Sarah J. Kertz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University
Research Affiliate, McLean Hospital
Co-Director of Research, Houston OCD Program
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Kertz completed her Ph.D. at the University of Louisville and trained at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School for her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship. She joined the Psychology Department at SIU in the Fall of 2012 and is a faculty member in the Clinical-Adult program. Her research interests include the development of anxiety and worry in children, the role of attention and repetitive negative thinking in anxiety and related disorders, and novel treatment interventions for anxiety, including the use of technology and web-based applications. Follow her work here.
Dr. Kertz is now accepting adult therapy clients. Her areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, and OCD. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield and HealthLink insurance. Call 618-457-4488 for more information.
Past Graduate Research Assistants
Kimberly T. Stevens, Ph.D.
Adult Clinical-Postdoctoral Fellowship
Kimberly Stevens joined the clinical psychology doctoral program at SIU in Fall 2012 after receiving her B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University. She obtained her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from SIU in December 2014. Her main research interests include identifying transdiagnostic mechanisms associated with emotional disorders, assessing mechanisms of treatment outcome, and examining cognitive control and attentional biases associated with anxiety and depression. Her thesis was titled The process of repetitive negative thinking: An examination of worry, rumination, and attentional bias.
Moselle Campbell, M.A.
Child Clinical Graduate Student - Internship
Moselle Campbell joined the child clinical psychology doctoral program in the Fall of 2014 after receiving her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in May 2013. Prior to coming to SIU, she was a research assistant at the Child Anxiety and Phobia Program in Florida. Her clinical and research interests involve child anxiety disorders. Moselle's research at SIU focused on underlying mechanisms of anxiety disorders, specifically attentional bias to threat and attentional control. She is currently completing her predoctoral internship at the University of Florida Health Science Center.
Current Graduate Research Assistants
Morgan Franklin, M.A.
Adult Clinical Graduate Student - First Year
Morgan Franklin earned her B.S. in psychology from the University of Houston in 2012 and her master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Houston - Clear Lake in 2016. Morgan has experience working in addiction research, at a juvenile detention center, as well as experience working as a residential counselor and research coordinator with the Houston OCD Program. Morgan is interested in examining the dissemination and efficacy of mindfulness and acceptance based approaches, the effectiveness of technology-enhanced interventions, and mechanisms of change that promote well-being.
Emily M. Bartholomay, M.A.
Adult Clinical Graduate Student - 2nd Year
Emily earned her B.S. in psychology and criminal justice from Northern Michigan University in 2013 and her master’s degree from Minnesota State University Mankato in clinical psychology in 2015. Prior to joining the adult clinical psychology program at SIU, Emily worked as the manuscript coordinator for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology at Emory University. Emily’s research interests center on identifying transdiagnostic factors impacting the etiology and maintenance of anxiety, understanding mechanisms of change in psychological interventions, and studying treatment-seeking and treatment-avoidance behaviors in rural populations.
Keith Klein, B.S.
Adult Clinical Graduate Student - 3rd Year
Keith Klein received his B.S. in Psychology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 2013. Prior to joining the clinical psychology doctoral program at SIU, Keith coordinated the Mindful Awareness for Parenting Stress (MAPS) Program at Loma Linda University where he studied the efficacy of mindfulness meditation for reducing psychological distress in parents of children with developmental disabilities. To date, his research interests include examining mechanisms of change within treatments for anxiety and other mood disorders, as well as studying how novel interventions are disseminated and implemented within clinical settings.
Devin Petersen, B.S.
Adult Clinical Graduate Student - 2nd Year
Devin Petersen joined the clinical psychology program at SIU after receiving his B.S. in psychology at Brigham Young University. Devin's research interests include improving psychotherapy outcomes and utilizing technology in psychotherapy treatment, data collection, and outreach.
Eva Harris, B.A.
