Doctoral Students


Amy Lang, MS

Currently on Internship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

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Research Interests: Adjustment to chronic health conditions; healthcare transition; adolescents and young adults; pediatric chronic pain; experiences of symptom dismissal (e.g., pain dismissal); health-related quality of life; self-management; adherence

Current Projects: Evaluating the role of self-efficacy and self-management behaviors on the quality of life of adolescents and emerging adults with chronic pain during healthcare transition; investigating emerging adults’ experiences of health status disclosure; evaluating barriers and facilitators of healthcare and health insurance access and utilization during emerging adulthood; developing recommended non-dismissive language for pediatric providers to discuss physiological and psychological etiologies of chronic pain

Email: amyclang@uwm.edu


Nina Linneman, MA

Currently on Internship at MetroHealth Medical Center

Research Interests: Interventions for chronic health conditions in pediatric populations, primary care psychology integration, academic achievement and school functioning, complementary and alternative medicine in pain management

Clinical Interests: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Integrated primary care psychology, externalizing behavioral strategies, chronic pain management, mindfulness


Paulina Lim, MS

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5th Year Clinical Psychology Student

Will be completing internship at University of Washington School of Medicine Psychology Internship Program in the General Child Track

Research Interests: Psychological aspects in pediatric behavioral health such as parent-child sleep behaviors, bed-sharing perspectives and practices, and feeding problems and disorders; role of culture in health behaviors among pediatric populations; parental distress in critical care

Current Projects: Feeding practices and mealtime behaviors in diverse cultural backgrounds, impact of pediatric feeding problems on parental stress and distress, stigma surrounding intentional and unintentional bedsharing practices, parental perspectives and attitudes surrounding unintentional bedsharing, Hispanic bedsharing practices, interpreter’s perspectives and communication practices regarding patient distress

Paulina’s (she/her/) research utilize culturally conscious mixed method approaches to amplify the perspectives and lived experiences of families from diverse communities in pediatric medical encounters.  Paulina’s clinical and research activities seek to collaborate with community groups and organizations to understand which issues are important to the community, with a particular focus on collaborating with ethnically and linguistically minoritized and immigrant communities. Her projects also emphasize the importance of intersectionality and positionality in psychological clinical practice and research.

In her spare time, Paulina likes to bake bread, explore new places to eat, and spend time with friends and loved ones.

Office: Pearse 374
Email: plim@uwm.edu


Katie Balistreri, MS

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4th Year Clinical Psychology Student

Research Interests: Psychosocial and emotional adjustment in children with chronic illnesses and their families; individual and dyadic factors that influence adjustment (e.g., parent-child interactions, coping styles, communication patterns); emotional outcomes of children admitted to the PICU and their families

Current Projects: Distress in community caregivers of children with feeding problems; provider perspectives of parent distress in the PICU; the intersection of parenting behaviors and internalizing symptoms in children with food allergies; experiences of young sibling caregivers; family psychological safety

Katie’s research area primarily focuses on research that aims to improve the well-being of children who have been hospitalized in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and their families. Examples of projects include: 1) conducting qualitative interviews with PICU medical providers about how they identify and respond to distressed parents in the PICU and 2) using a text-message based data collection system to evaluate parent experiences (e.g., traumatic stress, anxiety) during and after hospitalization of their child in the PICU.

Office: Pearse 374
Email: balist78@uwm.edu


 

Julia Tager, BA

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3rd Year Clinical Psychology Student

Research Interests: Coping with pediatric chronic and life-threatening illness, pediatric psycho-oncology, palliative care and end of life, family relationships in the context of pediatric illnesses

Current projects: Stress, coping, and resilience among parents of children with medical complexity; community knowledge and perspectives of palliative care; experiences of patient/parent navigators in the pediatric intensive care unit; parent beliefs and practices regarding treating children’s pain; health-related quality of life among children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia across treatment phases

Julia’s primary research involves investigating experiences of stress, coping, and resilience among families of children with medical complexity. Currently, the main project in this area is a mixed-methods study, involving both in-depth qualitative interviews and validated survey measures, of the lived experiences of parents whose children are served by a Complex Care Program.

Office: Pearse 374

Email: jbtager@uwm.edu

ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8791-3819


Ansley Kenney, MS

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2nd Year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Research Interests: Risk and protective factors involved with family coping and adjustment to pediatric chronic illness across the illness timeline; pediatric palliative care; communication and medical decision-making in the context of pediatric chronic health conditions

Office: Pearse 374

Email: aekenney@uwm.edu

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Mady Johnson, BA

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1st Year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Research Interests: Integrated healthcare systems, psychosocial and emotional outcomes of children experiencing chronic illness; medical communication within complex care settings; eliminating multicultural barriers to medical communication; family dynamics in the context of stress and management of pediatric chronic illness; factors influencing community membership for families navigating chronic illness, and the associated effects on coping/adjustment

Office: Pearse 374

Email: mljohns@uwm.edu

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