History of the Cardiac Psychology Lab at ECU
The Cardiac Psychology Lab at ECU was established by Dr. Sears and his post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Melissa Matchett. He currently mentors three doctoral students at various levels in the program. The first graduate of the ECU program, Garrett Hazelton, PhD, graduated in August 2011. Dr. Hazelton completed his psychology internship at Duke University and recently accepted a position in the Department of Psychiatry at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. Dr. Kari Kirian, the second graduate of the doctoral program, completed her internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, and returned to ECU as an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine. Together with his work at the University of Florida, Dr. Sears has mentored 12 PhD dissertations, and his graduates are employed in both academia and industry focused on health and cardiac psychology. In the Spring 2012, Dr. Sears was honored as Research Mentor of the Year by the graduate students in the Department of Psychology at East Carolina University.