Graduate Students

Melissa Laitner, M.S.

E-mail: laitner@phhp.ufl.edu

Melissa Laitner is in her fifth year as a doctoral candidate in UF’s Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. She is currently a full-time clinical intern in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. Melissa graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 2011 with a major in experimental psychology and a minor in Spanish language. Melissa spent several years working in the University of South Carolina’s obesity research lab before beginning her graduate work at the University of Florida in 2012. In addition to pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical and health psychology, Melissa is currently working on her Master of Public Health degree with a joint concentration in social and behavioral sciences and health management and policy. Melissa’s primary research interests include obesity, health disparities, and mental health and health policy.

Aviva Ariel-Donges, M.S.

E-mail: ahariel@phhp.ufl.edu

Aviva Ariel-Donges is a fourth year doctoral candidate in UF’s Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, as well as a master’s candidate in Public Health with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences. Aviva graduated summa cum laude from Skidmore College in 2010 with a major in psychology and a minor in English literature. After graduation, Aviva worked as a clinical research coordinator/site monitor at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Bipolar Clinic and Research Program and as a hotline coordinator/crisis counselor at a non-profit organization that serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Western Massachusetts. Aviva’s primary research interests include obesity, disordered eating, body image, mind-body psychology, and health promotion. She is currently working on her dissertation evaluating whether yoga is an effective intervention for body image dissatisfaction in college-aged women.

Eliza Gordon (Warren), B.S.

E-mail: elwarren.22@phhp.ufl.edu

Eliza Gordon is a third year graduate student in UF’s Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, as well as a master’s candidate in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences.  In 2014, she graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University with a major in exercise and wellness and a minor in psychology.  She is a personal trainer and is passionate about mind-body health and fitness.  Her primary research interests include weight control, exercise, self-worth and self-efficacy, and overeating (especially among women).

Vivian Bauman, B.S.

E-mail: baumanv@phhp.ufl.edu

Vivi Bauman is a first year graduate student in UF’s Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, and will also be a masters candidate in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics starting Fall 2017. Vivi graduated from University of Maryland-College Park with a major in psychology and a minor in Spanish language and culture. After graduation, Vivi worked as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, where she assisted in the implementation of clinical trials aimed at discovering contributing factors to obesity and diabetes, along with treatment improvement for these conditions. Vivi’s primary research interests include metabolic disease prevention and health promotion.

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