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Current Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Dr. Zachary Adams  (2012-2013) Dr. Zachary Adams earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky and completed his pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina.  His research interests center on the development of impulsive behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults, particularly among people who have experienced traumatic stress.  His current work focuses on how certain individual characteristics (personality, emotions, physiology) interact with traumatic experiences (maltreatment, assault, disaster) to influence risk for behavioral and emotional problems in young people.  He is also interested in studying the effects of secondary prevention efforts to reduce violence and substance use among trauma-exposed youth, as well as models for improving access and delivery of these services among high-risk populations.  At the NCVC, Dr. Adams conducts research in these areas and provides treatment to trauma-exposed children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Dr. Melissa Milanak (2012-2013)  Dr. Melissa Milanak earned her Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is currently completing her first year of Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research interests include emotional processing among individuals with trauma exposure, the examination of PTSD qualifying criterion A events, sequelae of trauma, and PTSD symptom structure. She is also interested in facial affect recognition as a measure of emotional processing and sleep disturbances associated with PTSD.  At the NCVC, Dr. Milanak conducts research in relation to these topics of interest, and provides trauma-focused treatment to children, adolescents, and adults who have been exposed to potentially traumatic events. She is also active in the community volunteering time to help support crime victims and trauma survivors.
  • Dr. Lisa Jobe-Shields (2013-current)  Dr. Lisa Jobe-Shields earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Memphis with a research focus in Child and Family Studies, and completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is currently completing her first year of NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on family relationships and affective interactions in families impacted by trauma (e.g., emotion-related parenting practices, parent-child discourse) and the impact of parental PTSD on parenting behavior and child functioning. Dr. Jobe-Shields is also interested in the role of family process in trauma-focused treatment and how to best serve families impacted by multigenerational trauma with significant barriers to treatment. In addition to conducting research on these topics at the NCVC, Dr. Jobe-Shields provides clinic and community-based trauma-focused treatment to children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Dr. Joah Williams (2013-2014) Dr. Joah Williams completed his undergraduate coursework at the University of the South in 2005 and earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Memphis. He completed his predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He is currently completing his first year of a NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at MUSC. His research interests broadly seek to improve knowledge about the psychological impact of fatal and non-fatal injuries on trauma survivors and, in the case of fatal injuries, their families. He is specifically interested in the association between the violent loss of a loved one (or loss due to motor vehicle fatalities, suicide, or homicide) and mental health outcomes, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complicated grief, and substance use. He plans to use this research to develop more effective early intervention programs for violent loss survivors. Dr. Williams provides trauma-focused treatment to children, adolescents, and adults at the NCVC.

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