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). She also conducts intervention work to promote the emotional and physiological regulation as well as health of adolescents and families. Dr. Lucas-Thompson is originally from Chicago, IL, and loves living in Fort Collins.



Current Graduate Research Assistants

Charlotte J. McKernan

Charlotte is a graduate student in the Applied Developmental Sciences PhD program in the Human Development and Family Studies department. Charlotte completed her B.A. (2015) in Psychology, International Studies, and French from the University of Oregon and her M.S. (2017) in Marriage and Family Therapy from Colorado State University. Charlotte has a private therapy practice in Fort Collins, where she works with couples and adolescents dealing with mental health challenges and life stressors. Her main research interest is understanding how physiological stress affects relationships and individuals over time and the ways people can alter their stress levels through specific practices, such as mindfulness. Outside of school, Charlotte enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, and visiting breweries.



Natasha Seiter

Tasha is a second year student in the Applied Developmental Science doctoral program and the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human biology and psychology at Ohio University. Her research interests surround the personal and biological correlates of relationship satisfaction, as well as mindfulness. In her free time, she loves to go for hikes/ trail runs, bike, cook, and see live music.







Divya Chawla

Divya is a graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at the Colorado School of Public Health. She completed her BS in Biotechnology (2005) and MS in Biotechnology (2007) from Amity University, India. After completing her MS, Divya worked as a product development and marketing professional in health media and publishing for 10 years. During this time, she worked extensively to promote the use of information and communication technologies in healthcare and education across APAC, Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Her research interests are related to reducing health disparities, and studying the role information & communication technology innovations in improving health of individuals and populations. In her spare time, Divya loves playing with dogs of all sizes and spending time in nature.





Morgan Folckomer

Morgan is a graduate student in the Colorado School of Public Health in the Global Health and Health Disparities concentration. Morgan completed her B.S. (2017) in Environmental Health at Western Carolina University in North Carolina. Morgan is interested in a variety of areas in public health: community health, adolescent health, maternal and child health, and epidemiology. In her free time, Morgan likes to cook, read, and hang out with friends.







Monica Swilley

Monica is a graduate student in the Global Health and Health Disparities concentration of the Masters of Public Health program. Monica earned her Bachelor's of Science in Biology with a minor in cognitive science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. Her research interests include disparities in mental health and psychiatric service use as well as the correlation between personal characteristics and wellness. In her spare time, Monica enjoys trying out new restaurants and playing with her kitten, Louis.






Current Undergraduate Research Assistants

Cami Ciesielski

Cami is a junior at Colorado State studying Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in business. Her career goal is to continue on in school and obtain a Master's degree in counseling. She is from Colorado and enjoys the outdoor adventures it provides. Also, Cami loves sports and grew up playing basketball, volleyball, and soccer.