Draycen D. DeCator

Doctoral Candidate

A website maintained by Draycen DeCator. It contains content related to many subjects (psychology, health, statistics, grad school, and more), and professional materials (such as a copy of Draycen's CV, and materials to make your own!).

Education

2012 - Present DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
Clinical Child Psychology Ph.D. Program
Expected Graduation in June 2018
Candidacy Requirements Fulfilled September 2015
Master of Arts, Requirements Completed February 2015, Conferred June 2015
2008 - 2012 DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Graduated June 2012
Major: Psychology Minors: Sociology, Philosophy
 

Awards and Achievements

2015 - 2016 Psychology Departmental Mini-Grant Award
2015 Completed Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program - Newly Diagnosed (SCCIP-ND) Workshop
2014 - 2015 Doctoral & Undergraduate Opportunities for Scholarship (DUOS) award
2014 - 2015 Psychology Departmental Mini-Grant Award
2014 Completed Neuropsychology Technician Certification, University of Chicago
2013 - 2014 Doctoral & Undergraduate Opportunities for Scholarship (DUOS) award
2013 Psychology Departmental Mini-Grant Award
2013 Completed Parent–Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training
2011 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Grant, DePaul University
2011 Dean’s Award for Scholastic Excellence, DePaul University
2010 Psi Chi Member
2008 - 2012 Dean’s List, DePaul University
2008 - 2012 Presidential Academic Scholarship, DePaul University
2008 - 2012 Honors Program, DePaul University
 

Research

2014 - 2017 Graduate Assistant
DePaul University with Kathryn Grant, Ph.D.
The Cities Project is working to develop a stressor taxonomy and to determine the physiological response to different forms of stressors. Implications of these physiological responses will be explored.
Led the physiological data team, coordinating data entry/cleaning and analysis planning. Considered many factors related to physiological responses and determined ways to account for confounds in analyses. Submitted a poster based on physiological data findings. Considered the psychometrics of the surveys participants completed along with having their physiological data collected. Worked with and mentored undergraduate and fellow graduate students to help develop data analysis skills and understanding of the research process. Helped to coordinate with professional colleagues at Northwestern University. Created various syntax files to manage scoring, calculation of composite variables, and advanced analyses.
2014 - 2016 Research Assistant/Project Coordinator
University of Chicago with Khalid Afzal, M.D., and Tina Drossos, Ph.D.
The Newly Diagnosed Pediatric Cancer study is looking at youth and young adults diagnosed with cancer in the past year, along with caregivers, to determine the impact of a new cancer diagnosis. Symptoms of various psychological disorders, as well as quality of life, are being examined.
Coordinated RA availability to match patient availability. Tracked patients to determine eligibility and potential availability to participate in the study. Converted a database from Microsoft Excel to SPSS using Visual Basic. Maintained SPSS and Microsoft Access databases for tracking patients and entering data. Coordinated with another study to allow patients to participate in one study followed by the other. Handled IRB-related tasks and made sure the study is compliant with all requirements. Worked with an undergraduate research assistant to develop data management skills, and to provide mentoring regarding the mental health field and professions. Conducted interviews with pediatric patients as part of data collection.
2014 - 2016 Research Assistant/Project Coordinator
University of Chicago with Tina Drossos, Ph.D.
Worked on study in conjunction with the above study led by Dr. Afzal. Handled IRB-related tasks and made sure the study was compliant with requirements. Considered ways to make participation easier by allowing participants the option of completing measures electronically. Worked with medical staff to help integrate the study with their workflow more effectively.
2011 - 2015 Research/Graduate Assistant
DePaul University with Jocelyn Carter, Ph.D.
The Chicago Healthy Families Project collected data from youth with and without asthma to compare the groups and determine how asthma affects lifestyle, stress, and risk of depression. The GILEAD Project collected data from young adolescents from various schools to determine the effectiveness of a HIV/STI education program. The Active Project for Kids (TAP) is collecting data about active video game use in children and young adolescents to determine factors that increase likelihood of playing active video games and how active video games can be used to improve health.
Collected data by administering questionnaires to participants, including children and parents, and measuring height/weight of participants. Helped recruit new participants by visiting various sites. Contacted participants to schedule times for assessment. Worked with SPSS syntax files to conduct various analyses (e.g., hierarchical multiple regressions, MANOVAs) and to compute summary scores for measures. Mentored undergraduate students to increase their research skills. Conducted literature reviews and analyses for a manuscript. Created and maintained an electronic questionnaire (REDCap), dataset (SPSS), and Microsoft Access database. Authored and co-authored several posters. Presented study findings via a poster and a symposium. Helped to coordinate with colleagues at Rosalind Franklin University, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Loyola University.
2012 - 2014 Graduate Assistant
DePaul University with Cecilia Martinez-Torteya, Ph.D.
BabyBOND is seeking to determine whether or not exposure to stress in utero can predispose a child for hypersensitivity to stress, and whether a secure attachment with the mother can act as a protective moderator.
Managed undergraduate research assistants, created and maintained Microsoft Access and SPSS databases, handled computer software (including video editing), performed various literature reviews, edited manuscript drafts, created and maintained a website containing information about the lab. Conducted various analyses (e.g., discriminant analyses) with previously-collected data for a manuscript.
2012 Summer Intern
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago with Sarah Welch, M.P.H.
Healthy Places has been working with stores in various neighborhoods, and the city of Chicago, to improve the availability of healthy foods and access to safe parks.
Updated and maintained a Microsoft Access database. Entered survey data collected by other research assistants into the database. Organized, scanned, and archived surveys from previous studies.
2011 - 2012 Research Assistant
Children’s Memorial Hospital with Kelly Lowry, Ph.D.
Project EAT is investigating child appetitive traits and parent feeding practices to better understand the formation of eating patterns and weight gain in early childhood with the hope of being able to better teach parents how to foster healthier lifetime eating habits.
Helped collect data by going on home visits throughout Chicago with another research assistant. Entered data collected from home visits, such as height and weight measurements, food eaten during meal, who was present at the meal, and parent responses to a questionnaire. Coded videos of family meals, focusing on frequency and order of select eating-related behaviors.
2010 - 2012 Research Assistant
DePaul University with Kathryn Grant, Ph.D.
The Cities Project is developing a program to train mentor-advocates who will work with low-income urban youth in order to improve their coping skills and increase their chances of getting into college and leading a successful life.
Aided in literary review to facilitate the creation of a mentoring manual. Helped write section of mentoring manual and create activities for class. Researched various medical centers and afterschool programs for inclusion in a resource guide. Contacted various Chicago parks to learn more about potential sites for data collection. Recruited students for the mentor training course by visiting classes. Helped organize and manage information for the lab, such as electronic copies of documents and information on classes for recruiters to visit. Created SPSS syntax files for raw score to T-score conversion.
 

