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 the University of Mississippi. 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 with emphases in both behavior therapy and organizational behavior. 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 Associate Professor in the department of psychology.

Dr. Maack's primary research interests are in two broad domains: understanding emetophobia, the emotion of disgust, and decreasing stigma of mental health concerns while increasing community's access to knowledge and evidence based resources. . 

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. ​

Daniel is a sixth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D program. He is from Cobden, 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, specifically in college students. Daniel will be attending his internship practicum at Southern Illinois University Counseling Center in the coming year.

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


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Alex Gilbert, M.A.

Clinical Graduate Student


Alex is a fourth 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. Alex is broadly interested in transdiagnostic vulnerabilities, OCD, anxiety-related disorders, and disgust. She previously assisted with the ADEPT lab's Pregnancy Initiative and is currently working on her dissertation focused on perinatal and postpartum obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Alex is currently the senior facilitator of LAMBDA (LGBTQIA+ student support group). In her spare time, Alex enjoys practicing yoga, spending time in 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 fourth-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 2018. Jaime's research interests are primarily focused on the role of disgust in trauma and OCD, as well as the relationship between disgust and psychopathy.

Sarah Scott, Ph.D.
Graduate of the lab


Dr. Scott graduated in 2019 after defending her dissertation entitled, "Explication of Moral Disgust: Assessing the Physiological and Behavioral Responses to Disgust Eliciting Videos." Currently, she works as a clinical psychologist in the Primary Care Behavioral Health clinic at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, as well as an Adjunct Professor at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Although she spends much of her time as a clinician and professor, her heart still lives in the moral disgust field of research. 

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.