Our Team

Directors

Amy Gorin, Ph.D.
amy.gorin@uconn.edu | CV
Dr. Gorin is a Professor of Psychological Sciences and Associate Director of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating innovative treatment strategies to improve long-term weight loss and maintenance with an emphasis on environmental processes that impact weight management. Recent projects include a couples-based approach to weight loss and obesity prevention programs for children and emerging adults. Dr. Gorin’s research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Tricia Leahey, Ph.D.
tricia.leahey.uconn.edu | CV
Dr. Leahey is an Associate Professor of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She is an expert in behavioral interventions for weight management. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating cost-effective behavioral weight loss programs and on testing novel approaches for weight loss maintenance. Dr. Leahey’s studies have examined the efficacy of patient-provided care, Web-based technologies, and motivational enhancements for weight control in adults. Dr. Leahey’s program of research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Lab Members


Tosca D. Braun, M.A.
tosca.braun@uconn.edu
Tosca is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychological Sciences. She received her undergraduate degrees from SUNY Empire State College and Reed College in Psychology and History, respectively, and her master's degree from UConn in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include (1) the study of how adverse sociocultural and interpersonal experiences are internalized and in turn shape self-concept, identity, and health, and (2) mindfulness-based behavioral treatments. She is currently conducting a prospective study to examine psychosocial barriers and facilitators of post-operative bariatric surgery weight loss and related biomarkers.

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Katelyn Gettens, M.A.
katelyn.gettens@uconn.edu
Katelyn is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychological Sciences. She received her undergraduate degree from Holy Cross in Psychology and Spanish, and a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut in clinical health psychology and neuropsychology. Her research interests include the relationship between behavioral health and neuropsychology, specifically the intersection of successful weight management and executive function. She is currently working on her dissertation examining dyadic dynamics and the impact of executive skills on weight loss in a couples-based behavioral weight loss intervention.

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Carnisha Gilder, M.S.
carnisha.gilder@uconn.edu
Carnisha Gilder is a doctoral student in the department of Allied Health Sciences. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Biology & Society and a master’s degree from UConn in Health Promotion Sciences. Her research interests include weight-loss, obesity prevention, and workplace ergonomics. She is currently conducting a study examining social accountability for weight management.

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Shane J. Sacco, M.A.
shane.sacco@uconn.edu
Shane is a doctoral student in the Department of Allied Health Sciences. He received his undergraduate degree from UConn in Psychology and a master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University in Psychology. His research interests include stress and coping, cognitive influences on health outcomes, research design, and applied statistical methods. He is currently conducting a study to examine self-regulation and motivational drives as factors in weight-loss. Shane is working on developing a parameter estimate to provide additional evidence for statistical tests with low sample sizes.

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Emily Wyckoff, B.A.
emily.wyckoff@uconn.edu
Emily Wyckoff is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychological Sciences. She received her undergraduate degree from Goucher College in Psychology. Her research interests include neurocognitive and social predictors of eating behavior and weight loss in adults and adolescents.

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Lab Alumni
Talea Cornelius, Ph.D., Social Psychology
Megan Clarke, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Dominica Hernandez, Ph.D., Personality
Erin Lenz, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Anna Schierberl Scherr, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology