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Julia S

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Northwestern University


Behavioral medicine, interventions, health psychology, general psychology, , lifestyle changes (physical activity, sleep, nutrition)


Hi! I am currently a PhD student at Northwestern University studying Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Medicine/ Health Psychology. My research passions are in creating interventions for people with chronic illnesses to optimize mental health outcomes through lifestyle modifications (i.e., physical activity, mindfulness, sleep). Ultimately, I hope to increase quality of life for those battling chronic illnesses in a way that is accessible and equitable. Outside of research, my interests involve hiking, boxing, working out and traveling! I love to camper van and explore national parks, as well as travel the world and try new foods, meet new people, and explore cultures different than mine!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Investigating the Effect of Pilates on Health-Related Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors

This study will recruit 100 breast cancer survivors total (BCS) who a) regularly engage in pilates (defined as: do pilates >1 time a week) (N=50) or b) do not engage in pilates or physical activity (N=50). We will employ questionnaires related to quality of life, anxiety, depression, muscularity, and self-efficacy to assess how pilates may have an effect on health-related quality of life in BCS.

Coding skills


Languages I know

Russian, fluent

Teaching experience

I have taught dance and piano previously. I have also mentored students in college through various fellowships.


Work experience

Northwestern University (2021 - Current)
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Pennsylvania (2020 - 2021)
Clinical Research Coordinator
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (2019 - 2020)
Clinical Research Coordinator


University of Maryland
BA Bachelor of Arts (2019)
Northwestern University
MA Master of Arts
Clinical Psychology
Northwestern University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Clinical Psychology

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