People

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

 

  • Assistant Professor Clinical (Child and Family & Clinical Health)
  • 310 Psychology Building
  • 901.678.2690 (telephone)
  • bthrston@memphis.edu

Education

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, B.A., M.S.

  • Experimental Psychology Doctoral Student
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Room 226 Psychology Building
  • mbandrsn@memphis.edu

Education

  • Experimental Psychology Doctoral Student (Child and Family), The University of Memphis
  • M.A., 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

Kristina Decker, B.S., M.A.

  • Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
  • Room 361 Psychology Building
  • kdecker@memphis.edu

Education

Research Interests

  • Psychological and sociocultural factors that influence child & adolescent health behaviors
  • Exploring health disparities and culturally sensitive models of prevention and intervention
  • Influence of parenting on adolescent health promoting and health risk behaviors

Robin N. Hardin, B.A., M.A.

  • Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
  • Room 361 Psychology Building
  • rnhardin@memphis.edu

Education

  • Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student (Clinical Health) at The University of Memphis
  • 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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  • Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student (Child and Family)
  • Room 359 Psychology Building
  • cckufman@memphis.edu

 Education:

  • Clinical Psychology Student (Child and Family) at The University of Memphis
  • 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

Rebecca Kamody, B.A, M.A.

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  • Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
  • rckamody@memphis.edu

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Adrian College, 2012
  • Master of Science, The University of Memphis

Research Interests

  • Familial, sociocultural, and psychological factors impacting adherence and behavioral outcomes in child and adolescents with chronic illness
  • Risk and protective factors influencing prevention and intervention techniques for pediatric obesity
  • Biostatistics and quantitative psychology

Jamie Padden, B.A.

  • Post Bac Research Assistant
  • jlpadden@memphis.edu

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Memphis, 2015

Research Interests

  • Mental health disparities
  • Risk and protective factors in adolescents
  • Human behavior in the workplace

 

 

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