Kat Lewitzke

Dr. Lewitzke Collaborator photoDr. Kat Lewitzke completed her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2016 from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. She was a member of the PTG lab from 2008 to 2009. While she was in the lab, she examined the relationships between PTG and optimism, and presented her study at Meeting of Minds. For her dissertation, she examined PTG with personal beliefs across a sample of emerging adults. For her clinical training, she worked at an interdisciplinary neuropsychological center that offered services for individuals suffering with traumatic brain injuries, autism, and learning disabilities, among many others. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Oakland University Counseling Center. For her post-doc training, she worked for an inpatient practice that provided various neuropsychological services for both children and adults. Dr. Lewitzke can be reached at

Leah McDiarmid

leahLeah is a   second year masters student at Eastern Michigan University and is working to complete the Clinical Behavioral Program. She joined the PTG lab as an undergraduate in 2013 and has remained an active part of the research lab since then. Currently, Leah is a part of the Behavioral Medicine Research Group supervised by Dr. Hoodin and Dr. Byrd. Broadly, her interests are in integrated care and the role that psychologists can have in improving medical outcomes. She is currently completing her external practicum at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Upon graduation from Eastern Michigan University, Leah hopes to continue for a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She plans to pursue a career in both research and clinical work. Leah can be reached at

Aundreah Walenski

25396092_10214102956750089_4925339101103545776_nAundreah graduated from the graduate school, University of Michigan on December 2017. She obtained her masters degree in clinical social work and became a clinically licensed social worker, hoping to host psycho-educational workshops for families afflicted with mental illness and utilize posttraumatic growth theory. Aundreah is interested in posttraumatic growth following multiple stressful life events and the power of psycho-education interventions. Aundreah is continuing her research project, The Multitude of Events with Dr. Taku and the PTG lab. Aundreah can be reached at

 Jenna Beltramo


Jenna (Duronio) Beltramo is currently a first-year Ph.D. student in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at the University of Central Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Writing & Rhetoric from Oakland University in April, 2018. Jenna originally joined the PTG lab because of her interest in helping individuals recover from adversity. Jenna is currently working on publishing the findings from her honors thesis project, “Exploring Military Experiences: Clarifying the Relation Between Resiliency and Posttraumatic Growth”, as well as replicating and extending this work for her master’s thesis research through the implementation of longitudinal research designs. Her work is also relevant for Occupational Health Psychology with an emphasis on high-stress occupations. Jenna’s long-term goals include the development of a conceptual framework for recovery from adversity, and implementation of her research findings through the development of interventions and training programs. Jenna can be reached at Her curriculum vitae can be found here.

Lauren Harrison
Lauren Bio

Lauren started her first year of graduate school at the University of Michigan in Fall 2018 to obtain her masters degree in Geriatric Social Work with a focus on Interpersonal Practice. Lauren plans to work with the geriatric population and their families to increase later-life dependence, well-being in their communities, and alleviate distress associated with end of life matters through hospice care. She hopes to apply the research skills obtained in the PTG lab to improve assessment of various support groups and lead psychoeducational activities. In the lab, her focus was on the difference in perception of Illusory Growth and Posttraumatic Growth, and she hopes to continue to help with this project in the future. Lauren can be reached at

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