Lab News


July 2017: Stephanie Hooker graduated!

July/August 2017: Lacey Clement began her predoctoral internship in Behavioral Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Megan McGugan began her predoctoral internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. Kaile Ross began her predoctoral internship at AF Williams Family Medicine Center, part of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

August 2017: Stephanie Hooker started her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Katie Schneider joined the lab and Ph.D. Program in Clinical Health Psychology at University of Colorado Denver.

September 2017: Kaile Ross and her husband welcomed their first child, Oscar, into the world.

November 2017: The abstract “The relationship between illness identity and psychological and diabetes-specific functioning in adults in Type 2 Diabetes” authored by lab members Kaile Ross, Christianne Biggane, Christina Rush, and Kevin Masters, was accepted for presentation at the 2018 Society of Behavioral Medicine conference in New Orleans, LA. 


June 2016: Stephanie Hooker defended her dissertation.

July 2016: Stephanie Hooker started internship at Rush University Medical Center.

August 2016: Megan McGugan got married!

September 2016: Lacey Clement and Kaile Ross successfully proposed their dissertations. Lacey’s is titled“Existential Factors Influencing End-of-Life Treatment Decision Making: The Role of Death Anxiety and Meaning in Life in Choosing to Receive Destination Therapy Left Ventricular Assist Device in Advanced Heart Failure Patients.”

October 2016: Stephanie Hooker’s and Christina Rush’s abstracts were accepted for the upcoming 2017 Society of Behavioral Medicine conference in San Diego, CA.

October 2016: Megan McGugan successfully proposed her dissertation: “Prayer and Sleep’s Effects on Cardiovascular Reactivity and Self-Regulation Among Christians.”

December 2016: Dr. Masters served as co-chair on a program committee at the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine in Melbourne, Australia, and led a discussion with other journal editors on publication policies and practices and presented research.