Janna L. Imel, M.S. has been awarded funding for the 2018-2019 academic year through the VCU Graduate School’s Dissertation Assistantship Award Program. The assistantship award program was created for doctoral scholars who have completed all program requirements, including didactic courses, except for the dissertation.
Awardees must be nominated by their program directors and must work full-time toward completion of their dissertation during the award period. This funding program covers university tuition, provides a stipend, and allows Janna to have dedicated time for her dissertation work.
We are excited to have both Sarah and Sahar joining our lab this fall and beginning as first year students in the Counseling Psychology program at VCU. Welcome Sahar and Sarah!
Sarah Ghose received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology from Bowling Green State University and her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Cleveland State University. Sarah’s research interests include: health psychology, integrated primary care treatment models, health behavior change, the impact of psychosocial factors (i.e., stress, sleep, and emotion regulation) on autoimmune and chronic diseases, and factors that buffer effects of stress and internalizing disorders on health outcomes.
Sahar Sabet received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Georgia and her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. Sahar’s research interests include: anxiety within diverse and underserved populations, obsessive-compulsive disorder, habit formation, and the impact of consistent and regular daily routines on various health outcomes.
Janna L. Imel, M.S. successfully proposed her dissertation titled, “From Sunrise to Sunset: A Lifespan Approach to the Mental Health of America’s Farmers.”
The proposed study will examine the association between working conditions, farm-related stress, mental health, and physical health in American farmers. The study also seeks to understand how farmers cope with farm-related stressors. This research is important given that over their lifetime, farmers are exposed to unrelenting stressors like shifting commodity markets, costs of production, and changes in weather, etc. Additionally, a 2012 CDC study found farmers to have the highest suicide rate when compared with other occupations.
Ms. Imel will begin data collection this fall!
Members of our lab presented their research at SLEEP 2018: the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS). This meeting provides education, discussions, and presentations surrounding developments in clinical sleep medicine, as well as sleep and circadian science.
Three posters were presented this year. Janna Lynn Imel, M. S. presented her poster, “Perceived Control Over One’s Health: Linking Dispositional Mindfulness and Sleep Outcomes.” Ashley MacPherson, M.S. presented her poster, “Comparing Sleep Duration and Sleep Timing as Predictors of Breakfast Intake.” Dana Schreiber, M.S. presented her poster, “Impact of Day-to-Day Variability of Emotionality and Sleep on Weight in Midlife Women.”
Lab members also had the opportunity to reconnect with lab alumna, Dr. Caitie Tighe, who was also presenting her research at SLEEP 2018. Members also connected with the VCU SAGE lab for lunch.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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!