Dr. Van Dyk obtained her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She completed specialized clinical and research training in pediatric health psychology during internship and fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Loma Linda University where she provides mentorship and supervision to clinical psychology graduate students; teaches courses in child, adolescent, and health psychology; and conducts pediatric health research.
As a pediatric health psychologist, Dr. Van Dyk’s research is focused on modifiable health behaviors such as sleep, diet, and physical activity. She is interested in these behaviors as targets for health promotion and intervention and studies how they relate to each other and other important health outcomes. She is interested in the intersection between mental and physical health and how health behaviors and outcomes impact emotional and behavioral functioning in youth. Dr. Van Dyk investigates these relationships using observational, longitudinal, and experimental methods. Further, she believes that collaboration within and between disciplines is vital when exploring these important health outcomes.