Dr. Timothy D. Nelson
Dr. Nelson received his Ph.D. in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas in 2008 following a clinical internship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He subsequently completed his post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology in the Stanford University School of Medicine before joining the UNL faculty in 2009.
Current Graduate Students:
Katie Kidwell is a fifth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in history. Katie is interested in the many dimensions of pediatric health, including the intersection of mental and physical health and the promotion of health behaviors. Katie's master's thesis examined the association between parenting stress and children's physical health. Her doctoral dissertation is a treatment study examining a brief sleep intervention in outpatient clinics and primary care settings. Katie plans to pursue a research career to examine key pediatric health issues.
Maren Hankey is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program. She majored in psychology at Creighton University and completed her master’s degree in a clinical psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Maren is interested in pediatric health issues among infants and young children, including the interplay between intrapersonal and environmental influences on health. Her thesis examined the relationship between maternal feeding style, child eating behaviors, and childhood obesity. In the future, Maren would like to become a pediatric health researcher.
Taylor Roth is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at UNL. She graduated from Baylor University with a major in psychology and a minor in French. Taylor is interested in pediatric health issues as a whole, especially looking at how family and peer systems affect pediatric health behaviors and outcomes. She is currently working on her master's thesis, which examines the role of maternal ADHD in the development of child health. In the future, Taylor would like to conduct research and teach in an academic setting.
Cara Tomaso is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at UNL. She graduated from Smith College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in statistics in 2016. Cara is interested in a range of issues related to pediatric health, particularly the relationship between children's mental and physical health and the cognitive and environmental factors that impact children's well-being. She intends to pursue a research career in a university setting.
Chelsea Kozikowski is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at UNL. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in music. Since graduating, Chelsea has worked as an instructor for a court-ordered children’s program, as a neuropsychological examiner, and for the past two years as a research specialist at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care. She has enjoyed her active role in community mental health outreach for children with physical and emotional issues. Chelsea’s research interests lie in the dissemination of pediatric health care interventions to high risk children. She looks forward to pursuing a career in research and clinical work that has a broad community impact.
Graduate Student Alumni:
Tori Van Dyk
Tori Van Dyk is a fellow conducting sleep research with Dr. Dean Beebe at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She graduated with her PhD in psychology from UNL in 2016. Tori has broad pediatric health interests focusing on the intersection between mental and physical health in children. Specific interests include the predictors, consequences, mechanisms, and promotion and change of important health behaviors (e.g. sleep, diet, physical activity). Tori's master's thesis explored the moderating effect of pessimism on the relationship between involvement in peer victimization (as either a victim or bully) and poor physical health. Tori's doctoral dissertation focused on sleep in youth with above average emotional and behavioral difficulties. Tori is pursuing a research career to continue examining key pediatric health issues.
Alyssa Lundahl is a graduate of the Pediatric Health Lab. She received her bachelor's of science in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012, her master's degree in 2014, and her doctorate degree in 2016. Her master's project explored the accuracy of parental perceptions of children's weight. Her dissertation examined the relationships among child temperament, sleep problems, feeding styles, and weight outcomes.
Donna Flores is a graduate of the Pediatric Health Lab at UNL. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. She received her master's degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016.
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