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Personnel

The lab includes graduate students in the PhD and MS programs. The lab also includes research assistants, who are typically students in Drexel's Master of Medical Science program. We typically accept a new PhD student every other year and a MS student every year. We are also open to accepting undergraduate student volunteers as research assistants.

Geller

Pamela Geller, PhD

Pamela Geller is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology, and Research Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). She also holds a faculty appointment in Drexel's School of Public Health. Geller's research interests involve the association between stressful life events and mental and physical health outcomes. Her work has focused largely on women's health, particularly in the area of reproductive health (e.g., mental health consequences of miscarriage), and has been published in peer-reviewed journals and other venues, as well as presented both nationally and internationally. She is an editor of the Health Psychology volume of "Wiley's Handbook of Psychology" (second edition), and an editor of the new book, "Women's Health Psychology", also published by Wiley. Geller, along with her DUCOM colleagues, created an interactive, web-based curriculum to educate healthcare providers about pregnancy loss, which received the 2010 APGO Electronic Educational Resource Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Email: pg27@drexel.edu

Ph.D. Students

Alexa

Alexa Bonacquisti

Alexa is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology PhD program, with a concentration in health psychology. Her clinical and research interests are in the area of women's reproductive and sexual health. Her primary interests include mental and physical health outcomes that occur in the context of reproductive functioning. She is also interested in factors that affect HIV risk reduction, the consequences of intimate partner violence, and the psychosocial aspects of HIV infection among women. She is currently completing a clinical practicum in the Division of Neonatology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, and being with family and friends.

Email: anb35@drexel.edu

Mona Elgohail

Mona is a second year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program, with a concentration in health psychology. She received her BA in Neuroscience & Behavior from Barnard College of Columbia University. Her clinical and research interests are in women's health psychology, with a particular interest in the infertility and pregnancy experiences of minority women. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, reading, and being with friends and family.

Email: Mona.Elgohail@drexel.edu

Emily Stasko

Emily is a second year doctoral student in the clinical psychology PhD program, with a concentration in health psychology. She received her Master's in Public Health from Yale University and has been working in adolescent sexual health for more than a decade. Her clinical and research interests are in sexual health and intimate partner relationships. She is also interested the consequences of intimate partner violence and other trauma. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, traveling, reading, and being with family and friends.

Email: emily.stasko@drexel.edu

Masters Students

Kimmie Konka

Kimmie is in her 2nd year in Drexel University's MS in Psychology program. She is from Timonium, MD and graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a BA in Psychology. Her thesis work at St. Mary's investigated the long-term motor and emotional side effects of antidepressants administered during lactation. Her current thesis research explores the relationship that physical activity prior to and during pregnancy has on maternal and infant physical and mental health postpartum. She received 1st runner-up for her poster on this topic at Drexel University College of Arts & Sciences Research Days 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, competing in triathlons, teaching yoga, and being with friends and family.

Victoria Grunberg 

Victoria Grunberg

Victoria is in her first year in Drexel University's MS psychology program. She is from Bethesda, MD and graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.A. in Psychology with honors. Past research experience includes intimate relationships and comorbidity with depression; effects of affirmation on women's performance in science, technology, engineering, and math; and gender differences in effects of cannabis use. Current research interests focus on clinical and health psychology, particularly women's reproductive health, gender differences in health behaviors including drug use, and the effects of stressful life events on behavioral health. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, running, and spending time with family and friends.

MMS Research Assistants

Lauren Deruyter 

Lauren Deruyter

Lauren is a second year student in Drexel University's MS in Medical Science program. She is from Chapel Hill, NC and graduated from Duke University with a BS in Evolutionary Anthropology. Her research interests include women's health and fitness and how that relates to mental health. In her spare time she enjoys running, watching basketball, and baking.

Gabriella Logrono 

Gabriella Logroño

Gabriella is a second year graduate student in Drexel’s Master of Medical Science program. She recently completed Drexel’s Interdepartmental Medical Sciences program for the 2013-2014 year. She is from Miramar, FL and graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in Biology and English. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, going to the movies, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Megha Verma 

Megha Verma

Megha is a pre-med undergraduate student majoring in Biological Sciences, minoring in Women's Studies and is a Research Assistant in the Women's Health Pyschology Lab. She is an active member of the biological Honor Society Beta Beta Beta and is volunteering at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Additionally, she has traveled to Honduras with the Drexel University Global Water Brigade and hopes to continue such activities. When she has a free moment to herself, she can be found reading a book, or spending time with friends and family.

Collaborators

Chavis A. Patterson, Ph.D.

