CDIP Scholars

CDIP Scholars



Alyssa Dye

Doctoral Program: Psychology, University of Kansas

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kurt Baker 

Alyssa received her B.A. in Music  in 2011, and her M.A. in Psychology in Spring 2019, both from Stanislaus State. Since starting her graduate career in Psychology, Alyssa has pursued diverse research and clinical experience both at Stanislaus State, and at other institutions. Alyssa has worked as an area coordinator and support group facilitator for postpartum support groups, and as a research assistant for various faculty members. Her research focuses on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, particularly from a family systems perspective. She will continue to pursue this research in the Fall of 2019, when she will begin her doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas. Alyssa's faculty mentor is Dr. Kurt Baker, Professor, Psychology.


2018/19 CDIP Scholars

Brett Ashmun

Doctoral Program: Educational Leadership, Stanislaus State

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Katie Olivant

Brett Ashmun received his B.A. in English from Stanislaus State. Brett then earned his M.A. in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from Stanislaus State. He is currently working as a full-time lecturer in the Liberal Studies department at Stan State, and is poised to enter the Educational Leadership program on campus in the fall. Brett’s doctoral research will focus on education assessment, as well as ways to improve the quality of education for students in the Central Valley. He is highly involved in volunteer work in the community, and will continue to place a strong emphasis on service in his doctoral program. He has a strong commitment to the students in this region, and hopes to continue to serve the area as a faculty member in the future. Brett’s faculty mentor is Dr. Katie Olivant, Associate Professor, Liberal Studies.  

Christine Parisek

Doctoral Program: Biology, UC Davis

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew Cover

Christine Parisek received her B.S. in Biology from Saint Mary’s College of California, and is graduating this spring with her M.S. in Ecology and Sustainability from Stanislaus State. Since her undergraduate career, Christine has been actively pursued opportunities to engage in research and field work with prominent scholars in ecology. She has contributed to the Coast Range Newt Project with Dr. Marchetti from Saint Mary’s College, and has worked with the Sierra Foothills Research & Extension Center (SFREC), as well the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab (RMBL). Her research focuses on the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of aquatic insects that live in both lentic and lotic habitats in the northern Sierra Nevada, CA. She will continue to pursue this thread in her future research as a doctoral student in biology at the University of California, Davis this fall. Christine’s close relationship with her faculty mentor, Dr. Matthew Cover (Associate Professor, Biology), has led to the development of a very strong Collaborative Plan of Support, which will have a substantial impact on her development as a doctoral student.

Kelly Ward

Doctoral Program: Sociology, UC Irvine

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dana Nakano

Kelly Ward received her B.A. in Comparative Religions, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington. She has also earned her M.A. in Education from the University of California, Irvine. Kelly is currently a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests are in Medical Sociology, Organizations, and Culture. Kelly’s doctoral research addresses the role of institutions and organizations in shaping people’s experiences with and perceptions of social life, and focuses on the Sociology of Reproduction. Kelly is dedicated to becoming a faculty member after she receives her Ph.D., and hopes to continue to contribute to research, as well as provide support to students as a mentor and advocate for higher education. Kelly’s faculty mentor is Dr. Dana Nakano, Assistant Professor, Sociology.