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Alix McLaughlin is a second-year Doctoral student in the Psychology program at EMU. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Butler University in 2014. Her experience with children with a variety of neurological and developmental disorders as a pediatric psychometrist at Alexian Brothers Neurosciences Institute motivated her to pursue a graduate degree. Her research interests include neuropsychological sequelae of pediatric chronic illness and the importance of multidisciplinary healthcare teams.







Natalie Morris is a fourth-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at EMU with a clinical and research focus on pediatric populations. She received her B.S. from Bradley University in 2009 with a focus in psychology and biology and her M.S. from EMU in 2011. Natalie's current research interests include the management of childhood behaviors and parenting of children with chronic illnesses. She also has an interest in the impact that neurocognitive late effects in childhood cancer survivors have on child and family functioning. For her dissertation, she plans to assess the needs of families of childhood cancer survivors to inform the development of a health product that will deliver empirically supported parent training techniques and psychoeducation to families of childhood cancer survivors.



Lauren Harrison  graduated from the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at EMU, with a concentration on Pediatric Psychology. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Austin College in 2011 and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2013. Her master's thesis examined the role of parental supportive behaviors (accommodations) on frequency of children's illness. For her dissertation, she plans to measure parental accommodations in two pediatric pain samples, headache and recurrent abdominal pain, with a long-term goal of developing parent interventions.





Shelby Wilson graduated from the General Clinical Masters Psychology program at EMU. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2015. She is currently on practicum at PAR Rehab, where she conducts psychological and neuropsychological evaluations as well as provides psychotherapy to children and adults. She is currently working on her thesis investigating predictors of parental and child psychological distress in childhood cancer survivors and their families. Shelby's research interests include the impact of child special needs, including special health care needs, on the family.