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GPSA Executive Board

Meghan Pierce

GPSA President Meghan Pierce began her studies at UNLV in 2003, after completing a B.A. in psychology, she then went on to complete a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a M.A. in Psychology. Currently, Meghan is working on her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience and quantitative psychology. Her research examines the neuroendocrine and genetic correlates of stress, specifically markers of the HPA axis in various populations of veterans, females, and psychopathology. Meghan has held past positions as the GPSA Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President.

Patrick Daleiden

GPSA Vice President Patrick Daleiden is a Ph.D. student working in Dr. Andreas Stefik’s Software Engineering and Media Lab in the Department of Computer Science. He works on programming language research, developing the compiler and libraries for the Quorum programming language and serving as a teaching assistant and lab monitor for two Software Engineering courses. Patrick’s dissertation research is focused on parallel programming in high performance and scientific computing. He has been at UNLV since 2014 and has served as a GPSA Representative and member of the Sponsorship Committee for the past two years.

Kimberly Florence

GPSA Treasurer Kimberly Florence is a third-year Higher Education, Ph.D. student in the department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education; holding both a Bachelors and Masters degree from UNLV. This native Nevadan has spent many years at UNLV expanding her knowledge base both within and outside of the classroom by participating in various academic/ professional opportunities. Some of the more recent opportunities include: First and Second-Year Instructor for the College of Education, President of the Black Graduate Student Association Fall 2015-Spring 2016 and Ambassador for the Graduate Rebel Ambassadors Program. In terms of research, Kimberly is interested in college access and success at both the undergraduate and graduate-level. This interest has been exhibited in her most recent publication regarding first-year/first-generation college students and the promotion of self-regulated learning through academic success coaching.

Kirk Askia Talib-Deen

GPSA Secretary Kirk Askia Talib-Deen received both his B.A. and M.A. in English with an emphasis in British Literature. He is an alumnus of UNLV and recently has been admitted into the Curriculum & Instruction Ph.D. program, in the area of Cultural Studies, International Education, and Multicultural Education. Kirk’s focus will be praxis-oriented on the Intersectionality of Blacks, Orthodox Islam, and Education.

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