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 dealing with older adults and chronic illnesses, like heart disease and cancer.


Avery Meyer, Undergraduate Research Assistant

After spending a year at UW-Madison, I transferred to OSU and became a part of the team in the Women’s Behavioral Health Lab. I am a Neuroscience major with a minor is Substance Misuse and Addiction. My current work in the lab pertains to medication assisted therapy in opiate addicted pregnant women, with a focus on psychiatric comorbidities. I hope to obtain a Master’s in Public Health and MD, so I can become a physician assisting those struggling with addiction as well as continue research.


Sofia Baena, Undergraduate Research Assistant

I am a rising third-year neuroscience major from Cleveland, Ohio. Outside of classes, I am a part of the Neuroscience Ambassador Program and volunteer at La Clinica Latina as a translator and lab assistant. I am also a tutor for the Behavioral and Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience courses. Being a part of the Women’s Behavioral Health Lab has allowed me to combine my academic interests and topics I feel passionately about while leaning about the various psychological issues women face today. Following my time at OSU, I hope to attend medical school.