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Idia B. Thurston, Ph.D., Director of CHANGE Lab

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Assistant Professor
Clinical (Child and Family & Clinical Health)
310 Psychology Building
901.678.2690
bthrston@memphis.edu
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Education
-Fellowship, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
-Ph.D., University of South Florida
-M.A., University of South Florida
-B.S., Florida State University

Research Interests
-Biological, psychological, social, and cultural risk and protective factors related to adolescent and young adult health and development
-Culturally-tailored interventions for adolescent HIV prevention and obesity treatment
-Role of parental involvement and communication in decreasing adolescent sexual and HIV risk behaviors in sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S.
-Improving HIV medication treatment adherence among adolescents and young adults
-Community-based participatory research and dissemination of evidence-based interventions

 

 

Mollie Anderson, Ph.D.

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Instructor
Room 226 Psychology Building
mbandrsn@memphis.edu

 

 

 

Education
-Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, The University of Memphis
-M.S., The University of Memphis
-B.S., Magna Cum Laude, Pepperdine University

Research Interests
-Designing and evaluating brief, interactive, peer-led and culturally tailored interventions for sexual risk reduction in young adults and adolescents
-Engaging in community-based participatory research and dissemination of evidence-based interventions

 

 

Rebecca C. Kamody, M.S.

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5th year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
Room 361 Psychology Building
rckamody@memphis.edu

 

 

 

 

Education
-Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student (Child and Family Studies), The University of Memphis (2012-Present)
-B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Psychology, 2012, Adrian College

Research Interests
-Examining clinical health disparities through community-based research
-Developing and adapting culturally responsive and empirically supported clinical intervention
-Examining the impact of emotion dysregulation on maladaptive behaviors in youth and young adults

 

 

Courtney Maclin-Akinyemi, M.S.

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4th year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
Room 361 Psychology Building
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Education
-Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student (Clinical Health Track), The University of Memphis (2013-Present)
-B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Psychology,  2011, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Research Interests
-Psychosocial factors associated with health behaviors that increase the risk of obesity in African Americans
-Culturally tailored health interventions
-Optimizing health care delivery for diverse populations

 

 

Kristina Decker, M.A.

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3rd year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
Room 361 Psychology Building
kdecker@memphis.edu

 

 

Education
-Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student (Child and Family Studies), The University of Memphis (2014-Present)
-M.A., Psychology, 2011, Eastern Illinois University
-B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Psychology, 2009, Millikin University

Research Interests
-Understanding psychological, health-related, and sociocultural factors that shape adolescent and young adult identity development
-Examining the impact of weight-based stigma on mental and physical health
-Exploring health disparities and developing culturally sensitive models of prevention and intervention

 

 

Robin N. Hardin, M.A.

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3rd year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
Room 361 Psychology Building
rnhardin@memphis.edu

 

 

 

Education
-Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student (Clinical Health Track), The University of Memphis (2014-Present)
-Master of Arts, Psychology, 2014, Columbia University
-Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Psychology, 2012, Spelman College

Research Interests
-The sociocultural and psychological factors associated with high-risk sexual behavior
-Risk and protective factors influencing prevention and intervention techniques for sexually transmitted infections and HIV
-The social determinants and cultural factors of racial disparity in HIV infection

 

 

Caroline C. Kaufman, B.A.

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2nd year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
Room 359 Psychology Building
cckufman@memphis.edu

 

 

 

Education
-Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student (Child and Family Studies), The University of Memphis (2015-Present)
-Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with Honors, 2015, Williams College

Research Interests
-Severe and chronic mental illness among adolescents and young adults
-Interventions to reduce sexually risky decision making among adolescents and young adult women
-Resilience and protective factors in women exposed to interpersonal violence and health adversities

 

Andrew Paladino, B.A.

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1st Year MSGP Student
Room 441 Psychology Building
jpladino@memphis.edu

 

 

 

 

Education
-Masters of Science in General Psychology, The University of Memphis, (2016 – Present)
-Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Psychology, 2016, The University of Memphis

Research Interests
-Identifying stigma & sociocultural factors related to health disparities and barriers in access to care
-Examining and applying interventions and policies that address minority stress, psychopathology, and health problems for ethnic and sexual minorities
-Analyzing health care roles and provider practices that lead to better health outcomes in pediatric emergency services and other hospital settings

 

 

Former CHANGE Lab Members:

Jamie Padden, B.A. (Undergraduate Research Assistant)