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Current Trainees

Laura Bouchard, PhD

 

Bouchard-lauraLaura Bouchard, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NCI-funded T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Bouchard’s primary research interests include 1) developing and evaluating interventions to promote optimal psychosocial functioning among diverse oncology populations, 2) assessing mechanisms through which interventions affect psychological and biological outcomes, and 3) disseminating evidence-based resources for enhancing coping and promoting optimal cancer survivorship. Current projects with Drs. David Cella and Betina Yanez focus on delivering evidence-based psychosocial interventions to diverse oncology patients through technology-based platforms. Dr. Bouchard completed a BS in Psychology at Saint Joseph’s University in 2011 and an MS in Experimental Psychology at Saint Joseph’s University in 2012. Dr. Bouchard completed a clinical internship in Health Psychology at Rush University Medical Center and a PhD in Health Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami in 2017.

Kara Gavin, PhD, MPH

 

gavin.jpgKara Gavin, PhD, MPH is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NCI-funded T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her research in behavior change epidemiology focuses primarily in the areas of physical activity and weight loss maintenance to improve public health.  After completing her MPH in health behavior health promotion at Ohio State University, Dr. Gavin worked on public health cancer prevention research in Ohio’s Appalachian region.  She received her PhD in 2017 at the University of Minnesota in Epidemiology where she studied adult weight loss and physical activity maintenance. In her first year as a trainee, Dr Gavin works closely with mentors Siobhan Phillips PhD MPH, and Juned Siddique DrPH on using analysis methods to understand variations in health behaviors and physical activity as well as implementing and evaluating physical activity interventions for cancer survivors.

Annie W. Lin, PhD, RD

 

lin_annie.jpgAnnie W. Lin is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NCI-funded T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her overarching objective is to merge clinical nutrition, psychology, and mHealth concepts to promote healthy dietary behaviors in oncology populations. With support from Drs. Bonnie Spring (primary mentor) and Linda Van Horn (secondary mentor), Dr. Lin hopes to achieve the following aims: 1) to advance knowledge about cancer-related nutrition risk factors, 2) to investigate the application of nutrition informatics in medical nutrition therapy, and 3) to refine her teaching and mentoring philosophy. Other projects include investigating the reliability of a mobile app to track dietary intake and collaborating with experts in clinical psychology to lead multidisciplinary weight loss interventions. Dr. Lin completed a BS in Dietetics at University of Illinois-Champaign, a joint MS/RD program at Rush University, and a PhD in Human Nutrition at Cornell University (with minors in nutritional epidemiology and physiology).

Karly M. Murphy, PhD

 

murphy_karly.jpgKarly M. Murphy, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NCI-Funded T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Departments of Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Murphy’s primary research interests are focused on developing, evaluating, and implementing e-health interventions to improve psychosocial functioning among cancer patients and survivors – particularly in adolescents and young adults (AYA). She is currently working with Dr. Spring (primary mentor) on technological adaptions of established stress management interventions to improve medication adherence in the context of a weight loss intervention for cancer survivors. Additionally, she is collaborating with Dr. Victorson (secondary mentor) on a randomized controlled trial examining the efficacy of a mindfulness based stress reduction intervention for men diagnosed with prostate cancer on active surveillance. Dr. Murphy is also working on secondary data analyses collected during a trial of a mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention for AYA cancer survivors. Dr. Murphy received a BA in Psychology from Hope College in 2011 and an MS in Psychological Science from Seattle Pacific University in 2014. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Florida (Clinical Health Psychology track) and earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University in 2018. During her graduate training, Dr. Murphy also worked as a research assistant at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Laura Finch

 

Laura FinchLaura E. Finch is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NCI-funded T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Finch’s research interests center on promoting healthy eating behavior and physical activity, with the ultimate goal of preventing obesity and cancer. She is also interested in testing behavioral methods for mitigating stress. For example, in one line of work, Dr. Finch is investigating the behavior of comfort eating to evaluate whether it actually provides psychophysiological comfort and whether it can be re-engineered to better promote health. Working with Drs. Bonnie Spring (primary mentor) and Juned Siddique (secondary mentor), Dr. Finch hopes to assess health behaviors in large existing datasets and to apply mHealth and multiple behavior change approaches to diet, physical activity, and sedentary behavior. Dr. Finch completed a BS in Human Development at Cornell University with a minor in Nutrition and Health. She earned her PhD in 2018 in Health Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles with a minor in Quantitative Psychology. To learn more about her research, visit lauraefinch.com

Sharon Baik, PhD

 

baik_sharon.jpgSharon Baik, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NCI-funded T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Baik’s primary research interests focus on developing, evaluating, and disseminating interventions that improve quality of life and psychosocial functioning among cancer patients and survivors, particularly for medically underserved populations, as well as utilizing technology platforms to increase access to evidence-based interventions for cancer populations. She is currently working with Dr. Betina Yanez and Dr. David Cella on projects evaluating evidence-based psychosocial interventions to reduce symptom burden, promote quality of life, and improve treatment adherence among cancer patients. Dr. Baik received a BA in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley in 2010. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship in Clinical Health Psychology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and received a PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a behavioral medicine/health psychology specialization, from the San Diego State University/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in 2018.

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