About our team

The Social Cognition and Health Research Team is led by Dr. Kym Bennett.  We focus on the effects of social cognition following a chronic disease diagnosis, particularly cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Dr. Bennett received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2002.  Since then, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University (2002-2004), an Assistant Professor at Indiana State University (2004-2008), and now a Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

At UMKC, Dr. Bennett also serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Psychology Program. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in social psychology. She was the recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education at UMKC, as well as the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Bennett mentors graduate students in our Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program.

However, please note that admissions to our graduate program is paused for the 2021-2022 academic year as we participate in a campus merger that creates a new home unit for the Department of Psychology: the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences. Stay tuned for more updates on this move!

Current team members:

Elizabeth Wilson is in her fifth year in our Clinical Ph.D. program. Her research examines cultural factors that predict engagement in health behaviors among under-served populations.

Anahi Ramirez is in her fourth year in our Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences Ph.D. program. Anahi’s research interests involve benefit finding as a coping mechanism following a chronic disease diagnosis.

Previous team members:

Tori Gomez graduated in 2021 with her BA in psychology.

Kalon Eways graduated with her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2020.

Amelia Hess graduated in 2019 with her BA, double majoring in psychology and criminal justice & criminology.

Bri Ely graduated with her BA in psychology in 2018.

Alex Peuser graduated with his BA in psychology and music therapy in 2018.

Kadie Harry graduated with her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2018.

Jillian Clark graduated with her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology in 2017.

Samantha Harris graduated with her BA in psychology in 2015.

Social Cognition and Health Research Team; Last updated on 1/7/22