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Current Students:

Ayla (she/her/hers) entered the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Louisville in Fall 2021. She earned her BA in psychology from Northwestern University and her MFA in poetry from Boston University. Ayla’s undergraduate research focused on personality and health care utilization behaviors, and her current research interests include social determinants of health as they relate to counseling practice and physical and mental health outcomes. For fun, she enjoys spending time with family and friends (including her program cohort), running in Cherokee Park, rowing on the Ohio River, and playing the flute.

Deanna (she/her/hers) is joining the lab as a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Louisville in Fall 2023. She earned her BA in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University and an MA in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota. Deanna has a background in case management and victim advocacy both at higher education institutions and non-profit organizations. Her focus is on the impacts of race-based trauma and sexual violence - particularly when the two intersect for Black women and girls. She enjoys playing the drums, reading, and watching her favorite tv shows.

Fei Bi (she/her/hers) joined the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Louisville in Fall 2021. She immigrated to the U.S. in 2017 and went on to earn her BA in Psychology and Dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2019. Fei Bi's research and academic interests center around healing and resistance through decolonial and liberatory cultural practices. As a student clinician, she enjoys working with children, adolescents, and immigrants who need support navigating life stressors, systemic barriers, and/or trauma. Fei Bi finds meaning in being involved in state and national professional associations where she can advocate and support the needs of her community. In her free time, Fei Bi enjoys learning and sharing hula alongside her hula family at Hui Kaululehua, cooking and eating delicious food, and spending time with her loved ones and three fur babies.

Hannah (she/her/hers) joined the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Louisville in the Fall of 2019.  Hannah graduated from Emory University with a degree in Psychology and Human Health. Following graduation, Hannah worked in the Bay Area with startups in the healthcare communications and employee wellbeing space. Hannah's current research is focused on how experiences of chronic stress during childhood impact mental and physical health across the lifespan. In her free time she enjoys journaling, cooking, hiking, and spending time with family. 

Heba (she/her/hers) will be a masters student in the Counseling & Personnel Services program with a specialization in clinical mental health counseling. She received her bachelor's degree at the University of Louisville in Psychology. She is also involved in the University of Louisville's Resilient Families Project. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. 

Millicent (she/her/hers) is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Louisville in the Counseling Psychology Program. Millicent received her M.A. in Counseling from Northwestern University and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Millicent’s research interests focus on the mental health effects on Black Americans in Low SES communities. Since her undergraduate career, Millicent has participated in research labs focusing on social disparities and the effects of being in a lower socioeconomic class. She has presented research on socioeconomic status and relationship styles at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in 2016 and presented on the importance of self-care in supervision at the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Conference in 2020. For fun, Millicent enjoys music, trying new foods, and playing with her three fur babies.

Miranda (she/her/hers) is a non-traditional first-generation master’s level student studying counseling psychology at the University of Louisville. Miranda has professional experience working closely with individuals impacted by interpersonal and community violence, contributing to her research interests in disenfranchised communities, PTSD/trauma, substance use disorders, adverse childhood experiences, and the impacts of community and interpersonal violence. Miranda is a member of the American Psychological Association (divisions 1, 35, 56, and APAGS) and the Kentucky Psychological Association where she serves as Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator on the KPAGS Committee. Miranda is committed to a career combining research, community engagement, advocacy, and education to promote equity and the empowerment of all individuals. In her free time, Miranda enjoys reading, spending time with her husband, Ronnie, and their two children (Ellie and Nora), and curling up for a nice nap with her animals.

Xio (she/her/hers) is currently on a gap year. She is using this time to focus on gaining more research experience prior to applying to Ph.D. programs. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Following graduation, she has worked in healthcare and education. Currently, she is a Clinical Research Assistant working in oncology. Her research interests include minority mental health, health disparities, storytelling, and identity development. In her free time, she enjoys running, trying out new foods, playing with her three cats, reading, and building legos.


Callie, MEd in Counseling Psychology, 2022
Hailey, MEd in
Counseling Psychology, 2022, Volunteers of America

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Dr. Mitchell is accepting advisees for the Counseling Psychology PhD Program next year.

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Publications associated with the lab are listed under the publications tab. 

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We are excited you're interested in the lab and welcome inquiries from undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students! See below for some points to consider.

  • Check out the home research page for information about the lab as well as my research mentoring style. 

  • Reach out directly at or to get connected with students in the lab and ask questions about the application process.

  • If you are applying to UofL's MEd program or PhD program in Counseling Psychology, be sure to check the website for application deadlines!

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