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Postdoctoral Trainees

Molly Barlow, PhD

PhD, University of Florida

Research interests
I earned my PhD at the University of Florida, where I studied the contextual factors that influence risky and impulsive choices. I plan to apply my background in behavioral economics to better understand the treatment components that will help improve outcomes for young adults with type 1 diabetes in my work with Dr. Catherine Stanger. In particular, I'm interested in how the use of technology can improve both the efficiency and the accessibility of treatment. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, hiking, and engaging in any activity that takes place outdoors.

John Brand, PhD

PhD in Experimental and Applied Psychology, Concordia University
Affiliated Trainee

Research interests
My research studies the interface between the attention system of the human brain and childhood and adolescent health. I am particularly interested in the use of cognitive paradigms to isolate and understand the role that attention may play in public health issues, such as childhood obesity and youth tobacco use. During my PhD, I trained in theoretical cognitive psychology and the development of cognitive paradigms of attention including eye-tracking methodology. I am currently working under the supervision of Dr. Diane Gilbert-Diamond to create eye-tracking protocols to investigate the role of attention and media multi-tasking on food cue reactivity in children, an important predictor of childhood obesity. Additionally, Dr. Gilbert-Diamond and I are working with Dr. James Sargent to use eye-tracking methodology to investigate the association between exposure to electronic-cigarette ads and adolescent smoking initiation, an association that may have important policy implications for the FDA.

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Robert Klein, PhD

PhD in Social and Health Psychology, North Dakota State University, 2020

Research interests
I am a NIH T-32 postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH). I have a background in wilderness therapy leadership, and recently received my PhD in Social and Health Psychology from North Dakota State University. I trained under Dr. Michael Robinson and, thus far, my work has focused on affect, emotion reactivity, cognition, and experiential acceptance. I have 1) piloted new high-resolution measures of emotion reactivity designed to reveal the temporal signatures of maladaptive emotion generation systems, and 2) examined the links between traditional Buddhist teachings, acceptance, and emotion reactivity. At the CTBH, I am mentored by Dr. Nicholas Jacobson and plan to focus on more applied research targeting co-occurring disorders. I am interested in leveraging technology to investigate the intersection of cognition, emotion reactivity, and substance abuse disorders. In my free time, I have cycled across two continents, enjoy traveling, building canoes, canoe-camping, ping-pong, and I am slightly obsessed with French cooking techniques.


Cara Struble, PhD

Research interests
My research experience to date has focused broadly on substance use problems through my work under Drs. Leslie Lundahl and David Ledgerwood. I have assisted in human laboratory research including pharmacology and clinical studies examining substance use behaviors and treatment outcomes associated with Cannabis Use Disorder, Opioid Use Disorder, and smoking cessation while completing my PhD training at Wayne State University. I am particularly interested in understanding cannabis use risks, behaviors, and consequences among the LGBTQ+ population. I plan to apply my training in clinical psychology to better understand the impact of sociocultural factors on treatment outcomes for Cannabis Use Disorder in my work with Dr. Alan Budney. I enjoy baking, hiking, and attending drag performances in my spare time.