STUDENT RESEARCHER PROFILES

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Malena A. Nygaard, M.S.Ed., is a doctoral candidate in the School Psychology program at Indiana University Bloomington. She is also a certified teacher in the state of Texas. Malena joined Dr. Ormiston’s research team in her first year at Indiana University and continues to be an active member as she enters her fourth year of the program. She is a graduate assistant for a U.S. Department of Education grant, led by Dr. Ormiston, examining the impact of trauma-informed multi-tiered systems of supports on student academic, behavioral, and socioemotional outcomes. Malena’s research focuses on school-based mental health practices including trauma-informed multi-tiered systems of support in schools, suicide prevention, and social justice in school psychology. She is particularly interested in examining school-based mental health services and the continuity and coordination of care for students with intensive socioemotional needs.

Malena Nygaard, PhD Student
Graduate Assistant, Research Team Lead

Kane Carlock, PhD Student
Graduate Student Researcher

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Kane Carlock is a Ph.D. candidate in the Indiana University School Psychology program. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a special education teacher in Mississippi and served in the US Navy. His research interests are focused on delivering and integrating pediatric mental health services in settings where families are most likely to routinely visit, such as primary care, hospitals, and schools. This work is guided by frameworks from public health (Stepped Care; MTSS) and implementation science (EPIS; NPT). His methodological interests include quantitative methods with the R statistical software and using data science and open science approaches to improve research, training, and practice.

Sarah Richardson
Undergraduate Student Researcher

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Sarah Richardson is an undergraduate in the School of Education at Indiana University. She is majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She will graduate in 2024. Sarah joined Dr. Ormiston’s research team in 2022.

Hallie Enderle, PhD Student
Graduate Assistant Researcher

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Olivia Heck, PhD Student
Graduate Assistant, Interventionist
Team Lead

 

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Olivia C. Heck, M.S.Ed., is a doctoral candidate in the School Psychology program at Indiana University Bloomington. She is originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin and received her B.A. in Psychology from Ripon College in 2019. Olivia joined Dr. Ormiston’s research team in her first year at Indiana University and continues to be an active member as she enters her fourth year of the program. She is a graduate assistant for a U.S. Department of Education grant, led by Dr. Ormiston, examining the impact of trauma-informed multi-tiered systems of supports on student academic, behavioral, and socioemotional outcomes. Olivia’s research interests focus on school-based mental health practices including student perspectives of SBMH and improving SBMH for students with internalizing problems. Her clinical interests are psychological evaluations for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities and internalizing disorders in clinical settings. 

Claire Murphy, EdS Student
Graduate Assistant Researcher

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Claire E. Murphy, M.S.Ed., is a second-year student in the School Psychology program at Indiana University Bloomington. She is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana and received her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University in 2018. After graduating, Claire went on to get her Special Education teaching license at Marian University, and was employed as a special education teacher for 7th and 8th grade students in Southern Hancock Community School Corporation. This is Claire’s first year as a graduate assistant working on Dr. Ormiston’s research team, and as an interventionist on the TIMS Grant project. Claire’s research interests include universal mental health screening practices in schools, efficiency of tiered academic and mental health support, and the impact of tiered support on the percentage of students enrolled in special education. 

Jack Komer, PhD Student
Graduate Assistant Researcher

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Jack Komer is a first year PhD student in the School Psychology program at Indiana University.
Prior to coming to Indiana University, Jack received his B.S.Ed. in Inclusive Special Education from Miami University with dual teaching licensure in Mild/Moderate & Moderate/Intensive disabilities. 

Jack’s primary research interests are in the areas of school mental health and the application of social justice initiatives/philosophy into public education to support positive outcomes for students in marginalized communities. 
At Indiana University, Jack is an active member of Dr. Shriberg and Dr. Ormiston's research teams. 
Eventually Jack would like to work as a school leader and/or consultant helping schools facilitate multi-tiered support systems for school mental health, school safety/climate and crisis prevention (especially for students from marginalized communities)