Krantz Bio

Uniformed Services University

Medical & Clinical Psychology: Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research Lab

Graduate Students

Andrea Weiss, M.S.

Andrea Weiss, B.A.

Andrea Weiss is a fifth year student in the Military Clinical Psychology track Ph.D and is currently attending internship at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center at Lackland, AFB. Andrea completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2006 at Loyola Marymount University and a Bachelors in Developmental Psychology in 2011 at Worcester State University. In addition, her undergraduate internships included research at Wright-Patterson AFB and field work at the Department of Children and Families in Massachusetts. Andrea's undergraduate research focused on parental authority styles and academic achievement and currently her research focuses on family structure, social support, and heart health risk factors and outcomes. Her research has been published in Learning and Individual Differences and presented at several national conferences. Andrea's clinical rotations include Malcolm Grow Medical Center, The Tree House Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County, and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

Felicia Keith, M.S.

Felicia Keith, B.A.

Felicia Keith is a third year graduate student who graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology, Law and Society from University of California, Irvine. She has over five years of research experience in psychology and law, with a focus on prediction of violent behavior in individuals with mental illness. She has presented research at multiple conferences both OCONUS and CONUS and has been published in Psychiatric Services. After she graduated, she continued her work at UC Irvine and was an integral member on a team who investigated the validity of a major assessment tool used by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Division of Juvenile Justice. She commissioned as a 2d Lt in 2012 for the US Air Force and graduated #1 at officer training held in Montgomery, AL. Currently she is working in tandem with a post-doc at the University of South Florida examining the construct validity of the current conceptualization of psychopathy. In addition she is working with Dr. Krantz on the completion of the BETRHEART project and exploring the link between anger, cytokines and adverse heart failure outcomes. 

Catherine Ware, M.A.

Catherine Ware, M.A.

Catherine is a fourth year student in the Military Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Track. She graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1997 with a B.S. in Astronautical Engineering and served for 10 years as a pilot in the US Air Force. Following separation from active duty, she served in the Air Force Reserve as an Admissions Liaison Officer and pursued her Masters of Psychology at the University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs. While in the master's program, she provided psychotherapy to underinsured members of the community at the Rockies Counseling Center. She also volunteered for 10 months as a crisis counselor on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Her current research interests include disturbed sleep and insomnia interventions in patients with cardiovascular risk factors.

Amy Lee, M.S.

Amy Lee

ENS Amy Lee, M.S., (U.S. Navy) is a 3rd year Military Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at USUHS. For her undergraduate studies, Amy attended Harding University where she earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in French in 2007. After college, Amy attended Loyola University-Maryland in Baltimore, MD where she completed her M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology. During her graduate studies, Amy also worked as an extern and later as a full-time clinical researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Amy was commissioned in April 2013 as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Currently she is working with Dr. Krantz at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress examining the changes in health care utilization of military families after bereavement as well as a study examining sexual intimacy among military couples during recovery from PTSD and TBI. In addition she is working with Dr. Krantz on the completion of the BETRHEART project and exploring the link of various psychosocial factors to heart failure outcomes.

Andrew Dimond, B.A.

Andrew Dimond

Andrew is a 2nd year student in the Military Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Track. He graduated from Beloit College in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. He took part in two NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates programs at Oklahoma State University and Colorado State University. He has been published in the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences and has presented posters at national, regional, and local conferences. After graduating from college, he volunteered for 10 months as a crisis hotline counselor in North Carolina. 

Julia Garza, B.A.

Julia Garza

Julia Garza is a first year student in the Military Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Track. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. While at the University of North Texas, she worked as a peer mentor and liaison with student Veterans transitioning to the university. After graduating from college, she was a research associate for the South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience (STRONG STAR) for over two years. At STRONG STAR she worked primarily on a study involving active duty military with Insomnia but also assisted with numerous PTSD randomized control trials and projects.  

Research Staff

Paula Bellini, M.A. (Research Coordinator)

Paula Bellini

Paula is the research coordinator for Dr. Krantz’s lab and is primarily involved in the daily workings of the BETRHEART study. Paula is also a research assistant at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center where she is involved in research on incorporating telephone counseling for smoking cessation for lung screen patients.  She recently graduated from American University with her master’s degree in psychology where  her thesis was entitled, “The Mediating Role of Emotion Regulation in the Relationship between Trait Mindfulness and Posttraumatic Stress Symptom Severity”.  She hopes to continue her education in a clinical PhD program investigating factors that contribute to the maintenance of PTSD and development of comorbid psychological or health-related disorders.