Current Clinical Students

My name is Lediya Dumessa. I graduated from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2009 with a BA in Psychology and I started the clinical program at WCU in 2013. My research interests include child maltreatment, recidivism, and the associated psychological outcomes. My thesis research focuses on parental variables that predict child maltreatment severity and consequential removal of children from their homes. After I receive my masters at WCU I plan on attending a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. Please contact me at:



I am Kimberlee Cooper and I am a recent (2013) graduate of WCU's Clinical Psychology program.  My research interests include psychopathy and the effects of testosterone in correlation to common traits exhibited by psychopaths.  Additionally, I am also interested in the differences between sexes associated with the assessment and treatment of psychopathy.

If you have questions, please email me.

Note: Kimberlee successfully obtained licensure (congratulations!) and is a great resource for questions pertaining to getting licensed and securing a job upon graduation.






Jessica Kelliher graduated from Furman University in May 2011 with a BS in Psychology and earned her M.A. in psychology (clinical) from WCU in 2013. In the fall of 2014, Jessica will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Her research interests include how life stressors and personality traits play a role in depression, anxiety disorders, and suicide.

If you have questions, please email:









Brittany, clinical studentHi!  I am Brittany Blanchard.  I graduated from Louisiana State University in 2010 with a BS in psychology and I received my M.A. in clinical psychology from WCU in 2013.  My previous research involved smoking behaviors and schizophrenia.  Currently, I am interested in biological, psychological, and social factors predicting substance abuse and deviant behaviors.

If you have questions, please email me.

Note: Brittany will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Texas Tech starting in the Fall of 2014. Congratulations, Brittany!







Hello! My name is John Baley. I am a 2nd year clinical student at WCU (graduating in August of 2014). I am interested in Substance Abuse in general, and the relationship between personality and substance use treatment in particular. My other interests include psychopathy and applied psychology. Outside of school I enjoy many things, including running ultramarathons, visiting waterfalls in Western North Carolina, and camping. Contact:




Hi, I'm Lauren Miller. I graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a BS in Psychology and International affairs. Currently my focus is on Psychopathy and Cluster B personality disorders with my thesis researching empathy and gender differences in these populations. I received my master's from WCU in 2014 and will be attending Virginia Tech's Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology in the fall. If you have any questions about WCU please email me




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