Ariana Rivens

Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology


Affiliations: University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry

Ariana Rivens is a sixth-year graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Virginia. She is currently on her predoctoral clinical psychology internship at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry. Originally from Conway, SC, she received her BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. She received her MA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2020. Her clinical and research interests include the multifaceted experiences of Black youth and emerging adults, mental health service use, processes of risk and resilience related to mental health, and positive institutional climates within higher education. Her ongoing dissertation study is mixed-method investigation of factors that influence the willingness of Black college students attending predominantly white institutions to seek mental health services. When she is not conducting research or doing clinical work, Ariana enjoys trying new foods, reading books, and spending time with her black cat Lizzy.
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Media Coverage:
Association for Psychological Science. (2023, May 15). APS Announces Winners of 2023 Student Poster Awards, Available at
UVA Department of Psychology, (2023, Spring). Diversity and Inclusion Spotlight. UVA Department of Psychology. Available at
Association for Psychological Science Emerging Scholar Research Award ($300) National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine
Ford Foundation 2022 Dissertation Fellowship Competition, Honorable Mention
Costello, M. A., Nagel, A. G., Hunt, G. L., Rivens, A. J., Hazelwood, O. A., Pettit, C., & Allen, J. P. (2022). Facilitating connection to enhance college student well‐being: Evaluation of an experiential group program. American Journal of Community Psychology. 
Billingsley, J. T., Rivens, A. J., Charity-Parker, B. M., Chang, S. H., Garrett, S. L., Li, T., & Hurd, N. M. (2022). Familial Mentor Support and Black Youths’ Connectedness to Parents Across Adolescence. Youth & Society, 54(4), 547–572.
Rivens, A. J., Billingsley, J. T., & Hurd, N. M. (2021). Understanding factors associated with intimate disclosure between Black youth and nonparental familial adults. Journal of research on adolescence : the official journal of the Society for Research on Adolescence, 10.1111/jora.12682. Advance online publication.
Billingsley, J. T., Rivens, A. J., Charity-Parker, B. M., Negrete, A. & Hurd, N. M. (2021) "Supportive relationships among youth and non-parental adult relatives." 
Billingsley, J.T., Rivens, A.J., & Hurd, N.M. (2021). Family Closeness and Mentor Formation among Black Youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
Billingsley, J. T., Rivens, A. J., & Hurd, N. M. (2020). Familial Interdependence, Socioeconomic Disadvantage, and the Formation of Familial Mentoring Relationships Within Black Families. Journal of Adolescent Research.


See also: Graduate Students