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Kristin Schneider, PhD

Associate Dean of Research, Associate Professor

Dr. Kristin L. Schneider is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and co-director of Healthy U, Rosalind Franklin University's Wellness Initiative and the College of Health Professions Associate Dean of Research. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in health psychology and associated methods from the University of Illinois at Chicago under the mentorship of Dr. Bonnie Spring. Following completion of a clinical health psychology internship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, she completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School with Dr. Sherry Pagoto.  She joined the Department of Psychology at RFUMS in 2012.

  • Her research interests include:
  • Novel interventions to increase physical activity
  • Use of technology and online social networks to promote health behavior change
  • Obesity, type 2 diabetes and depression
  • Relationships between physical activity, eating and mood

Connect with Dr. Schneider on Twitter: @DrKrisSchneider

Are You a Prospective Graduate Student?
Dr. Schneider will be considering student applications for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Do you have questions regarding the admission process or what it is like working with Dr. Schneider?
E-mail a current graduate student to gain a student's perspective.
Laura Aylward at Laura.Aylward@my.rfums.org 
Jermaine Bean at Jermaine.Bean@my.rfums.org  
McKenzie Bourque at Mckenzie.Bourque@my.rfums.org
Rachel Churchill at Rachel.Walker@my.rfums.org 
Madeline Johnson at Madeline.Johnson@my.rfums.org 
Esha Kumar at Esha.Kumar@my.rfums.org
Mel McHugh at Melissa.McHugh@my.rfums.org

Want to Know More About Schneider Research Lab?
Like our Facebook page, Lab for Using Technology to Improve Health Behavior, for the most frequent updates of research projects and news regarding our lab members. Our Facebook page will also connect you with some of the recent research in the field.

Graduate Students

 Laura Aylward

Laura Aylward
Doctoral Student
Laura.Aylward@my.rfums.org

Laura is a sixth-year student in the Clinical PhD program with a concentration in Health Psychology. Laura is currently completing her pre-doctoral clinical internship at Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital in Hines, IL. Her research interests include eating behavior and obesity, specifically emotional eating and intervention strategies for obesity. Previous clinical practicums include Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and the Healthy Families Community Mental Health Center. Outside of her professional life, Laura works to incorporate health and fitness into her everyday life. After graduating from Rosalind Franklin University, Laura plans to work in a clinical setting with patients with obesity. 

 

Jermaine Bean
Doctoral Student
Jermaine.Bean@my.rfums.org

Jermaine is a fifth-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. He graduated from Winona State University in Minnesota in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport and Exercise Behavior (Sport Psychology) in 2014. His dissertation investigates racial athletic stereotypes of the quarterback position in football. During his fifth year, Jermaine will be completing his clinical practicum at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center with a focus on health psychology. Jermaine enjoys playing and watching sports such as football, basketball, and golf in his spare time. 

 McKenzie Bourque

McKenzie Bourque
Doctoral Student

McKenzie.Bourque@my.rfums.org

McKenzie is a fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She graduated from the College of Saint Rose with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with Research Honors in 2013. Her research interests are focused on community and family factors associated with pediatric obesity. McKenzie’s thesis examines the role of appearance internalization in parent-child weight-talk. During her fourth year, McKenzie will be completing her clinical practicum in pediatric psychology and rehabilitation in the Cleft Lip & Palate clinic and Spinal Cord Injury clinic at Shriners Hospital for Children - Chicago. In her spare time, McKenzie enjoys reading, yoga, cooking, and exploring all of Chicagoland.

Rachel Walker 

Rachel Churchill
Doctoral Student
Rachel.Walker@my.rfums.org

Rachel is a fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN in 2012, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training, and graduated with a Master’s in Health and Human Physiology in 2015 from the University of Iowa. Rachel’s research interested include examining the relationships between mental health, and physical activity. She is hoping to understand more about how these relationships interact with injuries and illnesses in both an athletic as well as normal population. During her fourth year, Rachel will be completing clinical practicum at Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, providing neuropsychological and rehabilitation services. In her free time, Rachel enjoys playing or watching sports, cooking, yoga, and hanging out with friends. 

