The MOSB Laboratory is reviewing applications for the
2021-2022 application cycle!
Emma is a forth-year graduate student in the MOSB Laboratory. She grew up in Safety Harbor, Florida and graduated with her B.S in Psychology from the University of Florida (UF). As an undergraduate, she volunteered at a suicide hotline doing emergency mobile outreach in Alachua County. She also was a lab manager in UF’s psychology department and worked at an in-patient addiction treatment center.
Emma is interested in researching theoretical models of suicide as well as well-being in gender and sexual minority individuals. She is also broadly interested in how adversity impacts an individual’s experience of meaning in life.
In her free time, Emma enjoys running, rock climbing, and traveling.
Jeff is a third-year student in the MOSB lab. He grew up in New Hampshire and moved to Kentucky after high school where he enlisted in the Army as a medic. He had deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and left service in 2012.
He stayed in KY and graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychological Sciences and a minor in History. He continued his education at WKU and graduated in 2019 with a Master's degree in Psychological Sciences.
His primary interests are in the treatment and prevention of suicide, but also the issues that are pervasive among veterans and armed forces personnel including PTSD, substance use, and traumatic brain injury.
In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife, bull terrier (Ivan) and also hike, hunt, fish, build furniture, and explore Baton Rouge.
Nick is a third-year student in the MOSB lab. He graduated from the University of Utah in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. He worked briefly as a reunification caseworker for the Department of Child and Family Services in Salt Lake City after graduation.
For the two years prior to his studies at LSU, Nicolas worked for the National Center for Veterans Studies researching PTSD and suicide prevention.
Nick is interested in improving risk assessment methodologies by identifying objective behavioral indicators of risk and elucidating the cognitive mechanisms underlying these observable behaviors. Further, he seeks to identify novel protective/resiliency variables and to understand how the presence or absence of these variables can help differentiate between suicide ideators and attempters.
Sarah is a second-year student in the MOSB lab. She was born and raised in Louisiana. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with her BA in 2013, and her Master's in Psychology from SLU in 2018. She began attending LSU in 2020 to work under the mentorship of Dr. Ray Tucker.
Sarah is interested in the prevention and treatment of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in diverse populations. She is currently a member of the LSU Psychology Diversity and Outreach Committee with the purpose of raising awareness within the university and community about events related to diversity.
In her free time Sarah enjoys fishing, watching LSU football games, and spending time with her husband and three dogs (Dozer pictured).
Jessica (Jess) Gerner
Jess is a first-year graduate student in the MOSB Lab. She grew up in Kentucky and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Deaf Studies. She spent two years completing a Post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where she worked on “The Neurobiology of Suicide” study, prior to attending LSU.
Jess’ primary interests are in identifying risk and protective factors for suicide and improving suicide risk assessment methods. She is interested in proximal risk factors for suicide behavior, as well as exploring the efficacy of behavioral task performance as a means for predicting suicide risk.