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  • Postdoctoral Fellows

    Katie Becofsky, PhD completed a doctoral degree in exercise science from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests are in the cognitive and mental health benefits of exercise. Her research fellowship is funded by a T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

    Karlene Cunningham, PhD completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Auburn University. Her research interests lie in sexual and reproductive health, specifically how individuals perceive and evaluate their sexual interactions. Her research fellowship is funded on a T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

    E. Whitney Evans, PhD completed a doctoral degree in nutritional epidemiology from Tufts University. Her research interests are in identifying dietary risk factors for adolescent overweight and obesity and developing novel mechanisms of intervention. Her research fellowship is funded on a T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

    Ashley (Hum) Clawson, PhD completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The University of Memphis. Her research interests are in secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use among children and adolescents. Her research fellowship is funded by a T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

    Kathryn Middleton, PhD. completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Florida. Her research interests are in public health approaches to the treatment and prevention of obesity. Her research fellowship is funded by an F32 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

    Kimberly Nelson, PhD, MPH completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and a master of public health in epidemiology from the University of Washington. Her research interests are in HIV prevention among minority populations. Her research fellowship is funded by a T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

    Lisa Ranzenhofer, PhD completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Her research interests include obesity, eating disorders and child/adolescent development. Her research fellowship is funded on a T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

    Herpreet Thind, PhD completed a doctoral degree in health education and health promotion at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research interests are in behavior modification for obesity and chronic disease prevention. Her fellowship is investigator-funded.

    Sara Vargas, PhD completed a doctoral degree in behavioral medicine at the University of Miami. Her research interests are in sexual and reproductive health promotion. Her research fellowship is investigator-funded.

    Chrystal Vergara-Lopez, PhD completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo. Her research interests are in substance use and depression. Her research fellowship is funded through a supplement grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.