September 13, 2018


Lab Director

Kristin Horan earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2018. Her research interests broadly relate to Occupational Health Psychology, as she studies interventions to improve employee health, safety, and well-being, high-risk occupations such as healthcare employees or hospitality employees, and the relationship between health behaviors and work. Her research has led to over 20 presentations at national conferences and has been published in journals focusing on workplace health management and behavioral interventions. Some of her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health, and she has contributed to work funded by the State of Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation. She aims to improve the quality of life for employees through her research. In her free time, Dr. Horan enjoys spending time with her family and teaching group fitness classes.



Graduate Students 

Jenna 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. Jenna joined the Occupational Health Psychology in Practice Lab because of her interest in Occupational Health topics and interventions. In particular, one of Jenna’s key research interests is exploring the relations between resiliency, growth, and learning with the ultimate goal of developing training and intervention programs in order to help individuals, particularly those in high-stress occupations, recover and grow from adversity. Jenna can be reached at


Emily Broksch is a second year in the Ph.D. program for I/O Psychology at UCF. She is originally from South Florida and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. Her current research interests include helping behaviors, workplace interventions, and stress. More specifically, the OHPIP lab interested her because of the emphasis placed on employee wellness interventions.


Wheeler Nakahara is from Dallas, TX and attended undergrad at Texas A&M University (Whoop!) where he completed his B.S. in Psychology. Through his involvement in I/O research labs at Texas A&M and leadership roles in student organizations, he became interested in pursuing graduate school in I/O psychology. He is broadly interested in occupational health psychology. More specifically, he is currently interested in examining ways that the effects of stress can be buffered through either stress interventions or coping strategies.

Matthew Ng is the Lab Manager of the OHPIP Lab. He is a 2nd year master’s student in the I/O Psychology program at UCF. He is from Saint Augustine in North Florida and attended the University of Florida for my undergrad. His current research interests involve conflict resolution and its outcomes, which include occupational health outcomes. Additionally,  he is interested in high-risk jobs, as well as general implications of occupational health psychology (OHP) research.

Rebecca Pittman is a 1st year PhD student in the I/O Psychology program at UCF. She is from Raleigh, North Carolina and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina in May of 2017. Her current research interests involve a wide range of occupational stress and health outcomes as well as high reliability occupations. Currently she is looking into the relationship between stigma and counterproductive work behaviors in police officers.

Marissa Post is a second-year student in UCF’s Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. She is originally from the Chicago area and received a B.S. in Psychology from North Central College. Her career aspirations in I/O Psychology lie primarily in people analytics, but enrolling in Dr. Horan’s Occupational Health Psychology seminar led her to involvement in the lab. She is excited to have the opportunity to be involved with lab research that she can apply in the field as a practitioner after graduating.