Lab Director


Dr. Domoff joined Central Michigan University in Fall 2016 and directs the Family Health Lab in the Department of Psychology. She completed her doctoral training at Bowling Green State University in Clinical Psychology (Child Clinical concentration) and post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan. In 2015, Dr. Domoff received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32HD085684) from the NICHD to examine low-income mothers’ beliefs about media and family mealtime practices as predictors of childhood obesity risk. Broadly, Dr. Domoff’s research program seeks to promote the health and well-being of diverse, under-served children and families, with a specific focus on childhood obesity prevention and healthy media use. Dr. Domoff utilizes observational methodology, mixed-methods, and novel audio-recording technology to understand the potential impact of new media use on young children’s health and development.

Graduate Students

Aubrey Borgen joined the Family Health Research Lab in the fall of 2017. She completed her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead with a major in Psychology and minor in Juvenile Justice. She has experience coordinating the Child Development Lab at Minnesota State, along with providing services for children and adolescents in psychiatric treatment facilities. She is in her first year in the Clinical Psychology program at CMU, and plans to work with children and families in the future.

Sarah Brenner completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cincinnati majoring in Psychology. She is in her fourth year in the School Psychology Program, and is generally interested in behavioral interventions, externalizing behaviors, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and low-incidence disabilities. She joined the lab as a way to broaden her research experience.

Research Assistants

Katelin Crane is a senior at Central Michigan University and aspires to go to Johns Hopkins University to pursue a doctoral nursing degree in the hopes of being a pediatric nurse practitioner. Kate is interested in the complex dynamic of the adolescent and their environment. She loves to travel (15 countries and counting!), read, paint, and snuggle with her dog, Baxter.


Rachel Gerrie is a junior at Central Michigan University, majoring in psychology with a minor in American Sign Language. She joined the Family Health Lab in the fall of 2016 and has been heavily involved with various research projects that the lab has and will be conducting. She looks forward to exploring opportunities available to her at CMU and eventually picking a graduate program that will propel her into her career. Currently she is working on her Honors Capstone Project with Dr. Domoff as her advisor. She plans to work with a faculty member in the criminology institute at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia in February 2018 until the end of the trimester. On campus, she has been a conversation partner for exchange and transfer students learning English, and a member of the judo registered student organization. She is also enrolled in hip hop dancing at a studio in downtown Mount Pleasant.

Amy Nichols is a junior at Central Michigan University. She is majoring in Psychology/Sociology with a concentration in Social and Criminal Justice. Amy is excited about the possibility of becoming a McNair Scholar for the 2018 cohort. Outside of her academic life at CMU, she is a Site Leader for Alternative Breaks and Vice President of Zeta Theta Pi local service sorority. Amy’s plan after Central is to go off to graduate school and pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.


Mariah Purol is a junior at Central Michigan University, majoring in psychology with a minor in family studies. She enjoys taking an active role in the research community, and has assisted in research projects with CMU’s Center for Applied Research and Rural Studies. In her hometown of Alpena, Michigan, Purol also teaches job and independent living skills to those with mental illnesses. She plans to continue to explore the field of psychology during her time at CMU, and hopes to attend a graduate school that continues to connect her with the research community.


Chelsea Robinson joined the Family Health Lab in fall of 2016 as a research assistant.  As a junior at Central Michigan University, she focuses her studies on Exercise Science Kinesiology with a minor in Dance. She plans to continue her education past her bachelor’s degree, where she can conduct further research in public health related fields.  In addition to working on research, Chelsea is involved in many other areas of campus, including America Counts and Reads, Adopt-A-Grandparent, the Organization of Women Leaders, and the University Theatre Dance Company.

Katie Avery is a freshman at Central Michigan University. She is planning on majoring in psychology with a minor in nutrition. Katie is interested in working with individuals who have eating disorders and disordered eating habits in a therapy setting. She loves to sing and is interested in joining one of the choirs on campus. She aspires to study abroad more than once during her time at Central, starting with a trip this summer to Europe. Katie is very excited to be joining the Family Health Lab and helping with the research that is being performed.