Skip to main content

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows

portrait of Christina Borgan

Christina Borgan, PsyD

 

I am joining the team at St. Jude for a full-year clinical fellowship position. I am originally from Miami, FL but I am coming to Memphis from Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. I received my Psy.D. from the Clinical Psychology program at Albizu University in Miami, Florida. I am fluent in both English and Spanish.

 
portrait of Kristen Howell

Kristen Howell, PhD

 

I am originally from Oklahoma where I received my BS in Biology at the University of Oklahoma. I moved to Atlanta where I received my MPH in Epidemiology at Emory University. It has always been a dream of mine to do research for St. Jude, so I then moved to Memphis to work on my PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Memphis in hopes of connecting with St. Jude. During this time, I began doing research in collaboration with St. Jude's Hematology Department, which sparked my interest in Sickle Cell Disease. My dissertation focused on the transition from pediatric to adult care among young adults with Sickle Cell Disease. It is a dream come true to be a part of this team at St. Jude! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs, reading, cross-stitching, and game nights!

 
portrait of Ayanna Johnson

Ayanna Johnson, PhD

 

I received my PhD in school psychology from Howard University in 2019. As part of my clinical training, I completed my predoctoral internship at Loudoun County Public Schools, with a clinical interest in pediatric psychology and supporting students with complex medical health conditions in schools. My dissertation research examined pre-service teachers’ attitudes, competence, and adaptive behaviors towards schoolchildren with chronic health conditions using a virtual simulated classroom platform. Currently, my research focuses on treatment adherence, adjustment and coping strategies among families and children with sickle cell disease and cancer survivorship. In addition to my work in pediatric psychology, I also have a strong interest on effective transitions from hospitals to schools for children with complex medical and psychiatric conditions. I am extremely active with my home church, Truth and Transparency, supporting the community through clothing giveaways, food pantries, and delivering mental health forums. In my spare time, I enjoy reading a good book, spending time with my family and friends, and traveling the world.

 
Dana Kamara

Dana Kamara, PhD

 

I am so excited to be starting at St. Jude as a Psychology Fellow. I am originally from Seattle, WA and lived in Columbus, OH for graduate school and internship. My interests are broadly focused on pediatric psychology, and on sleep disturbances in particular. I am excited to continue training in hematology/oncology and to conduct research on sleep disruptions in youth with cancer. I am also so excited to meet the other fellows and explore Memphis as much as COVID allows. I love to read books, spend time outdoors, and am hoping to travel and refresh my scuba diving skills while I'm here!

 
Melanie Morse

Melanie Morse, PhD

 

I received my Bachelor's degree in psychology from Hendrix College and my Master's degree in clinical psychology from Mississippi State University. I recently graduated from the Clinical-Community Psychology doctoral program at University of South Carolina. I am excited to be a part of the St. Jude team!

 
 

 

Former Fellows

Name Mentor  Dates Positions
Vanessa Aguilera Canavera 2020-2021

Graduate Program:  Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Internship:  University of Southern California UCEDD/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Initial Employment:  Pediatric Psychologist, Medical College of Wisconsin/Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, Wauwatosa, WI

Mallorie Gordon Willard 2018-2021

Graduate Program:  The New School for Social Research, New York, NY

Internship:  James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY

Initial Employment: Adolescent & Young Adult Psychologist, Pediatric Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Megan Schaefer Heidelberg 2020-2021

Graduate Program:  Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Internship:  Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Initial Employment:  Pediatric Psychologist, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, OH and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Emily Crochet Canavera 2019-2020

Graduate Program: Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Internship: Wright State University/Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dayton, OH

Initial Employment: Psychologist, Oschner Hospital for Children, New Orleans, LA
 

Kayla LaRosa Crabtree 2018-2020

Graduate Program: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Internship: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Silver Child Development Center, Tampa, FL

Initial Employment: Assistant Professor, Norton Children’s Hospital/University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
 

Megan Loew Porter 2018-2019

Graduate Program: University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Internship: Medical College of Georgia-Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Augusta, GA

Initial Employment: Senior Research Analyst, Behavioral Health Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services, St. Paul, MN
 

