Our Team

Director

Dr. Rachel Graham Lucas-Thompson

Dr. Lucas-Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. Dr. Lucas-Thompson completed her M.A. (2005) in Social Ecology and Ph.D. (2009) in Developmental Psychology at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Lucas-Thompson is intrigued by how characteristics of relationships between family members are related to the ways that adolescents respond to and regulate their emotional and physiological responses to emotional and threatening experiences and whether those differences in regulation are related to mental health and behavioral problems for those exposed to poor-quality relationships. She investigates these issues using assessments of psychobiological functioning (e.g., cardiovascular functioning, cortisol and salivary alpha-amylase production) and attention (i.e., eye-tracking and ERPs, or event-related potentials). Dr. Lucas-Thompson is originally from Chicago, IL, and loves her new home in Fort Collins.





Collaborator

Dr. Dan Graham

Dr. Graham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University. He runs the Graham Behavioral Medicine Lab.











Current Graduate Research Assistants

Amy Quinn

Amy is a graduate student in the Applied Developmental Sciences PhD program in the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) department. She graduated from the Marriage and Family Therapy Master's program in this same department in 2011. Amy completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Denver, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women's Studies and Microbiology. Amy works at the HDFS Undergraduate Advising Office and is an assistant supervisor at the Center for Family and Couples Therapy on campus. She enjoys teaching HDFS 497 Campus Connections and has also taught such courses as HDFS 334 Parenting and HDFS 277 Professional Skills Development I. Her main research interest is understanding how the marital conflict effects the individuals involved and their children. Outside of school, Amy loves hiking, snowshoeing, and being outdoors.




Adina Dumitrache

Adina is a 2nd year PhD student in the Applied Developmental Science program at CSU, a research-focused program combining developmental psychology and intervention / prevention science. Her research centers on family relationships, youth, mindfulness, stress, and health outcomes. Her secondary line of research involves international students and their dependents in the USA. In her free time, she coordinates the CSU International Women's Club and helps incoming international students as a cultural mentor. She likes reading and volunteering.








Charlie Heidrick

Charlie is a graduate student in the Applied Social and Health Psychology program. He grew up in Minnesota graduated from Iowa State University in 2013 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. Here at Colorado State he studies exercise and nutrition behavior with a particular interest in exercise promotion. In his free time, Charlie loves to play and watch sports, listen to music, and read everything from classic novels to recent research findings in all subject areas.









Former Research Assistants

Kaitlin Jones

Kaitlin is graduate of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies from CSU in 2012, and her MFT in 2014. Kaitlin now has a private clinical practice in Fort Collins.










Emily Koeppel

Emily is a graduate of the Family and Developmental Studies program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2012 with a degree in Interpersonal Communication and Family Services, and completed her Master’s degree in 2014. Emily is now the Discharge Coordinator at Spring Creek Healthcare Center.









Mary Questad

Mary is a graduate of the Marriage and Family Therapy program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. A native of Seattle, Washington, she graduated in 2008 from Gonzaga University with a major in Psychology and a minor in History. She completed her MFT in 2014, and now she’s a Child and Family Therapist with Touchstone Health Partners.









Lauren Ferrare














Madison Lampe














Diane Wendt