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 Lab Director

 

 

Dr. Catherine (Katie) Peterson earned her PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in child clinical and health psychology from The George Washington University. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development/University of Miami School of Medicine, followed by post-doctoral fellowship training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital/Case Western Reserve University.

 

Dr. Peterson’s first faculty position was at Case/Rainbow Babies & Children’s, where she helped develop the Center for Survivors of Childhood Cancer, overseeing psychosocial services and conducting neuropsychological testing for pediatric oncology patients and survivors. Following her relocation to Michigan, she served in a similar role providing clinical services in pediatric oncology, bone marrow transplant, and the survivor clinic at Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. Seeking an opportunity to do more research and mentoring of graduate students, she began her faculty position at EMU in 2013, developing the Pediatric Psychology lab. Dr. Peterson’s research interests continue to focus on families managing pediatric medical conditions, including, but not limited to, cancer, chronic headache, and an increasing research focus on allergic diseases. The lab - now with several alumni, PhD students, master’s students, and undergraduates -  continues to focus broadly on the intersection of neurocognitive, psychosocial, and family functioning in pediatric medical populations. See the “Research Projects” tab for more details about current research.

 

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 Graduate students

 

 

 

Alix McLaughlin is a second-year doctoral student in the 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 AMITA Health motivated her to pursue a graduate degree. Her research interests include neuropsychological sequelae of pediatric chronic illness and the importance of multidisciplinary healthcare teams. She recently proposed her thesis on associations between anxiety and quality of life in children with food allergy and their parents.

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Stefanie Poehacker is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at EMU. She graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from La Salle University and received her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from EMU in 2014. Her master’s thesis focused on identifying developmental trajectories of externalizing behavior problems in a sample of maltreated children and exploring the effects of early social support and early social competence. Stefanie’s background in trauma research has inspired an interest in pediatric medical traumatic stress following medical events in children and their families. Her dissertation proposes to develop an acceptance and commitment therapy-based intervention for mothers of premature infants admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to help mothers cope with premature birth and the NICU experience.

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Tori Humiston is a second-year master’s student in the General Clinical Psychology program at EMU. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her experience working with children who have neurodevelopmental disabilities and chronic medical conditions motivated her to pursue a graduate degree. Her research interests include implementation science, provider communication behavior, adherence, and transition of disease management responsibility.

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Taylor Macaulay is a second-year master’s student in the General Clinical Psychology program at EMU. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Dance from Wayne State University in 2015. Her work as a research assistant at the Transplant Institute at Henry Ford Health System, as well as her work as a research assistant at the Family Resilience Laboratory, inspired her to pursue a graduate degree. Her research interests include pediatric chronic illness and health behaviors, especially eating behavior in diet-treated illnesses.

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Teresa Andersen is a second-year master’s student in the General Clinical Psychology program at EMU. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon. Her work as a research coordinator in the Sleep Medicine Lab at Oregon Health and Science University influenced her to pursue a graduate degree. Her research interests include the relationships between mood disorders, sleep disturbance and chronic pain among pediatric populations.

 

 

Georgina Drury is a second-year master’s student, currently on practicum at Neuropsychology  Partners where she administers neuropsychological and psychological evaluations to children  and adults. She graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Ohio State University in 2016 and  decided to pursue a master’s degree after working in a child cognitive assessment lab in Italy.

Her research interests include food allergy and asthma management in children and the effects of chronic pediatric health conditions on school and social outcomes.

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Keely Wagner is a first-year master’s student in the General Clinical Psychology program at EMU. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology as well as a B.S. in Biology from Ohio Northern University in 2014. Her work with Alzheimer's patients, research in   Developmental psychopathology lab as well as a child development center influenced her to pursue a graduate degree. Her research interests include TBI, PTSD, and chronic pain amongst pediatric populations.

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Alumni

 

 

 

Natalie Morris is a 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 research interests include the management of childhood behaviors and parenting of children with chronic conditions. She also has an interest in childhood feeding disorders and intervention.

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Lauren Harrison graduated from the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at EMU in 2018, 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. Her dissertation examined parental accommodations and measurement of the family impact of chronic pain in two pediatric pain samples, headache and recurrent abdominal pain. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Biobehavioral Pain research lab at Stanford University.

 

 

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Sabah Hassan graduated from EMU in December 2018 with her bachelor’s degree, and she hopes to attend Physician Assistant (PA) school. She completed her senior honors thesis in the pediatric psychology lab examining parent and physician perceptions of communication about ADHD medications. She was the recipient of the Francis R. Warren scholarship awarded to an undergraduate psychology major.

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Shelby Wilson graduated from the General Clinical Masters Psychology program at EMU. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2015. She completed a master’s 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. She is now employed as a coordinator of ABA services at The Children’s Center in Detroit.

  

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Sarah Rice graduated from the General Clinical Masters Psychology program at EMU. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She currently provides diagnostic consultation services at Autism Spectrum Therapies, and is employed in private practice in the Novi and Northville area.

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Morgan Bolen graduated from the General Clinical Masters Psychology program at EMU. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2013. She is now in the PsyD program at Pacific University in Portland, OR.