The Team


Tamika Zapolski, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Her research focuses on risk for substance use and other health behaviors among African Americans.

Given limited integrative literature on understanding African American risk for alcohol use and related problems, Dr. Zapolski developed a theoretical model for African American alcohol use that was recently published in Psychological Bulletin. Using this theoretical model and an ecological framework, Dr. Zapolski has expanded on her research to also understand risk/protective for marijuana use among African Americans. Specifically, she is examining the interactive effect of cultural variables (e.g., discrimination, racial socialization, racial identity) on physiological, individual level (e.g., personality, expectancies, perceptions of risk), interpersonal (e.g., parental/peer support, parent/peer substance use, drug use beliefs), and environmental (e.g., access to drugs, school support, neighborhood disorganization) factors to better understand drug choice, course of use and consequences among African American youth and young adult populations.

Dr. Zapolski is currently a Learning for Early Careers in Addiction & Diversity (LEAD) Program scholar and a mentored scientist with the Center for Translational and Prevention Science (CTAPS). She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2013 and completed her clinical internship at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.



graduate students

Devin Banks, MS is a 4th year doctoral student in the PRISM lab. Her research aims to prevent disparities related to health-risk behaviors and to promote healthier behavior and psychological well-being among those at higher health risk due to sociodemographic disadvantage. In particular, she is interested in health disparities associated with substance abuse and risky sexual behavior that disproportionately affect African Americans. To this end, she examines cross-cultural and within-group differences in risk and promotive factors that contribute to these behaviors. The ultimate goal of Devin's research is to inform and develop early interventions that that promote healthier behavior across the lifespan, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities.


Alia Rowe, BA is a 2nd year doctoral student in the PRISM lab. Alia’s research interests concern substance use among underrepresented and understudied populations. Specifically, she is interested in examining how interventions and prevention programming can be tailored to better serve individuals of various racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. She aims to address gaps in the literature concerning the treatment and prevention of substance use and dependence among vulnerable minority and young veteran populations.


Richelle Clifton, BS is a 1st year doctoral student in the PRISM lab. Her research interests include examining how physical and psychological health are affected by race, sex, class, and positioning within culture and society. She is interested in contributing to the body of research that aims to reduce the disparities faced by youth, minorities, and other under-served populations through early assessment and intervention. In particular, Richelle aims to address gaps in the literature relating to stigmas and self-stigmas that minority populations face, and how these stigmas affect health and health beahvior.


Rahissa Winningham, BA is a 2nd year Master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program at Ball State University, who is fulfilling an internship with the PRISM lab. Her research interests broadly include: 1) examining how race and gender affect mental and physical health; 2) understanding how experiences of discrimination and microaggressions affect the mental health of individuals belonging to minority groups. She aims to create and implement programs within higher education that address mental health disparities among racial/ethnic and gender minorities. 



Undergraduate Students

Micah Faidley is a senior psychology major at IUPUI and has worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the PRISM lab since June 2015. His research aims to understand the relationships between various socio-cultural stressors and important health outcomes. More specifically, he is interested in examining variables, such as mindfulness and self-compassion, that may influence these relationships and promote psychological well-being, particularly among under-served and marginalized populations. Micah hopes to eventually develop culturally-specific programming for children, adolescents, and young adults incorporating mindfulness, self-compassion, and other novel strategies to reduce health disparities. 


Taylor Pemberton is a junior psychology major at IUPUI and an undergraduate research assistant in the PRISM lab. She is interested in learning more about causal factors and outcomes associated with risky behaviors, as well as how interventions can have a significant impact on these relationships. Through research, Taylor hopes to gain social and analytical skills that will help her prepare for medical school.


Ian Carson is a sophomore psychology major and honors college student at IUPUI. He is interested in diversity issues in clinical psychology, particularly how implicit bias affects different facets of psychotherapy and how cultural competency training can reduce the negative effects of this bias. He hopes to gain the analytical and procedural skills necessary to attend graduate school and become a clinical psychologist.


Adam Barnhill is a sophomore psychology major and honors college student. Adam is particularly interested in mood disorders, phobias, ADHD, and addiction as well as treatment for these mental health issues, especially through the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy. In the PRISM Lab, he hopes to gain firsthand experience researching addiction, as well as the skills and knowledge necessary to attend grad school for clinical psychology.



Previous Students

Research Interns
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