Samsuk Kim, MS
Samsuk worked in the Kratz Lab as a Clinical Psychology PhD student at the University of Detroit Mercy. She received mentoring from Dr. Anna Kratz, analyzing comprehensive physiological and psychological data. She is currently completing her doctoral internship at the Boston VA. 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.





Thomas Valentine, PhD
Dr. Valentine was a National Multiple Sclerosis Society rehabilitation research fellow 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.