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Hannah F

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at University of Southern California (USC)


developmental psychology; childhood maltreatment and trauma; developmental psychopathology; clinical psychology; child, family, and couples therapy; LGBTQIA+ topics; gender studies


I am a Clinical Psychology PhD student at University of Southern California. My primary research interests are in the long term mental health outcomes among individuals with histories of childhood maltreatment and early life adversity. My clinical work (i.e., therapy and neuropsychological assessment) also focuses on youth, families, and couples with past or present traumatic experiences. I am very passionate about issues/topics relevant to LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults. My hobbies include hot yoga, rock climbing, backpacking/hiking, reading for pleasure, and international travel (when safe!).

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Associations between Childhood Emotional Abuse and Young Adult LGBTQIA+ Couples' Communication

This project idea is for a review of the existing psychology research literature on the impacts that experiences of childhood emotional abuse (e.g., exposure to negativity and hostility, domestic violence, inappropriate expectations) has on the ways that young adult LGBTQIA+ romantic partners communicate with each other. The process for the literature review would involve searching for relevant research articles in an online database, systematically reading and categorizing articles by topic and findings, and organizing a comprehensive writing piece about the scope of scientific understanding of these associations.

Teaching experience

I was a tutor in the psychology department during undergrad. I conducted individual tutoring sessions as well as group tutoring sessions to assist students in preparing for exams and providing feedback for final projects. I have also taught undergraduate level psychology courses as a graduate student TA at USC in the psychology department. My teaching experiences have primarily been in the areas of clinical and developmental psychology.


Work experience

University of California, Los Angeles, Stress Trauma and Resilience Clinic (2022 - Current)
Clinical Psychology Extern
University of Southern California (2019 - Current)
Teacher Assistant
University of Southern California (2019 - Current)
Research Assistant
University of Southern California (2020 - Current)
Therapist and Neuropsychological Examiner


Lewis & Clark College
BA Bachelor of Arts (2016)
Psychology; Gender Studies
University of Southern California (USC)
MA Master of Arts (2021)
University of Southern California (USC)
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

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