Patrica Rupert, Ph.D. Dr. Rupert is an associate professor in the psychology department at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests include professional burnout, work-family integration, and ethical issues related to managed mental health care, confidentiality, and professional relationships. Over the past fifteen years, her research lab has completed four national and two state-wide surveys of practicing psychologists, examining factors associated with burnout, career satisfaction, and life satisfaction among professional psychologists. These surveys examined a range of variables related to work setting and work activities; client and psychologist characteristics; work satisfactions and stresses; positive career sustaining behaviors or coping strategies that may help psychologists prevent burnout and maintain well functioning, and, more recently, an increased focus on self-care. In addition, Dr. Rupert's graduate students have conducted a wide range of projects on ethical and professional issues, including work-family spillover, coping with negative client behaviors and burnout, management of confidentiality with HIV infected clients and with adolescent clients, use of touch in psychotherapy, dual relationships with former psychotherapy clients, and the development of a measure of self-care among practicing psychologists.
Alisha Oscharoff Miller, M.A. Alisha is a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests focus on the experience of burnout among professional psychologists as well as the work-family interface. Alisha's master's thesis examined how emotional exhaustion at work and work-family conflict negatively impacts marital satisfaction among practicing psychologists. She is currently working on her dissertation, which is examining the antecedents and consequences of emotional exhaustion and client depersonalization among psychologists.
Katie Dorociak, M.A. Katie is a fourth year in the clinical psychology program at Loyola University Chicago. She received her B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. Her research interests include burnout, professional functioning, and self-care. Katie conducted her master's thesis developing a self-care scale for professional psychologists, with personal and professional self-care behaviors analyzed and studied in relationship to other important variables, including perceived stress, life satisfaction, and burnout. Katie is also interested in studying work-related demands and self-care strategies across the professional lifespan.
Evan Zahniser, M.A. Evan is a fourth-year student in the clinical psychology program at Loyola University Chicago. He graduated from Pomona College in 2012, where he received a BA in cognitive science with a psychology focus. He is interested in studying emotion regulation and emotional adjustment in young adults and working professionals, particularly men. Evan's master's thesis examined the interaction of emotion regulation and life stressors in predicting mental health issues among college students. He is in the planning stages of a dissertation focused on person-centered approaches to examining profiles of emotion regulation skills.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Jacob Hawkins. Jacob is a senior undergraduate at Loyola University Chicago working towards his B.S. in Psychology. His research interests include issues related to relationships functioning – particularly factors that contribute to relationships satisfaction – within same-sex dyads. In fulfillment of his honors thesis in Psychology, and a Provost Fellowships awarded to him by the university, he is conducting a study that compares the life-balance of working women in same-sex and opposite-sex romantic relationships.
Andrew Romualdo. Andrew is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in leadership studies at Loyola University Chicago. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. psychology program in the near future. His interests include clinical psychology, cognitive-behavioral interventions, research methods, and self-care strategies.