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Research Team

Dr. Tonya R. Hammer

Director
Associate Professor
School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology

Tyler Bruhn Kane

Graduate Student
Counseling Psychology, PhD
he/him

Research Interests:
Tyler’s research interests involve relationships and outcomes in medical contexts, adolescent well-being, and LGBTQ+ affirmative care. 

Emily Burish

Graduate Student
Counseling Psychology, PhD
she/her

Research Interests:
Trans and genderqueer identity and resiliency, social justice and advocacy, suicide prevention, grief and loss, sexuality and kink. 

Rebecca Graham

Graduate Student
Counseling Psychology, PhD
she/her/hers

Research Interests: 
Interests include fat positivity & body liberation, intersectionality, relational cultural theory, and social justice & advocacy. 

Laina Nelson

Graduate Student
Counseling Psychology, PhD
she/her/hers

Research Interests:
Trauma and eating disorders/body image, sport culture’s influence on disordered eating, orthorexia, and perfectionism.

Kimmie Osborn

Graduate Student
Counseling Psychology, PhD
she/her/hers

Research Interests:
Kimmie’s interests include personality and eating disorder treatment outcomes, with a focus on LGBTQ+ individuals and foster youth.

Jessica Santiago

Graduate Student
Counseling Psychology, PhD
she/her

Research Interests:
Research interests include body image in women of color, identity development, and social justice and advocacy for marginalized populations.

Bek Urban

Graduate Student
Counseling Psychology, PhD
they/them

Research Interests:
Bek is interested in disordered eating and body image in transgender and nonbinary folx as well as weight stigma and diagnosis bias.

Melissa Ward

Graduate Student
Counseling Psychology, PhD
she/her

Research Interests:
Experiences of fat people, fat-positive community, fat-positive identity, weight stigma/discrimination, intersectionality, social justice. 

Leslie Weber

Graduate Student
Counseling Psychology, PhD
she/her

Research Interests:
My research interests are purity culture, body image and disordered eating, sex and sexuality, and masculinities.

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