Postdoctoral Fellows

Department of Psychology

Chasity Brimeyer
Chasity Brimeyer, PhD

I obtained my education specialist and Ph.D. degrees from the pediatric/school psychology program at the University of Iowa. I am seeking a clinical position following my fellowship, where I aim to use evidence-based interventions to improve the quality of life of youth and families impacted by chronic illness, in addition to teaching and supervising trainees.

Kristin Canavera
Kristin Canavera, PhD

I am originally from Charleston, SC and received my B.S. in Psychology from Furman University in 2002. Prior to graduate school, I worked at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorder at Boston University, where I coordinated treatment outcome studies for child and adolescent anxiety disorders. I then completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2012, with an emphasis on child psychopathology, anxiety disorders and pediatric OCD, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. I completed my predoctoral internship in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at the Mailmen Center for Child Development at the University of Miami. St. Jude has been an ideal fellowship for me because it has allowed me to continue to build upon my clinical work and research with pediatric populations with cancer and blood disorders. After fellowship, I plan to pursue a career in pediatric psychology in an academic medical setting.

John Hamilton
John Hamilton, PhD

I am originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I graduated from Wofford College with a B.S. in Psychology in 2002. I completed my graduate studies at Palo Alto University and earned my doctorate in 2012. I completed my pre-doctoral residency at the Southeastern Louisiana Consortium - Louisiana State University and Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System. I am currently a Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellow working under Jane Schreiber, Ph.D. I am planning to aid Dr. Schreiber in her research efforts that focus on the neurobehavioral functioning in children with Sickle Cell Disease and cancer. In addition, I plan to continue to pursue my research interests in developmental emotion processing systems within these populations.

Lisa Jacola
Lisa Jacola, PhD

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton and received a Master’s degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. I began using functional neuroimaging to study cognitive development in children while working as a research assistant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cincinnati and completed my clinical residency at the University of Chicago. I am in the second year of my Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship and work primarily with Heather Conklin, Ph.D. I am seeking a position as a clinical investigator upon completion of my fellowship. My goal is to develop an independent program of research focused on improving neurobehavioral outcomes in children with acquired neurologic injury or neurodevelopmental disability.

Yuko Okado
Yuko Okado, PhD

I am a psychology fellow working with Sean Phipps, PhD. I earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, and I research how stressful events, parent-child and peer relationships, and child characteristics interact to influence the child's long-term well-being. My clinical interests include the management of mood concerns, anxiety, and pain, and family coping. In my pre-psychology years, I worked in the nonprofit, education, and IT industries. My other passions include running, music, and traveling.

Kimberly Wesley
Kimberly Wesley, PsyD

As a postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude, I am working with Jerlym Porter, Ph.D. on research projects focusing on determining readiness of young adults transitioning to adult care from pediatric care and barriers to seeking intervention for treatment of enuresis in patients with Sickle Cell Disease. I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2008, my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University in 2010, and my Psy.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from La Salle University in 2013. I completed my predoctoral psychology internship at Ohio Guidestone in Cleveland, OH, where I specialized in psychological assessment and early childhood intervention.

Victoria Willard
Victoria Willard, PhD

I am a pediatric psychology fellow working with Heather Conklin, Ph.D. and Sean Phipps, Ph.D. My research interests are broadly in neurocognitive and coping/adjustment outcomes in childhood cancer patients and survivors, with more specific interests in the social functioning of survivors. I received my undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis and then did my graduate work in clinical/pediatric psychology at Duke University where I worked with Melanie Bonner, Ph.D. and Kristi Hardy, Ph.D. I completed my predoctoral internship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio before coming to St. Jude in September of 2011.