Kristen Carpenter

Kristen Carpenter was born in Dearborn, Michigan and lived there until she left for Chicago in 1992, where she began her study of psychology at Northwestern University. In 1996, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Women's Studies. She graduated with departmental honors, received the Benton J. Underwood Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and was a member of a number of academic honor societies during her studies. Her senior honor's thesis was entitled A Professional Makes Their Own Beer: A Study in Semantics and was conducted under the mentorship of Drs. Edward Wisniewski & Sandra Waxman. Until mid 2000, Kristen worked as a consulting associate with Jennings, Ryan & Kolb Management Consultants in Chicago. In September 2000, she began her studies in clinical psychology at the Ohio State University. During graduate school she has pursued research interests in the topics of quality of life and gynecologic cancer, sexuality and breast cancer recurrence, and body image and sexuality in primary breast cancer patients and clinical opportunities with a variety of patient populations, including those with and without chronic illness.

Kristen's research began with a first year project on the topic of quality of life in newly diagnosed gynecologic cancer patients. She then completed her Masters thesis, entitled Predictors of Post-Treatment Quality of Life in Gynecologic Cancer. Data from this work was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. She also completed her dissertation, entitled The Stress-Buffering Effect of Social Support in Gynecologic Cancer Survivors.  She completed her internship with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.  She is currently working as a NCI fellow in Cancer Prevention and Control at the University of California-Los Angeles, focusing on issues of cancer survivorship.

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Department of Psychology
The Ohio State University
Rm.159 Psychology Building
1835 Neil Avenue Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1222
(614) 292-8429

E-mail: Carpenter.292@osu.edu