People

Anna Kratz, PhD | Current CV
Dr. Kratz is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan. She earned her BA in Psychology in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University in 2009. Dr. Kratz is particularly interested in assessing, characterizing, and treating symptoms such as pain, cognitive dysfunction, and fatigue that interfere with functional ability and quality of life across multiple clinical populations. She has expertise in advanced statistical analyses, repeated measurement methods, ecological momentary assessments of symptoms and physical activity, and psychometric evaluation and development of patient reported outcomes.

 

 

 

Daniel Whibley, PhD

Dr. Whibley is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan. He completed a BSc in Physiotherapy at St George’s, University of London (First Class), and a PhD in Applied Health Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Epidemiology). He is currently investigating links between sleep, cognition, physical activity and chronic pain.

 

 

 

 

 

Shubha Kulkarni, MS

Shubha is a Research Area Specialist with experience in the management of observational and behavioral research studies. She has worked on grants from the NIH, DoD and PCORI for participants with congestive heart failure, multiple sclerosis & fibromyalgia. Outside of this research experience with UM, Shubha has spent about eight years in various alternative and traditional medical fields, both in the US and India. She was a practicing physician of alternative medicine (Ayurveda) in India and has a Masters in Nutrition Science from Indiana University, Bloomington. Shubha is a strong believer in preventive medicine, with a passion to contribute to research activities in chronic disease management, nutrition and women’s health.

 

 

 

Kristi Pickup, LLMSW
Kristi is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Kratz Lab. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and joined Dr. Kratz’s lab in April of 2014. She began working in research as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan in the Psychology department before spending three years working in healthcare. She returned to research in September 2013, working on multiple studies examining behavioral interventions for patients with chronic pain in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department’s PRISM Lab. Kristi studied Interpersonal Practice with a concentration in Health at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and received her Masters in Social Work in December 2017.

 

 

 

Samsuk Kim, MS
Samsuk is a graduate student pursuing a PhD degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy. She earned her BA in English Language and Literature from Chungbuk University in South Korea. She completed her MS in Health Psychology at the University of Michigan–Dearborn, during which she completed her master’s thesis on pain and stress processes: the role of the transactional model of stress and mindfulness on acute pain. She is particularly interested in understanding the biopsychosocial mechanisms of the pain experience and interventions to improve the well-being of acute/chronic pain patients. She currently receives mentoring from Dr. Anna Kratz, analyzing comprehensive physiological and psychological data.

 

 

 

 

Duygu Kuzu, PhD
Dr. Kuzu is an Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training (ARRT) Program Fellow working in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan. She earned her BA in Psychology at the Izmir University of Economics, and a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology at Istanbul University. She is currently interested in understanding factors influencing the pain experience, well-being, and functioning in multiple clinical populations (e.g., people with spinal cord injury, scoliosis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia).

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Valentine, PhD
Dr. Valentine is a National Multiple Sclerosis Society rehabilitation research fellow working in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan. He completed his BS in Human Development at Cornell University in 2012 and his PhD in Clinical Psychology at The Ohio State University in 2020. Dr. Valentine’s research focuses on psychological aspects of living with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis and cancer, with particular emphasis on understanding processes related to adjustment to illness and improving symptom management, quality of life, and functional status.

 

 

 

 

David Johnson, BS, RRT, CCRP
David is a Clinical Research Coordinator with experience managing a variety of investigator-initiated and multinational industry-sponsored studies.  He currently works on the COMBO-MS study for fatigue in patients with MS.  He previously worked on studies for children with mild sleep disordered breathing, asthma, and Charcot Marie Tooth disease.   He received his Certified Clinical Research Professional credential in 2016 and is also a licensed Respiratory Therapist.  In his spare time, David enjoys kayaking, dog training and travel.

 

 

 

 

Shay Lavon Robison, BS
Shay is a Research Assistant in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Kratz Lab. She recently graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University, where she worked on a variety of projects, including a role as Database Manager/Research Assistant at MSU’s Prenatal Stress Study. In the future, she hopes to continue her education, and is particularly interested in researching the role that stress plays on health.

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Melvin, BA
Matt is an administrative assistant with the Kratz Lab and has been with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2015. He is currently supporting both clinical and research faculty within the department. Matt graduated from Albion College in 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology.