Kristin Schneider, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Health Professions
Room 2.666
Building: HSB
Phone: 847.578.3311
Fax: 847.578.8765
Connect with Dr. Schneider on Twitter: @DrKrisSchneider
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Are You a Prospective Graduate Student?
Dr. Schneider will be considering student applications for the 2015/2016 academic year.  
Do you have questions regarding the admission process or what it is like working with Dr. Schneider? E-mail current graduate students Daniel Kern at, Jacey Keeney at, or Laura Aylward at to gain a student’s perspective.

Research Lab


Jacey Keeney
Doctoral Student

Jacey is a second year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She graduated from North Central College in Naperville, IL in 2013, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Jacey’s research interests include examining the relationships between eating, mood, and physical activity, understanding the eating behaviors of college and professional athletes, as well as identifying the principal motives of physical activity among adults. In her free time, Jacey enjoys playing volleyball, attending sporting events, and spending time with her nieces, Nella and Summer.

Daniel Kern
Doctoral Student

Daniel Kern is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program. Daniel received his Bachelor’s Degree in psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2011. Upon graduation, Daniel worked as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional creating support and behavioral programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Daniel’s current research interests include the ability to alter one’s psychological and physiological health through social networking applications. In addition, Daniel is also interested in adopting an integrative approach that applies neuropsychological concepts to the field of health psychology.

Laura Aylward
Doctoral Student

Laura is a first year student in the Clinical PhD program with a concentration in Health Psychology. She graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield OH in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Health Science. Her research interests include eating behavior and obesity, specifically emotional eating and prevention and intervention strategies for obesity. Outside of her academic and professional life, Laura works to incorporate health and fitness into her everyday life. Her future goal after graduating from Rosalind Franklin University is to work in a clinical setting with obese patients.

Lenel Reuther
Clinical Counseling MS Student

Lenel Reuther is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Counseling MS program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 2013. Her research interests include motivation for physical activity and clinical interventions for individuals with type 2 diabetes. In her free time, Lenel enjoys running, spending time with friends and family, as well as playing with her rescued greyhound, Izzy.

Allison Novak
Clinical Counseling MS Student

Allison is a second year student in the Clinical Counseling Master’s program. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Grand Valley State University in spring of 2012. Following graduation, Allison worked in the private practice of a neuropsychologist administering and scoring neuropsychological test batteries to adults and children. Her research interests include examining strategies for incorporating social media and modern technology into clinical interventions to produce effective, integrative treatment protocols. In her free time, Allison enjoys painting, cooking, playing with her dogs, and spending time with her family. Her future goal after graduating from Rosalind Franklin University is to work as a counselor in an outpatient setting.


“Understanding factors that promote active video game use in children"
This collaborative pilot project with DePaul University aims to understand which active video game characteristics, psychosocial factors and individual characteristics drive use of active videogames in children. Following identification of the active videogames most likely to impact physical activity, a follow-up study will be conducted to examine whether these active video games increase physical activity in children.

“Pilot testing an augmented fantasy sports system”
This collaborative pilot project with Illinois Institute of Technology aims to understand whether an augmented online fantasy basketball and/or football system linked to a physical activity monitor will increase moderate physical activity.


“Skin cancer risk and physical activity”
American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

This project assessed the extent to which physically active individuals are at greater risk for skin cancer compared to their sedentary counterparts, as well as whether certain characteristics define physically active individuals at particularly high risk for skin cancer. Key informant interviews were conducted with individuals at high risk for skin cancer to inform intervention development.

“A community-based social networking intervention to increase walking in dog owners”
NIH Center for Clinical and Translational Studies pilot project
(5 UL1RR031982-02)

This community-based participatory research project includes: 1) developmental work to inform the social networking dog-walking intervention and 2) a multi-site group randomized trial to assess whether the intervention increases walking in dog owners compared to a standard print-based exercise control condition. A manuscript describing the main outcomes is currently under review.
Picture: One of our neighborhood dog walks

“Behavioral activation enhanced exercise intervention for diabetes and depression”
NIMH (R34 MH086678-01)

This study aims to develop and pilot test a novel exercise intervention that is based on principles of behavioral theory and incorporates strategies of behavioral activation (BA) treatment for depression. Following a developmental phase, a pilot randomized controlled trial will be conducted with women who have type 2 diabetes and comorbid depression.

