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Kathleen M. Rospenda PhD

  • Professor of Psychology
  • UIC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Kathy Rospenda is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and an Adjunct Member of the Graduate Faculty in UIC’s School Public Health. From 2018-2022, she was the Director of the Targeted Research Training Program in the Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety. She is an affiliate of the UIC Center for Healthy Work, a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-funded Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health®. Dr. Rospenda’s research centers on occupational stressors and their impact on mental health, physical health, and drinking behavior. She is a leading researcher in the area of workplace harassment.

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Lea Cloninger PhD

  • Research Specialist- Social Sciences

Lea Cloninger is a PhD in Social Work with an emphasis on research methodology and statistical analysis. Her work has mainly been in data management and analysis of data using SPSS, SAS and Stata for presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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Kristin L. Moilanen PhD

  • Visiting Senior Research Specialist- Social Sciences
  • Life Experiences and Wellbeing Study
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Dr. Kristin Moilanen is a Visiting Senior Research Specialist affiliated with the Life Experiences and Well-Being in Adults Study, and is the current Editor in Chief of the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.  Dr. Moilanen completed her Ph.D. in developmental psychology in 2005 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her postdoctoral fellowship in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Moilanen was previously an assistant/associate professor of Child Development and Family Studies at West Virginia University. Her research interests include development in adolescence and adulthood, self-regulation, and risky behaviors and maladjustment (e.g., sexual risk-taking, substance use). 

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Tracy Lin JD, PhD

  • Visiting Senior Research Specialist
Tracy received her PhD in Public Health Sciences (Health Policy and Administration) from the School of Public Health at UIC in 2019. Her dissertation work focused on whether nursing home regulation is associated with, or can lead to, better quality of care in nursing facilities, including antipsychotic drug use. She is currently working on a NIH grant that examines the effects of workplace harassment on health outcomes longitudinally under Dr. Kathleen Rospenda.

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Ahmad Abdulla

  • Psychiatry Volunteer
  • MD Candidate
Ahmad is a second year medical student at UIC. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in mechanical engineering in 2019. After completing his degree, he spends his free time volunteering and involved with interest groups. He enjoys applying his medical education across various inter-cooperative studies.

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Thomas Hopkins BS, PharmD, MS

  • Volunteer in Rospenda Lab
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Thomas is a pharmacist by trade and has been working in the field of health economics and outcomes research for the past few years. He is interested in a career in the field of psychiatric and addiction research. He is currently a volunteer with the work and well-being team and is exploring the relationships between work and chronic stressors on the outcome of substance abuse and misuse. He is applying his knowledge from the field of health economics and outcomes research to the work being done here. He plans to further his career in this field and continue to apply his previous training to the work he plans on doing.

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Katie Bezaitis BS

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Project for Research on Work and Well-being
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Katie is a 1st year MPH Candidate at the UIC School of Public Health. Before graduating from University of Washington with a BS in Public Health, Katie took part in a Covid-19 research study following individual’s behaviors and their Covid results. Katie worked as a research coordinator on a HIV health outcomes study.

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Brandon Barksdale BA

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Project for Research on Work and Well-being
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Brandon is a graduate research assistant, assisting with the Life Experiences and Well-being in Adults national survey study focused on identifying the impact of chronic stressors on substance misuse among middle-aged adults.

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Ayo Bodunde BSN, RN

  • Graduate Research Assistant

Ayo Bodunde is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Illinois Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry and a PhD student in Nursing at the same institution. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University and has a rich background in clinical practice.

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