Adult Clinical Graduate Student - 2nd Year
Eva Harris received her B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of British Columbia in May 2012. She joined the clinical psychology doctoral program in the Fall of 2016. Her research interests include the development of and treatment for adult posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and interpersonal problems.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Thomas joined the lab in May 2015 as an undergraduate research assistant. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from SIU in May 2017, he continued working in the ABC Research Lab as a volunteer research assistant. He is currently the lead research assistant for a study examining the relationship between distress intolerance, attentional control, and posttraumatic stress symptoms. His research interests include occupational health, work-life balance, diversity, and discrimination at the workplace.
Chelsea Capel is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science with a minor in Psychology. Her research interests are anxiety disorders and depression in children and adolescence. After graduating SIU in 2018 I hope to begin the Physician Assistant program at SIU and eventually work in pediatrics.
Taylor began her academic career at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After finishing all of her general education credits, she transferred to SIUC in the Fall of 2016. Now a junior, she has started studying psychology and plans to add a minor in neuroscience. Her research interests include anxiety and neurodegenerative disorders. She plans on obtaining a doctorate in clinical neuropsychology to advance the research of Alzheimer's disease.
Kathleen is a third-year senior who is graduating May 2018 with her bachelor's in psychology. She joined the lab in Spring 2017, which has developed her interest in the physical effects of stress. Kathleen received the 2017- 2018 REACH grant, which will fund her research in regard to how prolonged stress affects cardiovascular reactivity. Kathleen’s main research interests include investigating long-term effects of internalized disorders in children as well as prevention and interventions that can be used to prevent elongated dysfunction. After graduation, she plans on pursing a Master- Specialization degree in School Psychology.
Lillian is a junior at SIU studying biomedical sciences/pre-medicine with a minor in chemistry. Her research interests are distress intolerance and PTSD. After completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to go to medical school to pursue her dream of becoming a surgeon.
Bailey is a sophomore Pre-Medicine student with a major in Psychology and a double minor in Chemistry and Spanish. Her research interests are anxiety and depression in young adults. After graduating from SIU in May of 2020, she plans to attend medical school with hopes of one day becoming a psychiatrist.
Liz began her academic career at Illinois Valley Community College in Fall 2015 where she pursued her interests in criminology. She transferred to SIU in Fall 2017 and joined the lab soon after, expanding her interests to include a more psychological perspective, focusing mainly on the behavioral impacts of anxiety.
Jessica transferred to SIU in Fall 2017 and is currently majoring in psychology. She joined the ABC Research Lab in Spring 2018. She plans to pursue a PsyD or PhD in clinical psychology. Her research interests include anxiety, PTSD, and eating disorders. She hopes to work as a clinician in a hospital or private practice, work at a VA helping veterans, or work in an inpatient facility for eating disorders.
Kate received her associate degree from Parkland Community College in Spring 2017. She is a current junior pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor is communication studies. Her research interests include understanding and managing stress and anxiety. She hopes to begin a master’s program in industrial-organizational psychology at SIUC in Fall 2019.
Vanessa is in her junior year pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her research interests include anxiety disorders, more specifically PTSD, and depression. After graduating from SIUC in May 2019, she plans on obtaining a Ph.D. in clinical Psychology and eventually work with people struggling with PTSD and continue research with varying anxiety disorders.
Olatunde transferred to SIUC in Fall 2017 after receiving her associate degree. She is currently a junior studying psychology. Her research interests include emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression in children and adults. She will graduate from SIU in Spring 2018 and afterwards hopes to pursue a master’s degree in industrial-organization psychology or counseling psychology.
Caroline is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. Her main research interests include anxiety and depression in children and adolescents. She plans to obtain a doctoral degree in child clinical psychology with a focus on family environments as well as parental roles that contribute to the development of mental illness in children.
Megan is a junior at SIU pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her research interests broadly include anxiety disorders. More specifically, she is interested in obsessive-compulsive disorder and the role of cognitions in OCD symptoms. After graduating from SIU in 2020, she hopes to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology and eventually become a clinical psychologist and practice in a mental health clinic or state hospital.
