People

Faculty:

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

Katie Kidwell is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program and is currently on internship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She 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 contained two studies. The first study examined the associations among sleep, executive control, and ADHD. The second was a treatment study examining a brief sleep intervention in an outpatient clinic. Katie plans to pursue a research career to examine key pediatric health issues.

Maren Hankey

Maren Hankey is a fourth 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

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 matters of childhood obesity, especially looking at how family and peer systems affect these 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

Cara Tomaso is a second 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. 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

Chelsea Kozikowski is a second 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 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.

Anna Johnson

Anna Johnson is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at UNL. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a concentration in statistics. After graduating, she joined Minnesota Reading Corps, an AmeriCorps program, and worked in a preschool classroom to assist children in developing language and literacy skills. Anna's primary research interests are focused on pediatric health and factors that impact health behaviors, especially in young children. In the future, she plans to pursue a research career. 

Graduate Student Alumni:

Tori Van Dyk

Tori Van Dyk 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 completed her internship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, followed by a fellowship conducting sleep research with Dr. Dean Beebe at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Tori is pursuing a research career to continue examining key pediatric health issues.

Alyssa Lundahl


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


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.




Current Research Assistants:

Shelby Wachal
Megan Toney
Patrick Brown
Mckenzie Rowe
Mallory Gandy
Lauren Cohn

Past Research Assistants:

Amy Limke
Lauren Howell
Angelina Wright
Victoria Kranz
Kyle Sramek
Therin Baum
Andrea Kordik
Anna Eckstrom
Melissa Sondag
Melissa Riggs
Amanda Golden
Dani Moore
Kenny Do
Kassie Guenther
Jennifer Andersen
Claire Svec
Jordan Kugler
Jessica Wright
Andrea Clark
Taylor Buel
Maggie Healy
Hanna Grandgenett
Jennifer Blake
Jordan Beck
Mallory Netz
Chelsea Ermer
Marie Eickhoff
Stephanie Nelson
Kate Theimer
Andrea Kordik
Emily Little
Katie Sloup
Katie Walls
Lauren Schar
Tony Doherty
Vanessa Haberman