The Daily Life Research Lab is Recruiting Graduate Students to Begin August 2018

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 ( 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 ( for questions about the admissions process.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ashley MacPherson Joins the Chronopsychology Lab!

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!

Janna Imel, Dana Schreiber, and Caitie Tighe present at SLEEP 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

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Abstracts selected for presentation at the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual Conference

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

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Congrats Caitie Tighe, Ph.D!!

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!!