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Dr. Danica Slavish

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Slavish is a health psychologist interested in examining the associations between sleep, stress, and health across time. Her work leverages a biopsychosocial framework, exploring the sociocultural, biological, and behavioral correlates of sleep, health, and well-being. Dr. Slavish's research program employs a variety of methodologies both in and outside the laboratory, and she is particularly interested in novel statistical approaches to analyzing intensive longitudinal data.

In 2017, she received her PhD from The Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Biobehavioral Health, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellow. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Beloit College in Beloit, WI. Dr. Slavish has been involved in the implementation of numerous federally-funded grants from NSF, NIH, and DoD, and is the recipient of awards from the American Psychological Association, the American Psychosomatic Society, and the Penn State Alumni Association. She teaches undergraduate courses in health psychology and graduate courses in research methods and advanced statistics.

Slavish CV 8-12-20

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Current Ph.D. Students

I will be recruiting graduate students to start in the fall of 2021. Please contact me if you are interested!

Please see the Training page for more information about our lab's philosophy and the specific training provided in our lab.

Brett Messman, B.A.

  • 1st year graduate student in the Behavioral Science Ph.D. program
  • Hometown: Austin, TX
  • Research interests: sleep, circadian rhythms, rehabilitation psychology, and exercise physiology
  • CV

Graduate Research Assistants

Megan Dolan, B.A., M.S. (primary mentor: Ateka Contractor, Ph.D.)

  • 4th year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program
  • Hometown: Dallas, TX
  • Expected graduation date: 2022
  • Research interests: factors and processes that influence treatment outcomes for trauma- and stressor-related disorders

Justin Asbee, B.A., M.S. (primary mentor: Thomas Parsons, Ph.D.)

  • 5th year graduate student in the Behavioral Science Ph.D. program
  • Hometown: LaTrobe, PA
  • Expected graduation date: Summer 2021
  • Research interests: virtual reality simulation, neuropsychological measures, brain computer interfaces, and transcranial direct current stimulation

Current Undergraduate Research Assistants and McNair Scholars

Bianca Santiago Rodriguez

  • Major: Biology
  • Minors: Chemistry and Spanish
  • Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Expected graduation date: May 2021
  • Career plans: Medical school to work in the cardiology field

Odalis Garcia (McNair Scholar)

  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Human Development and Family Studies
  • Hometown: New Caney, TX
  • Expected graduation date: May 2021
  • Research interests: sleep, stress, and cognition
  • Career plans: obtain a Ph.D. to be able to participate in research and treat patients with sleep problems or disorders
  • Link to first year project:

Emily Squyres

Jaylin Martinez

Lab Alumni

  • Gladys Segura (Honors Thesis Student; Honors Thesis: "Psychological Resilience as a Moderator of the Association between Socioeconomic Status and Academic Outcomes in College Students")

  • Tori Shapiro (Undergraduate RA; currently a master's student in mental health counseling at the Unversity of Texas at San Antonio)

  • Jamie Walker (Post-bac RA; currently an incoming clinical psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Arkansas)

  • Kirti Veeramachaneni (TAMS student; currently a pre-medical track undergraduate student at St. Louis University)

External Collaborators

  • Yvette Szabo, Ph.D., Waco VA
  • Nancy Sin, Ph.D., University of British Columbia
  • Heidi Kane, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas
  • Jessee Dietch, Ph.D., Stanford University/Palo Alto VA
  • Daniel Taylor, Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • Jenn Graham-Engeland, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Chris Engeland, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Kristi Pruiksma, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Josh Wiley, Ph.D., Monash University

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