Where Are They Now?

Here’s what some of people who were Youth Risk and Resilience Lab members in recent years are doing now.

YRR Lab at Wheaton CollegeSarah D. Rogers, Psy.D., graduated in 2014 after completing her doctoral internship at Northern Illinois University Counseling and Student Development Center.  She is currently completing a post-doc at Heritage Professional Associates in Wheaton and Hinsdale, and sees clients for both therapy and assessment services.

She is working on publishing her dissertation, "An Investigation of the Impact of Friend Characteristics on Implications for Social Support Outcomes in Adolescents," which drew from both peer influence and social support literatures.  In her free time, Sarah enjoys coffee, being outdoors, and spending time with friends.

Rachel (Posthuma) George, Psy.D., completed her pre-doctoral internship at Meier Clinics in Wheaton, Illinois, and is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship while preparing her dissertation for publication.  Her research interests include protective factors to depression in adolescence, including self-esteem and attributional style for positive events. When she has free time, she loves spending time with her husband and friends, doing arts and crafts, and shopping.

YRR Lab at Wheaton CollegeHyung Joon "Joon" Choe, M.A., graduated from Wheaton College with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2013.  He is currently a research assistant at Yale University.

His research interests include adolescent psychopathology, development and psychometric evaluation of psychological tests for adolescents, and most of all "goofing around" with fellow lab members. 

YRR Lab at Wheaton CollegeJungin Hyun, M.A., graduated from the Master’s program at Wheaton College and is now a 2nd year doctoral student at Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in California.  She is hoping to continue pursuing research opportunities with Asian populations. When not doing research, Jungin loves to cook.


Lia Lia Smith, B.A., graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and HNGR certificate in 2013. She is currently a research assistant with Andrea King, PhD at The University of Chicago and a behavioral health intern with Karla Torres, PsyD at Lawndale Christian Health Center. Her research interests include addictions, sexuality and health disparities. In her spare time, she enjoys laughing, learning to be a better listener, and soaking up wisdom.

Michelle Lindsey, B.A., now Michelle Turner, graduated from Wheaton College with a psychology major. She is now working as a research assistant at Butler Hospital, part of the Brown University School of Medicine, in Providence, RI on a smoking cessation project. Her research interests include stressful life events and transitions, depression, and attributional style.  In her spare time, she enjoys working out, acting, playing viola, and mostly baking!

YRR Lab at Wheaton CollegeHeather Rickert, now Heather Rozendaal, is graduating from Wheaton College in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Social Work.  She is currently looking into job positions at mental health clinics, social services agencies, and residential care facilities in Minnesota.

Her research interests include relationships between families, family therapy, and adolescents and young adults dealing with severe life events, such as trauma and abuse.  In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her new husband, Kyle, running, reading, and researching graduate school options.

Youth Risk and Resilience Lab

The purpose of the Youth Risk and Resilience lab (YouRR Lab) at Wheaton College is to add to the scientific literature and share findings with the general public on effective ways to mobilize resources within the family and larger community to prevent and treat depressive disorders in children and adolescents, and alcohol-related problems in adolescents and young adults.