Current Research Team


Kristen Carpenter, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

My primary research focuses on the identification of risk factors for sexual and psychological maladjustment in gynecologic and breast cancer patients during various stages of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. I am also interested in the identification of cognitive and interpersonal processes that modulate sexual and psychological outcomes, with the goal of developing a model of adjustment that incorporates not only premorbid risk, but also cognitive and interpersonal process variables with potential clinical utility. My long-term goal is to conduct research that supports the development of effective, disseminable psychosocial interventions aimed at reducing sexual and psychological morbidity in women with cancer.


Nichole Storey, MSHS, Clinical Research Coordinator

I am a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, focusing much of my attention and time on Women’s Behavioral Health research. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Health Science in Clinical Research Administration from George Washington University. I have over 10 years of research experience


Alice Staaby, BA, Clinical Research Assistant

I am a graduate of OSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As an undergraduate I worked on multiple research projects in OSU’s Cardiopulmonary Behavioral Medicine Lab and the Depression Lab and I volunteer helping older adults with Source Point in Delaware County. This is my second career and my interests are in Health Psychology, older adult concerns and chronic illness.


Leah Marek, Undergraduate Research Assistant

I am currently a senior at Ohio State majoring in psychology with a minor public health. The Women’s Behavioral Health Lab has given me the opportunity to learn about and experience many aspects of research, psychology, and medicine. Outside of the lab, I am a part of OSU Hillel’s student board and am a Hebrew school teacher at Temple Beth Shalom in New Albany. I am also a member of HeForShe, a humanitarian organization focusing on gender equality. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I hope to attend medical school.