Clinical Graduate Students

 

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.  
 
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
Pronouns: She/Her
Advisor: Dr. Tera Fazzino 
Research Lab: Health Behavior and Technology Lab
Research Interests: Exploration of shared mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of substance use disorders and disordered eating behaviors (particularly binge eating). 
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. 

 

Annaleis Giovanetti
M.A. Psychology (2020) University of Kansas, B.A. Neuroscience and Behavior (2018) University of Notre Dame
Pronouns: She/Her
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Ilardi
Reserach Lab: TLC Lab
Research Interests: Risk factors and treatment for depression; clinical impact of anger; efficacy and implementation of telemental health services; lifestyle interventions; cognitive vulnerability 
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 Lab: TLC Lab
Research Interests: My research interests include coping with chronic illness and disability, resilience to comorbid mental health conditions, interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation, and lifestyle interventions.
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
Pronouns: She/Her
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.
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.
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 
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
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) Tufts University
Research Lab: Hamilton Health Lab
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hamilton
Research Interests: Women’s mental health and the relationship between pain and sleep. I am interested in collecting ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to examine the real-time interplay between mental and physical health.
 
Alli Smith
M.A. Psychology (2020) University of Kansas, B.A. Psychology (2016) University of the South
Advisor: Dr. Charlene Muehlenhard
Research Interests: I am interested in qualitative research that explores sexuality and intimate partner violence. More specifically, my research investigates conceptual issues in sexuality, sexual ambivalence, risk and protective factors for victimization, and elements of power and control within relationships. My previous research focused on resilience and strengths in rural Appalachia. 
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.P.S. Clinical Psychology (2018) University of Maryland, B.A. Psychology and Criminology (2017) West Virginia University
Pronouns: She/Her
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. 

 


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