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 supported by a K01 training grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to examine physiological pathways through which discrimination impacts substance use vulnerability among African American youth. She is a co-Director of the newly formed Adolescent Behavioral Health Research Program (BHP), a multidisciplinary team of researchers within Indiana University created to improve the health and wellbeing of teenagers and young adults through research, education, and intervention. She is also 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 5th 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. Devin is currently supported by an F31 predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to examine patterns and consequences of polysubstance use among adolescents by race/ethnicity.


Alia Rowe, MS is a 3rd 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 2nd 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.

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Shirin Khazvand, BA is a 1st year doctoral student in the PRISM lab. Her research interests include investigating maladaptive coping and factors that contribute to engaging in risk behaviors among adolescents. She is interested in examining and improving prevention and intervention programs and tailoring them to better serve underrepresented populations. 




Kenzie Whitener, BA is the Clinical Study Technician, Project Manager, and point of contact for the “Going 4 Goals” or DBT-A research study through the PRISM lab. She oversees data collection, organization of program materials and group assembly, and partnership recruitment. Kenzie has a background in adolescent life skills training, behavior management, and special education. Her research interests include integrating mental health support in school settings and improving access to care in rural communities. 


Post-Baccalaureate sTUDENTS

Queenisha Crichlow, BS is a fellow of the Indiana University-Purdue University Post-Baccalaureate Research Education (IPREP) Program. Queenisha is interested in understanding risk and protective factors among minority youth. Specifically, she is interested in investigating how social and cultural factors influence engagement in substance use, delinquency, and risky sexual behaviors. She ultimately plans to use her research to increase the effectiveness of intervention programs implemented in areas with culturally diverse populations.  



Undergraduate Students


Ian Carson is a junior 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 junior 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 graduate school for clinical psychology.


Peyton Carroll is a senior undergraduate Psychology major at IUPUI. She is interested in a variety of issues, particularly in how familial factors impact adolescent behaviors and how early interventions in low socioeconomic childhood may impact substance use and risky behaviors in adolescent and adulthood. She hopes to gain more experience in conducting research to better prepare her in her goals of attending graduate school to become a clinical psychologist. 


Rachel Jackson



Previous StudentS


  • Micah Faidley, Doctoral Student, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Taylor Pemberton


  • Rahissa Winningham

  • Marcy Beutlich, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology, Howard University