CROPP Alumni

Jacob Austin, MEd, MS – PsyD in Clinical Psychology Candidate
Prior to attending AUNE, Jacob worked for three years as a high school teacher in the Mississippi Delta through a program called Teach for America, while earning his Masters in Education through Delta State University in Cleveland Mississippi. Jacob chose to attend Antioch because of its investment in social justice that permeates each of its programs. He is particularly interested in rural mental health care and in addressing the mental health needs of underserved populations. Jacob’s recent clinical interests have taken him in the direction of health psychology, particularly in the realm of integrated primary care, the venue by which most rural mental health needs are first addressed. Jacob is currently working on the Integrated Care Evaluation and has been working with CROPP since the fall of 2007. Through his work with CROPP, Jacob has developed his dissertation, which involves a qualitative exploration of how primary care physicians in rural and underserved clinics experience integrated primary care. Jacob is now completing his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Emily Graesser, BS – PsyD in Clinical Psychology Candidate
Emily received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and is currently a Doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program. Emily has been involved with CROPP since 2007 and is currently working on the Integrated Care Evaluation project team. She has also worked on the Monadnock Family Services Collaborative Clinical Care Project. Emily’s clinical and research interests include: program evaluation, health psychology, advocacy, severe and persistent mental illness, and developmental disabilities

Joanne R. Grassia, MA, HDPP, MSc – PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy Candidate
After graduating with a BA in Psychology, Joanne worked for several years in the US and Europe in organizational training and development. She taught in a European university psychology training program, completed an MA in Counseling Psychology, further psychotherapeutic training, and an MSc in Systemic Organization and Management. For several years, Joanne had a private therapy practice in a health care center in Ireland, was a member of a multidisciplinary teaching staff in a university medical program, and was the organizational consultant for the national primary care training institution. Upon returning to the US, Joanne began a PhD program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch NE and became a part of the research team for Integrated Primary Care in NH. Joanne is interested in systemic practice in health care organizations, integrated professional health care training, and health care professionals’ well-being at work.

Stephanie Towns, MS - PsyD in Clinical Psychology Candidate
Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University of Ohio. After graduating she worked clinically until she returned to earn her Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University in Maryland. While at Loyola Stephanie found that she had an interest in assessment and decided to pursue her PsyD at Antioch. She became involved with CROPP in the fall of her first year as a student advisor to students working on their dissertations, particularly in the area of research methodology and data management. In the past year Stephanie has begun to work on other projects with CROPP and have enjoyed the opportunity to expand her role.

Courtney Rice, BA – PsyD student in Clinical Psychology
Courtney received her BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and is currently working toward her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Antioch NE. Courtney joined CROPP in the fall of 2009, with a particular interest in program evaluation and the improvement of mental health services to underserved and at-risk populations. Courtney is currently assisting on the NAMI Suicide Prevention/Postvention Evaluation, where she is helping assess training fidelity, as well as community readiness. Courtney is excited about the hands-on, collaborative learning opportunities offered through CROPP, as well as in the PsyD program.

Craig Kramer, MA – PsyD student in Clinical Psychology
Craig received his B.A. in psychology from Hunter College and his M.A. in psychology from Adelphi University. Craig’s clinical and research interests are focused on the effects childhood trauma has on future development; he is also interested in providing psychoeducational programs to trauma victims and their families. Craig has been involved with CROPP since October, 2009, and has worked on numerous projects with professors and fellow students.

Allyssa Lanza, BA – PsyD student in Clinical Psychology
Allyssa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Justice Studies from the University of New Hampshire. Since coming to Antioch, Allyssa has enjoyed the close knit community the University offers. She has been involved in CROPP since January 2010, primarily working on data maintenance and organizing charettes for community programs.

Many students have had pivotal role in the success of CROPP projects since its inception. Some of these students include: Sarah Gates, Megan Phillips, Tina Filippelli, Dan Edwards, Randi Sullivan, Jason Flick, Anders Goranson, Shawna Boles, Antionette Mathisen, Greg Gard, Joseph Rabiega, & Ben Skolnik.