Post-doctoral Fellows

Jay Cohen, Ph.D., 2006-2007
     Current position: Specialist, National Mental Health Technical Assistance, Department of Veterans Affairs, Central Office

Lynn Neely, Ph.D., 2005-2006
     Current position: Staff Psychologist, John Dingell Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
Mazy Gillis, Ph.D., 2002-2005 (in collaboration with Henry Ford Sleep Disorders and Research Center)
     Current position: Director, Market-based Management Capability, Guardian Industries

Doctoral Dissertations (N = 35)

Jennifer Carty, Ph.D., 2016
The effects of a life-stress interview for women with chronic urogenital pain: A randomized trial.
     First and Current position: Post-doctoral Fellowship, Primary Care, University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Maisa Ziadni, Ph.D., 2016
Stress and health interview for primary care patients with medically unexplained symptoms: A randomized trial.
     First and Current position: Post-doctoral Fellowship, Pain Medicine, Stanford University 
Elyse R. Thakur, Ph.D., 2015
The effects of emotional awareness and expression training and relaxation training for people with irritable bowel syndrome: A randomized trial.
     First position and Current position: MIRECC VA Advanced Post-doctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Research and Treatment, Houston VA / Baylor University
Maren Hyde-Nolan, Ph.D., 2014
A daily study of the sleep pain relationship in fibromyalgia.
     First position: Post-doctoral fellowship, Henry Ford Health System
     Current: Staff Psychologist, Sleep Disorders and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System
Dana Nevedal, Ph.D., 2012
Perceived and functional disability in adults with chronic pain. What accounts for the discrepancies?
     First position: Post-doctoral fellowship, West Haven / Yale Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
     Current position: Staff, NE Psychological Associates, Albany, NY
Alaa Hijazi, Ph.D., 2012
Narrative Exposure Therapy to treat traumatic stress in Arab refugees. A clinical trial.
     First position:  Post-doctoral fellowship, Bay Pines Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Florida
     Current: Assistant Professor: Department of Psychology, American University, Beirut, Lebanon
Olga Slavin-Spenny, Ph.D., 2011
Testing the impact of anger awareness and expression training and relaxation training on chronic headaches.
     First position: Post-doctoral fellowship, Ann Arbor Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
     Current: Staff: Sinai-Grace Hospital Outpatient Clinic; Research staff: Beaumont Health System

Lindsay Oberleitner, Ph.D. (co-chair), 2011
Emotional risk factors for substance abuse in chronic pain population: Developing a predictive model and testing methods for assessing stigmatized behaviors.
     First position: Post-doctoral fellowship, Psychiatry, Yale University
     Current position: Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Yale University
Tamara Mckay, Ph.D., 2010
The effects of meta-communication training on therapeutic process and outcome at a university counseling center.
     First position: Staff, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Michigan-Flint
     Current position: Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Michigan-Flint