Clinical

2017 - Present Clinical Psychology Intern
Boston Children's Hospital, Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Fellow in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Primary Supervisors: Kevin Tsang, Psy.D. (Consultation Service); Marcus Cherry, Ph.D. (Outpatient); Eugene D’Angelo, Ph.D. (General Assessment)
Worked with medical teams, patients, and families in a consultation/liaison role, under the supervision of a psychology and/or psychiatry attending, as part of the psychiatry consultation service. Completed general assessments to assist with diagnostic clarification, either in an outpatient or inpatient psychiatric setting. Met regularly with outpatient children/teens and their caregivers to assist with medical coping and general psychotherapy.
2015 - 2017 Pediatric Psychotherapy Extern
University of Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Supervisors: Tina Drossos, Ph.D., and Khalid Afzal, M.D.
Worked with hematology/oncology patients to help manage treatment psychosocially. Helped establish the SCCIP-ND protocol in the hematology/oncology clinic. Assisted with consultation/liaison work as part of a team of psychiatrists and psychologists, including detailed diagnostic evaluations (initial consults) and brief psychotherapeutic interventions (follow-up consults). Worked with various outpatient clients to provide services for many different needs using evidence-based treatments. Worked in an endocrinology outpatient clinic providing psychosocial treatment to patients (adults and children).
2015 - 2017 Pediatric Neuropsychology Technician
O'Koon Psychology Group (formerly Pediatric Consultation Center)
Supervisor: Jeffrey O’Koon, Ph.D.
Administered and scored neuropsychological assessments. Observed behavioral patterns and test taking strategies. Reported qualitative information to supervisor for inclusion in result interpretation and reports. Scored various batteries and drafted integrative reports.
2014 - 2015 Pediatric Neuropsychology Extern
University of Chicago’s Pediatric Neuropsychology Service
Supervisors: Scott Hunter, Ph.D. (primary), and Megan Scott, Ph.D.
Received training on various neuropsychological assessment tools. Worked with youth under the direct supervision of Dr. Scott Hunter. Utilized custom-designed assessment batteries with youth of diverse backgrounds and with a wide array of medical and cognitive challenges. Scored and interpreted results of assessments, and wrote findings with recommendations in reports. Participated in weekly didactic training on neuropsychological and neuroanatomical topics, including giving presentations. Summarized clients in group supervision, and received feedback regarding how to effectively communicate client performance and appropriate recommendations.
2013 - 2014 Clinical Psychology Extern
DePaul Family and Community Services (formerly DePaul Community and Mental Health Center)
Supervisors: Julie Brosnan, Psy.D. (Individual/Family Therapy); Karen Budd, Ph.D. and Christina Warner-Metzger, Ph.D. (PCIT); Winifred Kearns, LCSW (Social Skills Group); Trina Davis, Ph.D. (Psychological Assessments)
Provided individual therapy, family therapy, and individual psychological assessments for low-income, diverse youth and parents living in Chicago. Conducted co-therapy for Parent–Child Interaction Therapy and worked towards PCIT certification with Dr. Warner-Metzger (International Certified Master Trainer). Assisted clients through outreach and case management. Scored, interpreted, and wrote reports for psychological assessment measures. Observed clients in a school setting. Observed and wrote drafts for intakes. Reviewed treatment plans with clients and maintained up-to-date paperwork. Participated in providing group therapy via social skills groups to pre-school children alongside two co-therapists, and helped to create the curriculum for the groups. Maintained contact with other professionals as needed.
