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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Health Psychology

Principal InvestigatorLabSummary
Stephanie Bauman

Bauman Lab

Stephanie Bauman
Dr. Stephanie Bauman's Lab examines the quality of life of cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers across the lifespan. In the area of multicultural psychology, my research interests include risk and resiliency of diverse students in educational and career contexts.

The Health & Cognition (THC) Lab

Carrie Cuttler
Dr. Carrie Cutler's research in The Health & Cognition (THC) lab at WSU focuses on elucidating the potentially beneficial and detrimental effects of chronic cannabis use and acute cannabis intoxication. Our current and recent work focuses on examining links between cannabis use and mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, OCD), physical health (e.g., pain, sleep), stress, and cognition (e.g., memory, decision-making, executive functioning, creativity, attention). Further, we are interested in examining effects of cannabis with different concentrations of THC and CBD as well as effects of cannabis concentrates to better understand their influence on mental health, physical health, and cognition.

Adolescent Health & Wellness Lab

Jessica Fales
Dr. Jessica Fales' Adolescent Health & Wellness Lab conducts high quality research in the areas of pediatric pain, social development, and positive psychology. Our current research efforts are primarily focused on the identification of social risk and protective factors associated with the chronic pain experience in adolescence. The ultimate goal of our research is to prevent the development of chronic pain problems in otherwise healthy youth and to help develop more effective treatments for adolescents with pain and their families.

Promoting And Treating Health Research Lab

Benjamin Ladd
Dr. Benjamin Ladd's various research interests focus on improving prevention and early intervention techniques for promoting and motivating health behavior change. Specifically, I am interested in process research with the goal of better understanding and identifying effective elements of therapeutic interventions, particularly Motivational Interviewing, in order to reduce the impact of substance use and problems. Additionally, I am interested in understanding the risks and/or benefits of cannabis use across various populations. This includes refining the measurement of cannabis consumption and problems and investigating the role of cannabis in specific populations (e.g., chronic pain).

Chronic Illness Lab

Karen Schmaling
Dr. Karen Schmaling’s Lab examines three main areas (1) the psychology of chronic illness (e.g., chronic fatigue, chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia, asthma); (2) descriptive and intervention research in depressive disorders; and (3) diversity science, i.e., faculty perceptions of diversity and the effects of policies to diversify the faculty.