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PhD Program in Clinical Health Psychology

Current Student & Alumni Profiles


Ryan Asherin

Ryan Asherin graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BA in Psychology. Since receiving his undergraduate degree, he has worked as a research assistant and project coordinator on several research projects at the University of Colorado and Children's Hospital Colorado. His research interests include the effects of postpartum depression on infant development, evidence-based intervention programs, and integrated mental health services. Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and their two dogs, hiking and camping in the Colorado mountains, playing soccer, and snowboarding. ryan.asherin@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Drs. Peter Kaplan and Kevin Everhart.  

Lisa M. Betthauser

Lisa M. Betthauser earned her MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver in 2012. Previously, she graduated from the MBA Health Administration program at the University of Colorado Denver in December 2006. She earned her BA in Psychology with a Certificate of Neuroscience fromthe University of Colorado Boulder in 2003. She is involved in research at the Denver VA with specific interest in OEF/OIF veterans with PTSD, TBI, suicide and relationship functioning. Lisa is a Colorado native and loves exploring the great outdoors through hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. lisa.betthauser@ucdenver.edu Lab: Dr. Elizabeth Allen.   

Luke Bollwerk

Luke Bollwerk graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in 2009 with a BA in Psychology. After graduating, he worked as a professional research assistant at the Anschutz Campus on a research study involving metabolic syndrome, cognition, and exercise. Currently, he manages Dr. Grigsby's Neuropsychology Lab. His primary research interest involves the impact of physiological and psychological state on self-regulation. His hobbies and interests include gadgetry, public transportation, beverages, and the outdoors. luke.bollwerk@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. James Grigsby.  

Dana Brown

Dana Brown earned an MA in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado Denver in 2007 and a BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1994. She is interested in body image and how it relates to health behavior and mental health in a variety of populations and settings including primary care. One of Dana's favorite places to be is at the beach and she travels there whenever she has an opportunity. For 2014-2015 Dana is on the Charleston Consortium Internship in Charleston, SC. dana.brown@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Rick Gardner.  

Tim Brunelle

Tim Brunelle graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Finance. He returned to school at the University of Colorado Denver and received a BS in Psychology and is currently completing his thesis for an MA in Clinical Psychology. He works with Dr. Grigsby and his primary research interest involves the effect of meditation on executive cognitive function. He enjoys mountain biking, travelling, trying new restaurants and spending time with his wife and friends. tim.brunelle@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. James Grigsby.   

Anna Cejka

Anna Cejka received a BA in Psychology in 2006 from the University of Colorado Boulder. In 2008 she completed her MA in Clinical Psychology at University of Colorado Denver after defending a thesis on the influence of parenting style on stress levels and coping skills of teens in the pediatric oncology unit at Children's Hospital of Denver. Her current research interests include identifying prenatal factors that contribute to the development of postpartum depression. Anna's favorite things to do are spending time with her family, jumping horses competitively, and reading novels. Anna completed her internship at the Rocky Mountain Behavioral Health Center in Caspar, WY in 2014. anna.cejka@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Kristin Kilbourn.  

Lacey Clement

Lacey Clement graduated with a BA in Psychology and a second major in Communication Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas in 2011. Her research interests include the positive psychological factors influencing adjustment to chronic illness, specifically cardiovascular disease. Some of the positive psychological factors she studies are religion, spirituality, meaning, values, and happiness. Lacey grew up in Texas and now loves the snow and watching the sun set over the Rocky Mountains. lacey.clement@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Kevin Masters.  

Ava Roxanne Drennen

Ava Roxanne Drennen graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 with a BS in Psychology and BA in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with a Concentration in Spanish. Her primary interest involves working with medically underrepresented and underserved patients, and conducting research on health issues pertaining to these populations. Ava loves the water and enjoys activities such as swimming, boating, and wakeboarding. For 2014-2015 Ava is on internship with Denver Health Medical Center.  ava.drennen@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Kristin Kilbourn. 

Shiva Fekri

Shiva Fekri graduated in 2009 with a BA in Psychology from Yeshiva University in New York. Her research interests include the impact of stressors on the immune system, immune related diseases and pregnancy outcomes. She is also interested in global health disparities and cultural factors that impact psychotherapeutic interventions. Shiva is originally from Turkey and enjoys practicing and studying yoga, traveling, and spending time outdoors exploring Colorado with her dog, Banana. shiva.fekri@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Drs. Peter Kaplan and Kevin Everhart.  

Jessica Geller

Jessica Geller completed a BA in International Studies and minor in Business Administration from the University of Oregon in 2003. In 2010, she earned a MS in Health Communication from Tufts University School of Medicine. Her research interests include psychosocial oncology, cancer survivorship and the development of culturally-relevant health interventions. She is currently on external practicum at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St.Luke's Hospital. Jessica is a Colorado native, but has lived and traveled abroad extensively. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, camping, pilates, and spending time with friends and family. jessica.geller@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Kristin Kilbourn. 

Megan Grigsby

Megan Grigsby graduated with a BA in Psychology from Cedarville University in 2011. Her research interests include how religion/spirituality within close relationships may impact health. She is also interested in developing interventions that could strengthen relationships and thus increase health. Megan enjoys music, nature, chai tea, and spending time with friends. megan.grigsby@ucdenver.eduLab: Dr. Kevin Masters.  

Stephanie Hooker

Stephanie Hooker completed her BAS in psychology in 2009 at the University of Minnesota Duluth and her MS in clinical psychology from Syracuse University in 2011. She currently serves as the Student Chair for Division 38 (Health Psychology) of APA and is also working on her MPH in applied biostatistics. Her research interests include health promotion and disease prevention, primarily in physical activity interventions to prevent/treat obesity and cardiovascular disease, and positive psychological factors (e.g., a strong sense of purpose in life) related to health behavior. She enjoys walking her dog, tea and coffee, outdoor adventures, and autumn. stephanie.hooker@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Kevin Masters. 

