Krista entered the clinical psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Fall 2007. Her research interested involve examining genetic, emotional and physiological factors that predispose individuals to co-existing health risks. For example, her master equivalence project examines differential blood pressure responses to a stress among individuals with varying hypertension and smoking histories. Krista's dissertation examined the transgeneraltional effects of the health belief model among low-income families.
Krista received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Black Hills State University where was a dual major in biology and psychology. At Black Hills State University, she worked under Dr. Stoltenberg investigating the interaction between impulsivity and serotonin genotypes on high-risk behavior.
Krista is currently on internship at The University of Washington Medical Center Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychooogy Track and accepted a Research Associate Position at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University.
Highland, K. B., Herschl, L., Klanecky, A., & McChargue, D. E. (in press). Biopsychosocial pathways to alcohol related problems. American Journal on Addictions.
Herschl, L. C., Highland, K. B., & McChargue, D. E. (in press). Prenatal exposure to testosterone interacts with childhood physical abuse to predict anger rumination and executive functioning among incarcerated methamphetamine users. American Journal on Addictions.
Herschl, L. C., McChargue, D. E., MacKillop, J., Stoltenberg, S. F., & Highland, K. B. (in press). High liking and wanting differentiates alcohol-related problems and risk among college binge drinkers. Psychopharmacology.
McChargue, D. E., Sankaranarayanan, J., Visovsky, C. G., Matthews, E. E., Highland, K. B., & Berger, A. M. (2012). Predictors of adherence to behavioral therapy sleep intervention during breast cancer chemotherapy. Supportive Care in Cancer, 20, 245-252.
Highland, K. B. & McChargue, D. E. (2011). Stress-induced cardiovascular reactivity among African American smokers. American Journal of Health Behaviors, 35, 51-59.
Highland, K. B. & Stoltentberg, S. F. (under review). Interaction of Childhood Abuse and Impulsivity Predicting Health-risk behaviors: A Multidimensional Framework of Risk. Manuscript submitted to Personality and Individual Differences.
Stoltenberg, S. F., Christ, C. C., & Highland, K. B. (under review). Polymorphisms in serotonin system genes are associated with impulsivity. Manuscript submitted to Frontiers in Systems Biology.
Stoltenberg, S. F., Highland, K. B., Lehmann, M. K., Anderson, C., Nag, P., & Anagnopoulos, C. (under review). Polymorphisms in serotonin metabolism genes (TPH2 and MAOA) are associated with impulsivity. Manuscript submitted to Behavior Genetics.
Mahmoodian, M., Stoyanova, M., & Highland, K. B. (under review). A collaborative approach to chronic pain management in a primary care setting: A program to overcome challenges and barriers. Manuscript submitted to Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians Cornhusker Family Physician.
Highland, K. B, McChargue, D. E., Darrington, D. L., McIlvain, H. & Loberiza, F. R. (2010, March). Differences in the association of distress tolerance and spirituality on treatment perception of cancer survivors from rural and urban areas. Annals of Behavioral Medicine: Session Abstracts; 39 (Supplement 1): 168.
Highland, K. B., McChargue, D. (2009). DRD2 genotyping and obesity interaction predicts behavioral disengagement coping. Annals of Behavioral Medicine: Session Abstracts; 37(Supplement 1):156.
Highland, K. , McChargue, D. E., Darrington, D. L., McIlvain, H. & Loberiza, F. r. (2010, March). Differences in the association of distress tolerance and spirituality on treatment perception of cancer survivors from rural and urban areas. Poster submitted to Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference, Seattle, WA.
Highland, K. & McChargue, D.E. (2009, April). DRD2 genotype and obesity interaction predicts behavioral disengagement coping. Poster presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Montreal, Canada.
Herrera, M. J., Highland, K. B. & McChargue, D. E. (2008, November). Obesity and smoking: Stress induced cardiovascular responses of high ruminative obese smokers. Poster presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Orlando, FL.
Highland, K.*, Salvi, S.* & McChargue, D. E. (2008, February). Basal high blood pressure influences stress-induced reactivity among smokers. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco, Portland, OR.