Lab Director

Dr. Sarah Domoff

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

Aubrey Borgen is a third year student in the CMU Clinical Psychology PhD program and joined the Family Health 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. As an undergraduate student, Aubrey gained experience coordinating the Child Development Lab at Minnesota State and providing services for children and adolescents in psychiatric treatment facilities. Her primary research interests include strategies for managing the screen use of young children and helping adolescents develop healthy social media use. Aubrey has presented FHL research at the 2018 PCIT World Congress, the 2019 PCIT International Convention, and the 2019 International Convention of Psychological Science. She is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and is currently receiving training in autism assessment. In the future, Aubrey plans to gain experience as a clinician in a medical center and to further study the effects of screen time in early childhood.

Sarah Brenner

Sarah Brenner completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cincinnati majoring in Psychology. She is in her fifth 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.

Ryan Foley

Ryan Foley is a second year graduate student coming from the University of Michigan where he earned a B.A. with distinction and honors in psychology. His research interests include video game usage and related health and social outcomes, adolescent phone and media usage and its relationship to health and educational outcomes, and generally contributing to the knowledge base of problematic media usage in adolescents and adults. He is passionate about making a difference in individuals lives and has relevant clinical experience working in educational and medical settings.

Julie Chandler

Julie Chandler is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at CMU and joined the Family Health Research Lab in the fall of 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University where she earned a B.A. in psychology and a minor in counseling. She has experience managing the Time Lab at San Francisco State University and providing mental health services for children and adolescents in a residential facility. Her research interests lie in adolescent media use and its relation to health outcomes. In the future, she plans on working with children, adolescents, and families.