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

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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 Borges

University of Memphis

Jazmyne BurtonJordan Taylor Jamie Padden

Abigail Soefker

Michael Higgins

Sascha Young

Dominic Ingram

Danielle Thomas