I am a graduate student in the clinical psychology program under the advisement of Dr. Connie Beck in the Psychology, Policy, and Law Lab. My research investigates families involved in the legal system and developing the best interventions for these families. I received my Masters of Counseling (M.C.) from Arizona State University where I developed an online intervention for college students whose parents separated or divorced while they were in college. Additionally, during my masters program, I was a counseling intern at Bayless Healthcare in Phoenix, AZ where I worked with a diverse caseload of clients. Upon starting my doctoral degree at the University of Arizona, I have worked with my advisor on a variety of projects at the intersection of psychology and law. I conducted phone interviews for a randomized controlled trial testing different types of divorce mediation between high conflict couples, I conducted qualitative research with parents and youth involved in adolescent-to-parent violence and with Court Appointed Advisors conducting investigations for the court regarding custody. On the weekends, I conduct an ACT-based manualized intervention that is currently being evaluated to juveniles in detention. Additionally, I am currently running a replication and extension of my online intervnetion from my masters program. My ultimate goal is to develop programs for families involved in the legal system to improve their lives and their family relationships.
Shanholtz, C.E., Messer, D., Davidson, R., Randall, A.K., Horan, J.J. (2017). A Randomized Clinical Trial of Online Stress Inoculation for Adult Children of Divorce. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. Doi: 10.1080/10502556.2017.1354278