Texas Tech University


SHARC Lab Personnel

Dr. Amelia Talley, PhD.

(Director) (Pronouns: any/all)

Dr. Amelia Talley

Amelia Talley is an Associate Professor, housed within the Experimental-Social Area, and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Psychology at Texas A&M University in 2001, Amelia headed up "North" to complete a Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. After receiving a doctorate in 2009, Amelia became a post-doctoral researcher in Addiction Studies and then a Research Assistant Professor at Mizzou before joining the faculty at Texas Tech University in 2013. Broadly speaking, Amelia's research looks at whether how we view ourselves or what situations we find ourselves in influence our health-related decision-making and behaviors. Their research specifically tries to understand the ways in which threats to one's self-concept and the stigmatization individuals may encounter will affect their health and well-being. The goal of this work is to identify factors that contribute to health disparities between marginalized and privileged populations; by identifying important factors that contribute to poorer health and well-being, we aim to eliminate or reduce these disparities. If you are interested in some of Amelia's recent empirical work, check out this recent article. In managing the daily activities in the lab, Amelia works directly with a team of five graduate students and over 10 undergraduate research assistants. Amelia is committed to providing mentoring and teaching to graduate and undergraduate students in our Department.

Dr. Amelia Talley with dogs

A self-described "Texas Tornado," Amelia was born-and-raised in the Lone Star State. During any spare time, Amelia enjoys spending time with partner, Andrew, kiddo, Miles, cat, Oscar, and dog, Zorro. When more time is available, Amelia also enjoys jogging, dancing, listening to vinyl, and discovering new culinary delights. Amelia is proud to call Lubbock home and is dedicated to the success of the Psychological Sciences Department, the College of Arts & Sciences, Texas Tech University, and the larger West Texas Community.

Melisa Williams Ibora

(Graduate Instructor/ Graduate Research Assistant)

Melisa Williams Ibora

Overall, my interests examine health behaviors in stigmatized populations. More specifically, my current research focuses on alcohol and substance use in multicultural youth and sexual minority youth. All while looking at how different levels of structural stigma might factor into drug use in said populations. Ultimately, my goal is to assist in the understanding of substance use in undeserved populations to support the development and implementation of programs to assist these groups.

I was born in Mendoza, Argentina, therefore eating good and living easy is ingrained into who I am. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Houston before working for a non-profit in assisting low-income communities around Houston. I now live in Lubbock as a Texas Tech doctoral student. I'm an avid soccer fan, certified airhead, and cat mom.

Sage Maliepaard

(Graduate Instructor/ Graduate Research Assistant)

Sage 2021
BA, Green Mountain College, '16
Email: sage.maliepaard@ttu.edu

Hannah Snidman

Hannah Snidman SHARC

Jordyn Glick

Jordyn Glick SHARC

MacKenzie W.

MacKenzie Wantje SHARC

SHARCs who have left the shiver...

Tran H. Le, Ph.D.

Tran at graduation 2022

Anthony M. Foster, Ph.D.

Foster 2021

David W. Hancock, Ph.D.

Drs. Amelia Talley and David Hancock

Katarina Swaringen, M.A.

Katarina S.

Roberto De La Rosa, M.A.

Roberto De La Rosa