Ph.D. Students

   
Tamara Kang    

Tamara Kang

Email: tkang2@miners.utep.edu
Laboratory Affiliation: Mental Health & Criminal Justice Laboratory

Tamara's interests include researching the effectiveness of rehabilitation and assessment techniques for underserved offender populations, offenders with subclinical mental disorders, women offenders, and community correction officer decision making on mental health needs.

   
Dilata Ranadive    

Dilata Randive

Email: dranadive@miners.utep.edu
Laboratory Affiliation: Forensic Interviewing & Suggestibility Laboratory

Dilata’s area of interest is Juvenile Justice. For her thesis she is developing a risk assessment tool to identify first time juvenile offenders who are at a high risk of reoffending.

   
Elizabeth Perez    

Elizabeth Perez

Email: eperez8@miners.utep.edu
Laboratory Affiliation: Mental Health & Criminal Justice Laboratory

Elizabeth received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from UTEP in 2009 and her M.A. in General Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011 where her thesis involved surveying criminal court judges in the state of Iowa on a range of legal psychology issues. She is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Legal Psychology Doctoral program at UTEP. Her research interests include anything related to psych and law, particularly how law enforcement officials' attitudes and beliefs about mentally ill criminals affect sentencing and treatment outcomes.

   
Jessie Carre    


Email: jrcarre@miners.utep.edu
Laboratory Affiliation: Dark Triad & Corporate Crime Laboratory

Jessie’s research interests are (1) the influence of dark personalities in management and corporate-organizational structures. (2) The assessment of risk and decision making in dark personalities. (3) The impact of dark personalities in corporate malfeasance.

   
Adon Neria    

Adon Neria

Email: alneria@miners.utep.edu
Laboratory Affiliation: Dark Triad & Corporate Crime Laboratory

Adon's research interests are (1) Ideologically motivated crimes such as terrorism, criminal sabotage, and ritual abuse.  (2) The development, transmission, motivations, and tactics of malevolent personality traits such as subclinical narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.  (3) The psychology of religion, morality, belief-systems, and their roles in influencing peoples’ thinking and behavior.  (4) Applying latent-variable modeling and newer psychometric techniques to the assessment of malevolent personalities and other psychological constructs.

   
Cole Higley    


Email: cahigley@miners.utep.edu
Laboratory Affiliation: Psychology of Offender Change in Corrections and the Community

Cole's research is based on the principles of Risk, Need, and Responsivity and primarily focuses on how offenders' attitudes, beliefs, and motivations interact and influence recidivism and revocation.

   
Steven Mueller    

Email: smmueller@miners.utep.edu
Laboratory Affiliation: Dark Triad & Corporate Crime Laboratory

Steven received his B.S. in Neuroscience and Biology from Baldwin Wallace University. His research interests at UTEP include studying the malevolent personalities that make up the dark triad. Specifically, he is interested in applying neurophysiological principles to better understand social malevolence, lack of empathy, and willingness to manipulate others.​ He is also interested in any topic related to psychology and law - especially topics related to criminal behavior, disillusionment into cults and terrorist organizations, as well as deception and deception detection.

   
Ariel Stone Minimize    


Email: agstone@miners.utep.edu
Laboratory Affiliation: Psychology of Offender Change in Corrections and the Community

Ariel's research interests include risk assessment and rehabilitation for violent offenders. She is particularly interested in dynamic risk as a means of predicting violent recidivism. 

   
Justin Magee Minimize    


Email: jlmagee@utep.edu
Laboratory Affiliation: Forensic Interviewing & Suggestibility Laboratory

Justin's interests are in issues surrounding interrogations and investigative interviews such as deception detection, the effectiveness of various interrogation techniques, and the emotional effects of being interrogated. He received a B.A. in Sociology from Arkansas Tech University and an M.S. in Intelligence and National Security Studies here at UTEP. His previous graduate work focused on Information Operations and Strategic Communications with emphasis on Propaganda and Public Diplomacy.

   
Melissa de Roos Minimize    


Email: msderoos@miners.utep.edu
Laboratory Affiliation: Dark Triad & Corporate Crime Laboratory

Melissa's research interests include the Dark Triad, Mimicry-Deception Theory, assessment, sex offenders, and the Dark Triad & sexual behavior.

   
Shelby Curtis Minimize    


Email: srcurtis@miners.utep.edu
Laboratory Affiliation: Dark Triad & Corporate Crime Laboratory

Shelby’s research focuses on motivations behind criminal behavior, rule governance, and persuasive, manipulative tactics, particularly as they relate to and differ in certain dark personalities. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Arizona. More generally, she also plans to pursue research on decision making in plea agreements and public perceptions of the legal system as it relates to legal knowledge overclaiming.