Harris Center Staff Spotlight: Meet Alyssa!

Meet Alyssa Jones, a 4th year graduate student in the doctoral clinical psychology program at the University of Kentucky. Alyssa is the assistant director at the Harris Center who hopes to pursue a career that involves research, potentially within an academic medical center or with the VA. She is also interested in mental health advocacy and hopes to incorporate public policy into her career.
Alyssa’s research interests are related to better understanding the emotional impact of trauma, individual differences in emotional experience and emotion regulation, the assessment of emotion and the development and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Alyssa said her dissertation will compare two methods of reducing trauma-related shame among women who have experienced interpersonal violence. “I am grateful to be working with Dr. Christal Badour; my skills as a researcher have definitely benefited with her guidance.”
We asked Alyssa what surprised her most while working at the center, and she said, “I knew any clinic is going to require a lot of work, but I was surprised by how much work goes into keeping the Center running. Lots of moving pieces, and I know I’m only overseeing a small piece of it! Overall, it’s been a great experience for me to learn a bit about the business and administrative side of clinical practice.” She said that she is constantly reminded about the importance of communication and how essential it is to make sure things are running smoothly at the center. Alyssa is very grateful to be working with other coordinators at the center who help keep it running. If Alyssa could go back and do her first year over again, she said she would give herself one piece of advice—to remind herself to pursue the hobbies she is interested in. She said “It’s easy to get bogged down in all the work involved with graduate school. It’s a tough balance, but a worthy effort!” 
We thank Alyssa for all that she does at the Harris Center.
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