Clinical Graduate Students

 

M.A. Psychology (2017) University of Kansas, B.A. (2014) Northern Illinois University

Research Lab: Health Psychology Research Lab
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hamilton
Research Interests: health psychology, health behaviors associated with sleep, women’s health psychology, peri- and postnatal health-related behaviors   

M.P.H., (2011), University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.S., (2009), University of Alabama at Birmingham

Research Lab: Health Psychology Research Lab and Nelson Lab
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hamilton and Dr. Eve-Lynn Nelson
Research Interests: Chronic illnesses (cancer), health-related behaviors (sleep), underserved community (rural/minority) health, emotional adjustment, and social support/coping. 

M.A. (2016) University of Houston-Clear Lake, B.A. (2011) Univesity of Houston
Research Lab: Ingram Lab
Advisor: Dr. Rick Ingram
Research Interests: Risk and maintenance factors of mood disorders, including cognitive processes and individual differences in emotion regulation  
M.S. Clinical Psychology (2017) Christ University, B.A. Psychology (2015) Christ University
Research Lab: Health Outcomes Lab
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Baker
Research Interests: Neuropsychology, health psychology, social determinants of health, healthy aging, health literacy, cross cultural differences in health behaviors.  
 
B.S Psychology (2018) North Dakota State University
Advisor: Dr. Tera Fazzino 
Research Interests: My current research interests broadly revolve around the overlap between substance use disorders and eating disorders. More specifically, I am interested in emotion dysregulation and impulsivity and how they interact and influence the development and maintenance of disordered eating and addictive behaviors. Furthermore, I am interested in ecological momentary assessment (EMA) technology and its use in examining the relationship between affect and binge eating and binge drinking.  
Brittany Bohrer
M.A. Psychology (2015) University of Kansas, B.S. (2011) University of North Dakota

Research Lab: Center for Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors
Advisor: Dr. Kelsie Forbush
Research Interests: Assessment, diagnosis, classification, and treatment of eating disorders.

 

M.A. Psychology (2017) University of Kansas, B. A. Psychology (2015) University of Texas

Research Lab: Center for Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors
Advisor: Dr. Kelsie Forbush
Research Interests: The use of technology in eating disorder assessment and treatment; the definition, assessment, and treatment of unhealthy exercise behaviors among persons with eating disorders; quantitative psychology

 

Hannah Clark
B.A. Psychology (2013) University of North Carolina at Asheville
Research Lab: Sex Lab
Advisor: Dr. Charlene Muehlenhard
Research Interests: Human sexuality, sexual communication techniques and consent (verbal and non-verbal), contributing factors of ambivalence in sexual situations, healthy sexual relationships across identities
 
B.A. (2014) University of Texas
Research Lab: Sex Lab
Advisor: Dr. Charlene Muehlenhard
Research interests: human sexuality, sexual communication in relationships, and sexual violence awareness and prevention
B.A. Psychological and Brain Sciences (2016) Washington University in St. Louis
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Baker
Research Interests: My research interests include aging, especially in the context of pain, diabetes, and other chronic health issues. I’m interested in health disparities, barriers to successful aging, and older adults’ access to healthcare resources. I am specifically interested in interventions to support older adults’ health behaviors and mental health.
Alexis Exum
M.P.S Professional Studies (2016) University of Maryland, B.A. Psychology (2014) Virginia Commonwealth University
Research Lab: Forbush CARE Lab
Advisor: Dr. Tera Fazzino 
Research Interests: Eating behaviors and weight disorders in racial/ethnic and sexual minority populations. Specifically, binge-eating, obesogenic behaviors, and associated neuropsychological correlates in adolescents and young adults.
B.A., (2015) Saint Louis University
Research Lab: Ingram Lab
Advisor: Dr. Rick Ingram
Research Interests: Risk and maintenance factors of mood disorders, treatment of depression, and individual differences in the manifestation of depressive symptoms. 

