2022 Scholars

2022 Holmes Scholars

Jac'lyn Bera

Jac'lyn is a doctoral student at Indiana University Bloomington. Her field of study is School Psychology with a minor in Counseling Psychology. Jac'lyn previously attended Utah State University for her bachelor's and master's degrees in Psychology and worked with rural communities. There she provided school based cognitive behavioral therapy and social emotional learning in classrooms. As a first-generation student from a rural area, Jac'lyn strives to return to rural communities in the Rocky Mountain West and Southwest regions of the United States. Her goal is to provide mental health and neurodevelopmental diagnostic services to underserved communities. Currently, her research focuses on the intersectionality of rurality, marginalization, and access to mental health and diagnostic services.

Swasti Singh

Swasti Singh is an international student from India. She attended Indiana University Bloomington for her undergraduate in Psychology with a minor in English and graduated in 2020. She also obtained a Master's of Education in International and Comparative Education, as well as a Certificate in Education Law from the IU School of Education in the spring of 2022.

She was born in India and came to the US when she was 8 years old. Since then, she has lived in Wisconsin and California. She has been in Bloomington since 2013. Aside from her professional and academic interests above, she enjoys hiking, reading, baking and gardening. She has two cats named Ralfie and Roo, and a puppy named Otis.

Cintia Alaniz

Cintia Alaniz is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program at IU Bloomington. She received her bachelor's of arts in Psychology from Cal Poly Pomona in California. She is interested in identifying the specific mechanisms that contribute to the success of first-generation Latina/o/x undocumented/DACAmented college students in higher education. She would also like to collaborate with underserved communities and provide better access to mental health resources. More specifically, she would like to provide therapy in Spanish to undocumented and immigrant communities. She will be the graduate assistant for the department Counseling and Educational Psychology during her first year at IUB.

Taiwo Ogundapo

Taiwo Ogundapo is a phenomenal second-year doctoral student at Indiana University Bloomington, where she majors in science education. Her research interests are professional development, instructional technologies, and learning communities. She is also very passionate about students' and teachers' self-perception and identities. Last summer, she interned with the Girls Inc. of Monroe county, and in her previous role before joining IU, she worked as the unit head for a financial technology company in Nigeria and spent her weekends volunteering with an Ed-tech company. Taiwo enjoys reading biographies and memoirs, seeing movies, or spending time with friends enjoying nature. Taiwo looks forwards to becoming a renowned researcher in the field of science education.

Karina Mojica

Karina Mojica is a first-generation Mexican American School Psychology graduate student from Chicago, Illinois. She was raised in a predominantly Latinx neighborhood in the Northwest side of Chicago called Hermosa. She is the youngest child in her family and one of the few to have the opportunity to go to college. Due to her personal experiences and those of her family and friends, she became passionate about working with students who come from similar backgrounds and experiences. In her free time she enjoys reading romance stories, writing short stories, watching movies, and trying new foods.

Jazlyn Rowan

Jazlyn Rowan is a second-year School Psychology graduate student with a minor in Counseling. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana State University with a B.S. in Psychology and focus on political science and civic leadership. She has accumulated experience with Indiana’s Children Policy and Law Initiative and is involved in research representing her interest areas of social justice advocacy, the school-to-prison pipeline, and policies, practices, and procedures impacting life trajectories of Black and Brown students. She is currently in accordance with American Psychological Association’s Global Learning Leadership Institute, in which three of the United Nation's sustainable development goals (climate change, reducing racial inequality, and health and wellness) will be dissected to create a plan for change throughout 2025. She looks forward to growing professionally and acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to continue to work towards her life purpose with guidance and leadership from her amazing mentors.

Carissa Serratos

Carissa Serratos was born in Chicago, IL but was raised in Hammond, IN, and identifies as a Mexican Latina. At Purdue University, she majored in Psychological Sciences and minored in Human Development and Family Studies, and had involvement in numerous research labs such as the Developmental Studies Lab. Since beginning her college career, she has had several working experiences with children and adolescents, such as being a student worker at the university daycare and a Youth Development Worker at a residential facility for adolescents. Following graduation, she worked as a Registered Behavior Technician where she provided Applied Behavior Analysis therapy services for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also attended Valparaiso University, earning a graduate certificate in Trauma-Informed Care. Currently, she is a second-year Ph.D. student in the School Psychology program. Her research involvements include Dr. Lisa Aguilar’s Collective Research for Indigenizing School Psychology (CRISP) Research Team and Dr. David Shriberg’s Social Justice Research Lab.

Ja'Toria Palmer

Ja'Toria Palmer is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at IU. She is a Virginia native but has lived in the Midwest for about seven years. She earned her bachelor's at IUPUI where she majored in Psychology and minored in Forensic & Investigative Science. At Ball State University she received a master's in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Prior to this program, she worked as a Behavior Therapist in an all women owned clinic working collaboratively with families that had children with Autism and various other diagnoses developing goals, implementing, and creating plans to help learners develop a range of functional skills (independence, academic, speech, etc.).

Tyus Roanhorse

Tyus Roanhorse is a current doctoral student studying School Psychology at Indiana University – Bloomington. He is originally from Chinle, Arizona, which is located on the Navajo Nation, and received his bachelor’s in psychology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2019. His primary research and professional interest are in autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, culturally-responsive assessments, and providing psychoeducational services to culturally and linguistically minoritized populations.

Alexis Briggins

Alexis Briggins is from Port Huron, Michigan. She was born into a single parent household and her mother married when she was eight years old. She attended Port Huron High School was fortunate enough to be able to be dual enrolled at Blue Water Middle College. In the Fall of 2018, she competed in the Centralis competition at CMU and was accepted into the 2019 Centralis cohort. She graduated from Central Michigan University in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Mental Health Concentration and a Certificate in Cultural Competency. She is a Legacy member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and was very active during her undergraduate studies.

Karen Smith

Karen Smith is a doctoral student in Instructional Systems Technology and enjoys education, technology, and research. She is an educator and has experience teaching in K-12, post-secondary, and workplace settings. Before becoming an educator, Karen worked in Marketing Research and absorbed what it means to delight the consumer. She took this understanding of delighting the consumer into teaching and grew her ability to meet the needs of diverse learners.

As an advocate for learners and high-quality instruction, Karen is passionate about helping learners reach academic success. She enjoys creating and implementing alternative ways of teaching. Everyone deserves a high-quality education is a mantra Karen uses in her work as an educator. It is a beacon that guides her instruction, creation of instructional products, and research that further enhances education across many contexts.

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