Current Graduate Students

Kendra Krietsch, M.S.

Kendra is a Fourth year graduate student primarily mentored by Dr. Janicke in the Clinical Health Psychology department. Kendra completed her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in German in 2012 at the University of Arizona.  During her undergraduate career, she worked primarily in the Sleep Research Lab first as a research assistant, and then as a project coordinator and lab manager. As project coordinator, she managed an NIH/NICHD-funded R01 exploring longitudinal mental health, physical health, and sleep trajectories following marital separation and divorce.  Her honors thesis investigated how poor sleep following divorce predicts increases in resting blood pressure over 9 months.

Kendra’s interests are in how health behaviors during the early years of life (sleep, physical activity, stress management) put children at risk for developing chronic health conditions later in life (obesity, cardiovascular disease).  Currently, she is primarily interested in the mechanisms linking sleep and development of obesity in youth. Kendra Krietsch CV

Casey Lawless, M.S.

Casey Lawless, M.S., is a Fourth year graduate student in the Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab. She obtained her bachelor’s degree Psychology and Child & Family Studies from Syracuse University in 2013 after completing an honor’s thesis on academic and mental health functioning in college students with chronic medical conditions. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant in multiple labs, including the Treatment and Research in Academic Competence Lab at Syracuse University, and in the Chronic Pain Management Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Casey is generally interested in the relationship between lifestyle factors (e.g., sleep, physical activity, and nutrition) interact with disease morbidity and quality of life in youth with chronic illness and their families. She also has research interests related to rural and racial/ethnic health disparities. Casey Lawless CV

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Sarah Stromberg, M.S.

Sarah is a fourth year graduate student primarily mentored by Dr. Janicke in the Pediatric Psychology Lab. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and mathematics from the University of Kentucky. She completed her honors thesis which examined the effectiveness of diaphragmatic breathing in the management of motion sickness. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant in multiple labs, including the Family and Child Developmental Lab with Dr. Peggy Keller and a psychophysiology lab with Dr. Charles Carlson. She was also a clinic assistant at the Jesse G. Harris Psychological Services Center. Sarah Stromberg CV

 


Chardon, MarieMarie Chardon, M.S.

Marie is a third year graduate student primarily mentored by Dr. Janicke in the Pediatric Psychology Lab.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology and French from Bucknell University in 2012. Marie’s undergraduate honors thesis examined how initial levels for drive for thinness and social body comparison in women entering their first semester of college related to later changes in body dissatisfaction.  After graduation, Marie worked as a project coordinator for the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In that position she worked across two studies. The first examined the role of teaching strategies on children’s memory and generalization of knowledge.  The second study aimed at understanding the relationship between self-regulation while in preschool and school readiness.  Marie’s current interests include pediatric obesity, the role of parents in children’s eating and weight behaviors and the integration of mental health into primary pediatric care. Marie Chardon CV

NetzMallory Netz, M.S.

Mallory Netz, B.A., is a third year graduate student primarily mentored by Dr. Fedele in the Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab. She attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with minors in Chemistry and Humanities in Medicine. There, she completed a senior thesis entitled ‘Social Goals and the Context Information Processing: A New Coding Scheme for Open-Ended Descriptions of Goals among Children in Early Elementary School.’ Currently, she is working on a master’s thesis examining self-management behaviors in emerging adolescents with their caregivers. Mallory Netz CV


TurnerElise Turner, M.S.

Elise Turner, M.S., is a second year graduate student primarily mentored by Dr. Fedele in the Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab. She graduated from Drexel University’s master’s in psychology program in June 2015 where she completed a master’s thesis examining the relationship between neuropsychological functioning, cognitive engagement and reading achievement in pediatric brain tumor survivors. Elise is looking forward to helping with the lab’s upcoming study, AIM2ACT, examining the role of a mHealth tool for improving asthma management behaviors. Elise Turner CV

Jenny Warnick, B.A.

Jenny is a second year graduate student primarily mentored by Dr. Janicke in the Pediatric Psychology Lab. She graduated in 2013 from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. During her undergraduate career, she volunteered as a research assistant at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern University’s Psychology Department. Prior to joining Dr. Janicke’s lab at the University of Florida, Jenny worked for Dr. Bonnie Spring at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Center for Behavior and Health. There she obtained extensive research and clinical experiences conducting mHealth studies targeting obesity and cardiovascular disease prevention. Jenny’s current interests include weight behaviors, mobile health technology, and treatment adherence in pediatric populations. Jenny Warnick CV


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Andrea Fidler, B.A.

Andrea is a first year graduate student primarily mentored by Dr. Fedele in the Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and minors in mathematics and childhood studies. Her undergraduate honors thesis examined the relationship between family expressiveness, ethnicity, and psychological helping seeking attitudes. After graduation, she worked on a research project examining sleep habits and treatment adherence in adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes and served as a surveillance / evaluation coordinator for a study that evaluated behavioral interventions targeting childhood obesity. Andrea is interested in psychosocial aspects of childhood chronic illnesses, particularly the sharing of treatment responsibility between child parent dyads, the role of sleep in illness-specific outcomes and adherence, and applications of mHealth technology. Andrea Fidler CV

img_0275Molly Basch, B.S.

Molly is a first year graduate student primarily mentored by Dr. Janicke in the Pediatric Psychology Lab. She graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2014 where she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Pre-Professional Health.  After graduation, Molly worked as a research assistant for the Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain Lab within Boston Children’s Hospital. In that position, she worked across multiple studies examining the role of psychological variables in the experience of chronic pain syndromes in children and adolescents. Molly’s current interests include factors that influence the development of unhealthy weight and obesity in youth.
Molly Bash CV

rachel-headshotRachel Sweenie, B.A.

Rachel is a first year graduate student in the Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Fedele. She earned her BA in human biology and psychology from the University of Kansas where she was also an undergraduate research assistant in the Clinical Child Psychology Program. After graduating she worked as a clinical research assistant at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC on a variety of studies examining psychosocial issues in children, families, and young adults with type 1 diabetes. Rachel also spent two years in the Peace Corps as a community health volunteer in the Kingdom of Swaziland, where she worked with children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Rachel is broadly interested in psychosocial issues in pediatric chronic illness, and in particular on researching and addressing the effects of health disparities on children’s health and illness management. Rachel Sweenie CV