Lab Members

2016 CARE Lab

Current Graduate Students:

kathy lin

Kathy Lin, BA;

My research interests consist of examining body image within a cultural context, looking at how body image may be impacted by cultural influences and perceptions. As an Asian American, I am especially curious as to how cultural beliefs, values, and parenting styles may play a role in body image in women and men in Asian cultures. As for teaching and clinical interests, I have had experience parallel to teaching in my undergraduate career (was a tutor) and have enjoyed such experiences. I would like to try to experience teaching a course myself and in the future, supervise others in a clinical setting. I would like to become competent working with both children and adults. Through previous volunteer experience, I have enjoyed working with both types of populations and so I hope to learn skills concerning these two populations clinically. Also, I would like to be adept in different disorders or clinically impairing experiences relevant to each population.

bethany mccord

Bethany Walker, MA;

My research and clinical interests are centered on children with developmental disabilities (DDs), such as Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Language Disorder. From a research perspective, I am interested in evaluating behavioral interventions for preschool children with comorbid DDs and disruptive behavior, especially school-based interventions. I am interested in teaching courses related to child development, and I am excited to serve as Miami University’s Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students (OPAGS) campus representative this year.  

belinda teo

Belinda Teo, MA;

My clinical and research interests are focused on children and adolescents with multiple comorbid developmental and physical disabilities, and also caregiving/parenting for these individuals in cross-cultural contexts. My teaching interests are in multicultural psychology and cultural psychopathology.

Anjie Jain 2016

Angie Jain, MA;

I am a first year student in Miami's Clinical program. My primary research interest broadly pertains to the roles of emotion concepts and implicit bias in psychopathology and its treatment using a cross-cultural framework. Given the complexity of these constructs, I am interested in utilizing mixed-methods (particularly behavioral, neurophysiological and naturalistic assessments; EMA). My secondary interest involves the adaptation and evaluation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in an attempt to identify constructs that either facilitate or complicate the course of treatment.

Pankhuri Aggarwal 2017 

Pankhuri Aggarwal, MAl;

I am interested in studying the constructs of happiness and well-being across culture. I am also intrigued by how the professional identity of a clinician/clinical trainee might impact the expression and subsequent management of their emotions. My clinical interests are centered on depression and anxiety disorders. Currently, I am investigating the perspectives of clinicians on the usefulness of diagnostic markers (primarily developed for the western population) in the diagnosis and treatment of depression in the Indian context.

Current Undergraduate Students:

Lulu Abdun

Sara Al-Zubi

Tasse Hammond   

Kelsey Haugen

Sari Kripke

Joan Kwon

Jane Oetgen

Judy Sun

Nitya Sunil

Mackenzie Trevethan

Jackie Zemper

Undergraduate student research

Undergraduate students in our lab participate in ongoing research projects and pursue their own projects in the form of a departmental honors thesis, or through Miami University awards such as the Dean’s Scholar Award, Doctoral-Undergraduate Opportunities Scholarship, and Undergraduate Summer Scholar Award. Students typically present their honors thesis at national conferences, and many of these honors theses are published in peer-reviewed journals. If you are interested in participating in our research lab, please complete undergraduate research application, and email to

Graduate Student research

Graduate students are closely involved in ongoing research in the lab and have pursued their own lines of research. Some examples include parenting of children with developmental disabilities in Asian and Asian American families, navigating bicultural experiences among Asian American youth including the “model minority” stereotype and its implications, indicators of distress and well-being among Asian international students, a contextual approach to violence against women in South Asia, community level risk and protective factors in rural mental health in the USA, body image perception in Korean-American and International Korean samples, evaluation of treatments cross culturally and more!