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Recent Graduates

Claire E. Blevins, Ph.D. graduated from the Clinical Psychology graduate program at Virginia Tech in 2016. She currently holds a dual appointment at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University as research faculty and Butler Hospital as a research psychologist with the General Medicine Research Unit. Claire primarily studies mechanisms of change in substance use disorder treatment and motivational approaches to enhancing substance use, HIV, and Hepatitis C treatment adherence. 

Sheri Towe, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Tech in 2012 and is now a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Duke Global Health Institute.  Through her appointment to the Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in AIDS (IRTPA) grant, she is a member of Dr. Christina Meade's research lab and works on two NIH-funded projects, which focus on HIV risk in drug users.  She also provides clinical services at the Duke Cognitive-Behavioral Research and Treatment Program outpatient clinic.

Jared Rowland, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Tech in 2010 and is now a Research Psychologist with the Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the W.G. "Bill" Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC.  He is the co-site PI for two VISN wide MIRECC sponsored protocols examining postdeployment mental health and cognitive functioning.  He is also collaborating on studies examining the relationship between brain structure, cognitive function and psychopathology using magnetoencephalography (MEG) in humans and non-human primates. 

Brian Lozano, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Tech in 2008 and is now a Staff Psychologist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.  He is a national consultant for the dissemination of Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy for PTSD and Motivational Interviewing/Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MI/MET) in the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also active in research teams investigating treatments for PTSD and substance abuse.

Robrina Walker, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Tech in 2007 is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She serves as the Director of the Texas Node of the Clinical Trials Network, a network of university centers and their collaborating study sites supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In this role she implements and supervises multisite randomized clinical trials evaluating behavioral and medication treatments for substance use disorders.

Mark Jones, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Tech in 2007 and is now a Staff Psychologist at the Salem, Virginia VA Medical Center. He serves as the mental health provider on the Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) interdisciplinary team. In this role he collaborates with multiple disciplines, and provides mental health assessment and treatment for a largely geriatric population of veterans with various physiological and psychological illnesses.

Josephine (Josie) DeMarce, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Tech in 2006 and is now the Coordinator of the Substance Abuse Liaison Team and a Staff Psychologist at the Salem, Virginia, VA Medical Center. In this role she coordinates a team that provides intervention services for problematic substance use and group treatment for persons with co-occurring disorders. She is active in several research projects and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.