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.More information about Dr. Smith can be found on the Miami University Department of Psychology website.

Graduate Students

Dorian Dodd Dorian Dodd is a third-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 is originally from the Hudson Valley region of New York State; she graduated from SUNY Binghamton in 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Business Management. She then spent four years in the Boston area, working as a Research Assistant and Research Project Manager for McLean Psychiatric Hospital, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Lauren Forrest

Lauren Forrest is a second-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 first-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. 


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

Kala Allen Kala Allen is from Buffalo, NY majoring in Psychology with a Neuroscience Co-major. This is her second year in the REDS lab as well as the Broadening Undergraduate Research in Behavioral Neuroscience Program. Broadly, her research interests include: Neuropsychiatric conditions, Suicidality, and Visual Attention. Kala is also an avid reader and runner. She plans to pursue a career in Neuropsychology.
Taylor Buttelwerth Taylor Buttelwerth is from Cincinnati, Ohio and is a sophomore at Miami University majoring in Psychology. She joined the REDS lab as a research assistant in the fall of 2015. After graduating from Miami, Taylor plans to enter graduate school, attain her masters degree in social work, and work as in adoption services.
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.
Meghan Earhart

Meghan Earhart is a senior at Miami University. She majors in Zoology and Premedical studies, with a minor in Neuroscience. After graduating from Miami, she plans to enter graduate school to attain a master's degree of Physician Assistant studies.

Meghan Fennell

Meghan Fennell is a currently a senior Psychology and Spanish major at Miami University, where she works as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. April Smith’s Research on Eating Disorders and Suicidality (REDS) Lab.  Her main research interest is eating disorders.  Meghan is a 2012 graduate of Northwest High School in Canal Fulton, Ohio, and she plans to become a practicing psychiatrist in the future.

Gabriella Finucane

Gabriella Finucane is a junior at Miami University. She is an undergraduate research assistant in the REDS laboratory. Gabriella majors in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school. 

Andrew Higgins

Andrew Higgins is a sophomore at Miami University, from Cleveland, Ohio. He is an undergraduate research assistant in the REDS laboratory, majoring in Psychology and Chemistry with a Pre-medical studies co-major, and minoring in Piano Performance, Neuroscience and Music Composition. His research interests are eating disorders and suicide. After graduating from Miami, Andrew plans to go to medical school and later specialize in psychiatry. Andrew is also a Crisis Consultant for the Suicide Hotline, and musically involved with Miami's Stage Left theater organization.

Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a senior at Miami University majoring in Psychology. She joined the REDS Lab as a research assistant in the fall of 2014. Her research interests include adolescent psychopathology, eating disorders, and suicide. Her post graduate plans are to attend graduate school. In addition, Courtney is a research assistant for the BEAR Lab and an open western rider for the Miami University Equestrian Team.

Mary Lloyd

Mary Lloyd is a senior in the REDS lab, hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a psychology major, with clinical research interests related to suicidality, PTSD, and adult traumatic experiences. Her social psychology interests include power and belongingness research. Mary plans on attending graduate school upon completion of her undergrad in 2016.

Sean Neri

Sean Neri is originally from Columbus Ohio, and is now a senior at Miami University majoring in Psychology with a Neuroscience minor. His current research interest include neurobiological factors behind eating disorders and substance abuse disorders. In addition he is a member of the varsity swimming and diving team at Miami University. After graduation he intends to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. 

Daniel Persson

Daniel Persson is a senior at Miami University majoring in Psychology with a Marketing minor. He has been conducting research in the REDS Lab for four years. His research interesting include eating disorders and mindfulness. He plans on graduating in May 2016 and attending a Counseling Psychology PH.D program.  In addition, Daniel is highly invested in Miami University's Best Buddies Chapter where he is currently the chapter President. He is also a current member of the Miami University Weight Lifting Club. 

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. 

Samantha Streibeck

Samantha Streibeck is originally from Monroe, Ohio. She is a junior psychology major and child studies minor at Miami University. After graduation, Samantha plans to pursue a master's degree in school psychology.