Brianna Lopez (she/her) is a senior Psychology major with minors in Women’s & Gender Studies and Philosophy. She is one of the founding members of Psyche, Ball State’s new undergraduate psychology peer-reviewed journal. This project was inspired by her work with Stance, Ball State’s international undergraduate philosophy journal. In addition to her work on academic journals, Brianna is an assistant in Dr. Lee’s P2 lab at Ball State and will be assisting with data coding for projects conducted in collaboration with the Youth Opportunity Center. In addition to working for the P2 lab, Brianna is also a research assistant in Dr. Thiem’s lab where she runs participants through an experiment to assess racial stereotypes about danger. Brianna is also doing research as part of an Honors Fellowship and an Honors Senior Thesis. She is also an Honors Peer Mentor, President of NAMI at Ball State, and a board member for Ball State’s chapter of Psi Chi. Brianna has also served as a teaching assistant for the psychology department, which inspired her dream of becoming a psychology professor! After graduation, Brianna plans to work for a year in the field and then apply to graduate programs in social psychology.
In her free time, Brianna enjoys spending time outside doing things like hiking, kayaking, and skiing. In addition, she loves reading, music, movies, and being with friends.
Kimberly Ingold (she/her) is a senior at Ball State University. She is double majoring in Psychological Science and Criminal Justice, minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies, and is in the Honors College. In addition to Kimberly’s involvement in Psyche, she is an Honors College Peer Mentor, Student Researcher in the Teacher-Scholar Program, member of the Immersive Learning Student Advisory Board, member of ActiveMinds, Vice President of Ball State’s Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology) chapter, and President of Ball State’s Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honor Society) chapter, and research assistant in the Personality and Psychopathology (P2) Lab on campus, where she is working on projects conducted in collaboration with Muncie’s Youth Opportunity Center. Additionally, Kimberly has participated in the Honors Undergraduate Fellows Program, studied abroad with the Criminal Justice department, volunteered as a teaching assistant for two different Psychological Science courses, and has served as a member of the Student Conduct Board.
After she graduates in the spring of 2022, Kimberly plans on attending graduate school in order to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is interested in researching mental health in incarcerated populations with a special focus on expanding knowledge of evidence-based treatments for incarcerated individuals. Outside of academics, Kimberly can be found working with HOPE (Helping Offenders Prosper through Employment) Mentoring at the Indiana Department of Corrections, roller skating, thrifting, watching documentaries, and hanging out with friends.
Mawsoof Ali (he/him) is a senior at Ball State University studying psychology. In addition to his editor position at Psyche, he is an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Tayla Lee’s Personality and Psychopathology (P2) Lab, where he is assisting with research conducted in collaboration with the Youth Opportunity Center. His primary academic interest is psychopathology in underserved, marginalized communities, particularly trauma reactions in individuals who are immigrants or refugees. As such, Mawsoof previously served refugee youth as a mentor and tutor with the Halimah Project in East Lansing, MI. He also worked with adolescents staying at the Julian Center (a domestic violence shelter in Indianapolis) as a Youth Department Intern. Additionally, he has experience as a group leader in Spartan Support Network, a peer led mental health support group at Michigan State University. After graduating this December, he plans on pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology to gain the training and education necessary to serve minority communities as a researcher and clinician. Outside of academics, Mawsoof is an avid fan of basketball, football, and hip-hop.
Kyla Romines is an undergraduate majoring in psychology and minoring in criminal justice/criminology and ASL at Ball State University. Her research interests include the psychology of language and memory. She is a part of the ASL Club, a drop-in math tutor at the satellite learning center in the Robert Bell Building, and was a part of the opening committee this year. Academically, Romines is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) and the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 41. She is interested in forensic psychology and plans on getting a Master’s in psychology with a focus on criminal justice and forensics.
Dr. Kristin Ritchey
Dr. Kristin Ritchey (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Ball State University, where she serves as the department’s Assistant Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Ritchey teaches introductory psychology, cognitive psychology, a capstone research seminar, and supervises a variety of undergraduate independent study courses, research assistants, honors theses, and Master’s theses. Dr. Ritchey’s research interests include adult reading comprehension and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Dr. Nilou Lueke
Dr. Nilou Lueke is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Ball State University. She received her Ph.D. from an interdisciplinary Neuroscience program. She teaches Psychopathology, Introduction to Neuroscience, and Neuropharmacology, and supervises research assistants and student theses. Dr. Lueke’s research interests include self-criticism, mindfulness and neuropsychological performance, and health psychology.
Dr. Adam Lueke
Dr. Adam Lueke is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Ball State University. He has a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a focus on Social Psychology. He teaches Psychological Statistics and Research Seminar, and his research interests include mindfulness, cognitive biases, and political correctness.