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Trauma Research Consortium Staff

Suzy Bird Gulliver, PhD

Director, Warriors Research Institute

Dr. Suzy Bird Gulliver is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical researcher. Currently, she serves as Director and Chief of the Warriors Research Institute and as a Professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

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Assistant Investigator

Elizabeth Coe, PsyD

Assistant Investigator

Dr. Coe joined the Warriors Research Institute in February 2018 after earning her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University. Prior to joining the WRI, she completed training rotations at the Baylor Psychology Clinic, Talitha Koum Institute, Methodist Children’s Home, and the Baylor University Counseling Center in Waco, TX, and completed her predoctoral internship at The Help Group in Sherman Oaks, CA.

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Program Managers

Alexia Maness

Research Manager

Alexia joined the Warriors Research Institute team in November 2015 as a Program Manager. She is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Following undergraduate education, she taught middle school English language arts and worked in management at American Income Life Insurance Company.

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Michelle Pennington, MPH

Program Manager

Michelle joined the Warriors Research Institute (WRI) team in July 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education from Baylor University. Michelle currently attends the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health where she is working on a PhD in Epidemiology.

Michelle has been involved in a variety of research projects related to firefighters and veterans examining topics, including suicide, stigma, telehealth, peer support, and traumatic brain injury. Michelle is a native Texan. In her spare time, she enjoys attending Baylor football games, running, couponing, and playing with her nieces.

Jessica Rostockyj, MS

Research Supervisor

Jessica joined the Warriors Research Institute (WRI) team in February 2018 as a program manager. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and holds a Master of Science degree in Health Promotion Management from Nebraska Methodist College.

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Research Assistants

Emily Beattie

Research Assistant

Emily joined the WRI team in June of 2021. She graduated in the Spring of 2021 from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Quantitative Sciences. While at Emory, Emily received the highest honors for her senior thesis studying memory at the Bauer Memory Lab. Emily plans to continue to develop her interests in PTSD and its treatment during her time at the WRI.

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Jordan Smith

Research Assistant

Jordan joined the Warriors Research Institute (WRI) team in February 2021 as a Clinical Research Assistant. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in May 2019 and is completing her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology degree. In her time at Baylor University, she worked closely with the Department of Public Health and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences studying topics including physical activity among adults with functional limitations, exercise prescriptions through the Family Health Center, and firefighter exposure to carcinogens through occupational risks.

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Katharine Thomas

Research Assistant

Katie joined the WRI in March 2021 as a Clinical Research Assistant. She graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science in May 2019. During her time as an undergraduate, Katie worked as a research assistant through the Houston VA studying elder abuse, particularly self-neglect. She has also previously studied the effects of substance use on postpartum depression through Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Project Therapists

Mona Clifton

Project Therapist

Mona joined the WRI team in June of 2021. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a double minor in Anthropology and Health and Human Services from Wake Forest University in 2017 and her M.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2019. She is currently a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Baylor University. Prior to joining WRI, Mona has provided counseling for adults with depression and anxiety in different settings such as community mental health and university counseling. She enjoys hiking, watching The Great British Baking Show, and playing with her dog in her spare time.

Zoë Trout

Project Therapist

Zoë joined the WRI team in June of 2021. She received her B.A. in Psychology and English Literature from the College of William & Mary in 2015 and is currently a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Baylor University. Prior to joining the WRI, Zoë worked in research and provided counseling in hospital, community clinic and university settings. Her clinical interests include mindfulness, shame and guilt, and the intersection of contemplative practices, creativity and mental health. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga and watching Seinfeld.