HABIT Lab Research Team

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Research Team

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Graduate Students

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

Connor is in his 6th year as a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology at Rowan University, and is currently at an internship in Gainesville, FL at the University of Florida Health Sciences. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science and his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Rowan. His research interests include the application of behavioral economics and behavioral interventions to a variety of health concerns, such as smoking cessation and physical activity. Connor has clinical experience working in integrated health care settings including a general hospital and primary care office. His 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., M.A.

Matt is in his 6th year as a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology program at Rowan University and is currently at an internship in St. Louis, MO at the VA St. Louis Health Care System. He received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, with coursework in both clinical psychology and applied behavior analysis. He received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Rowan University. His research interests include using behavioral economics to study decision making in drug use. 

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

Caitlyn is a 5th year PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology program at Rowan University and is currently at an internship in Saginaw, MI at Aleda E. Lutz VAMC. She received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology at Eastern Michigan University and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at Rowan University. Caitlyn’s interests broadly include the application of behavioral principles and interventions in substance use disorders, mental health care, and integrated healthcare settings. She is also interested in behavioral approaches to social justice. Her clinical experiences include work in an acute psychiatric hospital and day programs, both of which offered services for a wide range of disorders.

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Shelby Goodwin, B.S., M.P.S.

Shelby is a 2nd year PhD candidate in Rowan University’s Clinical Psychology program. She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and her Master of Professional Studies in clinical psychological science from the University of Maryland College Park. She is interested in studying substance use and psychiatric co-morbidities, as well as polysubstance use. Shelby is currently doing practicum at Courage Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.

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Mikaela Bubna, B.S., M.S.

Mikaela is a 1st year PhD candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Rowan University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour at McMaster University in 2018 and her Master of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa in 2021. Mikaela is broadly interested in addictions, brain injury, and using technology-based interventions for health behaviour change. In her free time, Mikaela loves to lift weights, run, curate Spotify playlists, and learn Chopin pieces on the piano.  

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Matthew Mitnick, B.S.

Matthew is a 1st year PhD candidate in Rowan University’s Clinical Psychology Program. He received his Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Scranton. His research interests include behavioral interventions for substance use and comorbid anxiety disorders. He is also a Medical Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and hopes to incorporate his military experience into his future clinical work.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Lisa Caliva – Lab Manager

Lisa is a senior undergraduate working towards her Bachelors of Science in Psychological Science with a minor in Statistics and Operations Research. Eventually, she hopes to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology. After school, Lisa plans on a career in research and higher education. Lisa’s research interests are in addiction science, particularly the study of behavioral interventions for substance use disorders. In her free time, Lisa plays viola, enjoys puzzles, and reads anything she can get her hands on.

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Mary Healy – Assistant Lab Manager

Mary is a senior undergraduate working towards a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Education. She aspires to obtain her PsyD in Clinical Psychology and eventually pursue a career as a mental health counselor. In her free time, Mary likes to play tennis with friends, play guitar, and spend time with family and friends.

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Paige Gosewich

Paige is a senior undergraduate student at Rowan, majoring in Psychology with minors in Biology, Pre-Med, and Spanish. Her research interests include working with children as well as those who suffer from and/or are affected by substance abuse. Outside of the lab, Paige spends her time volunteering in her community as well as organizing philanthropy events for her sorority as the Vice President of Philanthropy. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, and going to the beach or adventuring outdoors! In the future, Paige plans on attending medical school, eventually becoming a pediatric surgeon!

Kristin Bassi

Kristin Bassi

Kristin is a junior undergraduate student working towards a B.A. in Psychology. She aspires to continue her education at either the Master’s or Doctoral level and pursue a career in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests are substance abuse interventions and addiction science.  In her free time, she likes trying new recipes in the kitchen and spending time with family.

Alumni

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Viktoriya Bell, B.A.

Viktoriya is a senior working towards her goal of becoming a clinical psychologist. She is currently interested in the research related to addiction and substance use; how we can help those who are sufferng with drug abuse improve their lives. During her free time, I enjoy traveling to new places, discovering new music, and going on hiking adventures with friends.

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Maeve Donnelly, B.S.

Maeve is currently a Senior 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. 

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Schyler Newman, B.A.

Schyler graduated from Rowan University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Schyler worked in the HABIT lab as a post-bacc for 4 years and was involved with a number of projects. Schyler is currently a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, in St. Louis, MO. 

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Michael Onu, B.A.

Michael graduated from Rowan University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. Michael worked as a post-baccalaureate research assistant in the IDEAS lab with Dr. Tremoulet, as well as the HABIT lab with Dr. Raiff, where he helped to collect and analyze qualitative data about a novel smartphone-based smoking cessation intervention (Re-Connect). His research interests are in health behavior change. Michael participated in the 2022 NIDA Summer Research Internship Program where he worked at Brown University under the mentorship of Dr. Cara Murphy.  He is currently working as a Research Coordinator for the WELL center at Drexel University under the leadership of Dr. Evan Forman. 

Affiliate Members

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Kimberly Kirby, PhD, BCBA-D

Kimberly C. Kirby, PhD, BCBA-D is currently is an affiliate of Rowan University, a senior scientist with the TRI Cente 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).