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Kudos to CHANGE Lab Members!

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 second milestone. Her Mid-Point Project is entitled, The Influence of Weight and Weight-Related Self-Stigma on Depression among Emerging Adults.

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:

  • CHANGE lab member and clinical psychology doctoral student, 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.