Lee Lab members

Dr. Eun-Jeong Lee

Eun-Jeong Lee is an associate professor of counseling and rehabilitation science in the Department of Psychology. Her current duties include teaching two graduate level courses in multicultural and psychosocial issues in rehabilitation and mental health counseling, applied group counseling, medical aspects of disabling conditions, and rehabilitation engineering technology. She also supervises master's degree students during counseling practicum and internship experiences.

Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. She completed a one-year pre-doctoral psychology internship in the Charles G. Matthews Neuropsychology Lab at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center of the Mendota Mental Health Institute. She also worked for four years as a psychologist in Korea after receiving her master's degree in developmental psychology from the Catholic University of Korea.

Past ADAPT Lab members are now involved all across the country


Melissa Ivins-Lukse

Melissa is a fourth year doctoral student in Dr. Lee's lab.  Her research interests include self-compassion, caregiver issues, health psychology, and eating and weight disorders.  Melissa earned her bachelor’s in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and holds a master’s in Environmental Management from Yale University. She is particularly interested in how our environments and cognitions interact to shape our everyday behaviors and our responses to stress.   She previously worked as an educator and environmental consultant, opportunities that gave her insight into how policy and psychologically-based interventions can influence others’ actions, sometimes in unexpected ways.  She is also interested in cross-cultural research, particularly with regard to caregiver experiences.  

Sam DeDios-Stern

Sam is a 6th year student in the lab, and will be graduating in Summer 2018. She is currently a predoctoral intern at the University of Washington on the Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology track. Sam will be starting her postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Illinois Chicago starting in Summer 2018. Her clinical interests include clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation in outpatient and inpatient urban hospital settings. In her future career Sam hopes to be a board certified clinical neuropsychologist working in an academic medical center and/or rehabilitation hospital. Her research interests are broadly in psychosocial adjustment to disability and chronic illness among individuals with neurocognitive conditions and their caregivers. Sam's recent work has focused more specifically on how cognitive and psychosocial factors (e.g., assistive technology, coping, stress, resilience, social support) may interact to impact psychological outcomes and quality of life among individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.

Lauren Piper 

Lauren is a fourth year doctoral student in Dr. Lee's lab.  Her current research focuses on the psychological impacts of sickle cell disease. She is currently on internship. 

Jonathan Tsen

Jonathan is a third year doctoral student in Dr. Lee's lab.  He attended Wheaton College where he received a Bachelor's of Art in Psychology. His research interests include stigma, help seeking behaviors, and minority mental health.

Dylan Saks

Dylan Saks is a student in the Master’s Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program. He attended the University of California- Berkeley where he received a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology. He did research in cognitive neuroscience studying primary motor cortex inhibition during movement preparation. He is passionate about the intersection of research and clinical application. His current research interest is in disability discrimination for those with chronic illness. He is particularly interested in the subtle ways in which appraisal and perception influence outcomes and interactions for those with chronic illness.

NamHee Kim

Nami is a master student in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program.  She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University at Buffalo. Her research focuses on impact of cultural transition, quality of life and mental health seeking behavior among Asian and Asian American adolescents including international students, immigrant young adults, and their parents within local lives in a transitional context. She is currently working on career identification and interests among Asian-American college students with the roles of acculturation and enculturation.

mEHAK Hafeez 

Mehak Hafeez and is a graduate student working towards her Masters in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling’19. Concurrently, she is part of three research labs at IIT that allow her to strengthen and maintain her research skills in recruitment, data entry, literature review and analyzing data. Her passion is to study the impact of public and self stigma on help seeking behaviors in multicultural population. Her research projects with Drs. Corrigan, Ditchman and Lee have focused on studying the impact of stigma and attitudes on help-seeking behaviors within the multicultural population. 

​Mehak is also part of the Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives (SASDI) team as a Program Coordinator where she does event coordination, and student development programs. Mehak has been greatly involved in the planning of social justice and inclusion events on campus as part of a staff, faculty and student led group, Coalition on Inclusion. In her spare time, Mehak is a freelance painter and zumba dancer and greatly enjoys volunteering with children at the Ronald McDonald House. 

Laura Mathew

 Laura Mathew is a research assistant who has been part of D. Eun Jeong Lee's lab for over a year. She is also part of another IIT lab which allows her to expand her skill set and gain more experience for her future endeavors towards graduate school Laura graduated from the UIC in 2017 where she had been involved in various research projects and worked as a research assistant in a social psychology lab. Laura is also passionate about Disability Studies and was a conference co-coordinator for the 2018 Chicago Disability Studies Conference. 

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