Summer is a lab coordinator in Dr. Stappenbeck’s lab. She graduated from Wheaton College in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. During her time at Wheaton, Summer contributed to two studies examining meaning-making processes post disaster trauma, and the impact of compassion fatigue and burnout in forensic investigators affected by secondary trauma. Following graduation, Summer worked in Dr. Yuri Saalmann’s lab at UW-Madison, where she supported a project investigating prefrontal-thalamic dynamics within cognitive control. Outside of research, Summer has also worked in residential addiction treatment for female offenders, many of whom had extensive histories of domestic violence and other traumas.
Summer intends to earn a doctoral degree in clinical psychology to pursue her research interests in the affective and cognitive correlates of antisocial behavior (e.g., sexual violence), as well as these factors’ interaction with personality pathology. She aims to utilize this research in outlining new predictive measures and intervention strategies for forensic populations.