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

Dr. Idia Thurston

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
-Health Disparities and Intersectionality of Multicultural Identities
-Biopsychosocial-Cultural Risk and Protective Factors
-Stress, Stigma, and Weight Misperception in Youth with Overweight and Obesity
-Co-occurring Adversities of HIV, Substance Use, and Violence in Mothers and Resilience in their Children
-Community-Based Participatory Research and Intervention Dissemination in Marginalized Populations
-Culturally Responsive Interventions for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA)

 

 

Rebecca C. Kamody, M.S.

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6th 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.

courtney-maclin

5th year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
Room 361 Psychology Building
cmaclin1@memphis.edu

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.

Kristina Decker

4th 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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4th 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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3rd 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

 

 

Jessica Mandell, B.A.

Jessica Mandell1st year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
Room 359 Psychology Building
jmandell@memphis.edu

Education
-Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student (Child and Family Studies), The University of Memphis (2017-Present)
-B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Psychology, 2016, The George Washington University

Research Interests
-Promoting adolescent mental, sexual, and physical health
-HIV/AIDS prevention and interventions to empower marginalized groups and to reduce health disparities
-How families and social support create healthy environments, act as sources of resilience, and foster self-compassion

 

 

Andrew Paladino, B.A.

Andrew Paladino2nd 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

 

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

 

Undergrad RAs

Jordan Taylor

Class of 2017
Major: Psychology, Minor: Management

 

 

 

 

Danielle Porter

Danielle Porter

Class of 2018
Majors: Psychology, Spanish

 

 

 

 

Jazmyne Burton

Jazmyne Burton

Class of 2018
Major: Psychology

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHANGE Lab Alumni

 

Mollie Anderson, Ph.D.

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Graduated in 2016

Instructor
Room 226 Psychology Building
mbandrsn@memphis.edu

 

 

 

 

Past Undergraduate Research Assistants

 

Jamie Padden, B.A.

 

 

 

 

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