Here you will find information on some of our current and past lab members as well as their research interests and projects.
Lab Members
Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua is Department Chair of Psychology and Professor of Psychology, a member of the Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Faculties, and the Director of the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory. He received his B.A. in 1972, his M.A. in 1974 and his Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of Florida.  His current research interests include behavior therapy, behavioral medicine, behavioral research methodology, and developmental disabilities.  He is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and is a frequent contributor to a variety of behavior analysis journals.
Phone: (269) 387-4474
Office: 3740 Wood Hall
Matthew Decker is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology.  He received his B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University and his M.A. from Ball State University. His research and interests center on behavioral medicine.  Matt is currently completing his pre-doctoral internship at the Medical College of Georgia.
Mike Reynolds is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis. He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota, and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota State University. His research interests include risky behavior harm reduction strategies, research ethics, relational frame theory, and healthcare efficiency.
Jeralee Briggs is working towards her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has a Masters of Science in Behavior Analysis from UW-Milwaukee. Currently, Jeralee is interested in Behavioral Health Psychology, with a focus on chronic illness and the effect on psychological health.
Mack Costello is a Ph.D. student.  He received his B.S. and his B.A. from the University of Florida.  He has had research, teaching, therapist, and management roles while at WMU, and is a former supervisor in a clinical setting.  His research interests include gambling, functional behavior analysis and treatment, and behavioral medicine.
Kate Binder is working on her M.A. in Behavior Analysis. She received a B.S. in Psychology: Behavior Analysis and Gender and Women's Studies from Western Michigan University. Her current research interests focus on community based Behavior Analysis applications including recycling and waste collection programs and energy conservation. She currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Office for Sustainability.
Chris Walmsley is working on his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis.  He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.  His interests include biofeedback technologies, bruxism, behavioral gerontology, and conceptual issues in Skinner’s Verbal Behavior.
David Lawrence is currently working towards his M.A. in Clinical Psychology. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Western Michigan University. His research interests include testing evidence based interventions, and implementation and dissemination of empirically supported treatments for clinical problems in the area of health psychology.
Neil Deochand is a Ph.D. student in Behavior Analysis. He received his B.S. in Psychology and his M.S. in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida. Before coming to WMU he was a District Behavior Analyst for Agency for Persons with Disabilities in Suncoast Region, Florida. His background in the quality assurance sector of Behavior Analysis has shaped his research interest to design effective proficiency training programs for Applied Behavior Analysts. Other interests include application of the matching law and stimulus equivalence.
Recent Graduates:
•Amy Gross completed her predoctoral internship in Behavioral Pediatrics at University of Nebraska Medical Center/Munroe-Meyer Institute, a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota
Julie Huston is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Miami University of Ohio. Her research interests include health risk behaviors, particularly eating disorders and obesity, with an emphasis on etiology and treatment. She is also very interested in the impact of culture on the presentation and management of these behaviors.
Jamie Hirsh is working toward her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis. She received her B.S. from Northwestern University in Human Development and Psychological Services, an M.S. in Child Development from the Erikson Institute in Chicago, and an M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Some of Jamie's research interests include the implementation of behavioral interventions for infants and children in the hospital setting, self-monitoring of diet and exercise in children and teenagers with chronic disease, and echoic behavior in infancy and its relation to future verbal behavior.