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Kudos to CHANGE Lab Members!

March 2017:

February 2017:

  • Rebecca Kamody had a first author manuscript accepted for publication in Behavioral Medicine.
  • Kristina Decker received a Distinguished Student Travel Scholarship from the Society of Behavioral Medicine to present her symposium talk, Profiles of Weight Stigma and Mental Health: Association with Health Outcomes Among Emerging Adults with Overweight/Obesity, at their annual conference in March in San Diego.
  • Rebecca Kamody received a research travel award from the Society of Pediatric Psychology  to present her symposium talk, Developing a Culturally Responsive Behavioral Health Intervention for Disordered Eating and Obesity Among Adolescent: From Theoretical Conceptualization to Implementation, at their annual conference in March in Portland.
  • Robin Hardin successfully defended her thesis.
  • Courtney Maclin successfully defended her Mid-Point Project as her second research milestone.
  • Rebecca Kamody matched at the Yale Child Study Center for her predoctoral internship year. Rebecca will be taking a two year position as a Fellow at Yale School of Medicine, as she will be completing both her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Study Center.

December 2016: 

  • Dr. Idia Thurston and CHANGE Lab members Kristina Decker, Robin Hardin, Rebecca Kamody, and Caroline Kaufman had a symposium, Multilevel Predictors of Resilience in Diverse Communities of High Risk Youth and Adults, accepted for presentation at the Pathways to Resilience IV: Global South Perspectives conference in Cape Town, South Africa next June. Dr. Thurston, Kristina, and Robin are each first authors on talks in the symposium. Rebecca and Caroline are co-authors.
  • Kristina Decker successfully defended her Mid-Point Project as her second research milestone.

November 2016:

  • Dr. Idia Thurston and CHANGE Lab members Rebecca Kamody and Kristina Decker had a symposium, Culturally Responsive Assessments and Interventions to Address Pediatric Obesity: A Collaborative Symposium of the Diversity and Obesity SIGs, accepted for presentation at the 2017 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference in Portland this March. Dr. Thurston is chair of the symposium, Rebecca is first author on one of the talks, and Kristina is a co-author.
  • Dr. Thurston, Rebecca Kamody, and Courtney Maclin-Akinyemi had a symposium, A Strength-Based Approach to Understanding Health Disparities: Risk and Resilience in Mothers Living with Syndemics, accepted for presentation at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in San Diego this March. Dr. Thurston is chair of the symposium and first author on one of the talks, Rebecca is first author on one of the talks, and Courtney is a co-author.
  • CHANGE Lab member Kristina Decker had a symposium, Profiles of Weight Stigma and Mental Health: Association with Health Outcomes Among Emerging Adults with Overweight/Obesity, accepted for presentation at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in San Diego this March. Kristina is first author on one of the talks.
  • Dr. Thurston received the The Obesity Society’s Diversity Research Poster Award for her poster being presented at ObesityWeek this month in New Orleans.

October 2016:

  • Rebecca Kamody received the $1000 Student Research Award from the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for her project, Preliminary Efficacy, Acceptability, and Feasibility of a Culturally Responsive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group for Adolescents. The award will be used to help fund her dissertation research associated with the Emotional Overeating Intervention.
  • Dr. Mollie Anderson recently had her manuscript, Condom Carnival: Feasibility of a Novel Group Intervention for Decreasing Sexual Risk accepted for publication in Sex Education. This project served as Mollie’s Mid-Point Project when in her doctoral program at The University of Memphis.

September 2016:

  • CHANGE lab director Dr. Idia Thurston recently had her manuscript Cross-sectional and Prospective Examination of Weight Misperception and Depressive Symptoms among Adolescents with Overweight and Obesity accepted for publication in Prevention Science. CHANGE lab member Rebecca Kamody is a co-author on the paper.

April 2016:

  • Robin Hardin received an honorable mention at SPPAC’s Adolescent and Young Adult SIG poster contest. Robin completed her poster while on a research placement at St. Jude in Memphis.