Current Students

Graduate Students Working in the Lab

Savannah Merold
Savannah entered the doctoral program in the Fall of 2016 after completing her B.S. in psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. As an undergraduate, her research focused on social and emotional intelligence in the context of psychopathic personality traits. She plans to expand this work into her master's thesis.

Philip Stoner
Philip entered the doctoral program in the Fall of 2016 after completing his B.A. in psychology and English from Mississippi University for Women. As an undergraduate, his research focused on areas such as aggression, alcohol use, and narcissistic personality traits. He is interested in self-directed aggression and is planning to develop a master's thesis in this area.

Adijah Battle
Adijah entered the master's program in the Fall of 2016 after completing her B.S. in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. As an undergraduate, her research focused on mindfulness. She hopes to complete a master's project involving the emotional correlates of social media use.

Skylar Hicks
Skylar entered the doctoral program in the Fall of 2015. She graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2014 and worked as a research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. For her master's thesis, she intends to explore the role of emotion regulation in relational aggression among emerging adults.

Taylor Nocera-Bolton
Taylor entered the master's program in the Fall of 2015. She graduated from Auburn University in 2013 and worked at the Women's Center here in Hattiesburg and at a group home for adolescents in Alabama. Taylor is nearing the end of data collection for a study of electronic aggression (also known as cyber aggression) among college students.

Michael Vidana
Michael entered the master's program in the Fall of 2015. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and worked through AmeriCorps. He completed a literature review to inform future projects dealing with alcohol-related aggression and is currently providing research support and assisting with lab operations.

Niki Knight
Niki entered the doctoral program in 2013 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She completed her master's internship at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi and defended her master's thesis in the Fall of 2015, an examination of the utility of the "dark triad" (i.e., psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism) constructs in understanding relational aggression. Niki presented her results at the Southeastern Psychological Association conference in New Orleans and will soon propose her dissertation.

Daniel Deason
Daniel entered the doctoral program in 2012 from Oklahoma State University - Stillwater. He completed his master's thesis on the Five Factor model of personality, social anxiety, and rejection sensitivity in relational aggression among college students. Daniel recently defended his dissertation, an investigation of the role of masculinity in relational aggression and victimization among gay men. He is currently completing his predoctoral internship at the Counseling Center at the University of Memphis.

Caitlin Clark
Caitlin entered the master's program in 2011 from Georgia College & State University. She completed a master's project on parenting styles and relational aggression among college students. A paper based on this study was published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. Caitlin was admitted into the doctoral program in 2013 and recently defended her dissertation, a study that involving the development of a new measure of relational aggression suitable for use with college student samples. She is currently completing her predoctoral internship at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX.

Undergraduate Students Working in the Lab

Amber Dedeaux
Amber is a psychology major at the University of Southern Mississippi who started working in the lab during her junior year to obtain research experience to support graduate school applications and earn elective credit. She has been working closely with Philip Stoner on a project dealing with relationship satisfaction, jealousy, and romantic relational aggression among college women.
Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab
The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is directed by Eric R. Dahlen, Ph.D., and the content of this website represents his views (see disclaimer). Doctoral and master's students in the Counseling Psychology graduate programs and undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi study dysfunctional anger, overt and relational aggression, clinical traffic psychology, and related areas. To learn more about the lab, explore our website.