People

Investigators


 

Kevin King, PhD

Principal Investigator and Lab Director

Dr. King's research focuses on how adolescents come to use alcohol and drugs, and how that use progresses into substance abuse and dependence. His work has attempted to understand how cognitive and emotional aspects of self-regulation develops across adolescence, how context shapes their development, and how these forms of self regulation may either enhance or buffer the effects of other risk factors on problematic alcohol and drug use. A second line of research has examined the structure of and relations between risky behaviors that are related to substance use, such as externalizing behaviors and risky sexual behaviors, may change across development. Dr. King and his students have been studying how familial factors such as parenting may differentially influence substance use and problems in non-majority populations. Finally, his research explores and utilizes advanced statistical methods to study development and change over time, including latent growth curve modeling, structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, IRT and measurement models, and advanced tests and forms of mediational processes. He has been principle and co-investigator on multiple federal and private foundation grants to examine substance use in youth and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications appearing in major journals including Addiction, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Prevention Science.

Doctoral Students


 

Rick Cruz

Doctoral Candidate

Rick is interested in studying the development of substance use behavior in ethnic minority youth within the complex social and cultural milieu. In particular, he is interested in examining variables that explain the relationship between acculturation (orientation towards American culture) and increased substance use. Rick is currently focusing on the changing family and peer contexts that result from greater acculturation.

Jeremy Luk

Doctoral Candidate

Jeremy received his B.S. in psychology and B.A. in comparative religion from the University of Washington in 2008. Following graduation, he worked as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the Prevention Research Branch of NICHD. In 2009, he returned to UW to begin his graduate training in child clinical psychology. Jeremy’s primary research interest lies in the etiology, prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors in adolescence and emerging adulthood. He is also interested in substance use and mental health services in minority groups, especially among Asian Americans. Currently, he is conducting research to understand gender- and ethnic-specific risk and protective factors of alcohol and substance use among adolescents and young adults.

Connor McCabe

Graduate Student

Connor is a first-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in child clinical psychology who has been with the lab since September of 2012. He is interested in the development of impulse control, sensation seeking, and emotion regulation and their impact on substance use and risk behavior during adolescence. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, weight lifting, video games, and running. He received a BS in developmental psychology from the University of California San Diego in 2009.

His publications include:

Akshoomoff, N., Newman, E., Thompson, W. K., McCabe, C., Bloss, C. S., Chang, L., Amaral, D. G., et al. (Submitted). The NIH Toolbox Cognition battery: Results from a large normative developmental sample (PING).

 

Brown, T. T., Kuperman, J. M., Chung, Y., Erhart, M., McCabe, C., Hagler, D. J., Venkatraman, V. K., et al. (2012). Neuroanatomical assessment of biological maturity. Current biology : CB22(18), 1693–8. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.07.002

 

Fjell, A. M., Walhovd, K. B., Brown, T. T., Kuperman, J. M., Chung, Y., Hagler, D. J., Venkatraman, V., et al. (2012). Multimodal imaging of the self-regulating developing brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America109(48), 19620–5. doi:10.1073/pnas.1208243109

 

Walhovd, K. B., Fjell, A. M., Brown, T. T., Kuperman, J. M., Chung, Y., Hagler, D. J., Roddey, J. C., et al. (2012). Long-term influence of normal variation in neonatal characteristics on human brain development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America109(49), 20089–94. doi:10.1073/pnas.1208180109

 

Kristine Thimm

Doctoral Student

Kristine is interested risk and resilience related to developmental psychopathology, particularly in adolescents. Specifically, she is interested in environmental and contextual influences on self-regulation and impulsivity. She is currently focusing on the effects of depression, anxiety, and stress on impulsive behavior.

Honors Students


 

Naser Abdulraheem

Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant

Naser is a junior at the UW. His honors thesis will be related to mindfulness and self-regulation, he is still in the early stages of narrowing in on what my research question will be. His interests are health psychology, stress and coping. He plans to apply to a clinical psychology graduate program after graduating from UW. In his free time, he enjoys soccer and traveling. He has been with the lab since January 2013, and he is pursuing a BS in psychology and a BA in sociology at the UW. He is from Kuwait on a governmental student scholarship in psychology.

Rachel Lee

Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant

Rachel is a senior honors student who is thinking about doing her thesis on self-regulation and risky sexual behaviors or drinking and mindfulness. Her interests in child clinical are CD/ODD and anxiety. She plans to get her PhD in child clinical psychology and be a practicing clinician. In her free time, she likes going to concerts, plays, and the movies, cooking, and baking. She has been with the lab since January 2013, and she has a BA in sociology and is working on a BS in psychology. She can speak another language fluently and has been to 12 countries. 

 

Harrison Owens

Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant

Harrison is a senior honors student whose thesis is about discrimination, stress, and risk of substance abuse. He has been with the lab since November 2011. His areas of interest in psychology are substance use, neuropharmacology, and stress. He plans to go to law school at UW. In his free time, Harrison likes to play soccer. He is currently earning a BA in psychology with minors in Japan studies and law. 

Crystal Silvia

Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant

Crystal is a junior psychology honors student. She is originally from Richland, WA and has since been continuing her education at University of Washington. Her honors thesis project has just begun, and has a focus in stress and risk behaviors. She plans to start applying for graduate schools next year, with hopes of going into a clinical psychology program. 

 

Alex Swanson

Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant

Alex is a senior honors student interested broadly in child clinical psychology.  Specifically in parenting, impulsivity, and adolescent substance use.  He is part of two studies with the other honors students to collect data for our senior thesis.  He is planning to take a year or two to gain more research experience before applying to grad school, but he does plan on going to grad school eventually.  His other interests include traveling and playing intramural sports.  He has been with the lab since the start of winter quarter my junior year, or December 2011.  He is am pursuing a BS in Psychology.

