Current Graduate Students

CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

Meenakshi Palaniappan, M.S.

Meena is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program and loves the clinical, research, teaching and advocacy opportunities that she has been afforded at the University of Florida. She is from Chennai, India and graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco in 2012. Her research interests are in the area of female sexual function and dysfunction, and specifically include women’s sexual desire and pleasure. Her clinical interests include working with college age students employing interpersonal and empowerment focused therapies. In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing with her dog, and reading emotionally triggering fiction.

Rachel Heatherly, M.S.

Rachel is a fourth-year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Florida. She is from Travelers Rest, South Carolina and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lander University in 2012. Her general research interests include the development of sexual attitudes and behaviors across the lifespan. Currently, she is exploring the efficacy of sexually explicit videos as intervention methods for enhancing sexual functioning in women. Her clinical interests include trauma, mood disorders, emotion regulation, and she incorporates humanistic and interpersonal perspectives when working with clients. When she has free time, she enjoys reading, attempting to do yoga, traveling, and spending quality time with her friends and dog!

Tessa Wimberley, M.S.

Tessa is a fifth-year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Florida, currently on internship at the UF Counseling and Wellness Center. She is from Naples, FL and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Tampa in 2011. Her research interests involve the construct of perfectionism as it relates to psychological distress. She has previously explored the efficacy of mindfulness-based bibliotherapy interventions and is currently pursuing research surrounding help-seeking and self-compassion. Her clinical interests involve mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, as well as emotion-focused interpersonal therapy. Outside of her graduate work, Tessa enjoys cooking, being active, traveling, and spending quality time with friends.

Hannah Warshowsky, B.S.

Hannah is a second-year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Florida. She is from Melbourne Beach, FL and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UF in 2014. Her research interests include improving sexual functioning and the orgasm gap. Her clinical interests include group therapy settings, trauma, multicultural competence, and acceptance-based interventions. Hannah is also passionate about traveling, dancing, exploring nature, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Juliana Guitelman, B.S.

Juliana is a first-year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Florida. She is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UF in 2015. Her research interests include female sexual functioning, the orgasm gap, and bibliotherapy interventions. During her free time, Juliana enjoys scuba diving, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones.  ​

Meenakshi Palaniappan, M.S.

Meena is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program and loves the clinical, research, teaching and advocacy opportunities that she has been afforded at the University of Florida. She is from Chennai, India and graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco in 2012. Her research interests are in the area of female sexual function and dysfunction, and specifically include women’s sexual desire and pleasure. Her clinical interests include working with college age students employing interpersonal and empowerment focused therapies. In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing with her dog, and reading emotionally triggering fiction.

Rachel Heatherly, M.S.

Rachel is a fourth-year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Florida. She is from Travelers Rest, South Carolina and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lander University in 2012. Her general research interests include the development of sexual attitudes and behaviors across the lifespan. Currently, she is exploring the efficacy of sexually explicit videos as intervention methods for enhancing sexual functioning in women. Her clinical interests include trauma, mood disorders, emotion regulation, and she incorporates humanistic and interpersonal perspectives when working with clients. When she has free time, she enjoys reading, attempting to do yoga, traveling, and spending quality time with her friends and dog!

Tessa Wimberley, M.S.

Tessa is a fifth-year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Florida, currently on internship at the UF Counseling and Wellness Center. She is from Naples, FL and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Tampa in 2011. Her research interests involve the construct of perfectionism as it relates to psychological distress. She has previously explored the efficacy of mindfulness-based bibliotherapy interventions and is currently pursuing research surrounding help-seeking and self-compassion. Her clinical interests involve mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, as well as emotion-focused interpersonal therapy. Outside of her graduate work, Tessa enjoys cooking, being active, traveling, and spending quality time with friends.

Hannah Warshowsky, B.S.

Hannah is a second-year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Florida. She is from Melbourne Beach, FL and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UF in 2014. Her research interests include improving sexual functioning and the orgasm gap. Her clinical interests include group therapy settings, trauma, multicultural competence, and acceptance-based interventions. Hannah is also passionate about traveling, dancing, exploring nature, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Juliana Guitelman, B.S.

Juliana is a first-year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Florida. She is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UF in 2015. Her research interests include female sexual functioning, the orgasm gap, and bibliotherapy interventions. During her free time, Juliana enjoys scuba diving, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones.  ​