Dr. Corrigan's Lab
Dr. Corrigan's Lab Group
The following individuals are members of Dr. Corrigan's research lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Along with names, a brief description of their current research initiatives is provided. For more information on these individuals, please click on their name below.
Maya Al-khouja: Maya is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology. She currently works as a research assistant under Patrick Corrigan for the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE). She is author of the Honest, Open, Proud on college campuses program and is currently conducting research on its effectiveness. Maya has worked with Dr. Corrigan since 2013 and intends to continue onto graduate school to work towards a PHD in Social Psychology, specifically researching prejudices and stigmas.
Sonya Ballentine: Sonya, person with lived experience, began her research career as a member of the Peer-Navigator CRT Project. She is currently the research assistant with the CBPR Project.
Blythe Buchholz: Blythe is a second year doctoral student in clinical and rehabilitation psychology. Her research interests span across three areas: serious mental illness, neurological disorders, and stigma reduction. Blythe is particularly interested in the impact of self-stigma on the achievement of life goals as well as the process of disclosure, or "coming out" with lived experiences. She assisted in developing the Honest, Open, Proud program, and is currently working on efforts to disseminate and evaluate the program.
J. Konadu Fokuo: Konadu’s research interests are in how mental health pubic stigma and self stigma affect mental illness attribution theories and mental health service utilization for ethnic minorities experiencing symptoms of mental illness. She is also interested in developing culturally sensitive anti-stigma programs.
Adam Fominaya: Adam is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at IIT. His research interests involve stigma, disclosure of mental illness and stigmatized identities, and applications of social psychological theories to stigma- and disclosure- related questions.
Danielle Harth: Danielle is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation program at IIT. She also an Art Therapist (LPC eligible) and graduate of Adler University with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She currently works as a research assistant for the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment under Dr. Patrick Corrigan. She is a part of the Honest Open Proud team at the Cook County Jail's Mental Health Transition Center and the Community Based Participatory Research team investigating the stigma of addiction. Her research interests include culturally sensitive anti-stigma programs, criminal justice, lifestyle rehabilitation, mental illness, mental health policy, and art therapy.
Juana Lara: B.A in Applied Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Currently pursuing a MPA at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Working on a randomized controlled trial examining the impact of the peer navigator program for Latinos with mental illness or treatment as usual. My interests are health disparities, and public health policy.
Patrick Michaels: Patrick Michaels is the assistant research director for resource development for the California Center for Dignity, Social Inclusion, and Stigma Elimination. His research interests includes stigma change program assessment and improvement, mental illness recovery, and effective outreach and dissemination strategies.
Katherine Nieweglowski: Katherine is a second-year graduate student in the M.S. Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program. She has been working as a research assistant for the National Consortium of Stigma and Empowerment since August 2014. Katherine plans on gaining clinical experience at the conclusion of her Master's degree and returning to the lab shortly after to resume her research on stigma and begin the pursuit of her PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling Education.
Karina Powell: Karina's current research interests include how attitudes toward people with mental illness are impacted by one's political ideologies and belief system. For the past few years, understanding how the media impacts stigmatizing attitudes has been a focus of Karina's research. She is interested in further exploring the role of neuropsychological profiles in contributing to the efficacy of anti-stigma programs and the impact of subsequent attitude change.
Lindsay Sheehan: Lindsay is Program Coordinator of the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE) at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Lindsay is a graduate student in Rehabilitation Counseling Education with a specialization in psychiatric rehabilitation. Since 2002, Lindsay has worked in community mental health, focusing on employment and independent living for those with serious mental illness. She teaches as an Adjunct Instructor at IIT and is a licensed counselor.
Alessandra Torres: Alessandra is the Program Manager on the Addressing Disparities PCORI award focus on integrated care and patient navigators for Latinos with serious mental illness. Ms. Torres leads a team of patient stakeholders from the Chicago community in this project and is currently coordinating for the randomized control trial of this project to end by 2017. She graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and worked within research and a federally funded program. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying Public Health to graduate in spring 2017. Interests include health disparities, life course approach, and maternal and child health.
Lorrenzo Washington: Lorenzo is a recent graduate from Illinois Tech with a B.S. in Psychology and a pending canidate for a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health. His current interest center on Turnning Point Events which are emblematic of transitions from addiction to recovery. He is a part of the CBPR team investigation the stigma of addiction, and also as a Facilitor with NAMI to implement HOP at the Cook County'Jail's Mental Health Transition Center. In addiction he is researching the intersectionality between multiple catigories of identity, HIV and self-stigma.