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Graduate Students

Hannah Friedman (CV) is a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology program at Ole Miss. Hannah graduated from Emory University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While at Emory, she conducted her Honors Thesis on the etiology of and etiological overlap among social anxiety, shyness, and extraversion in youth. She completed her M.A. degree at the University of Mississippi in 2021. Hannah’s research interests pertain to understanding the intergenerational transmission of anxiety, the role of parental accommodation in the maintenance of youth anxiety disorders, and cognitive vulnerabilities in the development and maintenance of parent and adolescent anxiety.


Maxwell Luber (CV) is a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology program at Ole Miss. Max graduated from Temple University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While at Temple University, he was an undergraduate research assistant in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic with Dr. Philip Kendall, working on studies that examined long-term outcomes of different types of treatments for childhood anxiety. Before coming to Ole Miss, Max held several post-baccalaureate Research Coordinator positions. At the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, Max worked in two labs: one focusing on the treatment of tics and Tourette’s disorder with Dr. Barbara Coffey and another in MRI research that focused on understanding the underlying risk, disease, expression, and resilience of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with Dr. Sophia Frangou. After leaving NYC, Max moved to Nashville to work in the Emotion and Anxiety Research Lab at Vanderbilt university as a Research Analyst, with the primary role to serve as student coordinator for Dr. Bunmi Olatunji’s R21 study, which explored disgust as a distinct OCD endophenotype.

Max’s current research interests are in the cognitive and behavioral mechanisms associated with the maintenance and treatment of anxiety and related disorders.


Kayce Hopper (CV) is a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology program at Ole Miss. Kayce graduated from the College of Charleston in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While at the College of Charleston, she completed her Senior Thesis, Negative Incentive Shifts in Food Reward Produce Ethanol Consumption in Rats, with Dr. Chad Galuska. After graduating from the College of Charleston, her Senior Thesis was incorporated into a manuscript, which she co-authored, titled Effects of Negative Incentive Shifts in Food Reward on Rats’ Consumption of Concurrent Ethanol Solutions. During her time as a post-baccalaureate, she was a research assistant at the Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors Lab and Clinic at Louisiana State University as well as an Applied Behavioral Analysis line technician at the Gulfsouth Autism Center in Baton Rouge, LA. Kayce’s research interests pertain to understanding how variables, such as distress tolerance, parental relationships, and anxiety sensitivity, mediate the relationship between anxiety and substance use in adolescents and young adults.