Previous Graduate Students

carmelinda clark-bouchard.

Carmelinda Clark-Bouchard

Clark-Bouchard is pursuing an MS degree in nutritional science. She is currently working on her thesis, “The influence of soda additives on working memory and salivary habituation and to food cues.” Clark-Bouchard earned a BS in nutritional science-dietetics from Cornell University and completed a Dietetic Internship at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in 2010. After becoming certified as a registered dietitian (RD), she worked as a clinical RD at the Albany VA Medical Center. Upon completion of her master's degree, Clark-Bouchard looks forward to working as a dietitian in an outpatient counseling setting. In her spare time she enjoys playing/coaching ultimate frisbee, running, hiking and painting.

Sarah Hussain

Hussain is pursuing an MA in Sociology with a medical concentration. Her true passion lies with understanding the complexity and reasons for health inequality, especially those associated with institutional practices that perpetuate health disparities among marginalized groups. Her goal is to pursue a law degree and later work on health care policy. In her free time, Hussain enjoys being a mom, traveling, trying new things. 

Kate Lynch.

Kate Lynch

Lynch is a graduate of UB’s Dietetic Internship program and certified as a registered dietitian (RD). She is pursuing an MS degree in nutrition. Lynch is currently working on her thesis, “Influence of soda additives on motivation in adolescents." As a former high school and collegiate athlete, she plans pursue further education and a career that connects exercise and nutrition.


Leah Panek-Shirley, PhD

Leah pursued a PhD in Exercise Science at UB. For her doctoral dissertation, she investigated the independent and combined effects of caffeine and exercise on eating behavior. Her research outside the lab included exercise intervention in breast cancer patients with treatment-induced arthralgia and exercise and stress in adolescents. Leah loves being a mother and tending her garden. She is an Associate Professor at Buffalo State College.


Chelsea Peitz

Peitz is pursuing an MS degree in clinical nutrition. She worked on her research rotation within the Nutrition and Health Research Lab conducting the "Veggie Study." She recently began working on her master's project which aims to investigate the influence of supplementation and cross-fit exercise on individuals. Peitz has recently completed her Dietetic Internship and is now a Registered Dietitian (RD). She earned a BS degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut where she also swam competitively as a Division I athlete. She is originally from Fenton, Mich. In her spare time, Peitz manages to squeeze in time for Crossfit workouts, yoga and culinary exploration.

Erika van der Kloet.

Erika van der Kloet

Van der Kloet is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo's psychology program and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in community health and health behavior. In her free time, she likes cooking, crafting and traveling. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a career in health and wellness education. 

Naomi McKay, Postdoctoral Student

Naomi McKay joined the Temple lab as a postdoctoral researcher in the fall of 2014. Her work focuses on the interaction between fluid balance and food intake in humans, with a specific focus on hydration status and food choice. Dr. McKay is originally from New England. Her undergraduate work was completed at Boston University. She then came to Buffalo to complete her PhD at the University at Buffalo in the field of behavioral neuroscience. In the fall of 2016 Dr. McKay will be joining the faculty at Buffalo State in the Psychology department, but will continue to be affiliated with the Temple lab. ​