Natalie Dautovich and The Daily Life Research Lab are recruiting graduate students to begin in August 2018.
We are looking for applicants who are particularly interested in topics such as:
- Understanding or promoting healthy outcomes (e.g., including but not limited to sleep)
- The role of affect in healthy well-being
- Developmental changes in health and well-being across the adult lifespan
- Investigating daily processes such as routines or habits.
Furthermore, we examine these topics within the context of family, social, cultural, and political environments.
Please contact Dr. Dautovich (email@example.com) if you have any questions about the lab, her mentorship model, or the graduate experience at VCU.
More information about the Counseling Program can be found here. You can also contact our Counseling Program Assistant Rachel Boutté (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions about the admissions process.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Ashley joined the Counseling Psychology PhD program and the Chronopsychology lab in the fall of 2017. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. Ashley has research interests in habit formation, the influence of health behaviors on emotional outcomes, and is also interested in how sleep impacts emotional factors and weight-related behaviors.
Welcome Ashley! We are excited to have you!
Congratulations to Caitie Tighe, who accepted a postdoctoral fellowship position at the Pittsburgh VA! Caitie will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC).
Our new article titled “Depressive symptoms and weight in midlife women: The role of stress eating and menopause status” was recently published in Menopause. The study highlights the need to focus on behavioral factors and menopause status when identifying who is at risk for the development of poor weight outcomes in midlife women.
Link to abstract
Congratulations to Kristy Shoji, Ph.D. who accepted a position at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. Kristy will be working as a staff Geropsychologist which will involve working on the hospice floor of the the community living center (CLC) at the VA and also with the inpatient palliative care consult team.
We are so excited for you, Kristy!
Dana Schreiber presented her research at ICMI, an international conference on Motivational Interviewing. Dana presented research entitled, “Autonomy and Competence Predict Stress Eating in Midlife Women.” The conference took place in Philadelphia, PA in June 2017.
Lab members, Janna Imel, Dana Schreiber, and Caitie Tighe presented their research at the annual SLEEP conference in Boston, MA this June 2017.
Janna’s Presentation: Predicting Sleep Across the Lifespan: A Positivity Ratio Approach
Dana’s Presentation: Sleep Duration is a Pathway Linking Sleep Timing to Obesity in Midlife Women
Caitie’s Presentation: Savoring is Uniquely and Inversely Associated with Sleep Disturbance and Sleep-Related Impairment
Congratulations to Dana Schreiber and Andrew Lisech who had their abstracts accepted for poster presentation at the NAMS Annual Scientific Meeting! The conference will take place in October 2017 in Philadelphia, PA.
Dana’s poster: Psychosocial Factors Linking Depressive Symptoms to Stress Eating in Postmenopausal Women
Andrew’s poster: Sex as a Moderator in the Relation between Sleep and Well-Being in Midlife
Congratulations to Dana Schreiber, who obtained her Masters of Science (M.S.) in Counseling Psychology at VCU in May 2017!
Congratulations to lab member, Caitie Tighe, on earning her Ph.D.! Caitie recently completed her Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Alabama with a specialization in Geropsychology. Caitie completed her psychological internship at the Pittsburgh VA and has accepted a postdoctoral position at the University of Pittsburgh. Congrats Caitie!!