ARCH Lab Presentations, Awards, and Memorable Moments


ARCH Lab in the News and Media

  1. Power to the Caregivers : Read about Dr. Morelen’s work investigating how to best take care of those who take care of others.
  2. Pocket ACE: Read about graduate student Robyn Dolson’s research on the Adverse Childhood Experiences screening question related to childhood sexual abuse.
  3. Meet Dr. Morelen : Dr. Morelen was featured in ETSU’s Accent Newsletter
  4. Is There Any Way to Emotionally Prepare for Parenthood (New York Times, Lindsey Hunter Lopez): Dr. Morelen was interviewed for this NYT piece to help offer guidance to new parents.
  5. Mom Power:    
    1. Read about Dr. Morelen’s early work with Mom Power in northeast Tennessee in the Johnson City Press
    2. Watch Dr. Morelen speak about Mom Power at this Women on Wednesdays talk
    3. Growing Stronger Together Podcast: Listen to Dr. Morelen discuss Mom Power with Dr. Karen Schetzina.
  6. Here and Now Motherhood Podcast: Listen to Dr. Morelen’s own experience when her professional world of perinatal mental health collided with her own high risk pregnancy and the birth of her twins.


Masters Theses 

The ARCH Lab is proud of its graduate students who have successfully defended their masters theses!   

Meg Clingensmith: We All Need Somebody to Lean on: Social Support as a Protective Factor for Individuals with Childhood Adversity 

Robyn Dolson: Pocket ACE: Neglect of Child Sexual Abuse Survivors in the ACEs Questionnaire*

*Robyn's thesis won the ETSU School of Graduate Study's Outstanding Thesis in Social Sciences Award. Congrats Robyn!

Julia Najm: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Emotional Socialization, and Substance Use: A Moderator Model

Rebecca Otwell-Dove: Adverse childhood experiences, familial emotion socialization, and adult emotion regulation: A moderation model

Kelly Daniel: Learning to be trauma - informed: An examination of individual - level factors predicting perceptions of and response to trauma - informed practice trainings

Megan Wolff: Coping Strategies and Self-Compassion as Protective Factors in the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce


Undergraduate Student Awards

We are delighted that Tatum Harvey was chosen for The Roger Bailey / Otto Zinser Outstanding Senior Award! This award, named in honor of two of the psychology department's longest serving faculty, Dr. Roger Bailey and Dr. Otto Zinser, is given annually to the student, who, by vote of the psychology department, demonstrates excellence in academic achievement in the discipline of psychology. 


We are delighted that Zara Taylor, in Spring 2020, and Jess Rodriguez-Potter, in Spring 2022, were chosen for the Tiller Family Scholarship. The Tiller Family Scholarship in Loving Memory of Johnia Hope is to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences at East Tennessee State University who are pursuing a degree in psychology with an interest in the psychological development of children. 


37th Annual Pediatrics Conference at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine Summer 2022

Tommy Boyer represented the ARCH lab at Quillen while presenting "Protecting our investment: the case for further action in the context of legislative decision-making." Go, Tommy!

(Picture coming soon!)


Appalachian Student Research Forum Spring 2022

The ARCH lab had one poster presentation authored by Tommy Boyer, Jess Rodriguez-Potter, and Hannah Winston. Tommy Boyer won first place in the poster competition. 

(Pictures coming soon!)


Postpartum Support International Summer 2021 Conference

Meg Clingensmith, a graduate student, joined Dr. Morelen and colleagues from Hennepin Health and the University of Michigan to present on Mom Power to an audience of perinatal mental health professionals.


Climb out of the Darkness- Postpartum Support International-TN

Dr. Morelen stays active in local, state-wide, and national efforts to raise awareness around, decrease stigma of, and increase access for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. One way that she does this is by serving on the board of PSI-TN and supporting their annual Climb out of the Darkness campaign in the Johnson City area. In 2021, numerous ARCH Lab RAs stepped up and out to help engage families in the community.


Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (ABCT) Conference Fall 2019

We're excited to have our lab represented at ABCT 2019. One of our graduate students, Rebecca Otwell, will present a poster on Mom Power. She has worked in collaboration with Meg Clingensmith (graduate student) and Victoria Jones (undergraduate honors student) on this presentation.  

Pictures coming soon :) 


Marce of North America Perinatal Mental Health Conference Fall 2019

Dr. Morelen received an Innovation Award in Community Solutions on behalf of the Appalachian Perinatal Mental Health Alliance (APMHA). APMHA is a non-profit that Dr. Morelen co-founded whose mission is to raise awareness and decrease stigma around perinatal mental health problems and to increase the community's capacity to meet the needs of women and families experiencing perinatal mental health difficulties.



Appalachian Student Research Forum Spring 2019

The ARCH Lab had 4 poster presentations and 2 oral presentations. Meg Clingensmith won 1st place in the poster competition and Robyn Dolson won 1st place in the oral presentation competition. Go ARCH Lab! 



College of Arts & Sciences Spring Awards 2019

Dr. Morelen won new faculty award! 



Zero to Three Fall 2018

The ARCH Lab had its first multi-generation talk at Zero to Three.

Dr. Kate Rosenblum (right) mentored Dr. Morelen (middle) at the University of Michigan. Dr. Morelen currently mentors Robyn (left) at ETSU. 



Appalachian Student Research Forum Spring 2018

The ARCH Lab had 1 poster presentation and 2 oral presentations. Jessica Chambers won 1st place in the poster competition.

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Boland Undergraduate Research Symposium

Jessica Chambers, the ARCH Lab's first honors thesis student, successfully defended her honors thesis at the Boland Symposium. 



Mom Power Team 

It takes a village to run Mom Power. Here are a few pictures of some of our Mom Power team members across the years.

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Celebrating with the ARCH Lab

The ARCH lab believes it's important to take time to slow down, connect, and celebrate. 

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