown received her doctoral training in clinical-community psychology at DePaul University. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Yale School of Medicine. Her passion for addressing homelessness emerged through her post-baccalaureate work at DESC, a leading innovator in homeless service delivery in Seattle, WA.

Research Interests

  • Interventions for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness
  • Coordinated entry systems and coordinated assessment
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Community-based participatory research

Courses Taught

  • PSY-363 Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, and Recovery
  • PSY-395 Internship/Fieldwork
  • PSY-482 Adult Assessment
  • PSY-568 Seminar in Prevention and Intervention

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Graduate Students

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Amanda Barry, M.A.
Doctoral Student
Clinical-Community Psychology
DePaul University
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Amanda earned her B.A. at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. As an undergraduate, she became involved with several research projects on Alzheimer’s Disease, including several projects on potential treatments and research with members of the Maasai. After graduation, Amanda worked at a group home, providing care to adults with mental illness, primarily veterans diagnosed with schizophrenia. Many of the residents she worked with had experienced homelessness; this led Amanda to switch her primary area of interest to homelessness and trauma. At the University of Dayton, her research centered around interventions at a local homeless shelter and how they impacted both the residents and undergraduate students who participated in the interventions. Her Master’s Thesis assessed changes in civic-related outcomes (i.e. social stigma, attitudes towards homelessness, community service self-efficacy) in undergraduate students as they worked with guests at the homeless shelter. Amanda also is interested in trauma, particularly traumatic experiences that occur during periods of homelessness.

Research Interests

  • Experiences of homelessness among LGBTQIA adults
  • Trauma-informed care in homeless services
  • Populations who have been traditionally underserved and disadvantaged
  • Intersectionality
  • Mixed methods

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Camilla Cummings, M.A.
Doctoral Student
Clinical-Community Psychology
DePaul University
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Camilla completed her undergraduate degree at Portland State University in Psychology and Sociology. In Portland, she worked in collaboration to complete program evaluations for Central City Concern, the largest provider of social services in Oregon for homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, and serious mental illness. She also worked in the Community Inclusion Research Group, on a study examining community members’ attitudes about residing near supportive housing programs for adults with psychiatric disabilities. As a HARC Lab member, Camilla manages the Long-Term Shelter-Stayer study and the Coordinated Entry study. Camilla’s thesis is a study examining the psychometric properties of the Self-Sufficiency Matrix, an assessment tool used to inform housing and support service decisions for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Research Interests

  • Coordinated entry and systems that serve people experiencing homelessness
  • Housing interventions for individuals currently or at-risk of experiencing homelessness
  • Treatment and recovery interventions for individuals with substance use disorders, serious mental illness, or a dual-diagnosis
  • Advocacy and policy reform

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Erin Hoffman, B.A.
Doctoral Student
Clinical-Community Psychology
DePaul University
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Erin is pursuing her Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology at DePaul University. She received her B.A. in psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2014. After graduating, she worked at The Consultation Center at Yale University managing several community-based research projects focused on program evaluation, health promotion, and trauma-informed care. Erin’s research focuses on criminal justice outcomes related to sexual assault and the prevention of sexual violence. Specifically, she works to identify risk and protective factors for sexual violence and examines multi-level influences on law enforcement decision-making in sexual assault cases.

Research Interests

  • Community response to sexual assault
  • Criminal justice
  • Mixed methods
  • Prevention and systems-level change
  • Trauma-informed care

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Mackenzie Hudson, B.S.
Master’s Student
Psychology
DePaul University
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Mackenzie completed her B.S. in psychology at Lamar University. As an undergraduate, she conducted research on lifestyle factors and diet that contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. She interned at M.D. Anderson hospital where she investigated the role of stress in the progression of breast cancer. Mackenzie found herself frustrated with the lack of dissemination efforts for the basic research she conducted and felt drawn toward more community-focused projects. As a HARC Lab member, Mackenzie manages the Long-Term Shelter Stayers project. Her thesis uses data from this project to examine the housing trajectories and housing preferences of people with extensive histories of shelter use.


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Quin Lei, B.A.
Doctoral Student
Clinical-Community Psychology
DePaul University
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Quin graduated from the University of St. Thomas located in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.A. degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate, they became involved with several research projects on mindfulness meditation and sleep quality;  affective disorder diagnosis, tobacco use and sleep quality; self-compassion and body image; and maladaptive coping and suicide ideation in Native American populations. They also volunteered with several local community-based organizations such as Avenues for Homeless Youth–a nonprofit organization supporting youth experiencing homelessness with emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services; and CTUL– a workers’ rights organization that organizes low-wage workers from across the Twin Cities to develop leadership and fight for equitable wages, better working conditions, and basic workers’ rights.

Research Interests

  • Racial and/or LGBTQIA minorities experiencing homelessness
  • Trauma-informed care in homeless services that specifically target racial and/or LGBTQIA individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Intersectionality
  • Housing advocacy

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Martina Mihelicova, M.A.
Doctoral Student
Clinical-Community Psychology
DePaul University
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Martina completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at DePaul University. Her research focus broadly intersects trauma and crisis response. She has had the opportunity to be involved in projects on trauma-informed care across settings, interdisciplinary crisis response, and organizational support for providers. She is currently working on her dissertation centered on trauma-informed care within homelessness services.

Research Interests

  • Trauma, vicarious trauma, trauma-informed care
  • Populations who have been traditionally underserved and stigmatized
  • Interdisciplinary response and organizational support for providers
  • Qualitative methods

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Cori Tergesen, M.S.c
Doctoral Student
Clinical-Community Psychology
DePaul University
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Cori completed her B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of San Diego and her M.S.c with a specialization in global mental health at Duke University. She previously studied the use of mental health patient video narratives to destigmatize mental illness in Nepal. Her research broadly focuses on integrating mental health care and capacity building in community settings. At present, Cori is working on projects related to trauma-informed care interventions for educators, teacher-directed violence, and coordinated entry homeless service systems.

Research Interests

  • Community-based mental health care capacity building
  • Systemic and organizational interventions
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Global mental health
  • Mixed methods

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Research Assistants

Noor Arjmand

Milena DeMario

Erica Lumsden

Hayley Smart

Rachel Bell

Isabelle Gallant

Kellen McLeod

Victoria Zygmunt

Cristina Candel

Katherine Karls

Sarah Pelletier


Community-based Research Team

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Lamont Burnett

Andrew Cannella

Tom Gordon


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