Amanda Burger, Ph.D., 2010
Evaluating outcomes and response profiles of a psychological treatment for people with chronic pain.
     First position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Cedarville University, Ohio
     Current: Staff psychologist, Primary Care, Mercy Health System, Youngstown, Ohio
Jonathan Beyer, Ph.D., 2010
The effects of web-based interactive emotional disclosure on stress and health: A randomized, controlled study.
     First position: Post-doctoral fellowship, Ann Arbor Veteran's Affair Medical Center
     Current: Staff psychologist, Jesse Brown Veteran's Affair Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
Alison Radcliffe, Ph.D., 2009
Predicting change: Does content matter in the outcomes of disclosure writing participants?
     First position: Staff psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services, Boise State University, Idaho
     Current: Group practice, Boise, Idaho
Rebecca Stout, Ph.D., 2008
An analysis of writing content and headache outcomes in a web-based guided writing intervention for migraine headaches.
     First position: Post-doctoral fellowship, Psychiatry, University of Illinois-Chicago
     Current: Staff psychologist, Primary Care, St. Lous Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
Shedeh Tavakoli-Moayed, Ph.D., 2008 (co-chair)
Effects of expressive writing and assertiveness training on international student's acculturative stress, health, and affect.
     First position: Assistant Professor, Counseling, Argosy University, Chicago
     Current position: Assistant Professor, Counselor Education, Northeastern Illinois University
Kristine Rebucal Ma, Ph.D., 2008
The effects of age and attachment on daily experiences and social interactions.
      First / current position: (Unknown; Developmental psychology Ph.D. student)
Debra Macklem, Ph.D. 2007
Exploration of emotion regulation styles as potential moderators of emotional disclosure in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: Testing a model of emotional expression.
     First postion: Post-doctoral fellow, MSU-Flint Consortium
     Current position: Faculty, Department of Graduate Medical Education, Alliance Hospital, Jackson, Michigan
Christina Kraft, Ph.D. 2006
Effects of written emotional disclosure on psychotherapy mediation: Therapeutic alliance, experiencing, mood, and attendance.
     First position: Post-doctoral fellowship, University of Akron, Ohio
     Current position: Staff psychologist, SUMMA Health and Kent State University, Ohio
Lori (Johnson) Warner, Ph.D. 2003 (co-chair)
Expressive writing and health in pediatric asthma.
     First position: Staff, Beaumont Hospital, HOPE Center
     Current position: Director, Beaumont HOPE Center, Associate Professor, Oakland University School of Medicine
Tina (Tojek) Meyer, Ph.D. 2003
Life stress and emotional regulation strategies during a personal disclosure task: Health implications for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
     First position:  Private practice, adjunct faculty, Oakland University
     Current position: Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Oakland University
Pamela D'Souza, Ph.D. 2002
The effects of relaxation training and written emotional disclosure on people with migraine or tension headaches.
     First and current position: Unknown
Dana Cohen, Ph.D. 2002
Child behavior problems and family functioning, adherence, and metabolic control in children with Type I diabetes: Prospective studies using two designs.
     First position: Post-doctoral fellowship, Beaumont Hospital Center for Human Development
     Current position:  Director, Beaumont Hospital Autism Evaluation Center, Faculty, Oakland University School of Medicine
Mazy Gillis, Ph.D. 2002
The effects of written emotional disclosure on adjustment in fibromyalgia syndrome.
     First position:  Research post-doctoral fellow, Sleep Disorders and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System
     Current position: Director, Market-based Management Capability, Guardian Industries
Jennifer Huffman, Ph.D. 2000
Predictors of treatment adherence and the relationship between adherence and treatment outcome among migraine headache patients.
     First position: Post-doctoral fellowship, Ann Arbor Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
     Current position: Private practice, Jackson, Michigan
Sally Norman, Ph.D. 2000
The effects of written expression in women with chronic pelvic pain.
     Fist position: Post-doctoral fellowship, SUNY Buffalo
     Current: Private practice, Buffalo, NY
Brian Stogner, Ph.D. 1999
Prediction of the development of postconcussion syndrome from personality and health psychology variables.
     First position: Assistant Professor, Psychology, Rochester College, Michigan
     Current: Provost, Rochester College, Michigan

Julie Smith, Ph.D. 1998
The relationship of cognitive and emotional coping to adjustment in chronic myofascial pain.
     First position: Staff psychologist, University of Maryland Medical Center
     Current position: retired

Theresa Ovies, Ph.D. 1997
An evaluation of two neuropsychological models of alexithymia.
     Current:  Staff psychologist, Illinois Neurological Institute at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois
Jill Meade, Ph.D. 1996
Stress, emotional functioning, and parent behavior in childhood illness.
      Current: Staff psychologist, HIV Clinic, Children's Hospital of Michigan
Jocelyn McCrae, Ph.D. 1996
Negative affectivity, alexithymia, and coping: Relationships with sickle cell disease pain, disability, and health care use.
     Current: Staff psychologist, Sickle Cell Clinic, Children's Hospital of Michigan
Jane Kelley, Ph.D. 1996
The relationship between emotional inhibition and health status and the effects of disclosure in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
     Current: Private practice, metro Detroit
Steven Ondersma, Ph.D., 1996
Beyond negative affect: The role of psychosocial factors in childhood illness.
     First position:  Post-doctoral fellowship, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
     Current: Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit
Larry Friedlander, Ph.D., 1995
Alexithymia and stress response: Exploring the issue of reactivity and decoupling.
     Current: Private practice, Westland, Michigan
Janice Tomakowsky, Ph.D., 1994
Optimism and coping in relation to health status in individuals with human immunodeficiency virus.
     Current position: Private practice, Royal Oak, Michgan; Staff Psychologist, Women's Urology Center, Beaumont Hospital
Susan MacNeill, Ph.D., 1994
Psychological factors associated with treatment seeking behavior for myocardial infarction.
     First position: Beaumont Hospital Neuropsychology
     Current: Deceased (2014)
Tracey Torosian, Ph.D., 1994
Psychological and physiological correlates of ischemic pain reporting during treadmill stress testing. 
     First position: Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Detroit-Mercy
     Current position: Private practice, Gross Point, Michigan
Kevin Roby, Ph.D., 1993
Alexithymia, attribution, and physiological arousal in pathological gambling.
     First position: Staff Psychologist, Third Judicial Court, Detroit
     Current: Owner, Golf Psychology Consultants, Las Vegas, NV
Margaret Jordan, Ph.D., 1993
The relationship of pain control beliefs, pain coping strategies, and pain severity to the psychological adjustment and functional status of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis.
     Current: Private practice, metro Detroit

