HABIT Lab Research Team

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Research Team


Affiliate Members

Kimberly Kirby, PhD, BCBA-D

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Kimberly C. Kirby, PhD, BCBA-D is currently is an affiliate of Rowan University, a senior scientist with the TRI Center on Addictions at PHMC and holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.  Her research focuses on developing practical interventions for substance abuse and addiction.  She has been the principal investigator on multiple grants and contracts using principles of behavior economics to improve treatment of opioid and cocaine use disorders. She also has had multiple grants focused on helping families use Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) to deal with the substance use problems of a loved one.  She is nationally recognized for her work in addictions, is a past-president of Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse) of the American Psychological Association and is a Fellow of APA Divisions 28 and 50 (Addictions).

Graduate Students

Connor Burrows, B.S., M.A.

Connor is a second year graduate student in the Health and Behavior Integrative Treatments (HABIT) Lab at Rowan University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. His research interests include the application of behavioral interventions to a variety of health behaviors, such as smoking cessation and physical activity. Connor has clinical experience working with individuals suffering from acquired brain injury and psychiatric disorders. Connor’s clinical interests include the application and integration of behavioral interventions into medical settings and the clinical applicability of behavioral economic measures.

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Matthew Dwyer, M.S.

Matt is a second year graduate student in the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program. He received his Master’s in Clinical Behavioral Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, with coursework in both clinical psychology and applied behavior analysis. His research interests include using behavioral economics to study decision making in drug use.

Caitlyn Upton, M.S., M.A.

Caitlyn is a first year graduate student in the PhD in Clinical Psychology program. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. Caitlyn’s interests broadly include the application of behavioral principles and interventions in substance use, mental health care and integrated healthcare settings. Her clinical experiences include work in an acute psychiatric hospital and day programs, both of which offered services for a wide range of disorders.

Undergraduate Students

Natalie Donisi

Natalie is currently a junior honors student at Rowan University pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Services and a certificate of undergraduate studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology.  She is currently working as a research assistant in the HABIT Lab.  Her research interests include substance abuse disorder, health behaviors, and social justice.  When she is not working in the lab, she is pursuing her Registered Behavior Technician certification and conducting in-home behavior therapy.  After she graduates, Natalie plans to continue in the field and pursue a graduate level psychology degree.

Maeve Donnelly

Maeve is currently a junior at Rowan University pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychological Sciences with a certificate of undergraduate studies in Community Corrections. She is working alongside Dr. Bethany Raiff as a research assistant in the HABIT Lab, with research interests in substance abuse, criminality, and social reform. Outside of the lab, Maeve is a member of the Active Minds club and Leadership Rowan, as well as a volunteer for The SHOP on Rowan’s campus. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a doctoral degree in Criminal Psychology.