Anson Kairys

Anson Kairys graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a B.A. in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science. He worked as a professional research assistant at the University of Michigan's Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center (CPFRC). His research interests are in the field of chronic pain, with particular emphasis on understanding the neural mechanisms that underlie abnormal sensory processing and cognitive dysfunction in disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic pelvic pain. Anson plans to develop his own research program studying chronic pain conditions and other chronic illnesses. He is currently working under the supervision of Dr. James Grigsby on several projects, including the longitudinal analysis of structural MRI scans of chemotherapy patients, looking for alterations in brain gray matter due to chemotherapy treatment. Anson spends his spare time outdoors, running, snowboarding, biking and fishing. He is a huge Michigan Wolverines fan, and spends the weekends watching football and basketball. anson.kairys@ucdenver.edu; Labs: Dr. James Grigsby.    

Jessica Kenny

Jessica Kenny graduated with a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver in 2013. She earned her Bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in Psychology ad Spanish from Pepperdine University in 2010. Her research interests include exploring the relationship between physical and mental health in the areas of couples, families, at-risk youth and trauma. As part of Dr. Allen's lab, she is currently working on a study examining how relationships play a role in recently deployed military males' PTSD and suicidality. Jessica enjoys yoga, the mountains, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. jessica.kenny@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Elizabeth Allen.   

Sarah Lynch

Sarah received her BA in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She holds an MA in Public Health from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Sarah is interested in understanding how social support and ecological factors affect the promotion of chronic disease management during transitional life events. As a member of Dr. Ranby's lab, Sarah is working on projects examining health behaviors of engaged and newly married couples. Sarah is originally from Las Vegas and enjoys cooking, checking out new coffee shops and exploring Colorado.

 

Shannon Madore

Shannon Madore graduated with a BA from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2008 where she double majored in Psychology and Ecology/Evolutionary Biology as well as earned her Neuroscience Certificate. Currently, Shannon's research has been focused in the fields of psychosocial oncology, psychoneuroimmunology and palliative care. In her free time, Shannon enjoys skiing, yoga, art, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and seeing live music. For 2014-2015 Shannon is on internship with Sharp Healthcare in San Diego, CA. shannon.madore@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Kristin Kilbourn.  

Kellie Martens

Kellie Martens graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2007. Her areas of research interest are psychosocial oncology and palliative care. Her dissertation is a study examining the most important predictors of quality of life and life satisfaction in young breast cancer survivors. Kellie spends her free time with her husband and two daughters and enjoys cooking and exploring new places. kellie.martens@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr.Kristin Kilbourn.  

Jennifer Nguyen

Jennifer Nguyen graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver in 2009. Her research interests involve working with the medically- and minority-underserved populations with cancer. Jenny enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and traveling. jennifer.nguyen@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Kristin Kilbourn.   

Jessica Payne-Murphy

Jessica Payne-Murphy graduated from Smith College in 1999 with a BA in Psychology. She is interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based therapies for chronic pain and other short-term interventions for primary care settings. Jess grew up in both Portland, OR and Boston, MA and enjoys yoga, bicycling, traveling, and visiting art museums. For 2014-2015 Jessica is on internship at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Gainesville, FL. jessica.payne-murphy@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Kevin Masters.  

Jean Quispe

Jean graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Business Logistics. She returned to school at the University of Colorado Denver to complete psychology coursework. Her research interests include cancer, palliative care, hospice and caregivers. She enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking, gardening and salsa dancing with her husband. jean.quispe@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Kristin Kilbourn.   

Tattiana Romo

Tattiana Romo graduated with her BA in Counseling Psycology from Colorado Mesa University in 2010. Her research interests involve working with medically- and minority-underserved populations with a specific focus on cancer. Tattiana enjoys spending time with her family, and going to sporting events and concerts. tattiana.romo@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Drs. Peter Kaplan and Kevin Everhart.  

Kaile Ross

Kaile Ross graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. Her research interests include improving self-management, quality of life, and spiritual well-being among the chronically ill. In her spare time she enjoys climbing 14ers, snowshoeing with her dog, hanging out with her husband and volunteering at the Alzheimer's Association. kaile.ross@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Kevin Masters.  

 


Jo Vogeli

Jo Vogeli completed her BA in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2010 at the University of Colorado Boulder. After receiving her degree, she worked as a research assistant at the Depression Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as with an integrated care clinic for perinatal and postpartum women at the University of Colorado Hospital. Her research interests include investigating causes and preventative measures for perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, and looking at the health consequences for infant development. jo.vogeli@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Drs. Peter Kaplan and Kevin Everhart.  

Susanne Withrow

Susanne Withrow graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in 2013 with a BS in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she obtained research experience in the field of yoga therapy for children with Autism. She currently works on a clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of telemedicine in providing speech/language therapy for congenitally deaf children following cochlear implants in Dr. Grigsby's lab. Her research interests include sex chromosome disorders and cognitive functioning. She enjoys traveling abroad and the Colorado outdoors. susanne.withrow@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. James Grigsby.   

Jennalee Wooldridge

Jennalee received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Neuroscience and in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado Boulder. She holds a Master's degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. Jennalee is interested in understanding the interaction between physiological and psychological factors as they relate to health behaviors and outcomes in populations with chronic conditions. As part of Dr. Ranby's lab, she is working on projects examining health behaviors in engaged couples and in prostate cancer patients and their partners. In her spare time, Jennalee enjoys running, hiking and yoga. jennalee.wooldridge@ucdenver.edu; Lab: Dr. Krista Ranby.