 

B.A. Neuroscience and Behavior (2018) University of Notre Dame
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Ilardi
Research Interests: My current research interests include risk and resilience to depression, with a focus on multifaceted preventative and treatment interventions. Previous research has studied factors that influence cognitive vulnerability to depression.
Haley Hart
B.A. Oxbridge Molecular Biology (2019) William Jewell College, B.A. Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry (2019) William Jewell College
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Ilardi
Research Interests: Management of and adaptation to chronic illness/pain and disability; coping with health problems; resilience; multidisciplinary rehabilitation
 
M.A. (2013) Radford University, B.A. (2010) The College of Wooster
Research Lab: BRANCH Lab
Advisor: Dr. Amber Watts
Research Interests: Aging, neurodegenerative diseases, prevention of cognitive decline, health behaviors in older adults, accelerometry, perceptions of aging, health concordance among older adult couples, neuropsychology
Philip Huang
M.A. Psychology (2019) New York University, B.A. Psychology (2016) New York University
Research Lab: Baker Lab
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Baker
Research Interests: My research interests are health disparities and neurorehabilitation. I am interested in how social determinants can affect barriers in healthcare access in ethnic minorities and creating interventions to overcome these barriers.
Sarah Johnson
B.A. Psyhcology & Cognitive Science (2017) Northwestern University
Reserach Lab: Center for Advancement of Research on Eating Disorders
Advisor: Dr. Kelsie Forbush
Research Interests: Sarah is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Her current research interests include novel methods of assessment, diagnosis, & classification of eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors. She is particularly interested in disordered eating behaviors in people who don’t meet traditional DSM criteria for an eating disorder and dimensional classification approaches to diagnosing eating and other mood disorders.
M.A. Psychology (2018) University of Kansas, B.A. (2015) University of Kansas
Research Lab: Ingram Lab
Advisor: Dr. Rick Ingram
Research Interests: Risk and maintenance factors for depression; treatment of depression; comorbidity of anxiety and mood disorders with depression; mindset; attachment; anxiety disorders including OCD; women's health (specifically peripartum depression).
 
B.A. (2015) University of Missouri, Kansas City
Research Lab: Baker lab
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Baker
Research Interests: research interests include broadly, health disparities, evaluating facilitators and barriers to health care accessibility among marginalized populations, examining the effects of cultural and societal factors on mental health help-seeking behaviors, and health promotion and awareness.
B.A. (2012) Tufts University
Research Lab: Behavioral research in aging, neuroscience, cognition, and health (BRANCH)
Advisor: Dr. Amber Watts 
Research Interests: Aging, neurodegenerative diseases, caregiver stress/burden, cognition, and prevention strategies for cognitive decline. ​
M.A. Psychology (2015) University of Kansas, B.A. (2009) Kenyon College

Research Lab: Neuropsychology and Aging Laboratory
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hamilton
Research Interests: Neuropsychology; affect, cognition, and aging; geriatric health psychology; relationship between health risk disclosure and psychological/behavioral change

B.A. (2013) A. John Carroll University
Research Lab: Health and Cognition in Aging
Advisor: Dr. Amber Watts
Research Interests: Aging and dementia; Alzheimers disease; biomarkers and risk factors; prevention approaches by examining health behaviors and lifestyle changes in the healthy older adult genetically at-risk for Alzheimer’s disease population 
M.A Psychology (2017) University of Kansas, M.A. (2014) Boston University, B.A. (2010) Boston University

Research Lab: Baker lab
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Baker
Research Interests: Chronic illnesses, multimorbidities, chronic pain, aging, social determinants of health

M.A. (2014) Towson University, B.A. (2010) Johns Hopkins University

Research Lab: Muehlenhard Lab
Advisor: Dr. Charlene Muehlenhard
Research Interests:  Human sexuality, sexual violence prevention, sexual disorders, risk and protective factors, sexual minority identity and experience, mixed method design.

B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California

Research Lab: TLC Lab
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Ilardi
Research Interests: Mood disorders, with a current focus on the relationship between exercise intensity and depression. 

Victoria Perko
M.A. Psychology (2019) Univeristy of Kansas, B.A. Psychology (2013) Trinity University
Research Lab: Center for Advancement of Research on Eating Disorders
Advisor: Dr. Kelsie Forbush
Research Interests: Subtleties of eating disorders in special populations such as men, veterans, children, and athletes; the application of network analysis to research on eating disorders and other internalizing disorders. 
 
M.A. Psychology (2018) University of Kansas, B.S. Biology (2010) University of Washington, B.A. Biochemistry (2010) University of Washington

Research Lab: The Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Advisor: Dr. Christie Befort, KUMC
Research Interests: Healthy behaviors and the factors associated with them across multiple populations; preventive medicine; obesity; cancer; health promotion

M.A Psychology (2017) Towson University, B.A. Psychology (2015) University of Kansas
Advisor: Dr. Charlene Muehlenhard
Research Interests: I am interested in topics pertaining to human sexuality, mental and sexual health, sexual minority and multiple-minority identity and experience, minority stress, mixed method analysis and quantitative psychology, and intersectional approaches to research practices. My recent projects have focused on understanding race-based rumination among racial and ethnic minorities distinguished from depressive rumination as well as the effects of recent social events, such as the Orlando massacre and the 2016 presidential election, on LGBTQ+ community mental health.
M.A. Psychology (2016) University of Kansas, B.S. Psychology; Minor in Biology (2012) Washington State University

