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:
Maren Hankey is a fifth 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 fourth 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. Her master's thesis examined 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 third 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. Her master's thesis examined the association between executive control in childhood and sleep outcomes in early adolescence. She intends to pursue a research career in a university setting.
Chelsea Kozikowski is a third 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.
Marla Vivero is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at UNL. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor's degree in psychology and social behavior. After graduating, she worked as a research project coordinator at the UCI Center on Stress and Health, and at the Culture, Relationships, and Health Lab. Marla's research interests center on pediatric health and the improvement of health outcomes in children. She is also interested in addressing health disparities in underserved youth. Marla plans to pursue a career in a university setting.
Graduate Student Alumni:
Katie Kidwell graduated with her PhD in psychology from UNL in 2018. She completed her internship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, followed by a fellowship conducting obesity research with Dr. Meg Zeller 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.
Tori Van Dyk
Tori Van Dyk graduated with her PhD in psychology from UNL in 2016. She has broad pediatric health interests focusing on the intersection between mental and physical health in children. She 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 currently an Assistant Professor of psychology at Loma Linda University.
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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