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:
Tori Van Dyk
Tori Van Dyk is an intern at Cinncinnatti Children's Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Washington State University in 2009. Tori has broad pediatric health interests focusing on the intersection between mental and physical health in children. Specific interests include the 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 psychopathology and sleep. Tori plans to pursue a research career continuing to examine key pediatric health issues.
Alyssa Lundahl is a fourth year graduate student in the Pediatric Health Lab. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012. Alyssa is interested in broad pediatric health issues including the prevention of obesity and weight/eating disorders and the promotion of healthy behaviors (e.g. sleep, physical activity, diet). Specifically Alyssa is interested in understanding the specific brain mechanisms implicated by obesity, weight/eating disorders, and their correlates through the use of event-related potential (ERP). Alyssa's future plans are to pursue a career in research and continue to examine the disordered eating continuum among pediatric populations.
Katie Kidwell is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at UNL. 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 is currently focusing on research related to physical health behaviors and ADHD. Katie plans to pursue a research career to examine key pediatric health issues.
Maren Hankey is a second 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.
Donna Flores is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at UNL. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. Her research interests include the promotion of healthy behaviors, especially intervention programs that target regimen management and adherence. Her additional interests include risk and protective factors of chronically ill children. Donna plans to pursue research and clinical work as a pediatric psychologist in a university-based medical setting.
Taylor Roth is a first 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. In the future, Taylor would like to conduct research and clinical work in an academic medical center.
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