Prominent Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellow





Ashley B. Cole, PhD
Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

As a Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at OSU, Dr. Cole collaborated with the REACH Lab and assisted with COSMOS assessments. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with her in her new position as assistant professor! Her research examines maladaptive health behaviors, including substance use, overeating, and other self-injurious behaviors in Native Americans, an underserved population who experience health disparities in substance use disorders, obesity, and suicide. To learn more about her research, see her website. In her free time, Dr. Cole enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and watching documentaries on Netflix.

Graduate Researcher

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Caitlin E. Smith, PhD

As a graduate student in the REACH Lab at OSU, Dr. Smith's research focused on evaluating mechanisms of metabolic impairment that result from problematic behaviors and disease states (e.g., cigarette/e-cigarette smoking, obesity, diabetes). Caitlin's dissertation study, New E-Cigarettes and Metabolic Outcomes (NEMO), evaluated the impact of non-sweet vs. sweet e-cigarette use on glucoregulatory and inflammatory markers. She is also interested in identifying predictors of earl response to obesity treatment (e.g. weight loss success in the first four weeks of intervention) that will inform the development of future brief behavioral weight loss interventions and improve metabolic health. Dr. Smith completed her clinical internship at MUSC. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys baking, crafting, watching TV-shows on Netflix (i.e., Lie to Me, Stranger Things, The Office), hanging out with friends, and spending time with her cat, Glimmer, and dog, Esme. Caitlin has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship for fall 2021.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Ashlee Parson, BS

Ashlee graudated from Oklahoma State University in Spring 2016 with her BS in Psychology. She has been accepted to the master's program in Counseling Psychology program at OSU. 

Tayler Jones, BS

Tayler has been accepted into a clinical psychology PhD program after graduating from OSU in Spring 2016.

Ashley Simenson, MPH

Ashley earned her MPH at the University of Pittsburgh, and is now pursuing an MD/PhD at the University of Florida.

Emily Fry, BS

Emily is currently pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy at University of Oklahoma. 

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Garrison Keithline, BS

Garrison graduated from OSU in 2019 with a degree in physiology. He is now pursuing an MS in Biotechnology at Brown University.