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Lab Director
Nadorff photo Michael R. Nadorff, Ph.D.

Dr. Nadorff's current research interests involve the relations between sleep disorders, suicidal behavior, and aging. A particular focus of Dr. Nadorff's work has been examining the relation between insomnia symptoms, nightmares, and suicidal behavior.  Dr. Nadorff is also interested in changes in suicidal behavior with age and investigating the efficacy and effectiveness of sleep treatments such as Cogntive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and Imagery Rehearsal Therapy for nightmares.  For more information click here.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Drapeau  photo Christopher W. Drapeau, Ph.D.

Christopher W. Drapeau completed an APA-accredited internship in child and adolescent psychology at the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District and received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Ball State University in 2016. From 2009-2011, Christopher served as a research assistant in a suicide research lab at the South Bend campus of Indiana University.  He also has compiled suicide statistics for the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) with Dr. John McIntosh since 2012 and played an instrumental role in the creation of the AAS' first ever Student Division.  

Christopher was a co-founder of the East Central Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition, serving as Chair of the coalition from 2012-2014. From 2014-2015, he served as chair of the school suicide prevention subcommittee of the Delaware County, Indiana chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Christopher is a Master Trainer for an evidence-based suicide prevention training called QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) and has experience training university administration and faculty, psychologists, religious leaders, school districts and crisis response teams, and pre-service teacher trainees in suicide prevention and postvention response.

Clinical Ph.D. Students
Shea Golding 

Courtney (Shea) Golding, M.S.

Shea is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program.  She received her master's degree from MSU, with her thesis focusing on parenting and discipline practices (Dr. Cliff McKinney, chair).  Upon completion of her Master's degree, she worked in the Mood and Suicidal Behavior lab at University of Mississippi Medical Center under the supervision of Dr. Courtney Bagge.  This experience, paired with discussion of suicide risk assessment that took place in Dr. Nadorff's Behavior Therapy course kindled her interest in suicide research.  Shea's research interests include suicide (suicidal behaviors, those who attempt suicide, and those who are left behind - suicide survivors), trauma, and parenting.

Patricia Cartwright  Patricia Cartwright, B.A.

Patricia is a native of Garland, TX and a third year in the Clinical Psychology, PhD program. Currently, Patricia is working as the Graduate Student Clinic Coordinator at the MSU Psychology Clinic. In her free time, Patricia enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her 2 dogs (Sarge and Koco), exercising, and traveling. Patricia master's thesis project looked at the influence of core military values and perceived stigma on help-seeking behaviors in service members. Her current research interests include mental illness stigma, nightmares, the assessment and treatment of adjustment disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal behaviors in the military population.
Katrina Speed  Katrina (Kat) Speed, B.A.

 Kat is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Business Management minor. Prior to joining the MSU PhD program, she worked as a grant writer, Project Director, and volunteer supervisor for a local SAMHSA-funded Crisis Center Follow-up Grant. Her love for working in a crisis center setting led her to develop clinical and research interest in suicide prevention, trauma, and sleep disorders. Further, Kat is interested in working to promote better mental health outcomes for all military service members. Specifically, she is interested in how stigma and confidentiality concerns interact with intention to seek mental health services within the military.
Caitlin Titus  Caitlin E. Titus, M.S.

Caitlin is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program here at State. She received her master's degree in Human Development with a concentration in Research from the University of Rochester where she then spent 3 years working on an adolescent suicide prevention program. Caitlin then moved to the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and continued research in suicide prevention with Veterans. Inspired by these experiences she decided to go back to school with the hope of one day running her own research in the field of suicide prevention. More specifically, Caitlin would like to examine both resiliency and risk factors within prevention programs and their connection with suicide attempts and deaths rates in populations.