Austin Baldwin is currently an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He completed his B.S. in psychology at Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Minnesota. After graduate school, he spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Iowa City VA Medical Center and the University of Iowa. At SMU, he directs the Health Behavior Lab where his students and he address theoretically-guided questions about health decision-making and health behavior change and maintenance. The work they do demonstrates how different psychosocial factors influence (a) decisions to engage in and maintain health behaviors and (b) health outcomes. This work cuts across different health domains, including physical activity, vaccinations, smoking cessation, and weight loss.
Deanna Denman is a fifth year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. Deanna received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Deanna’s primary research interests are in health behavior decision-making and health disparities.
Margaret Sala is a second year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. Margaret received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Margaret’s primary research interest is related to understanding how affect and reward are involved in making decisions regarding exercise and eating.
Catherine Rochefort is a first year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. Before joining the Health Behavior Lab, Catherine received her Bachelor of Science from Tulane University in Psychology and in Environmental Biology. She also received her Master of Science from Tulane University in Behavioral Health Psychology. Catherine’s research interests include the promotion of health behaviors to prevent chronic and serious illness, and the promotion of health related quality of life in patients diagnosed with chronic illnesses, such as cancer.