REDS Lab Group Dinner


Dr. April Smith Dr. April Smith received her B.A. in Psychology and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. She then taught English in Japan for two years as part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program. Dr. Smith received her Ph.D. from Florida State University’s Clinical Psychology Program in 2012, and completed her clinical residency at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Smith is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Miami University and the director of the Research on Eating Disorders and Suicidality (REDS) Laboratory. April was named a 2016 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. Additionally, in 2017 April received the Miami University Junior Faculty Scholar Award. More information about Dr. Smith can be found on the Miami University Department of Psychology website.

Graduate Students

Dorian Dodd Dorian Dodd is a fifth-year Clinical Psychology PhD student at Miami University. Her main research interests are in the areas of eating disorders, suicidality, and non-suicidal self-injury. Dorian completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Binghamton, and prior to entering graduate school spent several years working as a Research Assistant and Research Project Manager at McLean Psychiatric Hospital.
Lauren Forrest

Lauren Forrest is a fourth-year in Miami’s Clinical Psychology PhD program. She researches the development of eating disorders and suicidality, and specifically the development of suicidality in people with eating disorders. Lauren graduated from the University of Utah in 2012 with an Honors BS in Psychology. Before beginning graduate school, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Brain Institute of the University of Utah and the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Lisa Velkoff Lisa Velkoff is a third-year Clinical Psychology Ph.D student at Miami University. Her research interests are in eating disorders, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicidal behavior. Lisa is originally from Northern Virginia, and she graduated from Northwestern University in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology and English. Lisa has worked in a number of research labs examining such areas as cognitive functioning in depression, media influence on body image, and cortisol activity in response to interpersonal stress. She joined the REDS lab in 2014 as a research coordinator, and is excited to begin her journey as a graduate student with the lab. 
Shelby Ortiz Shelby Ortiz is a first-year clinical psychology PhD student at Miami University. Her research interests include exploring the factors affecting the development and maintenance of eating disorders and studying the effectiveness of treatments. Originally from the Virginia Beach area, Shelby received her B.A. in both Psychology and Biology from Wake Forest University in 2014. She then spent a year writing curriculum and working as a group facilitator for a non-profit organization before moving to Philadelphia to work as the research coordinator for The Renfrew Center. Her two years there were spent studying eating disorder pathology and related comorbidities and she is thrilled to continue this type of research at Miami.


Dr. Elise Clerkin, Miami University Clerkin Lab
Dr. Jonathan Kunstman, Miami University Kunstman Lab
Dr. Tracy Witte, Auburn University Witte Lab
Dr. Joseph Franklin, Vanderbilt University Technology and Psychopathology Lab
Lindner Center of Hope

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Maddie Black Maddie Black is a sophomore at Miami and this is her first year participating in the REDS lab. She's a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a double minor in Disability Studies and Management. She wants to use her experience in the lab to better understand mental illness and how to support those who struggle with it. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school and get her PhD in Social Psychology. 
Eva Demeropolis Eva Demeropolis is a sophomore psychology major at Miami and is beginning her first year in the REDS lab. Upon graduation, Eva would like to attend graduate school and receive a ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology.
Luke Evans

Luke Evans is from St. Louis, MO and is in his final year at Miami University. He is majoring in Psychology with a Neuroscience co-major and works as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. April Smith’s (REDS) laboratory. He is also involved in Dr. Kurt Hugenberg’s Social Psychology lab and is the current vice-president of Nu Rho Psi at Miami University. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school and receive his PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Grace Hawkins

Grace Hawkins is a Psychology and Nutrition Dietetics double major at Miami, and will graduate in May of 2018. She hopes to become a Registered Dietitian after completing a dietetic internship upon graduation. Afterwards, she would like to enroll in a PhD program for Clinical Psychology. She wants to use this gained knowledge in order to counsel for those with eating disorders and other mental illnesses. Grace is a member of the Zeta Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a Service Fraternity. She is also a part of the Miami University Rowing Club.

Kathryn Rieg

Kathryn Rieg is a junior at Miami University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Crime, Law, and Social Justice. This is her first year participating in the REDS lab. Kathryn is also a member of MAP (Miami Activities and Programming) and a member of Phi Sigma Sigma.

Brooke Schmidt

Brooke Schmidt is currently a Freshman at Miami University, majoring in Psychology and Nutrition, and planning on declaring a Pre-Med co-major this spring semester. This is her first year participating in the REDS lab. Brooke is especially interested in the research of eating disorders due to her years of experience as a professional model in the industry since the age of twelve. In addition to being a part of the REDS lab, Brooke is an active campus rep for Southern Tide. 

Morgan Wogenstahl

Morgan Wogenstahl is a sophomore at Miami University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Marketing and a Pre-Law co-major. This is her first year participating in the REDs lab. Upon graduation, Morgan would like to attend law school focusing on children's rights.