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

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 and Jacey Keeney at to gain a student’s perspective.

Research Lab
 Lab News
  • 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.

    Keeney, J.C., Schneider, K.L., Pagoto, S.L., & Panza, E.A.  (2014). Physical activity motivation in women with type 2 diabetes and depression. Poster presented at International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA.

  • 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 a patient.

  • 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).

Graduate students Lenel Reuther and Allison Novak after their white coat ceremony

Jacey Keeney presenting at the
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Lab members 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!
Emily’s going away party

 Current Projects

“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.


 Recently Completed Projects
  “Skin cancer risk and physical activity” American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS/IRG -93-033-15)

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. One manuscript is currently under review and the results will be presented at the American Public Health Association conference in October 2012.
   "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
 Graduate Student Involvement in Research
Current Graduate Students:

Jacey Keeney


Jacey is a first 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 niece, Nella. 


Daniel Kern

Daniel Kern is a first 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

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.

   Megazoid Games

Dr. Schneider and video game developers from Megazoid Games are collaborating on research testing a health video game called Fitter Critters in middle school children. The game teaches children about healthy eating and physical activity to improve behavior, attitudes, knowledge and self-efficacy for healthy eating and activity with the ultimate goal of preventing obesity. We published an encouraging pilot study (Schneider, Ferrara, Lance et al., 2012) and are pursuing funding for future projects.
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