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Research Team


  • Larry Mullins, Ph.D., Director, Vaughn Vennerberg II Chair of Psychology and Regents Professor
  • John Chaney, Ph.D., Regents Professor
  • Christina Duncan, Ph.D., Tenured Professor

Affiliate Faculty

  • Amanda Baraldi, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Carrick Carter, Psy.D., Assistant Professor and Director of Psychological Services for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
  • Misty Hawkins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor, Department of Health and Wellness Design, Indiana University
  • Thad Leffingwell, Ph.D., Professor and Clinical Health Psychologist
  • Alayna Tackett, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology and The Center for Tobacco Research, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC)
  • Ted Wagener, Ph.D. Professor and Endowed Chair, Department of Internal Medicine,  Ohio State University
  • Amy Wisniewski, Ph.D., Research Professor

Advisory Board

  • David Elkin, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Executive Director of the Center for Advancement of Youth (CAY) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Bernard Fuemmeler, Ph.D., MPH, Professor and Gordon D. Ginder, MD Endowed Chair in Cancer Research and Associate Director of Cancer Prevention and Control, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center
  • Stephen Gillaspy, Ph.D., Senior Director, Health Care Financing Practice Directorate, American Psychological Association
  • Kevin Hommel, Ph.D., Tenured Professor of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • David Janicke, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
  • Ahna Pai, Ph.D., Director, Patient and Family Wellness Center, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute and Professor of Pediatrics in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Eugene Walker, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • Marissa Baudino, Ph.D, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Caroline Roberts, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Nicole Ruppe, Ph.D., Nemours Children’s Health System

Pre-Doctoral Interns

  • Katie Traino, M.S. Psychology Internship Training Program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Cara Nneka Nwankwo, M.S., O’Grady Residency in Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Graduate Trainees


Fifth-Year Students

  • Nathan Basile, M.A., working with Dr. Mullins
  • Alex Blair, M.S., working with Dr. Clawson and Dr. Cole
  • Clayton Edwards, M.S., working with Dr. Chaney
  • Rachel Fisher, M.S., working with Dr. Mullins

Fourth-Year Students

  • Taylor Dattilo, M.S., working with Dr. Mullins

Third-Year Students

  • Lexie DeLone, M.A., M.S., CCLS, working with Dr. Mullins
  • Colton Parker, B.S., working with Dr. Chaney

First-Year Students

  • Gabe Cochran, B.S., working with Dr. Chaney
  • Megan Kozak, B.S., working with Dr. Duncan

Institutional and Community Partnerships

Our in-state partners include Pediatric Psychology Faculty and Pediatricians at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City as well as the JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities in Norman, OK. Out-of-state partners that we have worked with in the past or currently work with on research projects include the Intramural Branch of NIH, University of Mississippi Medical Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Cornell University Medical Center, University of San Francisco Medical Center, Washington University Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Medical Hospital Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cook Children’s Hospital of Fort Worth, and Denver Children’s Hospital.

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