Dr. Forbush’s research is designed to better understand the associations (both cross-sectional and longitudinal) between eating behaviors and various other types of psychological difficulties, as well as research designed to develop better ways of assessing and diagnosing abnormal (disordered) eating behaviors.
Dr. Ilardi plans to recruit one graduate student for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. His research focuses on the etiology and treatment of depression. Over the past decade his clinical research team has worked to develop the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) treatment protocol based on several modifiable lifestyle factors (e.g., physical activity, omega-3 intake, light exposure, social connection) with demonstrated antidepressent benefit.
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. 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.