Research Staff

 rebecca lester picture for lab websiteRebecca Lester. Rebecca has several research interests including addiction, mental health and education. Previously her research experience has been in the field of social psychology looking at dyads and close relationships and the self. In her spare time she enjoys reading, research, DIY projects, music, watching baseball and spending time with family and friends.
 
 
 
Jessica Presley. Jessica moved from Florida to join the Behavioral Health Research Laboratory team. She has previous research experience in the areas of industrial organizational psychology and counseling psychology with foci on organizational leadership development, sexual functioning, and bibliotherapy. Jessica aspires to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and to spend her career contributing to research. She loves documentaries, concerts, podcasts, and talking.
 
                         
Michaela Blankenship. Michaela is a third year Psychology major here at VCU. She plans on attending graduate school to get her PhD in Counseling Psychology. Once she graduates, she hopes to become a therapist for adolescents. In her free time, Michaela loves to go to concerts, play guitar, take pictures, and spend time with her friends.