Master's Theses (N = 25)

Hannah Holmes, M.A. 2016
Ambivalence over emotional expression, social constraints, and trauma as moderators of emotional awareness and expression training for individuals with irritable bowel syndrome.
Matthew Jasinski, M.A. 2013
Anger expression: Evaluating the construct validity of several emotion regulation measures.
Jennifer Carty, M.A. 2012
Alexithymia, social constraints, and self-efficacy as moderators of coping skills training and written emotional disclosure: For which patients with rheumatoid arthritis do these interventions improve pain and physical functioning?
Elyse Sklar, M.A. 2012
Moderators of the effects of emotional awareness and expression training and relaxation training to improve chronic headache symptoms.
Maren Hyde, M.A. 2010 
Pre-surgical sleep as a predictor of post-surgical pain.
Dana Nevedal, M.A. 2009
Do implicit motives predict HIV disease progression?
Alaa Hijazi, M.A. 2008
Moderators of the effects of written emotional disclosure and assertiveness training to improve adjustment of international students.
Olga Slavin, M.A., 2008
The influence of the method of disclosure on physical and emotional health outcomes.
Lindsay Sander, M.A., 2008
Methods of emotional disclosure: Process and immediate reactions in spoken disclosure.
Jonathon Beyer, M.A., 2008
Verbal emotional expression and alexithymia: Evaluating the criterion validity of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale - 20 in a community sample of adults.
Amanda Burger, M.A., 2007
The effects of guided, internet-based written emotional disclosure on migraine headaches.

Britta Gustavson, M.A., 2007
Multiple measures of alexithymia and related emotional ability measures: Relationships with health measures.
Alison Radcliffe, M.A., 2005
Written emotional disclosure: Testing the implications of an audience and the neutrality of the control.

Deb Macklem, M.A., 2004
Emotional disclosure and changes in coping among rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Christina Kraft, M.A., 2003
Alexithymia, self-efficacy, and catastrophizing as potential moderators of relaxation treatment and emotional disclosure for people with chronic headache conditions.
Kara Brooklier, M.A., 2001 (co-chair)
Negative affect, life stress, and asthma symptom report
Tina Tojek, M.A., 1998
Psychological correlates of psychogenic, nonepileptic seizures.
Mazy Gillis, M.A., 1998
Correlates of treatment nonadherence in women with systemic lupus erythematosus: Depression, disease severity, social support, and memory.
Laurie Hipley, M.A., 1997
Job and personality characteristics as related to coronary risk factors.
Jennifer Huffman, M.A., 1997
Psychological predictors of cardiac events.

Jennifer Gramzow, M.A., 1996
Maternal modeling and reinforcement of pain in their children.
Camey Mader, M.A., 1996
Alexithymia, family functioning, and chronic pain.
Michelle Corlis, M.A., 1996
The role of maternal illness, behavior, and alexithymia in inflammatory bowel disease.
Sally Norman, M.A., 1995
Alexithymia and treatment-seeking for health problems.
Mary Theisen, M.A., 1994
Alexithymia and health beliefs in symptomatic and asymptomatic heart attack patients.
Theresa Ovies, M.A., 1994
An evaluation of two models of the relationship between alexithymia and physical symptom reporting. 


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