Amanda S. Bruce, Ph.D.

Amanda is from Manhattan, Kansas, and earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Kansas. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and spent time doing clinical research at Brown University before completing her clinical internship at the Boston VA hospital. She went back to the Midwest to continue her training with a postdoctoral fellowship in functional neuroimaging at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). She joined the Psychology Department at the University of MissouriKansas City (UMKC) as an Assistant Professor but was eventually recruited back to KUMC in the Department of Behavioral Pediatrics. She is a member of the Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, which is a bi-state center affiliated with KUMC, as well as Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Bruce also continues to hold an appointment at UMKC.  

Alex J. Francisco, M.A.
Graduate Student

Alex is a third-year doctoral student in the experimental health psychology program at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. He received a B.S. in psychology from Truman State University in 2012. His research interests include affective decision-making neuroscience, neuroeconomics, and social neuroscience. He has experience in various psychophysiological modalities; primarily skin conductance and heart-rate variability, as well as functional neuroimaging. His current research is focused on medical decision-making, probability discounting, and the social implications of vaccination decisions. In his free time, Alex enjoys trail running (from 5k to 100-milers), rock climbing, bouldering, and mountaineering.

Hannah Krohne, RDN, LD
Graduate Student

Hannah is a Registered Dietitian and second-year graduate student in the Dietetics and Nutrition department at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She received a B.S. in Food and Nutrition: Dietetics from Northwest Missouri State University in 2016. Hannah completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2017. Hannah is interested in improving nutrition literacy in the community, enhancing quality of life through nutrition education, and pediatric nutrition for proper growth and development. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys cooking, reading, taking her dogs on walks, and spending time with friends and family.


Bill Black, Ph.D. 

Matthew G. Berg, M.A.

Dominic M. Burkart, B.A.

J. Bradley C. Cherry, J.D.

Johanna J. Commons, B.A.

Kaelene Curry, M.A.


Danthea A. Fernández, M.A.

Megan S. Haghnegahdar, B.A. Medical Student

Janice M. Henry, M.S.

Katie Poppert, M.A.

Lucy McIntyre

Audrey A. Wadood, B.A.




William M. Brooks, Ph.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center

Jared M. Bruce, Ph.D.

University of Missouri–Kansas City

Tania Burgert, M.D.

Children's Mercy Hospital

John M. Crespi, Ph.D.

Iowa State University

Ann M. Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., A.B.P.P.

University of Kansas Medical Center

Cara M. Hoffart, D.O., M.S.C.E.

Children's Mercy Hospital

David P. Jarmolowicz, Ph.D.

University of Kansas

Kimberly Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

Kansas State University

Seung-Lark Lim, Ph.D.

University of Missouri–Kansas City

Jayson L. Lusk, Ph.D.

Purdue University

Neil J. Mardis, D.O.

Children's Mercy Hospital

Laura E. Martin, Ph.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center

Cary R. Savage, Ph.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center

Robin P. Shook, Ph.D.

Children's Mercy Hospital

T. Ryan Smith, M.D.

The University of Kansas Hospital

W. Kyle Simmons, Ph.D.

Laureate Institute for Brain Research

Dustin P. Wallace, Ph.D.

Children's Mercy Hospital