 

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Madeline Johnson
Doctoral Student

Madeline.Johnson@my.rfums.org

Madeline is a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2017 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in nutrition. Her third-year practicum experience is at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. She is providing services to inpatient medical patients and conducting pre-surgical bariatric evaluations. Her research interests include eating habits, obesity prevention, and weight management. Her Master’s thesis evaluated associations between a weight loss attempt and the home food environment. During her free time, Madeline enjoys being outdoors, working out, and hanging out with friends and family!

Esha Kumar

Esha Kumar
Doctoral Student
Esha.Kumar@my.rfums.org

Esha is a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology and a specialization in health promotion. She is currently working on her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago with a focus on health policy and administration. She will be doing her third-year practicum at Loyola University Medical Center in psychosocial oncology. She is also doing a neuro testing practicum at Youth Build. Esha’s research interests include studying the impact of chronic disease on mental health and understanding how technology can improve chronic disease management. Her thesis examines the impact of stationary point sources of pollution on asthma prevalence in school-aged children. In her free time, Esha enjoys working out at Orangetheory fitness, traveling, baking, and spending time with her friends and family. 

Jiyoon Kim

Jiyoon Kim
Master's Student 
Jiyoon.Kim@my.rfums.org

Jiyoon is a second-year student in the Clinical Counseling MS program.  She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. This year, Jiyoon will be doing her practicum at AMITA Health's Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorder Resource Center. Her research interests include healthy lifestyle interventions and their influence on psychological and physical well-being. Her goal at Rosalind Franklin University is to gain research experience in pursuit of a PhD. On her free time, Jiyoon enjoys spending time with her dog, working out, and traveling

Noelle Mastrili
Doctoral Student
Noelle.Mastrili@my.rfums.org

Noelle is a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development. Her research interests include psychosocial factors that influence physical activity in adolescents. She is an extern at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center, doing therapy with veterans and active duty individuals. She is also a practicum student at the Healthy Families Clinic, providing free behavioral health services for children aged 4-17 years. Noelle is also on the social media committee of the Society for Health Psychology (APA Division 38).

Mel McHugh

Melissa McHugh
Doctoral Student
Melissa.McHugh@my.rfums.org

 

Mel is a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Supply Chain Management. Her research interests include behavioral interventions that promote a healthy lifestyle, particularly encouraging physical activity. She will be completing her first year practicum with the Head Start program. In her free time Mel enjoys lifting weights, golfing, reading and playing volleyball.

Current Research Projects

"Twitter study: Exercise and sun exposure"

This study is using tweets from Twitter to evaluate the use of sun protection and sun exposure in people who enjoy running and physical activity outdoors. Being able to identify motivators and individuals who use sun protection can help further inform interventions that would increase sun protection use, such as sunscreen, hats, and protective clothing. 

Twitter

Piloting behavioral interventions

"Piloting behavioral interventions to increase physical activity in adults at risk for a diabetic foot ulcer"

This pilot study aims to test the feasibility of using behavioral and technology strategies to increase physical activity in adults at risk for diabetic foot ulcers.  Evidence-based behavioral counseling strategies are supported via a Fitbit, an online social network, and text messaging.  The interprofessional research team includes faculty from RFUMS and DePaul University.

“Weight and Chronic Disease Status of School-age Students in Lake County”

In collaboration with Lake County Health Department, Lake County public schools and Drs. Kimberly Elliot, Elizabeth Hartman and Diane Bridges at RFUMS, this project aims to establish a weight, blood pressure, and asthma status surveillance system in school-aged children. Over the next 5 years we aim to monitor the prevalence of childhood obesity, hypertension, and asthma in Lake County and subsequently implement evidence-based interventions to reduce the prevalence of childhood chronic diseases.

Weight and Chronic Disease Status of School-age Students

 


Understanding factors that promote active video game use in children
“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 “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.

Completed Research Projects

Skin cancer risk and physical activity 

“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.

“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.

One of our neighborhood dog walks
Members of the research team and friends walking to support a diabetes cure

“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.

