We are ADEPT


ad·ept  noun \ˈa-ˌdept, ə-ˈdept, a-ˈ\ Definition of ADEPT: a highly skilled or well-trained individual : expert



Danielle Maack, Ph.D.


Dr. Maack is an associate professor at Ole Miss. She graduated from Kent State University with degrees in both psychology and integrated life sciences. She then worked at Space Camp for two years before pursuing graduate education. Her first stop was at Pacific University where she earned a M.A. in counseling psychology. After realizing she was destined/doomed for an academic career, she began her pursuit for a Ph.D. and graduated from the University of Wyoming. Upon completing her internship and a year of post-doc at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, she now is an Assistant Professor in the department of psychology at Ole Miss.

Dr. Maack's primary research interests are in two broad domains: understanding emetophobia and the emotion of disgust. 

Daniel Pineau
Clinical Graduate Student

John Young, Ph.D.



Dr. Young is an associate professor at Ole Miss in the Psychology Department. Although his picture is of a gorilla, he is in fact, not a gorilla and he (as well as many of his graduate students and undergraduate RA's) are frequent collaborators with the ADEPT lab. ​

Maximus and Mochiko

(Max and Mochi)

Lab Mascots

Daniel is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D program. He is from Jonesboro, Illinois and received his Bachelor of Arts degree while attending Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Daniel's research interests include the role of emotions on the development and treatment of anxiety, as well as treatment outcome and effectiveness.


Max and Mochi are English Bulldogs. They love to eat bacon, cheese and really love to sleep. Thus far contributions include the following: offering "cute" pictures for research/teaching slides; helping with disgust research stimuli; and stress relief for the lab director.

Brittany Sapp

Clinical Graduate Student


Molly Wickenhauser

Clinical Graduate Student


Molly Wickenhauser
Clinical Graduate Student

Molly is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She is from Godfrey, Illinois and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Molly’s research interests are primarily focused on the treatment and habituation of disgust in related psychopathology, such as OCD. Additionally, she is interested in differentiating the construct of moral disgust from the other disgust domains (i.e., core, animal-reminder, contamination). 

Brittany is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She is from Picayune, Mississippi and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She then went on to receive a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Mississippi College. Brittany’s research interests primarily include the developmental trajectory of anxiety and depression disorders, particularly in terms of factors that enhance inter-generational transmission of symptoms.

Jennifer Petell 

Clinical Graduate Student


Alex Gilbert

Clinical Graduate Student


Alex is a second year graduate student  in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Ole Miss. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2015 and is currently working as a research assistant at Rogers Behavioral Health- Tampa Bay. She is interested in studying moral disgust as well as anxiety, depression, disgust, and emetophobia throughout the pregnancy period. In her spare time, Alex enjoys teaching yoga, exploring nature, and traveling to new places with friends and family. 

Jennifer is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology  Ph.D. program. She earned a B.S. in psychology at Purdue University in May 2016, and currently works as a Mental Health Clinician at a local psychiatric hospital in Indiana. She is extremely interested in studying emetophobia, particularly within an evolutionary framework. Her hobbies include reading, eating, and napping with her dog, Rosie.

Enoch Sackey
Clinical Graduate Student
Jaime Murtagh
Clinical Graduate Student

Jaime is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Ole Miss. Jaime is from Ireland and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Indiana State University in May 2018.  He is very interested in the development of anxiety, as well as the treatment and treatment effectiveness of emetophobia.

Sarah Scott

On Internship


Sarah is currently on internship at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.  She is from Fort Smith, Arkansas, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Arkansas Tech University and her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from American University. Her research interest is in the area of moral disgust. She is analyzing data for her dissertation entitled, "Explication of Moral Disgust: Assessing the Physiological and Behavioral Responses to Disgust Eliciting Videos." 

Additional ADEPT RA's not pictured:
Mimi Zhao​, Ph.D.
Graduate of the lab



Dr. Zhao completed her doctoral training and received her Ph.D. summer 2018. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Orland VA. 

Brooklee (Lightsey) Tynes
​On Internship

Brooklee is currently on her internship year at the Nebraska Internship Consortium.  She is from Petal, Mississippi and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in English from The University of Mississippi. Her research interests are relatively broad.  As a result of ongoing involvement with lab’s Disgust and Anxiety Research project, she is interested in the development of disgust as an emotion, particularly in regards to how disgust reactions are learned through parent-child transmission. She is working on completing her dissertation looking at the potential social learning of disgust through assessing parents and children approach and avoidance of behavioral tasks. 

ADEPT Lab 2015