Current WISH Lab Staff

Meet the WISH Lab Team

Dr. Tierney Lorenz - Director of WISH Lab

Dr. Lorenz received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 after completing internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. From 2013 to 2016, she was an NICHD-funded postdoctoral fellow at the Kinsey Institute and the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior at Indiana University. From 2016 - 2018, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Kirstin Clephane - WISH Lab Manager

Anneliis Sartin-Tarm - Graduate Research Assistant - C.V.

Anneliis graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in German. As an undergraduate, Anneliis worked as a research assistant in two labs; in one, she examined infant cognitive development with Dr. Karl Rosengren, and in another she researched neuroendocrinological effects of mindfulness practice with Dr. Richard Davidson. She also worked as a primate caretaker at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. After graduation, she worked for 2 years at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry, where she coordinated a clinical trial examining roles of estrogen, dopamine, and endocannabinoids in fear learning and associated structural/functional brain differences among women with PTSD.

In Fall of 2019, Anneliis joined the Clinical Psychology Training Program and WISH Lab at UNL! In her research at UNL, Anneliis examines relationships between hormones and cognitive-emotional mechanisms of psychopathology, such as fear/reward learning and approach-avoidance behavior. Anneliis hopes to eventually pursue a career in integrated health psychology, especially within reproductive and sexual health. In her free time, Anneliis enjoys running, social justice advocacy, live music, and spending time with loved ones and her German Shepherd, Diego.

Harper Jones - Graduate Research Assistant - C.V.

Harper was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky. She completed her Bachelors degree at the College of Wooster in Psychology and Biology. Her undergraduate honors thesis, under the supervision of Dr. John Neuhoff and Dr. Laura Sirot, researched male infertility, with a focus on alternative methods to influence reproductive fertility in men. Following graduation, she moved back to Kentucky where she worked as a research assistant at the Center for Trauma and Children contributing to research surrounding secondary traumatic stress and childhood trauma. She entered UNL’s Clinical Psychology doctoral program and the WISH lab in the fall of 2020.

Harper’s research interests are the psychophysiology of women’s sexual functioning and arousal and the role of evolutionary theory on human sexuality. More specifically, her current research is focused on sexual functioning in sexual assault survivors, examining the role of life history on evolutionary processes such as the preparatory arousal theory and disgust response.

In her free time, she enjoys playing with her pug, cooking, playing board games, cross stitching, and traveling.

Katie Bogen - Graduate Research Assistant - C.V.

Katherine (Katie) Bogen graduated from Clark University in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science. She then spent 5 years working in pediatric violence prevention research, most recently in the Rhode Island Hospital Department of Psychiatry. Throughout her early research career, Katie developed expertise in program design and evaluation, social media analysis, social norms interventions, geographic information systems (GIS), and qualitative research methods. Katie also worked as a sex educator and lecturer for the South Shore Sexual Health Center in Quincy, MA and was a Rhode Island state-certified victims’ advocate for individuals who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, and hate crimes.

Katie joined the Women, Immunity, and Sexual Health (WISH) Lab in the Fall of 2020. She is also affiliated with the Trauma, Violence, and Abuse (TVA) Lab. Katie works at the intersections of violence prevention and human sexuality research. She is particularly interested in the development, facilitation, and robust evaluation of intervention programs designed to assuage posttraumatic symptoms, including sexual dysfunction and sex-related substance misuse, among sexual trauma survivors. Katie’s goal is to engage in sex-positive research that empowers trauma survivors to safely experience sexual joy. When she is not conducting research, Katie is a musical theatre performer, proud cat mom, and vocal social justice activist, focusing on advocating for survivors of sexual violence, engaging in anti-racism efforts, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, and combating antisemitism.

Sophi Sanchez - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sophi is a fourth year student in the psychology department and has been with the lab since January 2020. Her research interests include health communication and ethnic and sexual minorities. After graduation, she hopes to continue her research and attend medical school with the goal of becoming a gynecologist. Outside of the lab, you can find her grocery shopping and spending time with her many houseplants.

Libby Shonka-Smith - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Libby is a junior psychology and pre-health major. She has been with the WISH lab for two years and assisted with a variety of studies. She plans to obtain her Master’s in Nursing and practice psychiatry as a nurse practitioner. When Libby’s not in the lab, she enjoys rock climbing, playing with her pets, and having game nights with her friends.

Previous members of the WISH Lab:

Eastyn Klink

Erin Dolph

Emily Madsen