2011 - 2012 Volunteer
Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago)
Inpatient Psychiatry Unit
Participated in group meetings with patients and aided with recreational therapy. Helped patients with their school work by walking them through mathematical equations, explaining ideas from various perspectives, and filling gaps in their understanding of material. Monitored children to identify possible problems not known by hospital staff. Tested children, both formally and informally, to help determine their knowledge level for various school subjects.
 

Teaching

March 2017 Guest Speak
Institution: DePaul University PSY 481: Child Assessment
Topic: WISC-V/WPPSI-IV Interpretation Primary Instructor: Susan Tran, Ph.D.
October 2016 Panel Member
Institution: University of Chicago Medicine, Kovler Diabetes Center
Topic: Emotional effect of diabetes on the family
October 2016 C/L Presentation
Institution: University of Chicago C/L Case Conference
Topic: Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures
January 2016 - April 2016 Weekly Discussion Group Leader
Institution: University of Illinois PSY 242: Research Methods
Topics: Methods and Statistics Primary Instructor: David McKirnan, Ph.D.
April 2016 Panel Member
Institution: DePaul University Preparing Future Faculty
Topic: Professional Networking Panel Leader: Kim Quinn, Ph.D.
March 2016 Panel Member
Institution: DePaul University PSY 343: Introduction to Measurement
Topic: Forms of Measurement Primary Instructor: Daniel Abben
March 2016 Guest Speak
Institution: DePaul University PSY 366: Abnormal Child Psychology
Topic: Grad School and Careers Primary Instructor: Jarrett Lewis, M.A.
February 2016 Guest Speak
Institution: DePaul University PSY 481: Child Assessment
Topic: WPPSI-IV Interpretation Primary Instructor: Jocelyn Smith Carter, Ph.D.
January 2016 Substitute Lecture
Institution: DePaul University PSY 481: Child Assessment
Topic: WISC-V Introduction Primary Instructor: Jocelyn Smith Carter, Ph.D.
December 2015 C/L Presentation
Institution: University of Chicago C/L Case Conference
Topic: Reccurent Abdominal Pain and Anxiety
November 2015 Guest Speak
Institution: DePaul University PSY 353: Abnormal Psychology
Topic: Grad School and Careers Primary Instructor: Elizabeth McConnell, M.A.
September 2015 Guest Speak
Institution: DePaul University PSY 590: Thesis Seminar
Topic: Productivity and Tips Primary Instructor: Susan McMahon, Ph.D.
June 2015 Didactic Presentation
Institution: University of Chicago Pediatric Neuropsychology Didactics
Topic: From School to Work
February 2015 Didactic Presentation
Institution: University of Chicago Pediatric Neuropsychology Didactics
Topic: Neurofibromatosis and Neurocutaneous Disorders
February 2015 Guest Lecture
Institution: DePaul University PSY 481: Individual Intelligence Testing
Topic: WPPSI-IV Interpretation Primary Instructor: Jocelyn Smith Carter, Ph.D.
February 2015 Substitute Lecture
Institution: DePaul University PSY 481: Individual Intelligence Testing
Topic: WISC-V Administration Primary Instructor: Jocelyn Smith Carter, Ph.D.
November 2014 Didactic Presentation
Institution: University of Chicago Pediatric Neuropsychology Didactics
Topic: Motor and Sensory-Perceptual Skills
October 2014 Guest Speak
Institution: DePaul University PSY 590: Thesis Seminar
Topic: Productivity and Tips Primary Instructor: Susan McMahon, Ph.D.
 

