Graduate Student Affiliates

Graduate students throughout the University of Tennessee participate in SART’s research activities, including students in all three programs (Counseling, Clinical, Experimental) in the Department of Psychology. Involvement from students in other labs speaks to and enhances the interdisciplinary nature of SART’s work. Learn more about current and past affiliates below.

Elliott DeVore [he/him/his] is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at the University of Tennessee. Previosuly, Elliott earned a master's degree in education and student affairs and graduate certificate in social justice in higher education from Iowa State University, interned at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and worked professionally as a Residence Director at the University of San Francisco, where he developed and facilitated student workshops on power, privilege, and oppression and peer support and personal development. His present line of research broadly investigates the impacts of structural oppression on the health behaviors, outcomes, and experiences of gender and sexual minorities, and intergroup dialogue. 



Elizabeth Fles [she/her/hers] has collaborated with Dr. Grzanka since 2017. Currently, Elizabeth is finishing her doctoral training at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her research focuses on social stigmatization, which is the process of socially discrediting a characteristic or behavior of an individual or group. Specifically, her research program is aimed at understanding how stigmatization toward minority groups shapes the self-concept, attitudes, and behaviors of dominant group members.


Keri A. Frantell [she/her/hers] is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Scientist-Practitioner Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Addictions Specialization from Marquette University. Her integrated program of research, teaching, and service emphasizes group dynamics, particularly intergroup contact, intergroup dialogue, and group psychotherapy; multicultural education; sexual and gender minority physical and mental health; and suicide prevention and interventions. 


Katie Fritzlen [she/her/hers] is a 4th year social psychology graduate student at UTK. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee before attending UTK to pursue her doctorate. Her research interests revolve around implicit attitudes, with a particular focus on implicit prejudice, and her current line of research investigates how perception of an immutable similarity with a negatively-characterized outgroup affects implicit and explicit prejudice towards that group.

Lex Pulice-Farrow [They/Them/Theirs] is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Originally from Sarasota, FL, Lex earned their Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Agnes Scott College in 2014 and their Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Towson University in 2017, where their work focused on the romantic relationships of transgender individuals. Presently, Lex is working with Dr. Kirsten Gonzalez, and takes a strengths-based approach to focus on the lived experiences of gender and sexual minorities.