Kyna Pak, M.Ed., LTJG, Medical Service Corps, United States Navy
Kyna is a 4th year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology (Military Track). Kyna has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (2008) from Pepperdine University and a Master of Education in Psychological Counseling (2010) from Teachers College-Columbia University.
Prior to entering the program at USUHS, Kyna worked as an Intake Counselor at the Seven Hills Behavioral Institute where she performed admission assessments for psychiatric inpatients receiving treatment for mental health, detoxification, and drug rehabilitation. Additionally, she worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded study on treatment outcomes for Family Behavior Therapy in comparison to treatment as usual for collegiate athletes.
Kyna's research at USUHS focuses on military suicide postvention. For her dissertation, she is using a cross-sectional mixed methods approach to examine the psychological well-being and functioning of military personnel who have survived a unit member's death by suicide in comparison with those who have survived a non-suicide death of a unit member. Funding for her dissertation has been provided by the United States Navy Suicide Prevention Program.
Viktor Koltko, B.S., LTJG, Medical Service Corps, United States Navy
Viktor is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology (Military Track). Viktor has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and an English minor from Brigham Young University.
Prior to entering the program at USUHS, Viktor gained clinical experience working as a supervisor at the Telos Residential Treatment Center for adolescent males. Additionally, he worked as a Research Assistant at Brigham Young University where his work focused on clients' care at the college counseling center and their reasons for discontinuing therapy - as well as the development and implementation of an online cognitive behavioral therapy program.
Viktor's research at USUHS focuses on medical decision making for suicidal patients in military integrated primary care settings. More specifically, he is designing a dissertation study involving case vignettes in order to determine the specific patient-, provider-, and setting- related determinants of clinical decisions made pertaining to the assessment, management, and treatment of suicidal patients in military integrated primary care settings.
Hannah Martinez, B.A., 2LT, Medical Service Corps, United States Army
Hannah is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology (Military Track). Hannah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Prior to entering the program at USUHS, Hannah served as a Resarch Assistant for Dr. Yuen Ho's Social Relations Lab at UCLA. She participated in the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program. She was "hand selected above her peers to serve as the Cadet Battalion Sergeant Major, the most demanding and direct leadership position in an organization of roughly 100 cadets."
Hannah's research at USUHS focuses on intimate partner relationship stress and military suicide risk.
Fernanda P. De Oliveira, B.S., 2d Lt, Medical Service Corps, United States Air Force
Fernanda is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology (Military Track). Fernanda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia.
Prior to entering the program at USUHS, Fernanda worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research at the University of Maryland. In this capacity, she administered diagnostic interviews in Spanish and served as a study therapist for a randomized controlled trial on Behavioral Activation versus Supportive Counseling for Major Depressive Disorder. Clinically, she has served as a Project Manager for the Community Advocates for Family and Youth where she developed a training curriculum and accompanying manual for a 24-hour helpline for victims of domestic violence in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
Fernanda's research at USUHS focuses on the role of guilt and shame in psychopathology and suicide risk.