CHANGE Lab People

Idia B. Thurston, Ph.D., Director of CHANGE Lab

Associate Professor

Areas of Specialty: Clinical Psychology & Diversity Science

256 Psychology Building


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

4th Year Clinical Psychology Student

3rd Year Clinical Psychology Student

2nd Year Clinical Psychology Student

University of Memphis: Graduate Students

5th Year Clinical Psychology Student

Lab Manager

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Karina York

Amanda Bruner

Madeleine Piper

Sofia Quintero

Audrey Saculla

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

Andrew Paladino, M.S.

Medical Student at UTHSCGraduation Year: 2018

Amanda Toumayan, M.S.

Graduation Year: 2020

Caroline Kaufman, B.A.

Postdoctoral Fellow at McLean/Harvard Medical SchoolGraduation Year: 2020

Past Undergrad Research Assistants

Texas A&M University

Rowan LambertKatie MorinKaylee RichardsonShivani DesaiJennifer LeeAlicia BorgesLauren ChapmanGiselle DeleonSarah TurnerGhenaya Winanda

University of Memphis

Jazmyne BurtonJordan Taylor Jamie Padden

Abigail Soefker

Michael Higgins

Sascha Young

Dominic Ingram

Danielle Thomas