Research Lab: TLC Lab
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Ilardi
Research Interests: Nutrition, sunlight, and mood disorders

B.A. (2015) University of Iowa
Research Lab: Center for Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors
Advisor: Dr. Kelsie Forbush
Research Interests: symptom maintenance in eating disorders, understanding the relationship between eating disorder symptoms and impairment, quantifying eating disorder recovery and identifying predictors of recovery or relapse, applying a transdiagnostic framework to eating disorders
M.A. Psychology (2016) University of Kansas, B.A. (2009) San Francisco State University
Research Lab: Behavioral Research in Aging, Neuroscience, Cognition, and Health (BRANCH) Lab
Advisor: Dr. Amber Watts
Research Interests: How higher level brain functions, like cognitive control/executive function, can be influenced and perturbed by pathology, normal aging, and one’s external environment.
B.A. Psychology (2016) Tufts University
Research Lab: Hamilton Health Lab
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hamilton
Research Interests: My research interests include health behaviors and beliefs, particularly in women's health. I am interested in health throughout the lifespan, but my recent work has focused on the menopause transition and postmenopausal periods. My previous research experience involved mood and anxiety disorders, and I want to better understand the health impacts of those symptom clusters on sleep hygiene and disordered sleep during periods of acute and chronic illness. I also have a secondary interest in treatment adherence. 
 
B.A. Psychology (2016) University of the South
Advisor: Dr. Charlene Muehlenhard
Research Interests: Alli’s current research explores how individuals navigate situations where they feel ambivalent about sex with a specific focus on how ambivalence changes across time and what strategies individuals employ to avoid sex. Her larger research interests include sexuality, consent, body image, and gender. Her previous research has included violence & victimization, strengths, resilience, and coping, with a specific focus on rural Appalachian populations.
M.A. Clinical Psychology (2017) Eastern Illinois University, B.S. Psychology (2014) Missouri University of Science and Technology
Research Lab: Health, Behavior, and Technology Lab
Advisor: Dr. Tera Fazzino
Research InterestsI am interested in the common factors that underlie substance use and eating pathology.  More specifically, I am interested in motivational mechanisms, reinforcement processes, and sociocultural factors related to the development and maintenance of alcohol use and eating behaviors.  In addition, I am interested in the use of technology, such as ecological momentary assessment (EMA), in examining addictive behaviors and eating pathology.
Hailey Taylor
M.A. Clinical Psychology (2017) University of Maryland, B.A. Psychology and Criminology (2013) West Virginia University
Research Lab: Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment
Advisor: Dr. Richard Yi
Research Interests: I am interested in studying delay discounting and addiction. In addition, I am interested in examining mental health in relation to public policy and violence against women, specifically domestic violence and sexual assault. 
M.A. in Psychology (2008), San Diego State University, B.A. in Psychology (2004), Universidad Centroamericana (El Salvador)

Research Lab: Clinical Neuropsychology and Aging Lab
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hamilton
Research Interest: Cultural neuropsychology, gerontology and dementia; health disparities in aging, with emphasis on regional disparities

B.S. Psychology (2017) Iowa State University
Research Lab: Ingram Lab
Advisor: Dr. Rick Ingram
Research Interests: My research interest is the etiology, maintenance, and effective treatment of depression and other mood disorders in adults. I am also interested in anxiety disorders and their frequent comorbidity with depression. 
M.A. Psychology (2017) University of Kansas, B.B.A. Psychology & Marketing (2012) University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Lab: TLC Lab
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Ilardi
Research Interests: My current research interests concern the relationship between mind-wandering and affective dynamics. 

M.A. Psychology (2018) University of Kansas, B.A. Psychology (2016) University of Tulsa

Research Lab: Hamilton Health Lab
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hamilton
Research Interests: Posttrauma Nightmares, Idiopathic Nightmares, Dreams, Parasomnias, Trauma, and PTSD. Broadly, Westley is interested in the intersection of sleep and trauma research.

M.A. Psychology (2018) University of Kansas, B.A. Psychology (2011) Bates College

Research Lab: Muehlenhard Lab
Advisor: Dr. Charlene Muehlenhard
Research Interests:  Human sexuality, sexual consent and communication, sexual minority identity, sexual behavior, intersection of sexuality and technology

 


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