Team Members

SART members have traditionally worked with the team for at least two semesters or longer. The team benefits from students who are willing to commit their time for several semesters, so that they can both learn and apply new research skills to multiple projects. If you are interested in learning more about SART membership or applying to join SART, please contact Dr. Patrick Grzanka, Director. The SART roster below highlights current and recent members, some of whom completed their degrees at SART’s former home, Arizona State University.


Ed GarnesEd Garnes, Doctoral Student

Award-winning writer, activist, counselor, and coach, Atlanta native Edward M. Garnes, Jr. is the founder of From Afros To Shelltoes, a community-based organization uniquely focused on cultural productions that bridge generation gaps between youth, elders, and the hip-hop community. Garnes has received The Atlanta Tribune Man of Distinction Award and holds a B.A. in English Writing from DePauw University and an M.A. in Counseling from Michigan State University where he studied as a Competitive Doctoral Enrichment Fellow in Counseling. His seminal essay “Black Boy Blues Suite: A Love Poem To My Father In E -Flat” appears in the anthology Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African American Community edited by Gil Robertson.  As a highly sought after commentator on hip hop, black identity, manhood, and popular culture, Garnes has appeared on Young Black Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN’s Headline News, Fox’s MY TV Network, Sirius Radio, CBS Radio, and allhiphop.com.  Garnes currently serves as Graduate Diversity Enhancement Fellow at the University of Tennessee and co-stars in the internationally acclaimed documentary film series Elementary Genocide directed by Rahiem Shabazz. His national manhood tour Sweet Tea Ethics has featured famed brothers Dr. Cornel West & Clifton West.

Elliot Spengler, Doctoral Student

Elliot Spengler obtained his B.A. from Butler University and his M.A. in clinical mental health counseling from Ball State University. He joined the SART in the fall of 2016 as a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. During his internship at the Ball State college counseling center, he was a member of the Stress Management and Mindfulness outreach team and the Diversity outreach team where he helped facilitate SafeZones and coordinate the LGBT Mentorship Program. At Ball State, he became involved in various research projects using methodology ranging from a meta-analysis on the relationship between confidence and clinical judgment accuracy to a task analysis on Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to a path analysis on the psychological help-seeking process for sexual minorities. The goal of his future research is to use it as a platform for social justice and social action to intervene within the minority stress model. He is most interested in studying psychosocial interventions that foster positive development and mindfulness while identifying tangible interventions to reduce prejudicial attitudes and increase the resiliency to buffer against the established negative impact of discrimination. He is beyond thrilled to join SART and be around other individuals who have the desire to have a positive impact on the systems around us.


Zeruiah Buchanan ’17

Zeruiah Buchanan is a 5th year undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, double majoring in Psychology and Africana Studies with a concentration in Pre- Medicine and a minor in American Studies. She recently joined SART in the summer of 2016 and is working on a variety of projects as Dr. Grzanka’s research assistant. Her main research will contribute to studying LARC promotion policies through an intersectional lens. She participated in the Educational Advancement Program’s Summer Research Institute in summer 2016 through her work with SART. She is passionate about research that can help Knoxville’s local community and contribute to the ongoing strive for social justice in the United States.

Jake AdlerJake Adler ’14

Jake Adler received a degree in Creative Writing from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University in spring 2014. During his two and a half years working with SART, he helped to design the team’s Sexuality and Psychotherapy Database and completed an honors thesis with fellow SART research assistant Jenn Blazer; an article based on his co-authored thesis is forthcoming in Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Jake was  as an English Teaching Assistant with the Fulbright Program in Kolkata, India, and is now teaching in New York City while pursuing an MFA from the New School University.

jennblazerJenn Blazer ’14

Jenn Blazer graduated from Barrett, the Honors College and W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in May of 2014, with a degree in Accountancy. She joined SART in the Fall of 2012 and worked on a variety of research projects, including the completion of her honors thesis with Jake Adler, under the direction of Dr. Grzanka. A publication based on her co-authored thesis is forthcoming in Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Jenn participated in SART for 2 years.


Candice Bain

Candice Bain ’14

Candice Bain graduated from Barrett, the Honors College and Arizona State University in Fall 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy and Psychology minor. She also served as president of the American Music Therapy Association Students. She will be completing her music therapy internship at a licensed psychiatric treatment facility located within a state prison starting in January 2015. After she receives her Board Certification in Music Therapy, she plans to continue her work with various populations including persons in correctional and forensic settings, patients with psychiatric disorders, children with special needs, LGBT youth, adults in addiction recovery, and military veterans who have suffered physical and emotional trauma. Candice was the research assistant for Dr. Patrick Grzanka’s book Intersectionality: A Foundations and Frontiers Reader (Westview, 2014).


Jessica PruettJessica Pruett ’14

Jessica Pruett graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University in May of 2014 with degrees in Women and Gender Studies and Creative Writing. During her year working with SART, she assisted in research on affect studies and data visualization; she also organized and conducted survey research on neoliberal attitudes. Jessica is currently a student in the Culture and Theory Ph.D. program at the University of California, Irvine.

Adi Wiezel ’13

After receiving both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political science (American politics) from Arizona State University and serving as the State Department Campus Affairs Coordinator for ASU (2012-2014), Adi Wiezel has gone on to serve as the Retention Specialist for the College of Health Solutions at ASU’s Downtown campus. Using a combination of collected data and available best practices, Adi develops strategies and collaborates across units to streamline processes in order to improve the student experience and maximize student retention. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in social psychology at Arizona State University.


Other SART Alumni:

Hayley McCrae ’13 (Spring 2011-Spring 2012)

Dallin Bryce (Spring 2011)

Danielle Robottom ’13 (Spring 2011)

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