Publications

(Selected from over 90)

2019

  • Kern, D., Busch, A., Schneider, K.L., Miller, S.A., Appelhans, B.M., Waring, M.E., Whited, M.C., & Pagoto, S. (2019). Psychosocial factors associated with treatment outcomes in women with obesity and major depressive disorder who received behavioral activation for depression. Journal of Behavioral Medicine;42(3), 522-533. doi: 10.1007/s10865-018-9993-9
  • Schneider, K.L., Crews, R., Subramanian, V., Moxley, E., Hwang, S., DiLiberto, F., Aylward, L., Bean, J., Yalla, S. (2019). Feasibility of a low intensity, technology-based intervention for increasing physical activity in adults at risk for a diabetic foot ulcer: a mixed methods study. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. doi: 10.1177/1932296818822538.
  • Keeney, J., Schneider, K.L. & Moller, A.C. (2019). Lessons learned during formative phase development of an asynchronous, active video game intervention: Making sedentary fantasy sports active. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 41, 200-210. doi:org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.12.003
  • Janke, E.A., Richardson, C. & Schneider, K.L. (2019). Beyond Pharmacotherapy: Lifestyle Counseling Guidance Needed for Hypertension. Annals of Internal Medicine, 170(3),195-196. DOI: 10.7326/M18-2361.

2018

  • Schneider, K.L., Carter, J.S., Putnam, C., Keeney, J., DeCator, D.D., Kern, D., & Aylward, L., (2018). Correlates of Active-Video Game Use in Children. Games for Health. Apr;7(2):100-106. doi: 10.1089/g4h.2017.0070.
  • Greenley, R.N., Naftaly, J.P., Walker, R.J., Kappelman, M.D., Martin, C.F., & Schneider, K.L. (2018). Sports Participation in Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: The Role of Disease Activity and Subjective Physical Health Symptoms. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 24(2), 247–253
  • Plevinsky JM, Wojtowicz AA, Poulopoulos N, Schneider, K.L., & Greenley, R.N. (2018). Perceived impairment in spots participation in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease: A preliminary examination. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, 66(1), 79-83.
  • Breland, J.Y., Quintiliani, L.M., Schneider, K.L., May, C.N., & Pagoto, S., (2017). Social Media as a Tool to Increase the Impact of Public Health Research. American Journal of Public Health, 107(12), 1890–1891. 

2017

  • Breland, J.Y., Quintiliani, L.M., Schneider, K.L., May, C.N., & Pagoto, S., (2017). Social Media as a Tool to Increase the Impact of Public Health Research. American Journal of Public Health, 107(12), 1890–1891. 

2016

  • Crews, R.T., Schneider, K.L., Yalla, S.V., Reeves, N.D., & Vileikyte, L. (2016). Physiological and Psychological Challenges of Increasing Physical Activity and Exercise in Patients at Risk of Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Critical Review. Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews. DOI: 10.1002/dmrr
  • Schneider, K.L., Coons, M.J., McFadden, H.G., Pellegrini, C.A., DeMott, A., Siddique, J., Hedeker, D., Aylward, L., Spring, B. (2016). Mechanisms of change in diet and activity in the Make Better Choices 1 trail. Health Psychology, 35(7), 723-732. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hea0000333 Full text manuscript
  • Schneider, K.L., Panza, E., Handschin, B., Ma, Y., Busch, A., Waring, M.E., Appelhans, B., Whited, M.C., Keeney, J., Kern, D., Blendea, M., Ockene, I., & Pagoto, S.L. (2016). Feasibility of Pairing Behavioral Activation with Exercise for Women with Type 2 Diabetes and Depression: The Get It Study Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Behavior Therapy, 47, 198-212. Full text manuscript
  • DeCator, D.D., Carter, J.S., Schneider, K.L. (2016). Family meals, obesogenic factors, and depressive symptoms in youth. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 10, 1-3.

2015

  • Pratt, S., Jerome, G., Schneider, K., Craft, L., Stoutenberg, M., Buman, M., Daumit, G., Bartels, S., Goodrich, D. (2016). Position Statement from the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine: Increase United States Health Plan Coverage for Exercise Programming in Community Mental Health Programs for People with Serious Mental Illness. 
  • 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 

2014

  • 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.  Full text manuscript
  • 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., 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.


  • 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.
  • 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 
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • 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.

