Dr. April Smith received her B.A. in Psychology and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. She then taught English in Japan for two years as part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program. Dr. Smith received her Ph.D. from Florida State University’s Clinical Psychology Program in 2012, and completed her clinical residency at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Smith is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Miami University and the director of the Research on Eating Disorders and Suicidality (REDS) Laboratory. Dr. Smith was named a 2016 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, and in 2017 Dr. Smith received the Miami University Junior Faculty Scholar Award. Dr. Smith has received funding from NIMH and the Department of Defense to support her work. More information about Dr. Smith can be found on the Miami University Department of Psychology website.
Lisa Velkoff is a fifth-year Clinical Psychology Ph.D student at Miami University. Her research interests are in eating disorders, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicidal behavior. Lisa is originally from Northern Virginia, and she graduated from Northwestern University in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology and English. Lisa has worked in a number of research labs examining such areas as cognitive functioning in depression, media influence on body image, and cortisol activity in response to interpersonal stress. She joined the REDS lab in 2014 as a research coordinator.
Shelby Ortiz is a third-year clinical psychology PhD student at Miami University. Her research interests include exploring the factors affecting the development and maintenance of eating disorders and studying the effectiveness of treatments. Originally from the Virginia Beach area, Shelby received her B.A. in both Psychology and Biology from Wake Forest University in 2014. She then spent a year writing curriculum and working as a group facilitator for a non-profit organization before moving to Philadelphia to work as the research coordinator for The Renfrew Center. Her two years there were spent studying eating disorder pathology and related comorbidities and she is thrilled to continue this type of research at Miami.
Natalie Perkins is a second-year Clinical Psychology PhD student at Miami University. She is broadly interested in eating disorders, nonsuicidal self-injury, and suicide, with a particular interest in the comorbidity of eating disorders and NSSI and how these conditions translate to increased suicide risk. Originally from southern Kentucky, Natalie graduated from Western Kentucky University with her B.S. in Psychological Science and a minor in Nutrition in 2016. She later completed her master’s degree at WKU in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Science in 2018, where she studied suicidal behavior and nonsuicidal self-injury in adolescents and young adults.
Shruti Shankar Ram is a first-year clinical psychology PhD student at Miami University. She is interested in researching shared vulnerabilities and underlying cause and maintenance factors between eating disorders and other mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression. She is particularly interested in exploring the role of obsessive-compulsive symptoms, perfectionism and negative self-evaluation using novel statistical methods such as network analysis in her research. Shruti received her B.S. in Psychology from Centre College in 2017, and spent two years as a lab manager and research coordinator at the Eating Anxiety Treatment Lab at the University of Louisville. She is excited to continue her research at Miami.
Jacob Chamberlin is a project coordinator for two Department of Defense funded studies in the REDS Lab at Miami University. His main research interests lie in suicidality, depression, and motivation. Jacob graduated from the University of Kansas in 2017 with a B.G.S. in Psychology and a minor in Business. He later completed his M.S. in Kinesiology at Miami University in 2019.
Dorian Dodd is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Miami University. Her main research interests are in the areas of eating disorders, suicidality, and non-suicidal self-injury. Dorian completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Binghamton, and prior to entering graduate school spent several years working as a Research Assistant and Research Project Manager at McLean Psychiatric Hospital. Dorian is currently on internship at the State University of New York - Buffalo.
Lauren Forrest is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Miami University. She researches the development of eating disorders and suicidality, and specifically the development of suicidality in people with eating disorders. Lauren graduated from the University of Utah in 2012 with an Honors BS in Psychology. Before beginning graduate school, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Brain Institute of the University of Utah and the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Lauren is currently on internship at Yale University.
Dr. Elise Clerkin, Miami University
Dr. Jonathan Kunstman, Miami University
Dr. Jeffrey Hunger, Miami University
Dr. Tracy Witte, Auburn University
Dr. Joseph Franklin, Florida State University
Dr. Cheri Levinson, University of Louisville
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Cassondra Goodwin is a from Cincinnati, Ohio and is in her senior year at Miami University. She is majoring in psychology and is beginning her third year in the REDS lab. After her graduation in May of 2020, she hopes to further her education beyond the scopes of an undergraduate degree. She is confident that her experience as an undergraduate research assistant will not only influence her own education, but also help to benefit the community as a whole.
