Name, Degree: Megan White, PsyD
Research Interest & Training: Throughout my training, I have developed a passion for working with teenagers, particularly those struggling with suicidality, disordered eating, mood disorders, and trauma-related disorders. Further, my research has focused on what biopsychosocial factors lead to, as well as perpetuate, the aforementioned presentations and what preventative measures can be implemented to decrease the severity of such presentations.
Doc Project Title : “Do you need your beauty sleep?”: An exploration of the association of sleep difficulties with body dissatisfaction and emotional eating among adolescents
Awards: Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Grant, Practicum Stipend Recipient; Health Resources and Service Administration; Team-based Integrated Pediatrics: Treatment, Assessment, and Prevention (TIP-TAP); Loma Linda University, Department of Psychology, Loma Linda, CA
Internship name / location : Primary Children’s Hospital, Inpatient and Day Treatment Track , Salt Lake City, Utah.
Postdoc name / location: Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Acute Services Track, Orange County, California
Presentations (full APA reference):
Kaur, N., Morales, N., White, M., Van Dyk, T.R. (2022, April 7-9). Emotional Regulation as a Moderator of Insomnia Severity and Emotional Eating in Adolescents. Poster to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Morales, N., Kaur, N., Rawal. B. M., White, M., Van Dyk, T.R. (2022, April 7-9). The Effect of Physical Activity on the Relationship between Sleep and Pain in Adolescents. Poster to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
White, M.L., Afzal, E., Van Dyk, T.R. (2021, March). “Do You Need Your Beauty Sleep?”: An exploration of the association of sleep difficulties with body dissatisfaction and emotional eating among adolescents [poster presentation]. 2021 Western Psychological Association (WPA) Conference, virtual presentation.
Vogel, K., White, M., Watts, V., Banayan, T., & Boustani, M. M. (2020, February) A needs assessment of low-income students attending an alternative high school: Qualitative findings [poster presentation]. Miami International Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MICAMH) Conference, Miami, FL, USA.
Togashi, T. A., Trofimova, A. D., Barcenas, C., Hardeman, W., Hanna, M., Loong, S., White, M. L., Watts, V., Nelson, G.A., & Hartman, R. E. (2019, October). Assessing the behavioral effects of proton irradiation and polyphenol supplementation on a high throughput fruit fly model of traumatic brain injury [poster presentation]. Society for Neuroscience Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
Favorite Nonwork Activities: Outside of my clinical and educational interests, I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible! The beach is my happy place (southern CA girl through and through), coffee shops are my safe havens, and I am always down for a game night and dinner with friends – despite my inability to cook anything other than oatmeal. Hot yoga is my most preferred form of self-care, as well as my reality t.v. binge watching!