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Lab Alumni


Dorian Dodd, PhD

Dorian completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Miami University in the summer of 2020. Her main research interests are in the areas of eating disorders, suicidality, and non-suicidal self-injury. Dorian recently completed her predoctoral internship at the State University of New York - Buffalo. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow on a NIMH Mid-west Eating Disorders T32 at Sanford Behavioral in Fargo, ND, with Dr. Stephen Wonderlich and colleagues. 


Lauren Forrest, PhD

Lauren completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Miami University in the summer of 2020. She researches the development of eating disorders and suicidality, and specifically the development of suicidality in people with eating disorders. Lauren recently completed her predoctoral internship at Yale University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Eating/Weight Disorders at Yale with Dr. Carlos Grilo and colleagues and is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Penn State. 


Lisa Velkoff, PhD

Lisa is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Miami University. Her research interests are in eating disorders, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicidal behavior, with a particular focus on identifying proximal indicators of risk. Lisa completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology and English. She joined the REDS Lab in Fall 2014 as a research coordinator and stayed on as a graduated student beginning in Fall 2015. Lisa has worked in a number of research labs examining such areas as cognitive functioning in depression, media influence on body image, and cortisol activity in response to interpersonal stress. Lisa completed her predoctoral internship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the 2020-2021 year and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program.


Jacob Chamberlin, M.A. 

Jake was a project coordinator for Project RISE and Project Network, both Department of Defense funded studies in the REDS Lab at Miami University. His main research interests lie in suicidality, depression, and motivation. Jacob graduated from the University of Kansas in 2017 with a B.G.S. in Psychology and a minor in Business. He later completed his M.S. in Kinesiology at Miami University in 2019. He is began working on his PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Kansas in Fall 2021. 

Shelby Ortiz, M.A. she/her/hers

Shelby is a fifth-year clinical psychology PhD student at Miami University. Her research interests include exploring the factors affecting the development and maintenance of eating disorders and studying the effectiveness of treatments. Originally from the Virginia Beach area, Shelby received her B.A. in both Psychology and Biology from Wake Forest University in 2014. She then spent a year writing curriculum and working as a group facilitator for a non-profit organization before moving to Philadelphia to work as the research coordinator for The Renfrew Center. Her two years there were spent studying eating disorder pathology and related comorbidities. Shelby is currently completing her predoctoral internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. 


Natalie Perkins, M.S. she/her/hers

Natalie is a fifth-year Clinical Psychology PhD student at Miami University. She is broadly interested in eating disorders, nonsuicidal self-injury, and suicide, with a particular interest in the comorbidity of eating disorders and NSSI and how these conditions translate to increased suicide risk. Originally from Southern Kentucky, Natalie graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychological Science and a minor in Nutrition. She later completed her master’s degree at WKU in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Science in 2018, where she studied suicidal behavior and nonsuicidal self-injury in adolescents and young adults.

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