News

Check out the latest updates and accomplishments from our lab!

2020

July - Matt Luciano is set for graduation after successfully defending his dissertation entitled, "Reducing Hazardous Drinking Among Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Using a Brief Alcohol Intervention and Avoidance-Focused Feedback"! Congratulations, Dr. Luciano!!

2019

August - Dr. McDevitt-Murphy was awarded a $1M grant from the Health and Services Administration (HRSA) to train future behavioral health services providers in substance abuse and opioid treatment, in partnership with Church Health Center and UT Health Science Center for Addiction! Congratulations on this HUGE accomplishment, Meghan!

June - Matt Luciano, Sam Acuff, and Dr. McDevitt-Murphy published an article in Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology!

May - Dr. McDevitt-Murphy, Becky Zakarian, Matt Luciano, and Cece Olin published an article in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

April - Becky Zakarian, Megan Avery, and Dr. McDevitt-Murphy had an article accepted to the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. Great work!

March - Matt Luciano won the Morton Disseratation Award!

March - Cece Olin had a poster accepted to the Research Society on Alcoholism. Congrats!!

March - Dr. McDevitt-Murphy, Rebecca Zakarian, Matthew Luciano, CeCe Olin, and Noel Mazzulo had an article accepted to Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse!

March - Sam Leonard accepted an offer to attend the University of Houston Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program starting in the 2019-2020 academic year!

February - Mya Bowen has accepted an offer to join the TCRG lab as our newest doctoral student! Welcome to the lab, Mya!

February - Happy Match Day! Matt Luciano was successfully matched for internship at the San Diego VA Healthcare System/San Diego Consortium! Good luck, Matt!!

2018

December - Rebecca Zakarian had a first-authored journal article accepted at the Journal of Loss and Trauma.

November - Members of the TCRG lab presented their work at the annual conferences of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

August - Dr. McDevitt-Murphy was honored with the Jack and Jane Morris Professorship. Congrats, Meghan!

August - Jessica Tripp graduated with her PhD in clinical psychology. Congratulations, Dr. Tripp!

July - Matt Luciano received the prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship (F31 grant)! His project is titled, "Reducing hazardous drinking and PTSD-related avoidance through a brief alcohol intervention with an avoidance-focused feedback supplement."

June - Rebecca Zakarian and Sam Leonard both had posters accepted to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Great job!

June - Matt Luciano had a symposium presentation accepted to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies titled, "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Alcohol Misuse: Understanding Comorbidity Through the Lens of Behavioral Economics". He will also be the chair of this symposium!

June - Matt Luciano had a panel presentation accepted to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies titled, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Getting into Graduate School and Beyond: Perspectives on Early Career in Traumatic Stress Studies".

June - Cece Olin and Dr. McDevitt-Murphy both had symposium presentations accepted to the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies!

June - Dr. McDevitt-Murphy has started her new position as Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program!

April - Rebecca Zakarian proposed her thesis, "Understanding PTSD, Aggression, and Shame Among Post-9/11 Veterans".

February - Jessica Tripp accepted a postdoc position at the Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment at UCSD and the San Diego VA! Good luck, Jess!

February - Matt Luciano, Dr. McDevitt-Murphy, Sam Acuff, Ben Bellet, and Jessica Tripp had a paper accepted to Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Great work, team!

2017

December - Sam Acuff, Matt Luciano, and Dr. McDevitt-Murphy had a paper accepted by the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology!

November - Jessica Tripp successfully defended her dissertation, "Using Latent Variable Mixture Modeling To Understand Differences Between PTSD And Moral Injury."

October - Dr. McDevitt-Murphy, Matt Luciano, and Becky Zakarian had a symposium accepted to ADAA!

September - Matt Luciano was just elected for a two-year term as the ISTSS Student Section Chair, an ex-officio Board position!

September - Nichole Mazzulo had a poster accepted to the STRONGSTAR Combat PTSD Conference.

September - Matt Luciano and Nichole Mazzulo had a poster accepted to the ABCT Trauma and PTSD Special Interest Group.

August - Matt Luciano resubmitted his F-31 grant to NIAAA. Good luck, Matt!

June - Becky Zakarian, Cecilia Olin, and Nichole Mazzulo each had posters accepted to ISTSS.

March - Cecilia Olin has officially accepted an offer to join the Trauma and Coping Research Group as our newest doctoral student. Welcome to Memphis, Cecilia!

