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Lauren Harrison is a second-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student 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.




Katherine Inman is a fifth-year EMU undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology and Art. She presented research at EMU’s 36thUndergraduate Symposium on the reduction of collegiate academic stress with the use of art interventions. Katherine has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability. For her undergraduate thesis, she is investigating the use of qualitative data analysis on parental information needs in understanding childhood cancer survivors' cognitive late effects.



Alix McLaughlin is a first-year Master’s student in the General Clinical 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.



Patrick Weaver is a first-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at EMU, just beginning his work in the Pediatric Psychology Lab. In 2013, he graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.S. in Psychology. After graduation, Patrick assisted on multiple projects focusing on youth with type 1 diabetes while he completed a one-year post-baccalaureate program at Virginia Commonwealth University. His interests include serving youth with chronic illness in both research and clinical contexts.



Shelby Wilson is a second-year Master's student in the General Clinical 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.