Clinical Graduate Students

 

M.A. (2016) University of Houston-Clear Lake, B.A. (2011) Univesity of Houston
Research Lab: Ingram Lab
Advisor: Dr. Rick Ingram
Research Interests: I am interested in how individual differences in emotion regulation and cognition increase risk for depressive and trauma symptoms.
M.S. Clinical Psychology (2017) Christ University, B.A. Psychology (2015) Christ University
Research Lab: Hamilton Health Lab
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hamilton
Research Interests: Neuropsychology, health psychology, social determinants of health, healthy aging, health literacy, cross cultural differences in health behaviors.  
 
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, sleep, women’s health, trauma and growth

Joe Bellitti
B.A. Psychology (2018) College of the Holy Cross
Research Lab: Health and Behavior Technology Lab
Advisor: Dr. Tera Fazzino
Research Interests: My research interests include the development and maintenance of eating disorders (particularly binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa) and substance use disorders (particularly alcohol use) as well as understanding the motivational mechanisms that drive both behaviors. Furthermore, identifying prevention methods and interventions that will help improve the long-term outcomes in individuals who have or are at risk for these behaviors. I also have interest in investigating these behaviors, particularly disordered eating, specifically in athletes and males.
 
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.  
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, experiences of pain during sexual activity, contributing factors of ambivalence in sexual situations, sexual communication and decision-making, 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
Brendon Elliott
B.A. Psychology (2020) University of Kansas, B.A. Applied Behavioral Science (2020) University of Kansas
Advisor: Stephen Ilardi
Research Interests: The effects of lifestyle elements on depression symptoms, overall mental health, and cognitive performance; and behavioral interventions in reducing conduct problems among at-risk youth.
B.A. Psychological and Brain Sciences (2016) Washington University in St. Louis
Advisor: Dr. Amber Watts
Research Interests: My research interests broadly center around aging and chronic conditions. I am especially interested in health disparities, social isolation, end-of-life decision making, attitudes towards palliative care, and barriers to successful aging. I am also interested in interventions to support older adults’ access to healthcare resources, such as telemedicine. 
Alexis Exum
B.A. Psychology (2014) Virginia Commonwealth University, M.P.S Professional Studies (2016) University of Maryland, M.A. Psychology (2020) University of Kansas
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tera Fazzino
Research Lab: Health Behavior and Technology Lab
Research Interests: Substance use and weight disorders in racial/ethnic and sexual minority populations. Specifically, food addiction, binge-eating, and obesogenic behaviors among 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: Hamilton Health Lab
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hamilton
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: Assessment, diagnosis, and classification of eating disorders, particularly in racial and ethnic minority populations and other underrepresented groups; dimensional models of eating pathology and body image.
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.
Alexa L'Insalata
B.A. Psychology (2017) Oberlin College
Advisor: Dr. Tera Fazzino
Research Interests: My current research interests focus on the bridge between substance use and eating disorders. More specifically, I am interested in examining and applying the mechanisms of addiction to better define and assess excessive exercising, overeating, and other reward-seeking behaviors that influence the development and maintenance of disordered eating. Moreover, I am interested in applying technology to better assess and predict clinical outcomes of addictive behaviors and eating pathology.
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, accelerometry, and health-related behaviors (physical activity and sleep) as prevention strategies for cognitive decline. ​
M.A., Psychology (2019) University of Kansas, 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; sex differences; prevention approaches by examining health behaviors and lifestyle changes in various populations including the older adults genetically at-risk for Alzheimer’s disease and postmenopausal women 
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: Therapeutic Lifestyle Change
Advisor: Dr.Stephen Ilardi, PhD
Research Interests: Healthy behaviors and the factors associated with them across multiple populations; telemental health; rural health; preventive medicine; obesity; bariatric; cancer; resilience

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.
B.A. (2015) University of Iowa
Research Lab: Center for Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors
Advisor: Dr. Kelsie Forbush
Research Interests: Applying novel statistical techniques in eating disorder research; improving definitions of eating disorder severity and recovery; examining how eating disorder symptom and impairment measures perform in youth and men; the comorbidity between suicidality and 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.
Mariana Rincon Caicedo
B.A. Psychology (2018) John Hopkins University, B.A. Writing Seminars (2018) John Hopkins University
Research Lab: TLC Lab
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Ilardi
Research Interests: My main research interests are the etiology and treatments for mood disorders. Specifically, I am interested in developing culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatments for depression in Latinos, as well as implementing accessible community-based programs and strategies to prevent suicide in this community. 
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.
Olivia Tasheuras
M.S. Clinical Psychology (2017) Loyola University Maryland, B.A. Psychology (2014) University of Maryland
Research Lab: Cofrin Logan Center for Addicition and Treatment
Advisor: Dr. Richard Yi
Research Interests: I’m interested in decision-making processes of justice-involved youth. Specifically, how delay of gratification and impulsivity characteristics may relate to these processes and risk-taking behaviors. I’m interested in studying how these factors evolve as dynamic factors, and how they relate to recidivism. I’m also interested how they may be used to inform assessment and intervention development, particularly risk assessment
 

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. 
Pilar Thangwaritorn
B.S. Psychology (2019) University of Florida
Research Lab: BRANCH Lab
Advisor: Dr. Amber Watts
Research Interests: My research interests include mechanisms for cognitive aging in relation to interventions that delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases, specifically Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias. The behavioral interventions I would like to study are brain games, diet, sleep, physical activity, etc. Within these studies, I am also interested in risk factors and outcome predicating biomarkers. Additionally, I would like to dig deeper into racial/ethnic and cultural neuropsychology.
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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