Behavioral Medicine Laboratory

We are currently conducting several different research studies addressing psychophysiological factors in chronic illness, psychological and cognitive
outcomes of physical exercise, and coping processes in chronic disease.







Charles F. Emery, Ph.D

Pre-Doctoral Trainees

Ihsan Rodriquez, M.A. Jocelyn Shoemake, M.P.H., M.A.

Lab Manager

Joshua Cermak, M.S.

Undergraduate Students

Elise Spintzyk
Devika Soni
Kelsey Travis
Thomas Jeffrey



Name Year graduated Dissertation title Current/Recent Position
Jacob Landers 2021 Effects of Acetaminophen on Pain Response among Overweight or Obese Women Exposed to Weight Stigmatization Postdoctoral Fellow, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Steve Schiele 2021 The influence of health perceptions, coping style, and decision-making in a brief behavioral treatment of insomnia among patients with heart failure Graduate Psychologist, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Little Rock, Arkansas
Kristie Harris 2018 Insomnia, cognitive impairment, and decision-making among patients with heart failure: A randomized study of brief behavioral treatment for insomnia Postdoctoral Fellow in Internal Medicine, Cardiology – Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
Christina Goodwin 2017 A randomized control trial of heart disease risk education on delay discounting, perceived disease risk, health behavior, and health behavior intentions among men and women with and without a history of cardiovascular disease Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavioral Medicine-VA Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts
Risa Long 2017 The moderating influence of patient and caregiver illness perceptions on psychological and physical outcomes of coping skills training among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow-Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department of Family Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
KayLoni Olson 2017 Eating, exercise, and quality of life: The role of body image among adult women attempting weight loss Postdoctoral Research Fellow-Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Erin Truong 2016 Predicting weight loss and improvement in quality of life in behavioral weight management: The influence of perceived stigma, psychological functioning, coping stylem, and adherence Postdoctoral Fellow-Phoenix VA, Arizona
Derek Anderson 2015 Health beliefs, will to live, hope, and social support in a pedometer-based exercise intervention among cardiac rehabilitation patients Rehabilitation Psychologist, VA Puget Sound: American Lake Division, Seattle, WA
Kendea Oliver 2014 Longitudinal study of perceived stigma, disclosure, and optimism in adolescents and adults living with cystic fibrosis: Measuring the impact on psychological and physical health Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, MA
Andrea Busby 2010
Sex differences in inflammation, psychological functioning, and disease outcomes among COPD patients participating in pulmonary exercise rehabilitation
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
Jamie Jackson 2010
Influence of traits, coping, affect, and illness knowledge on adherence among patients in cardiac rehabilitation
Research Assistant Professor-Department of Pediatrics at Ohio State University and Faculty at the Center for Biobehavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Sooyeon Suh

Stress, anxiety, and heart rate variability in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Professor of Clinical Psychology, Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea
Marquisha Green 2009
Coping and mental health among patients with end-stage pulmonary disease and primary caregivers
Clinical Health Psychologist, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA and Adjunct Instructor, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
Meghan Fondow 2007
Effects of retirement on health among men and women in the Health and Retirement Study
Director of Behavioral Health, Access Community Health Centers in Madison, WI
Kristin Kuntz 2006
Social support and quality of life in women with congestive heart failure
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, OSU Medical Center and Transplant psychologist for OSUMC’s Comprehensive Transplant Center
Jamile Ashmore 2003
Marital adjustment among COPD patients participating in exercise rehabilitation
East Region Director of Behavioral Health Services and Faculty in the Center for Medical Psychology, Baylor Scott & White Health Care System and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology, Southern Methodist University
Evana Hsiao 2002
Using message framing to promote regular physical activity in college-age women and men
Clinical/Health Psychologist, Access Your Everest Private Practice, Longmont, CO
Kim Lebowitz 2002
The effects of humor on cardiopulmonary functioning, psychological well-being, and health status among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Assistant Professor, Director of the Cardiac Behavioral Medicine Program,
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Northwestern University
Colin Gordon 2000
The influence of age and gender on information processing rate and accuracy
Workforce Analyst, Teleperformance USA
Shane Perrault 2000
Psychological and social predictors of health status among black and white older adults
Psychologist, African American Marriage Counseling Private Practice, Greenbelt, MD
John O’Neil 1999
The association of family history of coronary heart disease, sex, psychosocial vulnerability, and hostility among college students
Clinical and Health Psychologist, Private Practice, Minneapolis, MN


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