2013

  • 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 Full text manuscript
  • 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

2012

  • 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.
  • Spring, B., Schneider, K., McFadden, H.G.,Vaughn, J., Kozak, A.T., Smith, M., Moller, A.C., Epstein, L.H., DeMott, A., Hedeker, D., Siddique, J., Lloyd-Jones, D.M. (2012). Multiple Behavior Change in Diet and Activity: A Randomized Controlled Trial Using Mobile Technology. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172(10):789-796. Full text manuscript
  • Schneider, K.L., Panza, E., Appelhans, B. M., Whited, M.C., Oleski, J. & Pagoto, S.L. (2012). The Emotional Eating Scale: Can a self-report measure predict observed emotional eating?. Appetite, 58, 563–566. Full text manuscript
  • Pagoto, S.L., Schneider, K.L., Oleski, J., Luciani, J., Bodenlos, J., and Whited, M. (2012). Male Inclusion in Randomized Controlled Trials of Lifestyle Weight Loss Interventions. Obesity, 20(6):1234-9. Full text manuscript

2011

  • Schneider, K.L., Sullivan, J.C. & Pagoto, S.L., (2011). Translation of the Diabetes Prevention Program into a Community Mental Health Organization for Individuals with Severe Mental Illness: A Case Study. Translational and Behavioral Medicine, 1 (3) 453-460. doi: 10.1007/s13142-011-0053-z Full text manuscript
  • Ockene, J.K., Schneider, K.L., Lemon, S.C. & Ockene, I.S. (2011). Can we improve Adherence to Preventive Therapies for Cardiovascular Health? Circulation, 124(11), 1276-1282. Full text manuscript
  • Appelhans, B. M., Whited, M.C., Schneider, K.L., & Pagoto, S.L. (2011). Time to abandon the notion of personal choice in dietary counseling for obesity? Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 111(8):1130-6. PMID: 21802557 
  • Schneider, K.L., Pagoto, S.L., Handschin, B., Panza, E., Bakke, S., Liu, Q., Blendea, M., Ockene, I.S. & Ma, Y. (2011). Design and methods for a pilot randomized clinical trial involving exercise and behavioral activation to treat comorbid type 2 diabetes and major depressive disorder. Mental Health & Physical Activity, 4, 13-21. 

