Meet the team

Primary Investigator

Jennifer M. Taber, PhD

she/her/hers

Graduate Students

Nicolle Simonovic, MA

Jeremy Foust, BS

Abigail O'Brien, BA

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Kaitlyn Warakomski

 

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Jennifer M. Taber, PhD

Jennifer Taber (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University in the Department of Psychological Sciences. She received her BA in Psychology at American University and her MS and PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Utah. Dr. Taber was a postdoctoral cancer research training award (CRTA) fellow for 2 years in the Behavioral Research Program of the National Cancer Institute. Her research lies at the intersection of social and health psychology and centers on promoting health behavior change across multiple domains. One of her major research interests is understanding when and why risk perceptions predict behavior and how to intervene to increase the likelihood that providing risk information will lead to behavior change, particularly in the domain of providing genetic risk feedback.

Contact Info:

Email: jtaber1@kent.edu

Office: Kent Hall Annex 309

Phone: (330) 672-3783

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Courses Taught:

Health Psychology (41581)

Psychology of Risk Communication (Seminar, 41495/81591)

Social Psychology (61580/71580)

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Nicolle Simonovic, MA

Nicolle is a fifth year PhD student in the Psychological Sciences program at Kent State University. She is interested in the intersection of social psychology and health psychology. In her line of research, she uses social psychological theory and methods to understand engagement in health behaviors, particularly how perceptions of risk and ambiguity as well as defensiveness influence psychological responses to health information. Other areas of focus include the use of self-affirmations and construal tasks as intervention strategies for health promotion. Nicolle received her Bachelor's degree in Psychological Science from John Carroll University. In her free time she enjoys running, cooking, and taking adventures with family, friends, and her adorable dog Eddie.

Contact Info:

nsimonov@kent.edu

Office: Kent Hall 390

Phone: (330) 672-2319

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Courses Taught:

Psychology of Everyday Life

Health Psychology

Career Pathways In Psychology

Research Methods

 
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Jeremy Foust, BS

Jeremy is a third year PhD student in the Psychological Sciences program at Kent State University. He is interested in social psychology, specifically in the self-concept and self-affirmation. His undergraduate research investigated adaptive decision making as a mediator between self-complexity and stress. He is also interested in how self-affirmation influences health-related behavior and in how math anxiety can impact our perception of health risks. Jeremy received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University. In his free time, Jeremy likes to play, watch, and read about soccer. He also enjoys reading, working out, and playing Overwatch. 

Contact Info:

Jfoust2@kent.edu

Office: Kent Hall 390

Phone: (440) 554-8045

Pronouns: He/him/his

Courses Taught:

 

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Abigail O'Brien, BA

Abigail is a second year PhD student in the Psychological Sciences program at Kent State University. She is interested in utilizing social psychological theory to understand how people think about their health. Particularly, Abigail is interested in defensive responses to health information and how that subsequently influences risk perception and engagement in health behaviors.  Abigail received her Bachelor's degree from Kent State University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her friends and family. 

Contact Info:

Aobrie10@kent.edu

Office: Kent Hall 390

Phone: (330) 410-4497

Pronouns: She/her/hers

 
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Kaitlyn Warakomski

Kaitlyn is currently a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Anthropology. After graduating, she plans on attending graduate school and getting her Master’s in either industrial psychology or counseling. Kaitlyn is especially interested in social and cognitive psychology, archaeology and cultural anthropology. In her free time, she likes to make art, read, travel and spend time with her friends and family.