Postdoctoral Scholar, Epidemiology | Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program
UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 4C-469, 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Primary Phone: 967-178-1724
Web site: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9211-9460
I am a health psychologist and Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, mentored by Drs. Jian-Min Yuan and David Wilson. I completed my PhD in Biological and Health Psychology in Dr. Kenneth Perkins' lab, where my training focused on three related areas: 1) improving clinical treatments for smoking cessation, including measurement and methodology of biochemical assessment of cessation; 2) nicotine’s ability to enhance the reinforcing efficacy of non-drug rewards (thought to contribute to smoking persistence); and 3) nicotine dose thresholds for detecting differences in perception and choice between products varying in dose.
My research interests lie at the intersection of psychology, health outcomes, and methodology, with a focus on addiction. Broadly, my research examines behavioral factors that contribute to the persistence of tobacco smoking, the foremost preventable cause of cancer. Because of this enormous public health burden, my work is motivated by interest in elucidating which behavioral factors promote tobacco use, and how changing their influences can improve cessation outcomes, thus reducing cancer risk.
2019 | PhD | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences | Biological and Health Psychology
2017 | MS | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences | Biological and Health Psychology
2011 | MA | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | School of Education | Research Methodology
2005 | BA | The Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington Campus, New Kensington, PA | Applied Psychology
Postdoctoral Training Program in Cancer Etiology and Prevention | Role: Postdoctoral Scholar |
Co-PIs: Jian-Min Yuan, MD, PhD & Hung Luu, PhD | T32 CA186873
Mobile, Remote, and Individual-focused: Comparing Breath Carbon Monoxide Readings and Abstinence in Next Generation Monitors | Role: Co-Investigator | PI: Erin McClure, PhD | Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina IDEA Award
Predoctoral Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Training Fellowship | Role: Predoctoral Trainee | PI: Karen Maththews, PhD | T32 HL007560
Google Scholar: http://tinyurl.com/ScholarJLK