Picture: Members of the research team and friends walking to support a diabetes cure

PUBLICATIONS (selected from over 70)


  • Pagoto, S.L., Schneider, K.L., Evans, M., Waring, M.E., Appelhans, B., Busch, A., Whited, M.C., Thind, H., & Ziedonis, M. (in press). Tweeting It Off: Characteristics of Adults Who Tweet About a Weight Loss Attempt. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
  • Schneider, K.L., Murphy, D., Ferrara, C., Oleski, J., Panza,E., Savage, C., Gada,K., Bozzella, B., Olendzki, E., Kern, D. & Lemon, S.C. (in press). An online social network to increase walking in dog owners: a randomized trial. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
  • Schneider, K.L., Pagoto, S. Panza, E. Keeney, J. & Goldberg, D. (2014). Skin cancer risk profiles of physically active adults. Health Behavior & Policy Review, 1(4):324-334.
  • Waring, M.E., Schneider, K.L., Appelhans, B.M., Busch,A.M., Whited, M.C., Rodrigues, S., Lemon, S.C., Pagoto, S.L.(2014). Early-treatment weight loss predicts 6-month weight loss in women with obesity and depression: implications for stepped care. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 76 (5) 394–399.
  • Lemon, S. C., Schneider, K.L., Wang ML,Liu, Q., Magner, R., Estabrook, B., Druker, S. & Pbert, L.(2014). Weight Loss Motivations: A Latent Class Analysis Approach. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38(4):605-613.
  • Schneider, K.L., Andrews, C. Hovey, K.M., Seguin, R.A., Manini, T., LaMonte, M.J., Margolis, K.L., Waring, M.E., Ning,Y., Sims, S., Ma,Y., Ockene, J., Stefanick, M.L. and Pagoto, S.L. (2014). Change in physical activity after a diabetes diagnosis: opportunity for intervention. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise,46,(1), 84–91.
  • Pagoto, S.L., Schneider, KL., Smith, B. & Bauman, M. (2014). The Adoption and Spread of a Core Strengthening Challenge Through an Online Social Network. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 11(3),648-53.


  • Schneider, K.L., Busch, A.M., Whited, M.C., Appelhans, B.M., Waring, M.E., & Pagoto, S.L. (2013). Assessing depression in obese women: an examination of two commonly-used measures. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 75(5):425-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.08.015
  • Pagoto, S.L., Schneider, K.L., Jojic, M., Debiasse, M.A. & Mann, D.M. How Evidence-Based Are Weight Loss Mobile Apps? (2013) American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45(5):576-82. PMID: 24139770.


  • Schneider, K.L., Ferrara,J., Lance, B., Karetas, A., Druker, S., Panza, E., Olendzki, B., Andersen, V. & Pbert, L. (2012). Acceptability of an Online Health Video Game to Improve Diet and Physical Activity in Elementary School Students: Fitter Critters. Games for Health Journal, 1(4) 262-268.




  • Pagoto, S.L., Schneider, K.L., Oleski, J Bodenlos, J., Merriam, P. & Ma, Y. (2009). Design and methods for a cluster randomized trial of the Sunless Study: A skin cancer prevention intervention promoting sunless tanning among beach visitors. BMC Public Health, 5, 9:50



Dr. Schneider co-presented a workshop with Dr. Sherry Pagoto on leveraging mobile technology and social media for behavioral research at the European Health Psychology Conference. The pre-conference workshop took place from August 24-26th in Innsbruck, Austria.
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Jacey Keeney presented on physical activity motivation in women with type 2 diabetes and depression at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. The conference took place from May 21st-24th in San Diego, California.



Daniel Kern was recently elected campus representative for the Illinois Psychological Association of Graduate Students (IPAGS)and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).

Daniel Kern recently participated in Rosalind Franklin University’s Interprofessional Conference where he collaborated with students from diverse disciplines including medicine, podiatry, pathology, and physical therapy to conceptualize a case and demonstrate how the field of psychology would contribute to the treatment of smoking cessation.


Graduate students Jacey Keeney, Daniel Kern, Allison Novak, and Lenel Reuther were welcomed as new students to the medical profession at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science White Coat Ceremony in April 2014.


Lab members Allison Novak, Daniel Kern, and Jacey Keeney showing their holiday spirit!

Congratulations to our talented research assistant Emily Panza who was accepted to Rutgers Clinical Psychology doctoral program for Fall 2012. She is a great addition to the field!

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