April SmithDr. 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 DoddDorian 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.

Natalie Perkins

Natalie Perkins is a first-year Clinical Psychology PhD student at Miami University. She is broadly interested in eating disorders, nonsuicidal self-injury, and suicide, with a particular interest in the comorbidity of eating disorders and NSSI, and how these conditions translate to increased suicide risk. Natalie graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science and a minor in Nutrition in 2016, and with a master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Science in 2018.

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

Jordan Brady

Jordan Brady is a senior at Miami University studying Biology with a minor in Italian. She is also a HAWKS peer health educator on campus and is a Crisis Text Line volunteer. Upon graduating, Jordan hopes to attend graduate school for genetic counseling.

Eva DemeropolisEva Demeropolis is a psychology major with a neuroscience minor and is expecting to graduate in May of 2018. This will be her third year in the REDS lab. She is the managing editor for COMPASS and is also involved in Nu Rho Psi at Miami. Upon graduation, Eva would like to attend graduate school and receive a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Gaby Fleming

Gaby Fleming is a sophomore Psychology and Social Work double major from Dallas, Texas, and this is her first year working in the REDS Lab. She wants to eventually become an eating disorder therapist and help those affected by this disorder as she was helped. Gaby is also a member of Kappa Phi and is on a broom ball team with friends.

Cassondra Goodwin

Cassondra Goodwin is a from Cincinnati, Ohio and is in her second year at Miami University. She is majoring in psychology and is beginning her first semester in the REDS lab. After her graduation in May of 2020, she hopes to further her education beyond the scopes of an undergraduate degree. She is confident that her experience as an undergraduate research assistant will not only influence her own education, but also help to benefit the community as a whole.

Emma Harris

Emma Harris is a sophomore psychology major with a minor in French. This is her first year working in the REDS lab and upon graduation, she hopes to go on to graduate school to earn her 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 involved in Miami’s chapter of Active Minds, an organization aiming to remove the stigma surrounding mental health on college campuses.

Andrew Higgins

Andrew Higgins is majoring in Music Composition, Zoology, and Piano Performance. This is his fourth year at Miami University, and his third year with the REDS lab. Andrew plans to attend medical school upon graduation from Miami to pursue a career in psychiatry. He also conducts EEG research under Dr. Robin Thomas, and is the president of COMPASS - Miami's psychology manuscript publisher. He volunteers for Women Helping Women as an Advocate, and is a Qualified Mental Health Specialist (QMHS) for Sojourner Recovery Services. In his spare time, Andrew composes primarily for musical theatre, and accompanies/music directs for musical productions.


Mike is a sophomore Psychology and Creative Writing double major at Miami. He is very interested in the field of suicide prevention and hopes to obtain a doctoral degree in counseling psychology.

Grace Melanson

Grace Melanson is from Baltimore, Maryland and is a sophomore psychology major at Miami. This is her second semester working in the REDS lab. She took an interest in clinical psychology after participating in the First Year Research Experience program during her freshman year. Grace is excited to further explore the psychophysiological aspects of psychology through the REDS lab and the many opportunities that the psychology department has to offer.

Annahita Modirrousta

Annahita Modirrousta is a junior majoring in psychology. This is her second semester working in the REDS Lab. She is locally from Oxford and interested in researching personality disorders. After graduating from Miami in 2018, she plans on getting a Ph.D. and running a lab focused on Cluster B personality disorders and their treatment.

Will Morgan

Will Morgan is currently a second-year Psychology and Pre-medical Studies major. After undergrad, he hopes to go to medical school and obtain his M.D in Psychiatry. Outside of school, Will spends his time as a student volunteer at the McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, or working at the Brick and Ivy Campus Store, here in Oxford. This is Will's first year working in the REDS Lab at Miami University as an RA

Kathryn Riegl

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. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school focusing on Criminal Psychology. Kathryn is also a member of MAP (Miami Activities and Programming) and a member of Phi Sigma Sigma.

Clayton Tarantino

Clayton Tarantino is a sophomore Psychology and Professional Writing double major at Miami University. This is Clayton's first year taking part in the REDS laboratory and he is very excited to get started. In addition to research, Clayton loves to snowboard, rock climb, and he is a member of Miami's club Quidditch team. After graduation, Clayton plans on attending graduate school for applied clinical psychology.


Rebecca is a sophomore psychology major with a co-major in premedical studies and a minor in nutrition. Her goal after graduating from Miami is to get her MD and eventually have her dream career in psychiatry. She hopes to specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and other mental illnesses. Along with being a part of the REDS lab, Rebecca is also involved with YoungLife and MedLife on campus.

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Morgan Wogenstahl is a senior at Miami University studying psychology with a focus in pre-occupational therapy and a minor in statistics. This is her third year working in the REDS lab as an undergraduate research assistant. Upon graduation, Morgan would like to earn her PhD in Occupational Therapy with a specialty in pediatrics.

Claire Ziegler

Claire Ziegler is currently a junior at Miami University. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Nutrition. Claire plans to attend graduate school and earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She would love to work in the pediatric field one day. Claire enjoys spending time with her family, doing yoga, and traveling!