Lab Members

Lab Director: Kathryn Fox, Ph.D.

Dr. Fox earned her B.S. in cognitive studies and psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2011. She then pursued a graduate degree in clinical psychology at Harvard University under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Hooley. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver. 


Lab Manager: Journey Simmons

Journey is the research coordinator for the Fox Lab and the Social Detection Lab. She graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Psychology and a concentration in Culture and Human Development. She is interested in studying empathy across populations, as well as the ways in which individuals develop, maintain, and justify social status hierarchies. In her free time, she enjoys listening to and writing about music, skateboarding, and spending time in nature.

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Post-Doctorate: Allison Bair

Allison completed her PhD in social psychology at York University in Toronto. Her work focused on the factors that impact the physical and mental well-being of stigmatized group members.  She is particularly interested in how racial identity and the experience of stigma interact to produce beliefs, strategies, and behaviors that impact well-being. As an IRISE post doc working with Kathryn Fox and Paige Lloyd, Allison will be studying racial biases in psychological care recommendations

Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant: Alexsandria Robinson-Feliciano

Alexsandria is a second year masters student in the Counseling Psychology program at DU. She earned a B.A. from Texas State University, majoring in Psychology. She intends to apply to Social Psychology PhD programs in the coming year. Broadly, her research interest center around the influences that social exosystems and macrosystems have on attitude change. In her spare time, Alexsandria enjoys playing with her dog Echo, hiking, traveling, and wine tasting.


Graduate Student: Alex Rubin

Alex is an incoming graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Denver. After receiving a B.S. in psychology from the University of Washington in 2018, they spent two years as a research coordinator in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development through the NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award program. Alex has also worked as a crisis counselor serving LGBTQ+ youth through The Trevor Project. Their specific research interests include risk and protective factors for non-suicidal self-injury among sexual and gender minorities, and they are passionate about expanding access to affirming, evidence-based mental health care. In their free time, Alex enjoys distance running, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and spending time with their pets.

Research Assistant: Cole Lawson

Cole earned his B.A. in psychology from the University of Missouri in 2017. After graduating, he worked as a satellite research associate for the National Center for Veterans Studies through the University of Utah. Currently, he is a research assistant and program specialist at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention at the Denver VA. His research interests include motivations for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, barriers to help-seeking, and the intersection of sociocultural factors and suicide risk.


Research Assistant: Kiki Kline

Kiki is a research associate for Dr. Fox’s lab interested in depression and eating disorder populations who self-harm. She is a first-year master's student at the Graduate School of Social Work, interning

at the Center for Policy Research to learn  about designing,

implementing, and evaluating effective social interventions for mental health in the healthcare system. Kiki loves spending time on the lake where she is from in Minnesota. On the weekends you can find her dancing to electronic dance music.

Research Assistant: Emily Burns

Emily is a second year student in the International Disaster Psychology master’s program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at DU where she is currently specializing in trauma and global mental health. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include preventative intervention in youth and young adult populations, the impact of early trauma and trauma interventions, and cultural considerations/ adaptations in clinical services.


Graduate Student: Annie Hart

Annie is a second-year student in the psychology master's program at DU. She recently graduated with her B.S. in psychology from DU.  Her research interests include the causes and treatment of adolescent psychopathology and LGBTQ+ mental health disparities. She is also an artist, a barista, and loves to play video games. 

Research Assistant: Saskia Jorgensen

Saskia is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science and Business Administration. She is interested in the intersection between psychopathology and social psychology, as well as how policy can affect that relationship. She is working in the Fox Lab to complete her Honors Thesis this year and plans to go on to receive a PhD in Clinical Psych. Other interests include travel, animals, music, theatre, skiing, visual arts, and environmental issues.


Research Assistant: Lily Notebloom

Lily is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience along with minors in Biology and Computer Science. She is interested in the way pain is processed and recognized in individuals, especially in adolescents and POC. Some of her other interests include hiking and camping with friends, golfing, spending quality time with friends and her dog as well as trying new hobbies. 

Research Assistant: Cyara Brooks

Cyara is a third-year undergraduate studying biology and psychology at the University of Denver. Her goal is to graduate in the Spring of 2021 and move on to medical school in the Fall of 2021. Her interests lay at the intersection of biology and psychology; studying neurology to better understand how people think and what biological factors lead them to think that way. 


Research Assistant: Sierra Barnicle

Sierra is a second-year undergraduate psychology major and communication minor at the University of Denver. She is originally from Middlebury, Vermont and aspires to be a family therapist. 

Research Assistant: Aedan Julian

Aedan Julian is a senior majoring in Psychology and Italian Studies as well as minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. His research interests include expanding knowledge surrounding the mental health of under-privileged demographics; particularly among those of lower socioeconomic status as well as neurodivergent children and adults. Aedan hopes to explore relationships between social constructs / cultural influences and mental health disparities. 


Research Assistant: Maya Trott

Maya recently graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in Psychology and Communication. She is originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago and is passionate about helping people. She is currently looking at different graduate school opportunities and aspires to work as a therapist. She also enjoys reading, cooking, travel, and spending time with friends and family. 

Research Assistant: Sophie Fairmont

Sophie is a third-year undergraduate student with a major in Psychology and Communication studies. She is from Boulder, Colorado and interested in following her passion of working with individuals. She plans to go to graduate school for Industrial Organization or Clinical Psychology. Her other interests include skiing, painting, and spending time with friends and family. 


Research Assistant: Meredith Lemons

Meredith Lemons is a junior at the University of Denver, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Leadership. She is passionate about helping individuals with their mental health and plans to go to graduate school to become a therapist. She is interested in the intersection of social identities and mental health. She is from central Pennsylvania and loves to listen to podcasts, bake/cook, and spend time with friends, family and her dogs.

Research Assistant: Mia Ballard

Mia is a first-year undergraduate student majoring in Communication Studies with hopes of minoring in Spanish and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. She is from Aurora, Colorado, and aspires to pursue a career in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Mia's research interests include understanding implicit bias and the framework of intersectionality. She also enjoys spending time with loved ones, watching movies, and trying new restaurants.


Lab Dog: Maggie

Maggie joined Dr. Hooley's Clinical Research Lab in 2014. She worked diligently in William James Hall nearly every day, scouring the halls for treats and pets. She graduated in 2019 and she's now an integral member of the Fox Lab.


Lab Dog: Moose

Moose is the youngest member of the Fox Lab. He joined the lab late fall of 2020 to help bring hope in a time of darkness. He is turning into quite the goofball, but he is working on "staying" so that he can come to work in Frontier hall as soon as it is safe to do so.