Principal Investigator

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Dr. Misty Hawkins

Lab Director, Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University

The REACH Lab is run by Dr. Misty A.W. Hawkins, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at OSU. Dr. Hawkins is a clinical health psychologist and behavioral medicine researcher on a mission to understand the relationships between emotional factors (e.g. depression), cognitive factors (e.g., executive function), chronic diseases (e.g., obesity, cardiovascular disease) and health behaviors (e.g., eating, exercise, breastfeeding). She believes that understanding how the way we feel and think impacts our physical health (and vice versa) is the first step in combating hard-to-treat health conditions like obesity or promoting healthy behaviors like exercise and breastfeeding. When she's not doing research, Dr. Hawkins uses Netflix, Hulu, and PBS shows to keep her motivated on the treadmill (e.g., Downton Abbey, Drop Dead Diva, Dexter). Of course, running after and snuggling with her toddler helps keep happiness well within reach.

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GRADUATE Researchers

Graduate students bring the ideas and drive that make the REACH Lab successful.

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Natalie Keirns, MS

Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Research Coordinator, NICE SPACES Trial

Natalie is a sixth-year clinical psychology graduate student at OSU. She is currently funded by a NIH F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award which investigates the acute inflammatory effects of weight stigma. More broadly, her primary research interests involve discovering ways to utilize interactions between mental and physical health to improve overall well-being. Past and current projects have included issues of obesity, weight loss, weight stigma. eating behaviors, and psychosocial well-being. Outside of work, Natalie can probably be found watching Netflix with her friends and family or talking about her dog. She also enjoys good food & hanging with her lab mates. 

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Madison Stout, MS

Graduate Student, Clinical Research Coordinator NICE SPACES Trial

Madison Stout is a fifth-year clinical psychology graduate student. Madison's research examines psychosocial predictors of behavior change in cancer prevention (i.e. weight loss, smoking cessation, and vaccination), as well as psychosocial outcomes and mechanisms of sexual dysfunction in women. Outside of work, Madison tries to keep up with comedy, film, and pop culture. She has 11 nieces and nephews, and spends a lot of her free time FaceTiming them. 

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Cindy Tsotsoros, MS

Graduate Student

Cindy Tsotsoros is a fifth-year experimental psychology graduate student with research interests include cognitive development and working memory among older adults. With a master’s degree in gerontology, Cindy’s research primarily focuses on older adults and the aging brain. Currently, her projects examine time perspective, social isolation, psychosocial well-being, and brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that affect health. When not at school, you can find Cindy crafting, gardening, knitting, or felting alpaca hair! 

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Harley Layman, BA

Graduate Student

Harley is a third-year clinical psychology graduate student. Her research interests include investigating the relationship between mental and physical factors related to obesity. Specifically, she is interested in examining how different eating and exercise behaviors, as well as psychological factors, influence obesity and other body image factors. In her spare time, Harley enjoys exploring outside and being active, going for walks with her golden doodle, Winston, or binge watching Friends, Shameless, and The Bachelor

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Undergraduates

Our team of motivated and high-achieving undergraduate students make the REACH Lab research come to life while they receive valuable training experiences to help them succeed in fields like psychology, medicine, public health, nursing, counseling, etc.

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Austin Medlin

Year: Junior
Major: Psychology and Mathematics
Research interests: Traumatic childhood experiences and how they impact individuals as they age
Grad school: I plan to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology
For fun: Drink coffee while hanging out with friends!

Roxanne Baker

Roxanne is a psychology major with a concentration in pre-medical. She is graduating a year early in May 2020, with plans to attend medical school. Specifically, Roxanne wants to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. A D.O. is similar to an M.D. but is taught based on a holistic philosophy. Her research interest is in how mental health and physical health interact with each other. In her free time, you will catch Roxanne either watching Netflix, reading, or planning her wedding.