Clinical Graduate Students

 

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
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Baker
Research Interests: I am interested in studying individuals suffering from chronic pain and functional neurological symptoms in India - to broadly explore any psychosocial factors mediating this experience and associated functional disability. I am also specifically interested in developing short term therapeutic plans that would increase engagement with therapy, adherence to medical treatment and health promoting behaviour that gradually increases functional independence, these being major problems with mental health care in India and many parts of the world. Any potential findings could then be compared with already studied populations to identify broader racial differences and guide future intervention programs.
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. (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.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.

 

B.S. (2013) California Lutheran University

Research Lab: Health and Cognition in Aging
Advisor: Dr. Amber Watts
Research Interests: Aging, Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline and dementia prevention strategies, and health behaviors in older adult populations.

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: Eating disorder classification and diagnosis; unhealthy exercise behaviors; quantitative psychology

B.A. (2014) University of Texas
Research Lab: Sex Lab
Advisor: Dr. Charlene Muehlenhard
Research interests: human sexuality, sexual communication in relationships, and sexual abuse 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.
M.P.S Professional Studies (2016) University of Maryland, B.A. Psychology (2014) Virginia Commonwealth University
Research Lab: Forbush CARE Lab
Advisor: Dr. Kelsie Forbush
Research Interests: Cognitive and neuropsychological correlates of eating and weight disorders; binge-eating; research and assessment development for eating disorders in underrepresented populations
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.
M.A. (2014), University of Kansas, B.A. (2010), Emory University

Research Lab: Forbush CARE Lab & Ingram Lab
Advisors: Kelsie Forbush, Ph.D. & Rick Ingram, Ph.D.
Research Interests: cognitive and neuropsychological risk and maintenance factors of eating and mood disorders; emotion regulation; child and adolescent psychology; quantitative psychology

M.A. (2013) Radford University, B.A. (2010) The College of Wooster
Research Lab: BRANCH Lab
Advisor: Dr. Amber Watts
Research Interests: Aging, health behaviors related to disease manifestation and progression in older adults, prevention of cognitive decline related to pathological aging, neuropsychology
M.A. Psychology (2015) University of Kansas, B.A. (2011) Grinnell College

Research Lab: Health Psychology Research Lab
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hamilton
Research Interests: Health psychology, etiology and maintenance of insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, health behaviors and beliefs related to sleep.

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; 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. 

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) 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. 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.

B.A. (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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