Eastern Michigan University

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students: Improving the Health of Michigan Residents

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Every year, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation invites medical and doctoral students at Michigan universities to submit proposals for a $3000 student research award. The purpose of the award is to support research efforts targeted at improving the health of Michigan residents. The Foundation's mission is to improve the health of Michigan residents through the support of research or demonstration and evaluation projects that affect quality and costs of care, access to care, or community health. (see http://www.bcbsm.com/content/dam/microsites/foundation/student-award-program.pdf)

This year, ten of EMU's Clinical doctoral students won such awards. These awards will provide $30,000 for research efforts in the Clinical Psychology department. The awardees and their proposals:

BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN FOUNDATION GRANTS - STUDENT AWARDS

Alison Colbert

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Title: "Working Memory and Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children"
  • Advisor: Jin Bo

Barry Eye

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Title: "A Brief Group Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Intervention for Anxiety Sensitivity"
  • Advisor: Ellen Koch

Amanda Ellis

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Title: "The impact of Life Stress on Attention and Executive Functioning in School Age Children"
  • Advisor: Carol Freedman-Doan

Miriam Goldstein

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Title: "The impact of Parenting on Attention and Executive Functioning in School-Age Children"
  • Advisor: Carol Freedman-Doan

Katherine Guyon

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Title: "Trajectories of Maternal PTSD symptoms and atypical parenting behavior: Implications for the Health and Social-Emotional Well-Being of Infants and Toddlers"
  • Advisor: Alissa Huth-Bocks

Lauren Harrison

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Title: "Parent Influence on Pediatric Chronic Pain and Disability"
  • Advisor: Catherine Peterson

Sara Johns

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Title: "Direct and Indirect Links between Father Involvement and Child Externalizing Behavior Problems Among Low-Income African American Families"
  • Advisor: Heather Janisse

JooHyun Lee

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Title: "Towards a Culturally-Informed Model of Psychological Maladjustment for Asian American"
  • Advisor: Tamara Loverich

Jessica Riggs

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Title: "Atypical Parenting Behaviors and Obesity in Response to Parent Intervention in a High Risk Sample"
  • Advisor: Heather Janisse

Ashley Wiedemann

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Title: "An Experimental Investigation of the Impact of Emotional Regulation, Emotional Eating, Experiential Avoidance, and Distress Tolerance on Eating Behavior"
  • Advisor: Tamara Loverich

Ashley Weidemann, a doctoral student, received an award for her project entitled, "An Experimental Investigation of the Impact of Emotional Regulation, Emotional Eating, Experiential Avoidance, and Distress Tolerance on Eating Behavior" (Tamara Loverich, advisor). Her research focuses on the role of emotion and eating behavior, including examining psychological risk factors of obesity. The grant will allow Ashley to conduct an experiment examining these factors for her doctoral dissertation.

We are proud of all of our BCBSM Foundation award recipients, and wish them well in their research endeavors!