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Gabby Drong


I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Dallas, Texas, where I graduated with my B.A. in Psychology and English in 2018. During my time as an undergraduate, I conducted a phenomenological thesis on the experiences of women who lost their spouses, which then prompted my interest in bereavement and continuing my research career. I went on to obtain my Master of Science in Psychological Science at the University of Illinois under the guidance of my advisor, Dr. Chris Fraley, and my program director, Dr. Caroline Tancredy.

Currently, I am in my 3rd year in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program, and I work with Dr. Chris Napolitano. Broadly, my research focus is on bereavement and mental health outcomes. I am specifically interested in how one experiences the loss of identity, and how certain outcomes can foster identity formation and post-traumatic growth.

Outside of school, I love boxing, weightlifting, backpacking, hiking, and spending time with friends.

Key Professional Appointments

  • Master of Science in Psychological Science, 2018-2020

EPSY 430: Early Adolescent Development (EPSY 430) Examines early adolescent development, covering biological, cognitive, and social transitions. Topics include identity, autonomy, peer and family relationships and the role of schooling and the media.

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