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School Behavioral Health Team

Graduate Students

Josh Bradley, B.A., is a doctoral student in the Clinical-Community Psychology program at the University of South Carolina. He received a B.A. in Experimental Psychology with a Minor in Music from the University of South Carolina in Spring 2016. After completing his undergraduate education, Josh worked as a Research Specialist for two years with the School Behavioral Health Team. Josh's research interests center on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in children's mental health care and methods for early identification of youth emotional and behavioral health problems. He is also interested in the application of quantitative methods in psychology. Josh currently holds membership with the American Psychological Association, APA Div. 53: Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Southeastern School Behavioral Health Community.

Carrissa Orlando, B.A., M.A., Carissa earned her BA in Psychology from Queens University of Charlotte and her MA in Clinical Health Psychology from Appalachian State University (ASU). She practiced as a Licensed Psychological Associate in North Carolina for three years, providing individual and group therapy to children and adolescents. Additionally, she served as a Clinical Research Coordinator for ASU’s Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Centers in Ashe and Alleghany counties. Carissa is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of South Carolina, where she is a member of the School Mental Health Team. Her research and clinical interests include school-based mental health, suicide prevention, and treatment of self-injurious behavior.

Alex Roberts, M.A., is a fourth-year doctoral student in the School Psychology program. He graduated summa cum laude from Newberry College in 2015 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in English. He is co-mentored by Mark Weist and Nicole Zarrett. Alex’s research focuses on the feasibility and acceptability of mindfulness-based interventions to reduce teacher stress and improve well-being, with the ultimate goal of mitigating rising attrition rates in educators. Clinically, he has worked in multiple settings (i.e. schools, clinic, psychiatric hospital, state agency) and is primarily focused on the evidenced-based diagnostic and forensic assessment of children and adolescents. Alex is currently the junior assessment supervisor at the Psychology Services Center; he also conducts assessments for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (SCDJJ) and is involved with more specific forensic evaluations (i.e. competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, etc.) via a private practice in Columbia, SC.  

Samantha Martinez, B.A, MSW., is a first year doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of South Carolina. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Music from Queens University of Charlotte. She received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of South Carolina with a specialization in Children, Youth and Families. Her research interests include: children, youth and families; school mental health; grief and loss; trauma focused interventions; evidence-based interventions to create systematic change; positive behavior intervention and support. Her mentor is Dr. Mark D. Weist. 

Cameron Massey, B.A., M.A., completed his B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2004 and his M.A. in Clinical Health Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2010. He then worked as a licensed masters-level staff psychologist for a community mental health center in rural Western North Carolina and on a federal Title V grant from 2011 until 2014. He is currently a 5th year doctoral student at the University of South Carolina, working with Dr. Mark Weist and the School Behavioral Health Team. He continues to provide school-based therapy services for youth and their families via the LiveWell Kershaw project and is the current Associate Director of the Psychology Services Center in Columbia, SC. His areas of interest include diagnosis and treatment of adolescent disorders, school-based mental health, and issues surrounding rural mental health. Cameron can be reached at

Sami Hartley, B.A., is a fourth year doctoral student in the Clinical-Community Psychology program. She graduated with a B.A. in Human Biology (Area of Concentration: Neuroscience & Mental Health) from Stanford University in 2011. Before joining the SMH Team in August 2015, she worked as a research coordinator in Stanford's Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, collaborating with community coalitions and schools/districts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to advocate for and implement school mental health interventions for adolescent suicide prevention and response. At the University of South Carolina, she is co-mentored by Drs. Mark Weist and Abe Wandersman. Her interests include program evaluation, organizational readiness as it relates to school mental health, and helping schools and mental health systems promote high quality implementation of evidence-based practices in SMH.