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KENNETH N. LEVY, PH.D.

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Alec Trahan

Alec Trahan

First-Year Graduate Student

Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Alec is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Penn State. He graduated with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in philosophy from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. As an undergraduate, he worked in Dr. William Ellison’s Personality, Diagnosis, and Psychotherapy Research Lab on multiple studies involving ecological momentary assessment, positive and negative affect, and self-concept clarity. After graduating in 2020, Alec worked as a Project Coordinator in Dr. Mary Dozier’s Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up Lab at the University of Delaware, where he helped coordinate the lab’s longitudinal study examining the biological and behavioral effects of the ABC intervention during adolescence. He is broadly interested in examining the structure and dynamics of psychopathology, and how it manifests and unfolds in individuals over time. He is further interested in identifying psychological mechanisms that help refine our understanding of disorder development and maintenance, and that improve our ability to select treatment targets for intervention. Specifically, his current focus is on identifying patterns of suicidal thinking and self-harm behaviors, their relationship with self-concept clarity and emotion regulation, and the interaction between these constructs over time. In his spare time Alec enjoys weightlifting, watching Premier League soccer, playing guitar, taking care of his houseplants, and spending time with friends.