Staff

Director

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Aaron J. Blashill, Ph.D.

Dr. Blashill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University, and core faculty member of the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.
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Staff

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Tiffany Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Brown is a Research Scientist at the San Diego State University Research Foundation and a postdoctoral research fellow at the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center. Her research interests include psychosocial risk factors for eating disorders in male and sexual minority populations, how gastric interoception relates to eating disorder symptoms in anorexia nervosa, and the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and body image disturbance in diverse populations.

 

 

Jamie-Lee Pennesi
Jamie-Lee Pennesi, Ph.D.

Dr. Jamie-Lee Pennesi is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with the San Diego State Research Foundation. Jamie-Lee completed her PhD (Clinical Psychology) at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, in eating disorder prevention. Jamie-Lee’s primary research and clinical interests are in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders, body image issues and disordered eating-type behaviors.

 

 

 

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Devon Kimball, B.A.

Devon is a full-time research assistant in the BISH lab. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Psychology and minor in Spanish. Her research interests include the prevalence and treatment of mood, anxiety, and eating disorders in LGBTQ+ adolescents and young adults. Devon hopes to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

 

 

 

 

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Kelsey Nogg, M.A.

Kelsey is a project coordinator in the BISH lab. She completed her M.A. in Psychology at San Diego State University. Her research interests focus broadly on behavioral health and disease prevention. Recent research has examined the psychosocial antecedents to physical activity. She intends to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology.

 

 

 

Graduate Students

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Patrycja Klimek

Patrycja is a graduate student in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include cognitive and affective mechanisms underlying body image concerns in eating disorders and steroid misuse, and the characterization of heterogeneity within these populations. Further, Patrycja would like to apply findings in these topics to develop effective intervention and prevention programs.

 

 

 

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Jack Brady

Jack is a graduate student in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.  His research interests include sexual minority mental health, minority identity development, LGBTQ+ sexual health and education, HIV prevention, ART and PrEP adherence, minority stigma, correlations of sexual positioning in same-sex romantic couples, and decreasing the prevalence of anxiety and mood disorders among LGBTQ+ adolescents.

 

 

 

Lexie Covertino
Lexie Covertino

Lexie is a graduate student in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Prior to moving to San Diego, she completed her bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University in Psychology and a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests focus broadly on the effect of stress on the development and maintenance of disordered eating and body image concerns. Particularly, Lexie focuses on traumatic stress and sexual trauma in the development of disordered eating as well as methods to rehabilitate body image post-trauma. She also has a line of research in the interaction of minority group stressors on the development of body image.

 

 

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Katie Rozzell

Katie is a graduate student in the Masters of Psychology program at San Diego State University. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Psychology, with minors in Biology and Human Development. Katie’s research interests focus on eating disorder prevention methods, ethnic and cultural differences in body image, and the interplay of body image satisfaction and adherence to treatment. She hopes to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Health.

 

 

Research Assistants

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Manuel Gonzales

Manuel is an undergraduate student here at San Diego State University pursuing his degree in Psychology with a minor in Public Health. Manuel was a scholar joining the BISH lab as part of the joint SDSU/UCSD program, Creating Scientists Summer Program in Cancer Disparities given his research interests in, skin cancer prevention and high-risk behaviors associated with skin cancer. He was also accepted into the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program and chosen to be a recipient of the prestigious Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship. On campus, Manuel is also a Peer Leadership Consultant (PLC) through the Student Life and Leadership Department. Manuel hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology in the near future.

 

Adoril Oshana
Adoril Oshana

Adoril is a first-generation, undergraduate student studying business administration: information systems, psychology: industrial and organizational psychology, and Spanish (minor). In the lab, he has researched the role of minority stress on body dysmorphic disorder symptoms among sexual minority males. Adoril is also a peer adviser at the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office and a peer leadership consultant at the Student Life & Leadership Office. Due to his commitment to pursue a doctoral degree in the future, Adoril was chosen to be a 2018-2019 scholar for the Sally Casanova California Pre-Doctoral Program. He aspires to enter a Ph.D. program in the field of industrial and organizational psychology, where he will study the role of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

 

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Hanna Moon

Hanna Moon is a fourth year undergraduate student at San Diego State University, and a research assistant in the BISH lab. Prior to this lab, she has worked in the Infant and Child Development lab studying executive function in toddlers. She is interested in researching the neurological underpinnings of mental disorders in older adults.

 

 

 

 

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Boyu Wei

Boyu is an international undergraduate student at San Diego State University with majoring in psychology. She works in Psychology Undergraduate advising office as a peer advisor. She is also a trained Safe Zone Ally. Boyu’s research interests focus on body image concerns related to eating disorders, treatment, and prevention of cancer, HIV, and cardiovascular disease. She hopes to pursue a PhD in health psychology.

 

 

 

 

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Bethany Mendenhall

Bethany Mendenhall is a third year undergraduate student at San Diego State University. She is a psychology major whose research interests include the roles that media and social media play in the development and perpetuation of eating disorders and body dysmorphia, as well as their potential role in the recovery process. She plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

 

 

 

 

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Sabrina Le

Sabrina is a third year undergraduate student at San Diego State University who is majoring in psychology. Her research interests include how ethnicity and culture, particularly within minority populations, influence both cognition and behavior on body image as well as eating disorders. Sabrina hopes to pursue a PhD in the field of psychology.

 

 

 

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Isaiah Jones

Isaiah a first-generation undergraduate student at San Diego State University pursuing his degree in Psychology with a double minor in Philosophy and Spanish. Isaiah was a scholar joining the BISH lab as part of the joint SDSU/UCSD Creating Scientists to Address Cancer Disparities summer enrichment program. After obtaining research experience, he intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and apply what he has learned to a patient-therapy setting. His research interests include mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, as well as community-based coping strategies.

 

 

 

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David Rivera

David is a recent graduate from Southwestern College and is continuing his education at San Diego State University, majoring in psychology. He is a member of the Creating Scientists Program, a joint University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University science enrichment program addressing cancer disparities. His research interests focus on sexual minority health disparities, stigma, PrEP, and HIV. David hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

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