Lab News

Jacey Keeney was selected as the recipient of the 2018 College of Health Professions Clinical Education Award. This award recognizes a student for outstanding performance at clinical training sites.
Lab member, Jacey Keeney, competed at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships in May 2018. Her team won the Copper Division!
Jacey Keeney presented her research on the effectiveness of food craving induction techniques at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. The conference took place from April 11th – 14th, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jacey collaborated with Leila Azardbad, Ph.D. from North Central College.
Daniel Kern participated in a Wada Test at NorthShore University HealthSystem to determine which side of the brain is responsible for certain vital cognitive functions like speech and memory.
Daniel Kern attended the 29th annual APS conference in Boston, MA. He used latent class growth analysis to form treatment trajectories in women with obesity and major depressive disorder. Specifically, two distinct treatment trajectories were observed with significant differences in rate of depression improvement.
Daniel Kern conducted baseline cognitive testing for the Chicago Bears in compliance with the National Football League’s concussion protocol.
Laura Aylward presented her work on non-response to mood induction procedures at the annual meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine in New Orleans, LA in April 2018.
Laura Aylward participated in RFUMS’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 and earned a M.S. in Psychology.
Jacey Keeney attended the annual conference for the American College of Sports Medicine in Denver, Colorado in May/June 2017. She presented research on high school preparticipation evaluation screenings. Specifically, she discussed state adherence to mental health and eating disorder recommendations.
Laura Aylward was selected to be the new student liaison for the Society of Behavioral Medicine's Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group
Jermaine Bean has twice been invited to be a student panelist at the annual Diversifying Clinical Psychology workshop in Chicago, IL. He has spoken alongside students from various local psychology programs about his experiences as a minority in a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. The goal of the workshop is to give interested undergraduate students from underrepresented communities helpful information and resources on Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs.
Jacey Keeney was invited to be the guest speaker for the Psi Chi Honors Ceremony at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She spoke about how her journey in the field of Clinical Psychology and offered advice on how to make the most of opportunities as both an undergraduate and graduate student!
Laura Aylward presented her work on emotional eating during two poster presentations at the annual meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine in San Diego, CA on March 2017.
Jacey Keeney presented her research at the Society of Behavioral Medicine annual conference in San Diego, California. She collaborated with Dr. Leila Azarbad from North Central College. Their study examined differences in weight loss, eating pathology, and dieting behaviors among college women with varying levels of depressive symptomology.
Jacey Keeney was selected to represent the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) as a student delegate. Additionally, she will serve as Chair of the Website and Social Media Initiative from 2017-2019!
Laura Aylward represented health psychology in Rosalind Franklin University's first student led interprofessional grand rounds on March 2017. Laura discussed how behavioral activation and diaphragmatic breathing can help treat a patient with congestive heart failure.
Jacey Keeney presented her research findings at the annual conference of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. She collaborated with Dr. Kristin Schneider (RFUMS) and Dr. Arlen Moller (Illinois Institute of Technology) to examine predictors of enjoyment and achievement of physical activity goals during an Active Fantasy Sports intervention.
Jacey Keeney was selected to give a lecture at the 31st annual conference for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology in Phoenix, Arizona. Her research examined binge eating symptoms in female undergraduate athletes. She collaborated with Dr. Leila Azarbad from North Central College.
Jermaine Bean presented his thesis research Jermaine Bean presented his thesis research on the relationship between family structure and college athletes’ sport motivation at the 28th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. The conference took place from May 26th – May 29th, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Jacey Keeney presented on skin cancer risk factors among individuals who engaged in different types of physical activity at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. The conference took place from March 30th – April 2nd, 2016 in Washington, D.C.  Jacey Keeney presented on binge eating among undergraduate athletes at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. The conference took place from March 30th – April 2nd, 2016 in Washington, D.C. 
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Jacey Keeney presented on parental influences on child physical activity at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. The conference took place from June 1-4th, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Daniel Kern presented his masters thesis on social media at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Diego, CA.
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Members of the Schneider Research Lab enjoyed a holiday dinner together in December 2015.
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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.
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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.
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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 presentation Kristin Schneider presentation Jacey Keeney presentation
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.
Daniel Kern at  RFUMS All Research Consortium High school presentation
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.
Ab pain Technology presentation
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.
Lab Holiday 2014
Members of the Schneider Research Lab enjoyed a holiday dinner together in December 2014.
Dr. Schneider co-presentation  Jacey Keeny presentation
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. See website for more information: http://www.ehps.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=170&Itemid=261 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.
 Illinois Psychological Association of Graduate Students  No smoke
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.
Allison and Lenel White coat smiles
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.

Former Students

Jacey Keeney

Jacey Keeney 
Clinical Psychology, PhD

Jacey Keeney is currently an adjunct professor at North Central College and Post-doctoral fellow at True North Associates. In 2019, Jacey completed her predoctoral psychology internship at Penn Medicine, in the Princeton Center for Eating Disorders and graduated from RFUMS with her Ph.D. 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

Daniel Kern
Clinical Psychology, PhD

Danny Kern is currently a post-doctoral fellow in neuropsychology at Northwestern University Medical Center. He graduated with his Ph.D. in 2019 after completing his pre-doctoral internship at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center conducting neuropsychological assessments for veterans with mild traumatic brain injuries. Daniel’s dissertation examined the construct validity of executive functioning in adults with ADHD. Daniel is also collaborating with the James Lovell Federal Heath Care Center in evaluating cognitive rehabilitation tools for individuals who have experienced a mTBI. Previous clinical practicums include Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lutheran General Hospital, NorthShore University Health System, Alexian Brothers Neurosciences Institute, Captain James A. Lovell Federal HealthCare Center, and the Healthy Families Community Mental Health Center. Connect with Daniel on Twitter: @DanielKern50

 

Matthew Marti
Clinical Counseling, MS

Allison Novak 

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

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.

Erin Chatten
Clinical Counseling, MS

Erin Chatten graduated from RFUMS in 2018 with a M.S. degree in Clinical Counseling. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Indiana University in 2016. She is currently working as a therapist while earning her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University.