The Pryor Lab

ABOUT THE LAB
The Pryor Lab predominantly examines maladaptive expressions and features of perfectionism (e.g., personality, interpersonal style) and their implications for interpersonal functioning (e.g., intimacy, self-disclosure, help-seeking). A historically quantitative lab, we are moving into use of mixed method approaches in our work as well. A second focus of the Pryor Lab is the development of research identity (RI) in Master’s level counselors-in-training. 

LAB MEMBERS
Pryor Lab members represent diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, contributing to our research significant richness of perspective and training. We come from many states in the US and other countries including Pakistan and China.

Jessica Rohlfing Pryor, PhD
Dr. Rohlfing Pryor is a full-time faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA) Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Pryor is also a Clinical Lecturer in the Psychology Department and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Dr. Pryor has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. Dr. Pryor completed an academic Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Counseling & Counseling Psychology program at Arizona State University and receiving advanced training in couple and adult family therapy through a second Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Dr. Pryor specializes in research and treatment of high-achieving individuals who struggle with perfectionistic thoughts and behaviors such as crippling self-doubt, chronic disappointment in personal performance, self-sabotage, and interpersonal difficulties. She has presented and published both nationally and internationally on these topics, and has visited elite university counseling centers as an expert speaker on the unique mental health needs of perfectionistic university students. Dr. Pryor is also interested in understanding and assessing the development of research identity in Masters-level counselors-in-training.

Dr. Pryor is the Managing Associate Editor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy (Springer) and serves on the editorial board for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. Dr. Pryor is the Programming Chair of the Society of Couple and Family Psychology (APA Division 43), and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee for the Illinois Association of Couple and Family Counselors (IACFC).

Samreen Kalani
Born in Chicago, Illinois but raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Samreen is a second-year graduate student in the Masters in Counseling at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, expected to graduate in 2018. Samreen graduated with a double major in Bachelors in Psychology and Humanities from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in the spring of 2016. Samreen is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Family Institute under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Rohlfing Pryor working on projects related to perfectionism and research identity development. Samreen has also been a part of the Ditchman research lab since August 2014 at IIT and worked on projects related to the college mental health. Samreen has presented her research about the risk factors contributing to the decline in mental health of the college students at the Midwestern Psychological Association annual conference held in April-May 2015, and again in April-May 2016. Her research interests are mainly related to the well-bring of college students and comparing them across cultures. Outside of school, Samreen enjoys yoga, music, painting and photography.

Shelly Xiaoyan Huang
Shelly is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Shelly received her Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and has research experience in the field of social psychology and cognitive psychology. Shelly has particular interest in multicultural counseling research and strives to continuously build her quantitative and qualitative research skills as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Pryor Lab with peers in her program. In her free time Shelly enjoys cooking and doing jigsaw puzzles.

William Ewing
Will is in his second year of training in the Counseling MA program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and is on the Child/Adolescent specialization track. Will is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Pryor Lab, and recently completed a summer Research Fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine. After graduating in 2015 from Grinnell College, Will worked as a BHIS provider at Healthy Homes Family Services in Iowa. As a BHIS provider, Will taught children and families on Iowa Medicaid the skills needed to manage the challenges associated with their mental health diagnosis. In his free time, Will is a facilitator at the Children and Teens Speak program in which he helps children and teens cope with divorce, death of a family member, and other loss in a group setting. 

Ben Cherkasky
Ben is a second-year student in the Master of Counseling program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Ben is very excited to work as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Pryor Lab, as the subject of perfectionism is very intriguing in a high-stress academic environment such as Northwestern. Ben majored in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and learned to view individuals from dynamic psychological and sociological perspectives. He spent two years working in a lab dedicated to neuroscientific validation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in PTSD victims. He also assisted in a pro-social mindfulness intervention program with young children, which was intensely gratifying. Ben comes to every lab meeting with enthusiasm and is eager to contribute to the important domains of counseling and psychological research!

Taylor Moore
Taylor is in her second year of training in the Masters of Counseling Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and is on the Child/Adolescent specialization track. Taylor is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Pryor Lab. Taylor recently completed a summer Graduate Fellowship in the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Clinic at the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine. Taylor’s research interests include developmental anxiety, sensory disorders, and neurobiological disorders. While completing her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in East Asian Literature and Japanese Language from the University of California, Irvine, Taylor worked professionally as a taiko drummer and continues to perform when time permits. 

Anne Marie O’Donnell
Anne Marie O'Donnell is a second year graduate student in Counseling at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Anne Marie graduated from Saint Xavier University on the southwest side of Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology. She currently doing her clinical internship at the Kenneth Young Center, working with individual adults and groups. She is also a graduate research assistant for the Pryor research lab, and an enthusiastic participant of Dr Pryor's research concerning perfectionism in college students.

LAB PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Rohlfing Pryor, J., Cherkasky, B. D., Moyer, T., O’Donnell., A. M., Kalani, S., Ewing, W. D., & Huang, S.  (2017, September).  Are we practicing what we preach? Assessing research identity development with counseling Master’s students.  Poster accepted for presentation at the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Huang, S., Ewing, W. D., Kalani, S., Cherkasky, B. D., O’Donnell, A. M. & Rohlfing Pryor, J.  (2017, October).   Enhancing research as part of the professional identity of counseling Master’s students.  Panel discussion accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Chicago, IL.

Rohlfing Pryor, J.  (2017, October).  Developing a model of Master’s level research training: Challenges, considerations, and outcomes.  Paper accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Chicago, IL.

CONTACT
Jessica Rohlfing Pryor, PhD
Principal Investigator
The Family Institute at Northwestern University
618 Library Place
Evanston, IL 60201
847-733-4300
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Taylor Moore
Lead Research Assistant
The Family Institute at Northwestern University
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Evanston, IL 60201
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