Elyse Heidelberg Alberts 2017-2019

Graduate Program: Nova Southeastern University, College of Psychology, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Internship: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Initial Employment: Instructor, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Vicky Lehmann Klosky 2017-2018

Graduate Program: University Medical Center Groningen/University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

Initial Employment: Research Psychologist, Amsterdam University Medical Center and Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sasja Schepers Phipps 2017-2018

Graduate Program: Academic Medical Center, Emma Children’s Hospital/University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Initial Employment: Psychologist, Princess Maxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Utrecht, Netherlands

Lauren Cox Willard 2016-2018

Graduate Program: University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

Internship: Texas Child Study Center, Austin, TX

Initial Employment: Pediatric Psychologist, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, TX

Kristin Niel Crabtree 2016-2018

Graduate Program: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Internship: Mailman Center for Child Development/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Initial Employment: Pediatric Psychologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA

Justin Williams Porter 2015-2018

Graduate Program: Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Internship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Initial Employment: Clinical Psychologist, Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health, Kennesaw, GA

Paige Lembeck Porter 2015-2017

Graduate Program: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Internship: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Initial Employment: Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT

Danielle Graef Crabtree 2015-2017

Graduate Program: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Internship: A.I.duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE

Initial Employment: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati, OH

Jennifer Allen Ehrentraut 2014-2016

Graduate Program: St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Internship: Center for Behavioral Health, Kansas City, MO

Initial Employment: Clinical Psychologist, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Kimberly Wesley Porter 2013-2015

Graduate Program: LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA

Internship: Guidestone, Brook Park, OH

Initial Employment: Pediatric Psychologist, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Yuko Okado Phipps 2013-2015

Graduate Program: Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Internship: Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, CA

Initial Employment: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton, CA

Kristin Canavera Klosky / Crabtree 2012-2014

Graduate Program: Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA

Internship: Mailman Center for Child Development, Miami, FL

Initial Employment: Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Chastity Brimeyer Crabtree 2012-2014

Graduate Program: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Internship: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH

Initial Employment: Pediatric Psychologist, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Victoria Willard Phipps / Conklin 2011-2014

Graduate Program: Duke University, Durham, NC

Internship: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH

Initial Employment: Research Associate, Department of Psychology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Alana Lopez Porter 2011-2013

Graduate Program: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Internship: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD

Initial Employment: Clinical Psychologist, ‎ Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Heather (Gamble) Gammel Ingerski / Crabtree 2011-2012

Graduate Program: University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Internship: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Initial Employment: Pediatric Psychologist, Behavioral Science Consulting, Memphis, TN

Christina Hyon-Wynn Crabtree 2010-2011

Graduate Program: Argosy University, Washington, DC

Internship: Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI

Initial Employment: Licensed Psychologist, Child & Family Associates of Greater Washington LLC, Falls Church, VA

Rebecca Foster Klosky 2010-2012

Graduate Program: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Internship: University of Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, FL

Initial Employment: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Winona State University, Winona, MN

Jennifer Lindwall Phipps 2010-2013

Graduate Program: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Internship: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Initial Employment: Assistant Professor, University of Colorado-Denver/Children's Hospital of Colorado, Denver, CO

Linda M. Radbill Crabtree 2009-2011

Graduate Program: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Internship: Sara A. Reed Children's Center, Erie, PA

Initial Employment: Psychologist, General Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

Jody Nicholson Tyc 2009-2012

Graduate Program: Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN

Initial Employment:  Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Kendra Tannenbaum Parris Crabtree 2008-2010

Graduate Program: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Internship: Children's Hospital of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Initial Employment: Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN 

Natalie Williams Phipps 2008-2009

Graduate Program: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

Internship: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

Initial Employment: Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Bryan B. Bushman Crabtree 2007-2008

Graduate Program: Utah State University, Logan, UT

Internship: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA

Initial Employment: Clinical Adolescent & Child Psychologist, McKay Dee Behavioral Health Institute, Ogden, UT

Elizabeth (Bowling) Lee Justin Yopp 2007-2008

Graduate Program: University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Internship: Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

Initial Employment: Clinical Psychologist, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Lisa (Shum) Kahalley Tyc 2007-2009

Graduate Program: University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Internship: Duke University, Durham, NC

Initial Employment: Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

More Information