Carey Pulverman, M.A.
Carey was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California where she developed a strong interest in sexual assault prevention and education. Carey completed her Bachelors degree at New York University where she studied urban sociology and Spanish. After working in urban environmental education, Carey returned to school to study psychology. She graduated from Hunter College, CUNY with a Masters in General Psychology in the spring of 2011.
Carey’s research interests focus on the impact of childhood sexual abuse on adult women’s sexual functioning. She is especially interested in treatments that can speed recovery for survivors and improve their relationship to their own sexuality. Carey is also interested in the role of personal agency in the sex lives of women.
For three years Carey volunteered as a rape crisis advocate in New York City. Carey has also been involved in sexual assault prevention and education programs including Take Back the Night, and Voices in Prevention Peer Education Program. Carey hopes to continue to advocate for the rights of survivors of sexual assault through her research in the Sexual Psychophysiology Lab at UT Austin.
In her free time Carey enjoys hiking, swimming, yoga, and attending contemporary dance performances.
Amelia was born and raised in New York City. She completed her Bachelors degree at Brown University in Providence, RI, where she studied both comparative literature and psychology. While at Brown, she worked with Dr. Lisa Uebelacker at Butler Hospital, the psychiatric hospital affiliated with Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School, on a study examining the potentially positive effects of a mindfulness-based yoga intervention on individuals with depression. She also worked as a research assistant at the Providence VA, where she developed an interest in sexual trauma. She entered UT Austin’s Sexual Psychophysiology lab in the fall of 2013.
Amelia’s research interests center on physiological indices of female sexual dysfunction. She is particularly interested in the role of biofeedback in clinical interventions for women who have been sexually abused, and she seeks to examine the relationship between mind and body in the wake of a traumatic incident. She also hopes to contribute to the development of specialized treatments for women who develop sexual problems post-abuse.
While living in Rhode Island, Amelia volunteered with Writers’ Group, which develops and runs creative writing programs for developmentally disabled adults. She also edited work for Street Sights, a newspaper produced for and by members of the homeless community in Providence. She will continue to engage in community work while living in Austin.
When she is not in the lab, Amelia enjoys reading, listening to country music, drinking coffee, and playing fetch with her dogs.
Ariel B. Handy, B. A.
Ariel was born and raised in Vermont. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont where she majored in psychology and Spanish. During her time there, she worked in UVM’s Sexual Health Research Clinic researching the influence of emotions and sexual arousal on decision making. Upon graduating, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to research mindfulness as treatment for low sexual desire and sexual quality of life in cancer survivors at Vancouver General Hospital. She entered UT Austin’s Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory in the fall of 2015.
Ariel’s research interests focus on male and female physiological sexual response. Specifically, she intends to explore multiple methods of measuring and analyzing physiological arousal. She is also interested in the impact that childhood sexual abuse has on adult sexual function and partner relationships.
Ariel was an active member of the psychology department at UVM. She developed two novel student programs to foster student involvement in research and to strengthen student-faculty relationships. She plans to serve on multiple psychology-related committees while at UT Austin.
Ariel enjoys riding her bicycle, cooking (and eating) with friends, and spending time with her birds.
Chelsea Kilimnik was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where she completed her Bachelors degree at the University of Winnipeg studying Psychology and Creative Writing. Her undergraduate thesis was completed under the supevision of Dr. Paul Trapnell on sexual satisfaction and attentional blinks in women with nonconsensual sexual experience history. Chelsea continued to graduate studies at Trent university in peterborough, Ontario, Canada, working with Dr. Terry Humphreys on the role of subjective identification of nonconsensual sexual experiences in sexual consent attitudes and sexual affectivity. Chelsea’s research interests include the impact of nonconsensual sexual experiences on sexual well-being, with a specific interest in the language that individuals use to identify their non-consensual experiences (e.g., rape, sexual assault). Chelsea is also interested in the implicit cognitive processes involved in sexual functioning and satisfaction.
Chelsea has volunteered as a sexual assault crisis counselor and outreach support, and has also been involved in prevention and education programs such as Take Back the Night and the Trent University’s initiative to end campus sexual violence. Chelsea hopes to continue to be invovled in sexual assault prevention and education in the Austin community and through her work in the Sexual Psychophysiology Lab.
Chelsea’s other interests include yoga, swimming, sailing, and writing.