Clinical Health Psychology (CHP) Leadership
CHP Director: Nancy Hamilton, Ph.D.
CHP Co-Director: Michael Rapoff, Ph.D.
CHP Practicum and Curriculum Coordinator: Sarah Kirk, Ph.D.
Dr. Kirk is a clinical faculty member and administrator. She directs all practicum activity, supervises, and facilitates clinical training opportunities. She also teaches graduate courses and provides professional development mentorship to students.
Dr. Rapoff is the co-director of the Major Area of Study in Health Psychology and the Team Leader for the required health psychology practicum at KUMC. Dr. Rapoff is a research advisor and supervisor for health psychology students conducting clinical research in pediatrics. He is developing an online course, “Chronic Pain Across the Lifespan”, for the Clinical Health Psychology Program.
The University of Kansas Clinical Health Psychology Faculty
Dr. Watts's research investigates health behaviors, prevention strategies, and bio-behavioral processes associated with cognitive decline & dementia. Her current research projects focus on the effect of physical activity on health and cognitive function in older adults with and without Alzheimer's disease in cooperation with the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center in Kansas City.
The University of Kansas Medical Center Clinical Health Psychology Faculty
Faculty below provide clinical supervision and research mentorship
Dr. Befort is a research advisor and supervisor for health psychology students conducting clinical research and also offers GRA positions at KUMC in the area of obesity and oncology.
Dr. Davis is a research advisor for students conducting clinical and translational research and also offers GRA positions every year at the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition (www.chlnkc.org) in the area of pediatric obesity, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles behaviors.
Dr. Hamilton is a clinical supervisor for the cancer center rotation for health psychology students. She also conducts clinical research with opportunities for collaboration and supervision.
Dr. Kurylo is an instructor of one of the required graduate courses in health psychology and a supervisor for the neurorehabilitation psychology rotation for the health psychology practicum.
Dr. Martin is a clinical research advisor and supervisor for clinical and healthy psychology students. Dr. Martin specializes in MRI research applications and the examination of neural mechanisms associated with health behaviors.
Dr. Nelson is a research advisor and supervisor for health psychology students conducting clinical research and also offers GRA positions at KUMC in the area of Telemedicine. Dr. Nelson also teaches graduate courses in health psychology and supervises the telemedicine practicum at KUMC.