• Meet the Cortina Lab

    Our research team consists of Sandra Cortina, director of clinical service at the Center for Adherence and Self Management, Maxx Somers, program coordinator for the Adherence Center,  and student interns who provide research support. Our students obtain a wide range of research practicum experiences including data collection, data management and analysis. Moreover, lab meetings consist of didactics regarding pediatric treatment adherence, statistical analysis, preparation for graduate school and psychology related careers. Meet our staff and student-researchers.  
  • Sandra Cortina headshot.
    Sandra Cortina headshot.

    Sandra Cortina, PhD

    Cortina is the director of the Adherence Center clinical service.  She provides comprehensive psychological assessment and intervention for children and adolescents with severe treatment adherence problems.  She leads an innovative clinical effectiveness research program that provides electronic monitoring of treatment adherence. Cortina is from San Antonio, TX, and received her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa. 

    Sandra Cortina

    Maxx Somers headshot.
    Maxx Somers headshot.

    Maxx Somers, MA

    Somers is the program coordinator for the Center for Adherence and Self Management and manages day-to-day aspects of the clinical service study.  He is from Indiana and obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hanover College and master’s in cognitive psychology from Ball State University.  He has worked  as a field researcher, study coordinator, project manager and program coordinator in academic and consumer research settings. 

    Maxx Somers

  • Student Interns

    Rachael Murray is a May 2011 graduate of Northern Kentucky University and is from Cincinnati. She is a psychology major with a minor in neuroscience.  She has research experience in industrial organizational psychology as well as experimental psychology. She is conducting research related to behaviors of college students while consuming alcohol and energy drinks. She hopes to become a counselor or pediatric psychologist.

    Chelsea Morley attends Northern Kentucky University and will graduate in May 2011.  Her major is psychology with a concentration in criminal justice.  In addition to working at Cincinnati Children’s, she works in the Psychology Lab at Northern Kentucky University.

    Lindsey Davidson is from Cincinnati and is a senior psychology major at Miami University. She will graduate with a bachelor’s in arts and science in May.  She is interested in clinical research and hopes to attend graduate school.

    Aimee Henkenberns is  a senior at Northern Kentucky University. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in counseling and human services. She works as a psychiatric technician at Community Mental Health Center in Lawrenceburg, IN. She is most interested in behavioral learning in children. She hopes to graduate in December 2011 and to pursue a master’s in clinical counseling.

    Kelly Kleemeier will be a senior this fall at the University of Cincinnati. Her major is psychology and her interest lies in pediatric research as well as chronic illness research.  She hopes to teach high school psychology. 

    Melissa Weber is an undergraduate research volunteer at the Adherence Center.  She is a senior at the University of Cincinnati and will graduate in June 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology.  She plans to attend graduate school and continue to help children and adolescents with a focus on eating disorders.  

    Jared Connor is a senior at the University of Cincinnati. Born in Charlotte, NC and raised in Toledo, OH, he is a psychology / biology major and is  involved with the Treatment Adherence research lab. He is anticipating a second research position at the University of Cincinnati as an assistant in the Cognition and Perception Lab. He is interested in neuropsychology and behavioral and clinical psychology.