Professional Service

2017 - Present Member of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology Student Journal Club
2017 - Present Member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54) Website Committee
2016 - Present Moderator of APA Google+ community
2016 - Present Member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54) Student Advisory Board (Student spotlight/website committee)
2016 - 2017 Assisted Society of Pediatric Psychology Obesity Special Interest Group with an evaluation of obesity treatment programs
2016 Student volunteer for the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC 2016)
2015 Assisted with categorization of website resources for families with the Consortium for Science-Based Information on Children, Youth, and Families (CSICYF)
2014 - 2015 Vice-chairperson for Psychology Graduate Student Association (PsyGSA) of DePaul
2013 - 2015 Undergraduate mentoring (DUOS)
2013 - 2014 Chairperson for Psychology Graduate Student Association (PsyGSA) of DePaul
Ad-hoc Article Reviews
2015 - Present Journal of Health Psychology
2014 - Present Journal of Pediatric Psychology
 

Professional Association Memberships

2014 - Present Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (APA Division 12 Section 8)
2014 - Present Society for Research in Child Development
2013 - Present Midwestern Psychological Association
2013 - Present Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12)
2012 - Present Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54)
2011 - Present American Psychological Association (Student Affiliate)
 

Publications

Published
Carter, J. S., Karczewski, S., DeCator, D. D., Hollowell, A. M. (2016). Ethnic differences in impact of physical activity program on psychological symptoms in youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13(12).
Karczewski, S., Carter, J. S., & DeCator, D. D. (2016). The role of ethnicity in school-based obesity intervention for school-aged children: A pilot evaluation. Journal of School Health, 86(11), 778–786.
DeCator, D. D., Carter, J. S., & Schneider, K. L. (2016). Family meals, obesogenic factors, and depressive symptoms in youth. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 10(3), 1–3.
Martinez-Torteya, C., Muzik, M., McGinnis, E. W., Rosenblum, K. L., Bocknek, E. L., Beeghly, M., DeCator, D., & Abelson, J. (2015). Longitudinal examination of infant cortisol baseline and stress-reactivity from ages 7 to 16 months. Developmental Psychobiology, 57(3), 356–364.
Submitted for Review
DeCator, D. D., Carter, J. S., & Doll, M. (submitted for review, 2016). Title withheld until review is completed.
Schneider, K. L., Carter, J. S., Putnam, C., Keeney, J., DeCator, D. D., Kern, D., & Aylward, L. (submitted for review, 2015). Title withheld until review is completed.
In Progress
Grant, K. E., Adam, E. K., Chen, E., Carter, J. S., Tseng, K. Y., Rosenkranz, J. A., Marshall, H., LaBarrie, T., Lewis, J., Arizaga, J., Jayan, D., DeCator, D. D., Doxie, J., Huttmann, G., Aaron, A., & Achenbach, T. (in progress). A comprehensive, empirically-based stressor classification and measurement system for adolescents: Development and use to predict mental health outcomes.
DeCator, D. D., Marshall, H., Motykowski, R., Grant, K. E., Chen, E., Carter, J. S., Rosenkranz, J. A., Tseng, K. Y., & Adam, E. K. (in progress). Physiological responses to different types and forms of stress.
 

