Graduate Students on Internship

Kendra Krietsch, M.S.

Kendra is a  graduate student primarily mentored by Dr. Janicke in the Clinical Health Psychology department. Kendra will start her internship with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio in the fall of 2017. She 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 graduate student in the Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab. Casey will start her internship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri in the fall of 2017. 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 graduate student primarily mentored by Dr. Janicke in the Pediatric Psychology Lab. Sarah will start her internship at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fl in the fall of 2017. 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