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Dr. Clawson is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oklahoma State University who specializes in pediatric psychology. Her research investigates factors that impact child and family health, and how to best promote healthy behaviors among families, especially among underserved families. Specifically, Dr. Clawson's research examines environmental tobacco smoke exposure and tobacco use among youth, particularly youth with medical conditions (e.g., asthma, cancer).

Education and Awards

  • NIH Loan Repayment Program Awardee, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2019.

  • NIH T32 Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Alpert Medical School at Brown University; Centers for Behavioral & Preventive Medicine; Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center, 2014-2016

  • PhD: The University of Memphis, 2014

  • Clinical Internship: Kennedy Krieger Institute/ Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, APA-Accredited Pediatric/ Child-Clinical Track, 2013-2014

  • MS: The University of Memphis, 2009

  • BA: Christian Brothers University, 2007

Doctoral Students

Nicole Ruppe

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Nicole Ruppe is a third year doctoral student in the Child and Family Health Promotion Lab at Oklahoma State University (OSU), working under the mentorship of Ashley H. Clawson, Ph.D.. Nicole is originally from Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Scranton with a B. S. in Psychology. Nicole became interested in pediatric psychology through research positions at Drexel University and Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children. As a research coordinator at Nemours, Nicole was involved in an NIH-funded project examining psychosocial risk for youth with sickle cell disease and their caregivers. Broadly, Nicole is interested in research investigating child and family psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness, as well as factors that promote the health and well-being of families, especially among underserved, minority families. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, crafting, and spending time with her puppy, Luna.

Master's Thesis: Depression and Religious Coping among Youth with Asthma: A longitudinal examination

Cara Nwankwo is a second year doctoral student in the Child and Family Health Promotion Lab at Oklahoma State University, under the mentorship of Ashley H. Clawson, Ph.D. Cara is originally from Cincinnati, OH and completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State University. Prior to entering the OSU doctoral program, Cara worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center under the mentorship of Lori E. Crosby, PsyD. During her time there, she coordinated studies that focused on shared-decision making and self-management interventions for adolescents and young adults with Sickle Cell Disease. Cara is interested in research investigating and developing interventions that will improve the health outcomes of minority children and families especially those living with chronic medical conditions. In her free time, Cara enjoys cooking and serving as board member of the Umu Igbo Unite and Nuway Foundation.

Cara Nwankwo

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​Alex Blair is a first year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Ashley H. Clawson in the Child and Family Health Promotion Lab at Oklahoma State University (OSU).  Alex is originally from Oklahoma City, OK and completed her bachelor degree in psychology at Oklahoma State University. Prior to entering the OSU doctoral program, Alex worked as an undergraduate research assistant for Ashley Clawson, Ph.D. and Lana Beasly, Ph.D. Alex is interested in examining the effects of tobacco and marijuana use and environmental exposures among youth with and without asthma.  

Alex Blair

Affiliates of the Child and Family Health Promotion Lab



Dr. Clawson is reviewing applications.
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The Child and Family Health Promotion Laboratory is looking for motivated, responsible undergraduate students to work in the lab.

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