Grace Melanson is from Baltimore, Maryland and is a senior psychology major at Miami. This is her third year working in the REDS lab. She took an interest in clinical psychology after participating in the First Year Research Experience program during her freshman year. Grace is excited to further explore the psychophysiological aspects of psychology through the REDS lab and the many opportunities that the psychology department has to offer.
Katherine McCracken is a sophomore at Miami University from Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a psychology major and neuroscience minor. After graduating from Miami, she plans to go to graduate school for clinical neuropsychology. Katherine is a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and also a puppy sitter for Paws for a Cause. She spends most of her free time with her friends, family, two cats, and two dogs.
Will Morgan is currently a third-year psychology and pre-medical studies major. After undergrad, he hopes to go to medical school and specialize in psychiatry. Outside of school, Will spends his time as a student volunteer at the McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. This is Will's second year working in the REDS Lab at Miami University as an RA.
Samantha Ives is in her sophomore year at Miami. She has been an RA in the REDS Lab since the Spring Semester of 2019. She is also a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and MU College Democrats. Outside of school, she likes to hammock with her friends and travel.
MacKenzie Glass is a psychology and sociology double major at Miami University. After graduating in May 2020, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and continue to study eating disorders. This is her second year working in the REDS laband she is very excited to continue.
Nora Hibbard is a junior studying psychology, neuroscience, and management & leadership. This is Nora's first year taking part in the REDS lab. Aside from her studies, she works as a student administrative assistant in Miami University’s Division of Student Life office, works as a server at Skyline Chili, and is an instructor within Miami Dance Corps. After graduation, she plans to go to graduate school for clinical and translational research, and to eventually become a clinical research coordinator.
Hanna Sinno is a senior from Columbus, Ohio and is beginning her first semester in the REDS lab. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in disability studies. Before coming to Miami University, she spent her freshman and sophomore years at Boston University where she became interested in psychology, specifically eating disorders. After graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology She is member of the women’s field hockey team and in her spare time, enjoys spending time outside, working out, and exploring new places.
Brynn Helton is a sophomore from Avon, Indiana and she is pursuing a psychology major with minors in social justice and disability studies. This is her first year working in the REDS lab, and she is excited to gain meaningful research experience. After graduation, Brynn plans to attend graduate school and pursue a degree in clinical psychology.
Emma Moughan is a psychology major entering her sophomore year at Miami University. This will be her first year as an RA in the REDS Lab and she is excited to begin. Emma is a member of the Chi Omega fraternity and participates in numerous other organizations on campus. After college, Emma plans on attending grad school and pursue a career in research.
Kristina Miljkovic is a sophomore at Miami University and this will be her second year working in the REDS Lab. She is a double major in psychology and strategic communications with a minor in dance. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a degree in clinical psychology. Along with being apart of the REDS Lab, Kristina is also a member of Miami University Fashion and Design and Delta Zeta.
Abby Tietjen is currently a second-year psychology major and neuroscience co-major. After undergrad, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Outside of class Abby figure skates with Miami's Intercollegiate team. This is Abby's first year working in the REDS Lab at Miami University as an RA.
Courtney Waters is a junior Psychology and Neuroscience co-major from Cleveland, Ohio. This will be her first semester working in REDS labs and she is very excited to join. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical and translational neuroscience.
Elyse Naples is a junior at Miami University majoring in Psychology, with a Child Studies and Youth Development Minor, as well as a Human Capital Management & Leadership minor. She is involved in The Body Project and Psi Chi, in addition to the REDS Lab. Outside of psychology, Elyse is dedicated to her all-female a capella group, "The Treblemakers," and loves spending time with her Phi Mu sorority sisters. After college, Elyse plans to attend graduate school to earn her masters in a clinical psychology program.