Lauren McKinley

Lauren McKinley

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I graduated from San Diego State University with a master’s degree in psychology in 2019. I am a first-year doctoral student in the Psychological Sciences Health Psychology Ph.D. program at UC Merced. My research interests include chronic illnesses, chronic pain, health outcomes, health disparities, health behavior change, interventions, and underrepresented populations. I have experience conducting health intervention research with chronic illness populations. One intervention that I have worked on was an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) intervention for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Another intervention was a graded exposure therapy intervention for patients with fibromyalgia, in which patients’ levels of physical activity were gradually increased over time in order to improve their mobility and other health outcomes. I have also helped to design and implement a study in which various demographic predictors that influenced individuals' perceived likelihood of hiring a health care advocate were examined. My hobbies include photography and making jewelry for myself and my friends.  

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