CHANGE Lab People

Director of the CHANGE Lab

Idia B. Thurston, Ph.D.


Associate Director of the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research

Professor in the Departments of Health Sciences and Applied Psychology in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences


Research Interests: 

My research aims to understand why certain groups of people experience a greater health and disease burden and to promote health equity among youth and families. Our CHANGE* lab engages with communities to understand individual, familial, community, and cultural risk and protective factors among marginalized and underserved populations. We develop strength-based, culturally-responsive programs and interventions that consider intersectional identities of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality to enhance well-being, reduce stigma, and promote self-empowerment. 

Texas A&M University: Graduate Students


Internship year


5th Year Clinical Psychology Student


4th Year Clinical Psychology Student


2nd Year Clinical Psychology Student

University of Memphis: Graduate Students


Internship Year - Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology/Education Psychology  

Lab Coordinator

Health Equity Interns

Britney Amankwah


Lasya Dutta


CHANGE Lab Alumni

Mollie B. Anderson, Ph.D.

Instructor of Psychology at University of MemphisGraduation Year: 2016

Rebecca Kamody, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Child Psychology at Yale UniversityGraduation Year: 2018

Robin Hardin, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist at Northeast Georgia Psychological ServicesGraduation Year: 2020

Courtney Maclin, Ph.D.

Clinical Health Psychologist and Faculty member of the Graduate Medical Education Program at WellStar health system

Kristina Decker, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow at Cincinnati Children's HospitalGraduation Year: 2020

Caroline Kaufman, B.A. 

Postdoctoral Fellow at McLean/Harvard Medical SchoolGraduation Year: 2020

Andrew Paladino, M.S.

Medical Student at UTHSCGraduation Year: 2018

Amanda Toumayan, M.S.

Graduation Year: 2020

Past Undergrad Research Assistants

Texas A&M University 

Alicia BorgesAmanda BrunerLauren ChapmanCharlize CheungVeronika CroanGiselle DeleonShivani DesaiApryl HarrisRowan LambertJennifer LeeMaddy MoodyKatie MorinHope OwensMadeleine PiperSofia QuinteroKaylee RichardsonAudrey SacullaAnika SansgiryDayra SotoSarah TurnerGhenaya WinandaKarina York

University of Memphis 

Jazmyne Burton

Michael Higgins

Dominic Ingram

Jamie Padden

Regina Rochelle

Abigail Soefker

Jordan Taylor 

Danielle Thomas

Sascha Young