Bailey began her academic career at SIU in Fall 2016 and joined the lab in Fall 2017. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is also currently on a pre-nursing track. Bailey plans to graduate in 2020 with her psychology degree and then begin nursing school where she hopes to become an obstetrics nurse. Her research interests include the physiological effects of stress and anxiety.
Madison started at SIU in Fall 2016, and is currently pursuing a degree in physiology (pre-medicine) with minors in chemistry, psychology, and neuroscience. She joined the ABC Research Lab in Spring 2018. She hopes to be a physician assistant or nurse practitioner. She is currently a research assistant on two graduate thesis projects, assisting with participant data collection.
ABC Lab Alumni
Jonah pursued his bachelor degree in psychology with a minor in political science. His research interests involve the study of anxiety disorders, more specifically, PTSD. However, Jonah will be continuing his education by going to law school in the fall of 2017.
Julia Mosebach began her undergraduate studies at SIU in Fall 2013 and joined the lab as an undergraduate research assistant in Fall 2014. She has received her minor in Sociology and is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Julia is the project leader for a study in the lab that looks at rumination and mood induction, and she oversees data collection for the study. She was also the Client Center Project Leader for one year. She is one of the 2016-2017 recipients of the REACH grant, which will fund her own research that will look at cognitive deficits and rumination in children. Julia’s main areas of interest are depressive and related mood disorders, and rumination. She plans on pursuing her Masters of Social Work.
Annamarie Beckmeyer is a senior studying for her Bachelor’s degrees in Physiology and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. Annamarie began working in the lab Fall of 2016. After graduating from SIU in the Spring of 2017, she plans to attend medical school.
Briyanna Bullock began her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at SIU in the Fall of 2014. After she obtains her Bachelor of Arts degree she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is interested in studying the development of anxiety in children. Briyanna joined the ABC lab in the Fall of 2015 and helped with recruiting and data entry.
Sam Kramer, M.A.
Adult Clinical Graduate Student - Internship
Sam Kramer joined the clinical psychology doctoral program at Southern Illinois University in Fall 2011 after receiving his B.S. in Psychology from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He obtained his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University. Sam's research interests include examining personality and temperamental traits underlying social anxiety as well as cognitive processing vulnerabilities associated with rumination. He is also interested in studying implicit measures of cognition and examining the components and processes involved in therapeutic change.
Dagong Ran, M.A.
Child Clinical Graduate Student- 3rd Year
Dagong Ran graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Fall 2012 with B.A in psychology. Prior to joining SIU, Dagong worked as a therapist for children with Autism in southeast Wisconsin. He is interested in anxiety disorders generally, but more specifically he is interested in the cognitive correlates and processes associated with anxiety disorders. In addition, he is interested in utilizing physiological measures such as skin conductance and heart rate variability to understand stress/fear response among individuals with anxiety disorders. Dagong was involved with the initial phase of our "smart-phone app project", as well as the Dyad project.
Devon Ruhde started studying Psychology at SIU in the Fall of 2012. While working toward receiving her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in criminal justice. Devon has been working in the lab since Fall 2013. She has become very involved in the ABC lab as the chair of the social committee, a PR committee member, and active contributor on posters and projects. She plans on attending graduate school to receive her masters in either clinical or forensic psychology.
Charli Loefer became a Psychology major after transferring to SIU in Fall 2013. Charli is working in the lab as an undergraduate assistant while working toward her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Her research interests include anxiety disorders and depression in adolescents and adults. Charli plans to attend graduate school upon graduating from SIU in December 2016.
Dylann Wilkinson started her undergraduate studies of Psychology at Southern Illinois University in Fall 2012. She began volunteering in the lab as an undergraduate research assistant in Fall 2013. Dylann is working toward receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and plans to attend graduate school to receive a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her main interests include the underlying causes of anxiety and treatment outcome research in children. In the past she was an undergraduate project coordinator for two of the ABC lab’s projects. Dylann was one of the winners of the 2015-2016 REACH Research Grant and her project was titled, “Associations Between Parent and Child Information Processing Deficits and Links with Anxiety.”
