Mind Body Lab personnel
Dr. Felver is an assistant professor of psychology at Syracuse University and director of the Mind Body Lab. He has a longstanding interest in both the research and application of contemplative interventions that stem from his personal practice of meditation and yoga. He has completed advanced training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and is interested in adapting these various intervention modalities for youth, schools, and families.
Graduate Student Lab Members
Graduate student research is an essential component of the Mind Body Lab. In addition to working on existing initiatives, students have the opportunity to pursue their own research agendas related to the mission of the Mind Body Lab. Graduate student research involves both the scientific study of contemplative practices and the application of these practices (i.e., clinical intervention informed by personal practice), in-line with the scientist-practitioner model of training in applied psychology.
*Dr. Felver will be reviewing school psychology program graduate applications for Fall 2017 admission
Melissa Bodo is a first year doctoral student studying School Psychology; she joined the Mind Body Laboratory in September 2016. Melissa completed her B.Ed. at McGill University in 2008, and continuing her education in 2013, she obtained her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology while studying at the University of Toronto. Melissa is interested in examining which types of meditation and yogic programs, along with their optimal session duration, timeline, and content are of utmost benefit for students. When Melissa is not in the lab she enjoys traveling, developing her yoga practice, and spending time with her family.
Adam Clawson is a first-year doctoral student majoring in School Psychology. He completed his undergraduate training at SUNY Oswego, and was previously enrolled in SUNY Oswego’s School Psychology masters program. He is interested in the effectiveness and feasibility of mindfulness-based interventions within schools and would like to continue exploring the potential benefits of mindfulness interventions for students and staff. When not in the lab, Adam enjoys being outdoors and coaching youth sports.
Affiliate & Undergraduate Student Lab Members
Syracuse University undergraduate research assistants are an important and vital part of the Mind Body Laboratory. Undergraduate research assistants have many opportunities to be involved in research at the Mind Body Lab, including data collection in the laboratory, data collection in school and community settings, and many other adjunctive research activities. Advanced students will also have the opportunity to disseminate research based on their interests and skill sets. The Mind Body Lab is particularly well-suited for undergraduate research assistants who are in their Freshman or Sophomore years, and who are interested in gaining admission to graduate programs in applied psychology.
If you are currenly an undergraduate attending Syracuse University and would like to learn more about how to be involved in our research, please contact Dr. Felver by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Bernstein received a BA in psychology from Columbia University and a PhD in social and developmental psychology from Brandeis University. Her dissertation was on the social problem solving styles of aggressive and victimized children. She is interested in school-based programs that help reduce children’s stress and improve their academic performance and social interactions. When not in the lab, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her children.
Shuhui Fan is a third year master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at SU. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from Southwestern University in 2010 in China. She is interested in learning about yoga intervention in school settings and data analysis, and hopes to go to graduate school in a Counseling Psychology program or Counseling and Counselor Education program. In her leisure time, she likes to work out and go traveling.
Mel Wherry is a Junior at SU majoring in Psychology and Studio Art, she joined the lab last semester. She is interested in the cross between psychology and art within art therapy and hopes to combine her degrees to further research art therapy in graduate school. When Mel is not in the lab she enjoys volunteering with kids in the Syracuse schools and playing with her cats.
Sarah Stewart is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Forensic Science and Psychology. She is interested in the effects of mindfulness and meditation among children, and works as a camp counselor at a sleep away camp each summer. When not in the lab, she enjoys writing, and is the News Editor for the Tab Syracuse.