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Karen Saules Ph.D.


karenDr. Karen Saules earned her doctorate degree from Wayne State University and subsequently completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. She is the head of the Eating and Addictive Behaviors Lab as well as the Psychology Clinic Director. Her research interests and expertise includes addictive behaviors, interaction of addictive and eating behaviors, binge eating, obesity, bariatric surgery, weight management/ maintenance, body image, weight stigma.

Meagan Carr, M.S.

Doctoral Student

meaganMeagan is a doctoral candidate currently completing her doctoral internship at Yale University. Meagan’s research interests include binge eating disorder, addictive behaviors, and understanding the development and course of these conditions. She also has a specific interest in issues related to diversity and behavioral addictions, including how methods of assessment may influence our understanding of clients of color and their experiences with the symptoms of behavioral addiction. Meagan’s dissertation work involved the development of a short screening measure that assesses for problems related to seven potentially addictive behaviors. In collaboration with Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) and St. Vincent Bariatric Center (Camel, Indiana), the measure is being trialed in a methadone maintenance clinic and bariatric surgery center. She has also obtained further training in clinical research at Yale’s Department of Psychiatry within the Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research (P.O.W.E.R.).

Megan Pejsa-Reitz, M.S.

Doctoral StudentMegan Pejsa-Reitz

Megan is in her fourth year of studies in the clinical psychology doctoral program. Megan's research interests focus on eating disorders, physical activity, and obesity. She has a specific interest in understanding the continuum of protectiveness and risk associated with physical activity behavior as it intersects with disordered eating pathology. Megan's qualifying paper evaluated physical activity interventions from a behavioral health perspective. In regards to clinical work, Megan co-developed and co-led two iterations of a modified version of the Acceptance-based Behavioral Weight Loss program, Effective Weight Loss, for adults with obesity at the EMU Psychology Clinic and she is currently on external practicum at Henry Ford's Bariatric Surgery and Behavioral Health Services Program.

Kirstie Herb, B.S.

Doctoral Student

kirstieKirstie is a second-year doctoral student originally from Pennsylvania. She earned her bachelor's degree from Penn State University in 2015 where she majored in psychology with a neuroscience concentration. Before attending EMU, she worked as a research coordinator in the Program in Eating Disorders and Obesity Research at Drexel University. Kirstie is broadly interested in identifying psychological, behavioral, and biological mechanisms associated with appetite, eating behavior, and weight, particularly in relation to obesity and disordered eating. She also has an interest in normative eating behavior and collaborates with Dr. Joseph Breza on studies of chemosensation and taste perception in the murine-nervous system.