The lab includes graduate students in the PhD and MS programs. The lab also includes research assistants, who are typically students in Drexel's Master of Medical Science program. We typically accept a new PhD student every other year and a MS student every year. We are also open to accepting undergraduate student volunteers as research assistants.
Pamela Geller, PhD
Pamela Geller is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology, and Research Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). She also holds a faculty appointment in Drexel's School of Public Health. Geller's research interests involve the association between stressful life events and mental and physical health outcomes. Her work has focused largely on women's health, particularly in the area of reproductive health (e.g., mental health consequences of miscarriage), and has been published in peer-reviewed journals and other venues, as well as presented both nationally and internationally. She is an editor of the Health Psychology volume of "Wiley's Handbook of Psychology" (second edition forthcoming), and an editor of the new book, "Women's Health Psychology", also to be published by Wiley. Geller, along with her DUCOM colleagues, created an interactive, web-based curriculum to educate healthcare providers about pregnancy loss, which received the 2010 APGO Electronic Educational Resource Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
Alexa is a third year doctoral student in the clinical psychology PhD program, with a concentration in health psychology. Her clinical and research interests are in health psychology, particularly in the area of women's reproductive and sexual health. Her primary interests include mental and physical health outcomes that occur in the context of reproductive functioning. She is also interested in factors that affect HIV risk reduction, the consequences of intimate partner violence, and the psychosocial aspects of HIV infection among women. She is currently completing a clinical practicum in the Division of Behavioral Medicine at Cooper University Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, and being with family and friends.
Efrat is a fifth-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, concentrating in health psychology. She is currently on predoctoral internship at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Her research interested include traumatic loss, coping, post-traumatic growth, health disparities, diversity, women's health, traumatic brain injury, and positive rehabilitation processes. Her master's thesis examined African-American women's coping strategies following pregnancy loss. Efrat's dissertation will address post-traumatic growth in persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a post-acute rehabilitation setting. Her clinical work has been focused in rehabilitation psychology; she is particularly interested in modified evidence-based intervention and assessment in persons with TBI. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, art and design, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Mona is a first year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program, with a concentration in health psychology. She received her BA in Neuroscience & Behavior from Barnard College of Columbia University. Her clinical and research interests are in women's health psychology. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, reading, and being with friends and family.
Emily is a first year doctoral student in the clinical psychology PhD program, with a concentration in health psychology. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Yale University and has been working in adolescent sexual health for more than a decade. Her clinical and research interests are in women's reproductive and sexual health. She is also interested in intimate partner relationships and the consequences of intimate partner violence and other trauma. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, traveling, reading, and being with family and friends.
Carrie is a student in Drexel University's MS in Psychology program. She is from West Chester, PA and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Psychology. Her research interests include women's health psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.
Kimmie is in her first year in Drexel University’s MS in Psychology program. She is from Timonium, MD and graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a BA in Psychology. Her thesis work at St. Mary’s investigated the long-term motor and emotional side effects of antidepressants administered during lactation. Her research interests include expanding her previous work into a clinical population, as well as traumatic brain injury in women. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, reading, running, watching basketball, and being with friends and family.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Emilie Pinkasavage is a student in Drexel University's undergraduate psychology program, and is currently a Research Assistant in the Women's Health Psychology Lab. She is an active member and Coordinator of Public Relations for her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon. After graduation, Emilie plans to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.
Molly Tiedeken is an undergraduate student in Drexel University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology program with a minor in Public Health. She has an interest in women’s health and is a Research Assistant in the Women’s Health Psychology Lab. Also, she is a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and Psi Chi (the International Honors Society in Psychology). After graduation, Molly plans on pursuing a doctorate program and continuing with research.
Sara Levine Kornfield, Ph.D.
Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2010
Dissertation Title: Maternal-Fetal Attachment, Temporal Orientation and Locus of Control: Implications for Prenatal Care Behaviors and HIV Risk Reduction during Pregnancy
Internship: Northport VA Medical Center
Current Position: University of Pennsylvania Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness
Christina Psaros, Ph.D.
Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2008
Dissertation Title: Psychological processes involved in adherence to ART and prenatal care utilization among HIV infected, pregnant women
Internship: Behavioral Medicine Track at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Current Position: Assistant Psychologists in Psychiatrist (Behavioral Medicine) at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School
A. Kyle Possemato, Ph.D.
Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2007
Dissertation Title: An internet-based expressive writing intervention for kidney transplant recipients
Internship: SUNY Upstate Medical University (Adult Track), Syracuse, NY
Current Position: Clinical Research Psychologist at the Center for Integrated Healthcare Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Syracuse, NY
Ellen Moore Boohar, Ph.D.
Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2005
Dissertation Title: Impact of timing of alcohol use initiation and depressed mood on risky substance use among urban minority adolescents
Internship: UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ (Behavioral Medicine Track)
Current Position: Adult Clinical Psychologist, Humana Government Business, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, TX
Maria Graf, Ph.D.
Program and year: Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in health psychology, 2004
Dissertation Title: Written emotional disclosure: what are the benefits of expressive writing in psychotherapy?
Internship: Health Psychology Intern at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI
Current Position: Clinical Psychologist at the Dean Clinic in Madison, WI
Mitra Khaksari, M.S.
Program and year: Masters of Science in Psychology, 2013
Thesis Title: Barriers to Treatment for Fertility Problems
Current Position: Adjunct Faculty Member at Anne Arundel Community College
Rebecca Desrocher, M.S.
Program and year: Masters of Science in Psychology, 2004
Thesis Title: Relationship between depression and memory following traumatic brain injury
Fellowship: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Emerging Leaders Program
Current Position: Scientific Health Program Specialist and the National Instutie of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH)