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Welcome to the REACH Laboratory
The REACH Lab at Oklahoma State University is a health psychology/behavioral medicine lab that studies the intersection between emotions, neurocognition, chronic disease, and health. We study how emotions and cognitive function contribute to the development of poor health and chronic diseases. We also study how these diseases and poor health impact people's emotions and cognition. Intervening on these factors is also a focus of the lab.
As you might guess, our work involves a lot of different disciplines, such as Psychology, Medicine, Neuropsychology, Biology, and Nutrition to mention a few. We also recognize that societal factors (e.g., toxic food environments) and genetic factors (e.g., family predispositions) also impact health.
In addition to an active research agenda, the REACH lab is dedicated to quality training of students interested in biopsychosocial models of health. Dr. Hawkins works hard to match her students with research projects that will help them achieve their career goals, whether those include clinical psychology, medical school, public health, or more. If you are interested in joining the REACH Lab, please see the Prospective Students page.