Lab Members

Director:

jw-headshotDr. Jeremiah Weinstock, Ph.D. – Dr. Weinstock is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Saint Louis University.  He completed his graduate training at the University of Memphis and a postdoctoral fellowship within the Alcohol Research Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center.  Dr. Weinstock’s research specializes in interventions for addictive behaviors with a specific emphasis on pathological gambling and exercise as intervention for other addictions.  His research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Responsible Gaming.  Dr. Weinstock has over 30 peer review publications including several with graduate and undergraduate students at Saint Louis University.  The publications focus on exercise as intervention for substance use disorders, pathological gambling and its treatment.

For more information about Dr. Weinstock, including his curriculum vitae and current research projects, please click here.

Graduate Students:

Kyler2_cropKyler Mulhauser, M.A. – Kyler joined the WAGER lab in 2014. Kyler’s research focuses on the intersection of neuropsychological functioning and addictive behavior. Kyler is currently conducting research on the cognitive effects associated with abstinence from alcohol and cocaine in recently detoxified heavy substance users. Additionally, Kyler is preparing a line of research to investigate the neuropsychological benefits of acute exercise as an adjunctive treatment during the early stages of recovery from alcohol use disorder. Kyler graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art (2004) and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (2011).

Laura April Laura April, M.S. – Laura is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Saint Louis University.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012.  Following graduation, she worked as an interviewer and MRI technician in a research lab studying childhood depression.  Laura’s research and clinical interests include addictions, especially gambling disorder, mental health among incarcerated individuals and ex-offenders, predictors of criminal recidivism and holistic health.

IMG_1131Catherine Baxley, B.S. – Catherine is a 2nd year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Saint Louis University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Drug Abuse and Addiction from the University of North Texas in 2014. Throughout her undergraduate career she worked as a research assistant in the Teen Stress and Alcohol Research Laboratory, studying the etiology of social anxiety and alcohol use behaviors among adolescents. Catherine’s research and clinical interests broadly include anxiety and addictions. She is currently researching how anxiety sensitivity may influence treatment outcomes among individuals with opioid use disorder.

IMG_0599Andrew McGrath, B.A. – Drew is a 1st year student in Saint Louis University’s Clinical Psychology Program. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in business and sociology. While attending Lincoln he worked at the psychology department’s Psychological Consultation Center office. Also while at Lincoln he was involved in several research labs focusing on brief interventions for college drinking, anxiety, and sexual violence examining victim’s reactions and intervening before perpetrators offend. Drew’s research will likely be related to previous research experiences falling somewhere within the realms of stress, addiction, exercise, trauma, anxiety, and depression.

Graduate Student Alumni:

KevinKevin Wenzel, Ph.D. – Kevin graduated from the Clinical Psychology program at Saint Louis University in May 2016.  He is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Loma Linda, California.  His undergraduate studies were completed at Florida State University in 2011 where he studied disordered eating behaviors before coming to St. Louis University and broadening his research to dysregulated and impulsive behaviors in general, especially as they are observed in addictions and disordered eating. In addition to working on many of Dr. Weinstock’s research projects during his time at SLU, Kevin completed his dissertation entitled Exploring the Validity of Food Addiction, which is based on the Addiction Syndrome Model.

Casey NelsonCasey Nelson, Ph.D. – Casey graduated from the Clinical Psychology program at Saint Louis University in May 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree (B.S. Psychology) from Utah State University in Logan, UT in 2010 and his master’s degree (M.S. Clinical Psychology) from Saint Louis University in 2013.  His professional interests include addictions, exercise, health psychology broadly, stress, and rural mental health.  Casey is currently a staff member at the Fort Sam Houston Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Research Assistants:

  • Margaret Farney (B.A., 2015)
  • Selmi Kallmi (B.A., 2014)
  • Annie Herman (Senior)
  • Vivek Gorijala (Senior)
  • Alexandra D’agostino (Senior)
  • Brian Woods (Senior)
  • Desirae Rowan (Senior)

WAGER Alumni:

  • Emma Oremus, B.A. (2016)– Emma is currently working in Chicago with individuals struggling with substance use disorders at the DUI counseling service.  She has plans to pursue graduate school in the near future.
  • Vishal Thakkar, B.A. (2016)– Vishal is currently a doctoral student in the  Experimental Psychology Program (cognitive neuroscience concentration) at Texas Christian University.
  • Kelsey Ziesig, B.A. (2016)- Kelsey is currently attending physician assistant school at Saint Louis University.
  • Sam Peter, B.A. (2015) – Sam is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Memphis.
  • Brian Reinholz, B.S. (2015) – Brian is currently attending medical school at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
  • Ratna Garigipati, B.A. (2015) – Ratna is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of South Dakota
  • Emma Brett, B.A. (2014) – Emma is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Oklahoma State University.
  • Eleanor Leavens, B.A. (2013) – Eleanor is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Oklahoma State University.
  • Tom Scott, B.A. (2012) – Tom is currently a doctoral student in the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Maryland.