Director of Psychosocial Services, Division of Neonatology
http://www.chop.edu/staff/patterson-chavis.html

Lab Alumni

Ph.D. Graduates

Efrat Eichenbaum, Ph.D. Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2014 Dissertation Title: Post Traumatic Growth and Rehabilitation Outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury Internship: Minneapolis VA Medical Center Recent Position: Postdoctoral resident, Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Alexandra Nelson, Ph.D. Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2012 Dissertation Title: Empowerment, social support, and fertility-related quality of life among women using internet-mediated support for infertility Internship: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill Recent Position: Clinical psychologist, Child & Family Psychological Services, Inc. / Integrated Behavioral Associates

Sara Levine Kornfield, Ph.D. Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2010 Dissertation Title: Maternal-Fetal Attachment, Temporal Orientation and Locus of Control: Implications for Prenatal Care Behaviors and HIV Risk Reduction during Pregnancy Internship: Northport VA Medical Center Recent Position: Clinical psychologist and postdoctoral research fellow, University of Pennsylvania Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness

Danielle K. Clauss, Ph.D. Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2009 Dissertation Title: Psychological distress following miscarriage and stillbirth: an examination of grief, depression and anxiety in relation to gestational length, women's attributions, perception of care and provision of information Internship: Walter Reed Army Medical Center Recent Position: Clinical Psychologist, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Christina Psaros, Ph.D. Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2008 Dissertation Title: Psychological processes involved in adherence to ART and prenatal care utilization among HIV infected, pregnant women Internship: Behavioral Medicine Track at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Recent Position: Staff Psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine service at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School

A. Kyle Possemato, Ph.D. Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2007 Dissertation Title: An internet-based expressive writing intervention for kidney transplant recipients Internship: SUNY Upstate Medical University (Adult Track), Syracuse, NY Recent Position: Clinical Research Psychologist at the Center for Integrated Healthcare Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Syracuse, NY

Faith Dyson-Washington, Ph.D. Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2006 Dissertation Title: The relationship between optimism and work-family enrichment and their influence on psychological well-being. Internship: University of Delaware, Center for Counseling and Student Development Recent Position: Clinical Psychologist, private practice, Philadelphia, PA.

Ellen Moore Boohar, Ph.D. Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2005 Dissertation Title: Impact of timing of alcohol use initiation and depressed mood on risky substance use among urban minority adolescents Internship: UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ (Behavioral Medicine Track) Recent Position: Clinical Psychologist, Springfield, PA

Jennifer Nesbitt Fernandez, Ph.D. Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2005 Dissertation Title: An evaluation of brief adaptive inferential feedback training: assessing the gains of training individuals to provide a specific type of social support. Recent Position: Director of Clinical Training/Supervising Psychologist at Hugh S. Smith, Ph.D. & Associates, P.C.

Maria Graf, Ph.D. Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2004 Dissertation Title: Written emotional disclosure: what are the benefits of expressive writing in psychotherapy? Internship: Health Psychology Intern at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI Recent Position: Clinical Psychologist at the Dean Clinic in Madison, WI M.S. Graduates

Carrie Grady, M.S. Program and year: Masters of Science in Psychology, 2014 Thesis Title: Attitudes and Perceptions Concerning Pregnancy among Adult Women with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes Recent Position: MSW student at the University of Pennsylvania

Mitra Khaksari, M.S. Program and year: Masters of Science in Psychology, 2013 Thesis Title: Barriers to Treatment for Fertility Problems Recent Position: Senior Research Program Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University and Adjunct Faculty Member at Anne Arundel Community College

Kate McSpadden, M.S. Program and year: Masters of Science in Psychology, 2011 Thesis Title: Parentless mothering: Factors contributing to finding positive aspects in parenting after the death of both parents Recent Position: Cancer Research Training Award Fellow at the National Cancer Institute

Kathleen O'Malley Sharafeddin, M.S. Program and year: Masters of Science in Psychology, 2009. Thesis title: An examination of the association of breastfeeding self-efficacy, breastfeeding duration, and postpartum depressive symptoms in new mothers Recent Position: Psychology Associate at Kennedy Krieger Institute

Corrie O'Brien Mariello, M.S. Program and year: Masters of Science in Psychology, 2008. Thesis title: Exploration of the association between perfectionism and depression, anxiety and eating disorder symptoms in female college students

Anne Vorndran Hedrick, M.S. Program and year: Masters of Science in Psychology, 2007 Thesis title: Adolescent depression: gender differences and risk factors Recent Position: Senior Academic Counselor, OU Scholars Program

Rebecca Desrocher, M.S. Program and year: Masters of Science in Psychology, 2004 Thesis Title: Relationship between depression and memory following traumatic brain injury Recent Position: Assistant Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Health Resources and Services Administration/HHS