Adam Alkawass began his undergraduate studies at SIU in Fall of 2012 and jointed the lab as an undergraduate assistant in Summer 2015. Adam’s research interests include optimizing the treatment and diagnosis of mood disorders. After graduating from SIU, he plans to attend graduate school to receive his M.A. in Clinical or Health Psychology.
Tyler started pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with minors in Chemistry, Spanish, and Psychology at SIU in Fall 2013. His interest in Psychology was sparked while spending his weekends working on a neurology floor at a children’s hospital. His research interests are both anxiety disorders and depression in children. He joined the ABC lab in Fall of 2015 and helps with recruiting, data entry, and writes post for the ABC Lab Facebook Page. After graduating from SIU in 2017, he plans on becoming a Physician Assistant and working in pediatrics.
Kaylee began her undergraduate at SIU in the Fall of 2014 and joined the ABC lab in the fall of 2015. She is a psychology major who is also enrolled pre-medicine classes. She is interested in mood disorders and currently helps with participant recruitment for the lab. After graduating with her Bachelors of Arts degree, she hopes to attend medical school.
Kristin Wiggs, PhD
Adult Clinical Graduate Student - Post Doc
Kristin Wiggs joined the clinical psychology doctoral program at SIU in Fall 2011 after receiving her B.A. in Psychology, B.B.A. in Marketing, and B.B.A. in Finance from University of Iowa. She obtained her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from SIU in August 2013. Her main research interests include examining attentional biases in anxiety and depressive disorders with the dot-probe task, eye-tracking systems, and other attentional paradigms. She has finished collecting data for her dissertation, focusing on attentional bias modification treatment for high trait-anxiety with novel training contingencies and stimulus pairs, and is leaving for her internship at the Hennepin County Medical Center in August 2015.
Travis Rogers, B.A.
Auburn University - Clinical Graduate Student - 1st Year
Travis Rogers joined the lab Fall 2013 and served in many capacities: collecting data for two undergraduate studies and for a longitudinal dyad study, recruiting student and community participants and serving as a lab representative to Southern 7 Health Dept., accepting a 2014-2015 REACH grant for his own research project, coordinating and conducting his own dyad study, and writing a manuscript for publication. Travis graduated in Spring 2015 and was accepted into the clinical psychology PhD program at Auburn University that same year. There he plans to pursue his current research interests, including information processing, executive attention, and transdiagnostic vulnerabilities and treatments for emotional disorders.
Daniel Pineau, B.A.
University of Mississippi - Clinical Graduate Student - 1st Year
Daniel Pineau joined the lab in the Spring of 2014. While there, Daniel became employed by the Southern Illinois Clinical Center as a research assistant, coordinating data collection, clinical feedback, and troubleshooting issues with an anxiety treatment protocol. Daniel also conducted his Honors thesis within the lab, dealing with acute pain and mindfulness interventions. Daniel graduated in the Spring of 2015 and was accepted into the clinical psychology PhD program at the University of Mississippi. There he plans to study emotional disorders, vulnerabilities to anxiety, and treatment effectiveness.
Taylor Medernach began her undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University in Fall 2012 and started volunteering in the lab in Spring 2013. Taylor spent her 2013-2014 academic school year as the lab's Data Manager, assisting the lab coordinator of the ABC dyad study. She is a co-author on three lab posters and joined the lab at the annual meeting of ABCT two years ago in Nashville, TN. Working toward her B.A. in Psychology, and minor in Child and Family Services at SIUC, Taylor's research interests include the effects of family environments as well as parental roles that contribute to the development of anxiety disorders in children. She will be graduating in Spring 2015 and hopes to pursue her Masters in School Social Work.