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Team Members

 Lab Director

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Lynnda Dahlquist earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University in 1981 and has been a faculty member at UMBC since 1996. Her research interests include the development of effective psychological treatments for the pain and fear children experience during medical treatment and child and family adjustment to chronic illnesses.

Graduate Students

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Caitlin Thompson is a sixth-year human services psychology graduate student at UMBC with a concentration in child clinical psychology. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2006 and her M.A. from UMBC in 2012. Prior to attending UMBC, Caitlin worked as a research assistant at the Center for the Advancement of Perioperative Health at Yale University where she was involved in several projects examining quality of life in children and their families before, during, and after surgery. Caitlin’s current research interests include the management of pain in children and the effects that childhood chronic illness have on child and family functioning. Her master’s thesis examined the relation between parent distraction behaviors and child distress during pediatric cancer procedures. Caitlin is currently working on her dissertation project examining the impact of executive functioning on children’s pain tolerance during cold water exposure. Caitlin is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.

 

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Jessica Hoehn is a sixth-year human services psychology graduate student at UMBC with a concentration in child clinical psychology. She received her B.A. from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2007 and will be receiving her M.A. from UMBC in Fall 2013. Prior to attending UMBC, she worked as a research assistant for the Center for Mind Body Research at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.  Her work there focused on the relationship between chronic pain conditions and sleep. Jessica’s current research interests include the impact of child chronic illness on family functioning.  She completed her master’s thesis project examining the involvement and experiences of fathers of children with food allergy and recently completed her doctoral dissertation examining conditioned pain modulation in children. Jessica is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

 

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Emily Foxen-Craft is a fifth-year Human Services Psychology student with a concentration in child clinical psychology. She received her B.A. from McGill University in 2011 and her M.A. from UMBC in 2013. At McGill, Emily’s research focused on animal models of pain and young adults’ goal pursuit. Her master’s thesis examined behavioral task persistence in children with food allergy. Emily is currently working on her dissertation project examining exercise and pain tolerance in young adults and children. Emily is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

 

Julia pictureJulia Zeroth is a fourth-year human services psychology graduate student at UMBC with a concentration in child clinical psychology. After receiving her B.A. from UMBC in 2012 and working as an undergraduate research assistant in the Pediatric Psychology Lab, she just couldn’t leave! Julia’s research interests include acute pain management and family adjustment to childhood chronic illness. Julia completed her masters thesis project examining the effects of virtual reality distraction on pain tolerance in college students. Julia is our current lab coordinator!

 

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Wendy Pinder is a third-year graduate student in the Pediatric Psychology Lab. After graduating with her B.A from UMBC in 2011, Wendy worked as a research specialist in the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) at the University of Delaware. Wendy’s research interests include the impact of chronic illness on child and family well-being, parenting practices, and children’s social outcomes. She recently completed her master’s thesis project looking at peer relations and social competence of young children with food allergy. In her free time Wendy enjoys rock climbing, traveling, gardening and spending time with her friends and family.

 

SBento_PicSamantha Bento is a second-year graduate student in the Pediatric Psychology Lab. In 2009, she graduated from UMBC with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduation, Samantha completed a one-year postbaccalaureate program at American University and then worked as a Clinic Coordinator in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her research interests include pediatric pain management, psychoneuroimmunology, and the psychosocial functioning and coping mechanisms of children diagnosed with a chronic illness such as cancer.

 

IMG_0826Emily Steiner is a first-year graduate student in the Pediatric Psychology Lab. She received her B.S. from Haverford college in 2012. After graduating, she worked as a psychology research associate at University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh. Emily’s research interests include coping and family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness. Emily enjoys yoga, cooking and bad reality TV.

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Naomi Parr is a first-year graduate student in the Human Services Psychology program with a concentration in child clinical psychology. She received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology from the College of William & Mary in May of 2015, prior to joining the Pediatric Psychology Lab. Her research interests include childhood adjustment to chronic illness, pain coping mechanisms, and clinical interventions for children with chronic pain.