March - Ben Bellet accepted an offer at Harvard University for their Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program! Best of luck, Ben!

February - Dr. McDevitt-Murphy was recognized by The University of Memphis as a PI Millionaire.

February - Happy Match Day! Jessica Tripp was successfully matched for internship at the VA San Diego Healthcare System/University of California, San Diego Consortium!


2016

December - Matt Luciano defended his midpoint project, a training grant (NIH F31) to develop and test a brief intervention focused on reducing alcohol and PTSD-related avoidance. Matt will submit this grant to NIAAA in early December.

November - Jessica Tripp won a $1000 APA Dissertation Award. Way to go, Jess!

November - Ben Bellet successfully defended his thesis project!

November - Matt Luciano passed his midpoint proposal! Phenomenal job, Matt!

November - Matt Luciano presented his findings on PTSD symptoms change after a brief intervention at ISTSS.

October - Ben Bellet and Matt Luciano both presented posters at ABCT this month.

August - Dr. McDevitt-Murphy, Matt Luciano, Jessica Tripp, and Jasmine Eddinger had a paper accepted to Addictive Behaviors titled, "Drinking Motives and PTSD-Related Alcohol Expectancies Among Combat Veterans."

July - Jasmine Eddinger and Matt Luciano both had posters accepted to ISTSS and have both been selected to present at the welcome reception.

June - Matt Luciano had a poster presented at the Research Society for Alcoholism.

June - Matt Luciano had a manuscript accepted to The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease titled, "Posttraumatic stress and physical health functioning: Moderating effects of deployment and postdeployment social support in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans."

April - Ben Bellet and Matt Luciano both had posters accepted to ABCT.

April - Jasmine Eddinger officially passed her thesis defense and earned her Master's degree! Fantastic work, Jasmine!

April - Matt Luciano passed his thesis defense and has completed the requirements for his Master's degree! Great job, Matt!

March - Rebecca Zakarian has officially accepted an offer to join the Trauma and Coping Research Group as our newest doctoral student. Welcome to the lab, Rebecca!

March - Jessica Tripp presented a poster at the Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction conference in San Diego, CA.

February - Jasmine Eddinger has recently accepted an offer at the University of Missouri - Kansas City for their Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. Great job Jasmine!

January - Jessica Tripp had a paper accepted at Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior titled, "Trauma-related guilt mediates the relationship between PTSD and suicidal ideation in OEF/OIF/OND veterans."

January - Congratulations to Matt Luciano on passing his thesis proposal! Fantastic job!!

2015

December - Congratulations to Jasmine Eddinger for recently passing her thesis proposal!

November - Jasmine Eddinger, Matt Luciano, and Jess Tripp all presented posters and presentations at ABCT and ISTSS this month!

November - Dr. McDevitt-Murphy was inducted as Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies!

October - Matt Luciano accepted a position as the Student Co-chair for the ISTSS Internet and Technology Special Interest Group!

July - Congratulations to Aisling Henschel who successfully defended her thesis, "How do aftermath of battle experiences affect returning OEF/OIF soldiers?"

July - Matt Luciano had a panel and a poster accepted at ISTSS!

June - Dr. McDevitt-Murphy's grant application, "A Behavioral Economic Analysis of PTSD Using Ecological Momentary Assessment" was recommended for funding by the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD!

June - Aisling Henschel accepted a position at the Medical University of South Carolina as a Project Manager!

May - Matt Luciano and Aisling Henschel both had posters accepted to ABCT.

May - Jessica Tripp had a symposium accepted at ABCT!

April - Aisling Henschel won the MSGP Program Director’s Award!

February - Megan Avery accepted a position in the Aronov-Morgan Practice!

February - Joah Williams accepted a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City's Clinical Psychology Program!

2014

November - Megan Avery successfully defended her dissertation, "Using Latent Variable Mixture Modeling to Understand Trauma-Related Outcomes"!

November - The TCRG had several posters presented this month at both ISTSS and ABCT.

August - The publication VA Research Currents featured a summary of some of our recent work on brief alcohol interventions!

August - Jordan Fields graduated with his PhD in clinical psychology. He will serve as a clinical psychologist in the United States Air Force and will be stationed at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

August - Joah Williams received a Loan Repayment Award from NIH!

August - Best wishes to Megan Avery as she begins her internship at Butner Federal Correctional Complex!

February - Matthew Luciano has accepted an offer to join TCRG as a clinical psychology doctoral student!