Posters and Presentations

DeCator, D. D., Engel, M. L., & Carter, J. S. (2017). Executive functioning in pediatric youth: A meta-analysis of youth with diabetes. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC), Portland, Oregon.
Schneider, K. L., Carter, J. S., Putnam, C., Keeney, J., DeCator, D. D. (2016). Enjoyable, highly active videogames decreased physical activity in children. Paper accepted for presentation at the Society of Behavioral Medicine 38th Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.
DeCator, D. D., Rapoport, C., Drossos, T., & Afzal, K. (2016). Understanding Patient and Caregiver Perception of Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
DeCator, D. D. & Carter, J. S. (2016). Identifying subgroups based on eating- and health-related factors. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC), Atlanta, Georgia.
Schneider, K. L., Carter, J. S., Putnam, C., Keeney, J., DeCator, D. D., Kern, D., & Aylward, L. (2015). Individual, interpersonal and game-experience correlates of active videogames in children. Poster presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine 37th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
DeCator, D. D., Jayan, D., Boothe, S., Grant, K. E., Chen, E., Carter, J. S., Rosenkranz, J. A., Tseng, K. Y., & Adam, E. (2015). Physiological responses to different types and forms of stress. Poster presented at the 49th Annual Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Chicago, Illinois.
Carter, J. S., Grant, K. E., DeCator, D. D., Jayan, D., Rosenkranz, J. A., & Tseng, K. Y. (2015) Integration of stress research across animal and human models: Human studies. Poster presented at the DePaul University - Rosalind Franklin University Research Retreat, Chicago, Illinois.
DeCator, D. D., & Carter, J. S. (2015) Family meals and sedentary behaviors as predictors of BMI. Presentation given at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, as part of the symposium Mealtime magic: The health impact of eating together for children and adolescents.
DeCator, D. D., Ramirez, Y., & Carter, J. S. (2015) Active video game use and its effects on sedentary behaviors. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
Karczewski, S., Carter, J. S., DeCator, D. D., & Myers-Sponholtz, C. (2015) Internalizing and externalizing behaviors in low income urban youth: Understanding the role of health based programs on mental health. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC), San Diego, California.
Dellucci, T. V., DeCator, D. D., Scott, D., Carter, J. S., Van Fossen, R. (2014). The effects of perceived parental support on depression in adolescents mediated by self-esteem. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
DeCator, D. D., Nehrke, P., & Carter, J. S. (2014). Understanding factors that contribute to HIV/STI knowledge gain. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
Lowry, K. W., Lavigne, J. V., Skeens, H., & DeCator, D. (2014). A modified coding system for child and parent mealtime behaviors in early childhood. Poster presented at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.
Carter, J. S., Karczewski, S., & DeCator, D. D. (2013). Parental availability as a moderator of depressive trajectories in youth with and without asthma. Poster presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Lowry, K. W., Jedraszko A., DeCator D., Egan M., Fital K., Carroll D., & Lavigne J. V. (2012). Preliminary findings from a home-based observation of child, parent, & household factors associated with child obesity in 2- to 3-year-old children. Poster presented at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas.
DeCator, D. D. & Carter, J. S. (2011). Depression in Youth with Asthma: Asthma Severity, Exposure to Violence and Poverty. Poster presented at the Midwest Regional Conference in Pediatric Psychology, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

(Note: Some of my posters and presentations are available on my Research page)

 

Conferences

2016 Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) Annual Conference, Presented
2016 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC), Presented
2015 Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Annual Convention, Presented
2015 Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) Annual Conference, Presented
2015 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC), Attended
2014 American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology (AAPN) Annual Conference, Attended
2014 Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) Annual Conference, Presented
2011 Midwest Regional Conference in Pediatric Psychology, Presented
 

Assessments

BASC Bracken BRIEF/-2 CBCL/YSR/TRF CMS
Conners CCT CDI-2 CELF-4/-5 CPT/K-CPT/CATA
CTOPP/-2 CVLT-C/-2 DAS DKEFS DOF
Grooved Pegboard KSADS MASC MINI MMPI
NEPSY-2 PedsQL PPVT/EVT Roberts-2 Rey CFT
SIB-R SLDT TAPS-3 ToL TOPS-2/-3
Trails A/B TVPS-3 Vineland VMI-6 WAIS-IV
WIAT-III WISC-IV/-V WJ-III/-IV WMT WPPSI-IV
WRAML-2

(Note: This list is not exhaustive, and focuses on most frequent assessments)

 

Clinical Interventions

Barkley ADHD Behavioral CBT Coping Cat Family
IPT Motivational Int. PCIT SCCIP-ND TF-CBT

(Note: This list is not exhaustive, and focuses on most frequent interventions)

 

Syntax

C++ CSS Java LISREL Python
R SAS SPSS Visual Basic
 

Information up-to-date as of: September 2017