Meet Our Team

Dr. Clutter

Lab Director: Michiko Otsuki Clutter, PhD

Educational Background
BA, International Chrisrtian University, Tokyo, Japan (2000)
MA, University of California Riverside (2002)
PhD, University of California Riverside (2005)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2007)
I am a developmental health psychologist with a background in developmental psychology, behavioral medicine, and statistics. At SYFAH lab, we focus on understanding psychosocial factors associated with lung health, such as asthma self-management and tobacco use among youths. Ultimately, the goal of our research team is to translate our findings to develop strategies to promote lung health in the medical and community settings. Another line of my research focuses on adolescent health risk behaviors, such as substance use and delinquency. Attention to the roles of culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and development is central to my research programs. When I'm not doing research, I teach Health Psychology, Psychological Statistics, and Research Methods in Psychology at USF St. Petersburg. I also volunteer at the Suncoast Pediatric Asthma Coalition. When I'm not teaching or doing research, I try to balance my life with jogging, swimming, spending time with my husband, friends, and our cats, Tigger and Momo.

Meet Our Research Assistants & Lab Alumni

Jacqueline Barrett - Jacqueline is an undergraduate student at USF St. Petersburg, majoring in Psychology and completing concentration courses in Speech-Language Pathology. She is the project manager of the Psychological Science Organization and will soon be inducted into the international honor's society: Psi Chi. Upon graduation next year, she hopes to pursue a doctorate's degree in Psycholinguistics and/or Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Kristen Hannum- graduated from USF St. Petersburg in May 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology.  She is currently attending graduate school at USFSP in order to attain her Master of Arts degree in Psychology.  In the future, she hopes to pursue her P.H.D. in clinical psychology.  Her passions include reading, writing, and travel, as well as, spending time with her family.

Erika Hill
Erika Hill - graduated from USF St. Petersburg in May 2012 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology.  She plans to attend graduate school where she can pursue her interests in psychology and health science.  Erika has more than a decade of experience in the medical field and currently manages a physicians' office.  In her spare time, Erika enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Trinh Luong
Trinh Luong - graduated from USF Tampa with Bachelors in Psychology and Biomedical Sciences in May 2013. Trinh plans to attend Clinical Psychology graduate school. Trinh enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and bunny.


Emma MacAlister - graduated from USF St. Petersburg with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Before she enters graduate school, Emma has hopes to become part of the Peace Corps. In her free time, Emma enjoys reading, running, and family and friends.

Ashley Thurston - Ashley is currently an undergraduate student attending USF in St. Petersburg, and majoring in Psychology. She is actively involved in campus activities and will be the president of the Psychological Science student organization next semester.  After graduation in December of 2013, she plans on pursuing a clinical psychology program in graduate school and hopes to specialize in Neuropsychology. 

Kaity Varner - graduated from  University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor's in Psychology in May 2013. Her focus is on gaining research experience and exploring different specialties of psychology
to prepare for graduate school. In her free time, Kaity enjoys activities outdoors, reading, and time with family and friends.

Lab Graduates

Christian "Ally" Allen - Graduated from USFSP in December 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. Since graduation, Ally has been focusing on attaining more research experience before she applies to graduate programs in the Fall of  2013. She hopes to earn a PHD in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in pediatric psychology.

Krista Ford - a senior at USF St. Petersburg.  She graduated in May 2012 with a Bachelor's in Psychology. She is taking some time off to continue gaining more research experience; however, she plans to attend graduate school with a focus in comparative/cognitive psychology by Fall 2013. In her spare time, Krista enjoys going to the beach, kickboxing, and spending time with her family.

Oana Loznianu - Oana graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Her focus is upon gaining more research experience and preparing to apply to graduate schools in Fall 2013.  

Kayla Nembhard - graduated Cum Laude from USF St. Petersburg in 2010 with a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology.   She is currently a Master student in Mental Health and Wellness Program at New York University. Kayla's interests include traveling, writing, and dance.

Katie Pac graduated in August of 2009 Cum Lade from USF St. Petersburg with a Bachelor's in Psychology. Currently, she is a graduate student at University of Alabama pursuring a Master's degree in School Psychology. She is interested in working with children and families. Katie's interests include reading, writing poetry, and spending time with family.

Megan Sutter - a recent graduate of USF St. Petersburg with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology. She is currently a doctorate student studying Health Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her spare time, Megan can be found enjoying lattes at the nearest coffee house, playing guitar, and watching movies.

Ariella Tabaac - Graduated Magna Cum Laude from USFSP in May 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. While currently gaining research experience and working as a teaching assistant, she is also pursuing a career in the public health field and intends to apply to graduate school programs in Fall 2013. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, art, and nature.

Kelli Tahaney graduated in December 2010 from USF St. Petersburg with a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Minor in English Literature.  Currently, she is a graduate student at Boston University pursuing a Master's degree in General Psychology. Kelli is interested in studying substance abuse and dependency disorders. Kelli spends her free time running and biking.

Jennifer Walter graduated Summa Cum Laude from USF St. Petersburg in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Jennifer is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University to become a Pediatric Psychologist.