Primary Investigator

Jennifer M. Taber, PhD

Jennifer Taber 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:


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)

Current Graduate Students

Nicolle Simonovic, MA

Nicolle is a fourth 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:

Office: Kent Hall 390

Phone: (330) 672-2319

Courses Taught:

Psychology of Everyday Life

Career Pathways In Psychology

Jeremy Foust, BS

Jeremy is a second 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. 

 Abby is a first 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, Abby is interested in defensive responses to health information and how that subsequently influences risk perception and engagement in health behaviors.  Abby 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. 

Current Research Assistants

Bailey Brogan

Bailey is currently a senior majoring in Psychology with a concentration in counseling careers and minoring in American Sign Language. After graduating, Bailey plans to attend graduate school and get her masters in counseling. She is also interested in utilizing her ASL minor by working with people with disabilities and nonverbal individuals. In her free time, she likes to be outdoors taking hikes, making art, and hang out with her friends. 

Shannon Aber

Shannon is currently a junior majoring in Psychology with minors in Human Sexuality and Public Health. After graduating, Shannon hopes to attend graduate school to get her Ph.D.or Psy.D in psychology or a Master's in social work. She is especially interested in health, neuro, rehabilitative, and feminist psychology. 

When she is not studying, Shannon likes to travel, spend time with her family, friends, and labradors, reading, and researching geneaology. 

Graduate Student Lab Alumnus

Sarah A. Hayes, M.S in Psychological Sciences

Current Position: Health and Wellness Intern at Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Undergraduate Student Lab Alumni

Alycia Ales

Hannah Anderson

Ashley Braxton

Samantha Choi

Brielle Gay, M.S.

Caleb Myatt

Spenser Nye

Clayton Schmidt

Kelsey Stamborski

Erika Schenmel 

Steven Neville

Contact Us

Kent State University

Department of Psychological Sciences

144 Kent Hall

Kent, Ohio 44242

Lab location: Kent Hall Annex, Room 358

Dr. Jennifer Taber:  Phone: (330) 672-3783