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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

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Are You a Prospective Graduate Student?
Dr. Schneider will be considering student applications for the 2016/2017 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 
Daniel.Kern@my.rfums.org, Jacey Keeney at Jaclyn.Keeney@my.rfums.org, or Laura Aylward at Laura.Aylward@my.rfums.org to gain a student’s perspective.

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Research Lab


My research focuses on understanding factors that influence physical activity participation and diet among overweight populations, with the goal of designing and then testing novel interventions to increase physical activity and improve diet. I began integrating technology, including the use of social networking, into my research to enhance intervention reach. I developed a social-networking intervention to increase walking in dog owners, which was tested in a multisite, group randomized trial. I also collaborated with a small technology company, Megazoid Games, to collect pilot data on the feasibility and acceptability of using a health video game in schools to improve nutrition and physical activity in children (Schneider, Ferrara, Lance et al., 2012). We are planning a larger study to test the full Fitter Critters program in schools. I also collaborated on a randomized controlled trial that tested 4 different approaches to healthy lifestyle change, in which participants used a palm pilot for monitoring diet and activity (Spring, Schneider, McFadden et al., 2012).

My current project examines the use of active video games in children. Although most of my research focuses on increasing physical activity in sedentary individuals, I am also examining whether certain physically active individuals may be at greater risk for skin cancer, with the goal of developing community-based interventions to curb skin cancer risk.


Jacey Keeney
Doctoral Student

Jacey is a third 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. During her third year, Jacey will be completing clinical practicums at Loyola University Medical Center working with bariatric surgery and medical weight loss patients and at True North Clinical Associates in Wheaton, Illinois providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy. 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@my.rfums.org

Daniel Kern is a third 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.  During his third year, Danny will be completing a clinical practicum at Alexian Brothers Neurosciences Institute where he will be conducting Neuropsychological testing.

Laura Aylward
Doctoral Student

Laura is a second 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. During her second year, Laura will be completing a clinical practicum at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois.  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.


“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)


  • Schneider, K., Guggina, P., Murphy, D., Ferrara, C.M, Panza,E., Oleski, J., Bozzella, B., Gada, K., Savage, C. & Lemon, S.C. (2015). Barriers and facilitators to dog walking in New England. Comparative Exercise Physiology, 11 (1), 55-59.
  • Schneider, K. L., Murphy, D., Ferrara, C., Oleski, J., Panza, E., Savage, C., Gada, K., Bozzella, B., Olendzki, E., Kern, D., & Lemon, S. C. (2015). An online social network to increase walking in dog owners: A randomized trial. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 47(3), 631-639. doi:10.1249/MSS.0000000000000441
  • Ma, Y., Olendzki, B. C., Wang, J., Persuitte, G. M., Li, W., Fang, H., Merriam, P.A., Wedick, N.M., Ockene, I.S., Culver, A.L., Schneider, K.L., Olendzki, G.F., Carmody, J., Ge, T., Zhang, Z., Pagoto, S.L. (2015). Single-component versus multicomponent dietary goals for the metabolic syndrome: A randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 162(4), 248-257. doi:10.7326/M14-0611 



  • Pagoto, S.L., Schneider, K.L., Evans, M., Waring, M.E., Appelhans, B., Busch, A., Whited, M.C., Thind, H., & Ziedonis, M. (2014). Tweeting It Off: Characteristics of Adults Who Tweet About a Weight Loss Attempt. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 21(6):1032-7. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002652.

  • 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.

  • Moller, A. C., Majewski, S., Standish, M., Agarwal, P., Podowski, A., Carson, R., Eyesus, B., Shah, A., & Schneider, K. L. (2014). Active fantasy sports: Rationale and feasibility of leveraging online fantasy sports to promote physical activity. JMIR Serious Games, 2(2), e13. doi:10.2196/games.3691
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  • Appelhans, B. M., Fitzpatrick, S. L., Li, H., Cail, V., Waring, M. E., Schneider, K. L., Whited, M.C., Busch, A.M., & Pagoto, S. L. (2014). The home environment and childhood obesity in low-income households: Indirect effects via sleep duration and screen time. BMC Public Health, 14, 1160. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1160 

  • Lemon, S. C., Goins, K. V., Schneider, K. L., Brownson, R. C., Valko, C. A., Evenson, K. R., Eyler, A.A., Heinrich, K.M., Litt, J., Lyn, R., Reed, H.L., Tompkins, N.O., & Maddock, J. (2014). Municipal officials' participation in built environment policy development in the united states. American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP, doi:10.4278/ajhp.131021-QUAN-536


  • 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.   


  • Pagoto, S.L., Schneider, K.L., Jojic, M., DeBiasse, M.A., & Mann, D.M. (2014). Weight loss using evidence-based strategies in mobile apps. Authors' response. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 47(1): e2. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.03.010.



  • 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 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022399913003322
  • 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.
  • Pagoto, S.L., Schneider, KL., Whited MCOleski JL, Merriam PAppelhans B, Ma YOlendzki B, Waring ME, Busch AMLemon SOckene I, Crawford S. (2013). Randomized controlled trial of behavioral treatment for comorbid obesity and depression: the Be Active Trial. International Journal of Obesity. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2013.25


  • 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


Schneider Research Lab Members Jacey Keeney, Daniel Kern, Allison Novak, and Lenel Reuther participated in RFU’s 101st Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 5th, 2015. Jacey and Danny earned a M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology. Allie and Lenel earned a M.S. degree in Clinical Counseling.


Jacey Keeney presented on physical activity and motivations for physical activity in women with comorbid diabetes and depression at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. The conference took place from May 26-30th, 2015 in San Diego, California.

Daniel Kern presented his research on the association between different social networking activities and feelings of loneliness at the Midwestern Psychological Association’s annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. 


Graduate student Laura Aylward received her white coat on April 24th, 2015 at Rosalind Franklin University’s Annual White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony signifies transition into more clinically focused work.

Graduate students Jacey Keeney and Daniel Kern visited Lake Forest College to speak with current undergraduate students about applying to graduate school.


Jacey Keeney and Kristin Schneider, Ph.D., presented at 36th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine held in San Antonio, Texas April 22nd-25th, 2015. Kristin presented on the mechanisms underlying multiple behavior changes and Jacey presented on indoor tanning in physically active adults, as well as gender differences in predictors of binge eating in college students.


Graduate student Daniel Kern presented at the RFUMS All Research Consortium on March 18th, 2015. His research examined how different social networking activities impact loneliness.

Kristin Schneider presented to local high school students on health psychology and the technology-related research we have been doing. 


Laura Aylward participated in Rosalind Franklin University’s Interprofessional Conference in March 2015. She 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 abdominal pain.

Laura Aylward presented on the use of technology to achieve physical activity goals to students, faculty, and staff at Rosalind Franklin University. The discussion focused on activity trackers, apps, blogs, social media and wellness websites.



Members of the Schneider Research Lab enjoyed a holiday dinner together in December 2014.


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!



Allison Novak
Clinical Counseling, MS

Allison graduated in 2015 with a M.S. degree in Clinical Counseling. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Grand Valley State University in spring of 2012. Her future goal is to work as a counselor in an outpatient setting.



Lenel Reuther
Clinical Counseling, MS

Lenel Reuther graduated in 2015 with a M.S. degree in Clinical Counseling. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 2013. She plans to earn her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University.


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