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Prospective Graduate Students

The main goal of the lab is working to understand the relationship between pediatric child health, behavior, and psychosocial functioning. The primary focus of current research is the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity and types 2 diabetes, most notably in preschool-age and school-aged youth. Current work focuses on (1) developing and evaluating novel methods and technologies to facilitate interventions for children and parents from underserved backgrounds; (2) ascertaining profiles of health behaviors that can facilitate development of targeted interventions, and (3) weight bias in health care and how child/parent weight may impact provider treatment decisions. Past and ongoing research has also included studies involving inflammatory bowel disease, healthcare utilization, and medical treatment adherence.

Broadly, prospective students who have a strong interest in pediatric psychology, health promotion, and health behavior change are encouraged to apply.  Consistent with the scientist-practitioner model of the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology, graduate students are expected to be very active in research throughout their training. Each graduate student is typically engaged in numerous research projects in addition to their thesis and dissertation projects. As such Dr. Janicke’s lab is best suited for students who are pursuing careers that emphasize research as opposed to clinical practice. Previous graduate students have attained faculty positions in academic medical centers and universities. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue publication of their work, present their research at national conferences (e.g., Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference), and pursue funding opportunities. We are proud to note that our students have been very successful in their research endeavors, as can be seen on this website.

Internship sites where Dr. Janicke’s students have matched in recent years:

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center- Cincinnati, OH
  • Kennedy Krieger- Baltimore, MD
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital- Columbus, OH
  • Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children- Wilmington, DE
  • Brown University- Providence, RI
  • Children’s National Hospital- Washington, DC