Current Fellows

Dana Bakula, PhD
Dana Bakula, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Children’s Mercy Kansas City in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests center around mental health among parents of children with complex medical conditions, and the intersection between parent mental health and child physical and mental health outcomes. She is particularly interested in interventions to promote positive parent and child outcomes through addressing parent mental health symptoms.

 Rebecca ForightRebbeca Foright, PhD
Rebbeca Foright, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Kansas Medical Center in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Her research interests include exercise, body weight regulation, sex differences, and stress. Current projects are focused on the mechanisms responsible for the increased risk of developing obesity following early life stress and a role for exercise in mitigating that risk.

Paul Hibbing, PhD
Dr. Hibbing is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center. His research blends exercise physiology and data science to improve how physical activity and sedentary behavior are measured. He is also interested in using novel assessment methods to promote deeper understanding of how physical activity and sedentary behavior impact health.

Bethany Forseth, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Center. Her research focuses on the promotion and health benefits of physical activity and working to prevent and/or manage chronic diseases through increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviors. She also has an interest in physical activity measurement.

Frank T. Materia, PhD, MHS
Dr. Materia is a postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Health Services and Outcomes Research at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. His research focuses on understanding best-practices for implementing mobile health (i.e., mHealth) technologies to improve the reach and efficacy of behavioral medicine interventions. He utilizes theoretical approaches from implementation and behavioral sciences to study how mHealth systems can be most effectively designed to support patient acceptability, engagement, adherence, and sustained use of technology.