 

Andie Uomoto

Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant

Andie is a senior honors student earning a BS in psychology whose thesis is about how different family factors may influence one's ability to cope after a stressful event. She is primarily interested in developmental psychology and plans on attending graduate school in a field related to child development. Her hobbies are video games and cooking, and she has been with the lab since September of 2011.

Research Staff


 

Lauren Brackenbury

Research Study Coordinator

Lauren received her B.A. in psychology from Reed College in 2011, where she wrote her senior thesis on the relationship between motives to use illicit substances and substance use and abuse among college students, using data collected from students at three universities in the northwest and midwest United States. Prior to graduation, Lauren worked in two psychology laboratories, one at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and one at the Reed College Adolescent Health Research Program, resulting in two publications with a third in press. Lauren's primary research interests are the prediction and treatment of developing substance abuse among adolescents and young adults. Lauren is currently working as Lab Manager for the King Lab, and on drafting a manuscript from her thesis data. Lauren will be beginning graduate school application for programs in clinical psychology starting Fall 2013.

 

Lacey Fisher

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lacey is a senior getting a BA in psychology who has been with the lab since November 2012. Her interests are childhood anxiety disorders, OCD, and GAD. After graduating, she plans to keep working in the lab and apply to a clinical psych PhD program in a couple of years. In her free time, she enjoys following Seattle sports teams such as the Sounders and the Seahawks.

Rachel Geyer

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chara Hokama

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chara received a BS in psychology from the University of Washington in 2012. She has one publication, Lustyk, M. K. B., Shilling, E. A., Reaves, D., Hokama, C. M. Physiological responses to stress in women across the menstrual cycleBook chapter in Diet and Nutrition in the Menstrual Cycle, Conception and Fertility. Her areas of interest in psychology are children and adolescents, stress, and addiction. She plans to attend a clinical PhD program in the future. She has been with the lab since September of 2012. 

Jacob Marquez

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jacob is a senior pursuing a BS in psychology who loves social psychology and biopsychology. After UW, he is looking into graduate school in business but may go into psych. He wants to take some time off and find some valuable, applicable experience...or just a great adventure. He loves music, comedy, romantic-comedies, tear-jerkers, a great time with friends, and many other things. He has been with the lab since September 2012.

Gail Parsons

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Gail is a junior pursuing a BA in psychology. She is interested in developmental, child and adult clinical, and industrial-organizational psychology. She plans to take at least a year off after graduating while figuring out what she wants to do for graduate school. Her interests outside of school include crafts, reading, and art. She has been with the lab since September 2012.

Rena Peterson

Research Assistant

Rena Peterson has a B.S. in Psychology. She has applied to several PhD programs in child clinical psychology. Rena has a strong interest in research in developmental psychology with a focus on specific communication and interaction methods as means of improving educational outcomes in high potential, high risk students and controlling environmental and cultural factors leading to impulsivity, anxiety, stress, impulsive behavior and substance abuse.

 

Charles Tharp

Volunteer Research Assistant

Charles has been with the lab since March of 2012 and received a BA in psychology from Arizona State University. He is interested in studying externalizing behavior disorders among adolescents, especially in the context of substance use and other risk-taking behaviors. He seeks to make a contribution to the understanding of how biological and environmental factors interact to influence these behaviors and to apply that understanding to research-based treatment approaches. Recently, he has become interested in the role of nature and recreation as a supplement to cognitive-behavioral therapies. He hopes to attend a clinical psychology PhD program in order to pursue a career in research and academia. Right now he is doing an independent research study. In his free time he enjoys alpinism and landscape photography. 

Alumni


 

Becca Emery

Honors Alumni, 2012

Becca received her B.S. in psychology and B.A. in philosophy at the University of Washington in 2012. Dr. King served as her undergraduate honors advisor and assisted with her project investigating the effects of negative urgency on dietary restraint and negative affect in relation to maladaptive eating behaviors. Becca is currently attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh and pursuing a joint Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Biological Health. Her research focuses on weight regulation and smoking cessation during and after the gestation period in adult women.

Teague Henry

Honors Alumni, 2012

Teague received his B.S. in Psychology at the University of Washington in 2012. Teague completed his honors thesis project on the influenced of peers on adolescent substance use, utilizing social network analysis to examine how the interplay between peer networks characteristics and individual differences might affect the development of substance use (hint: they didn't). Teague is now pursing his Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology at the University of National Champions, also known as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Dr. King was an undergraduate at this fine institution).

Kenny Karyadi

Honors Alumni, 2010

Kenny is an honors student alumni, with a major in Psychology from the University of Washington. His main interests are clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. His honors thesis examines the conjoint influences of impulsivity and negative emotions on alcohol use. Kenny was awarded the 2010 Guthrie Prize for Best Empirical Paper in the Department of Psychology at UW. He is currently pursing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, studying the personality, cognitive and neurological factors that underlie problematic substance use.

Mallory Loflin

Honors Alumni, 2009

Mallory is an honors student alumni. She studied how behavior change approaches might work, especially among individuals who are high on at—risk personality factors like impulsivity. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at SUNY-Albany. 

Matthew Vaughn

Honors Alumni, 2011

Matthew received a double major in psychology and economics from the University of Washington. He was born in Syracuse, New York, moved to Portland, Oregon when he was eight, and moved to Vancouver, Washington in 2010. Matthew likes cognitive and social psychology, and studied the intersection of behavioral economics and psychology by testing how personality differences may alter decisions about substance use. Since working in the PsychLab, Matthew has become passionate about the field of Public Health and is currently pursing graduate study in that field.

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