The Mindful Health Lab is Dr. Huberty’s research lab housed within the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative Building on the Downtown Phoenix campus of Arizona State University. This is where all the magic happens and where her students, volunteers, and employees call home. Below, you can learn a little bit more about each of the team members that make up the Mindful Health Lab!
Ryan Eckert, MS, CSCS; Research Coordinator
Ryan Eckert received both his Bachelors (2015) and Masters (2017) degrees in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University (ASU). He began working with Drs. Huberty and Mesa (Mays Cancer Center) during his Masters degree as they mentored him throughout his thesis. After successfully defending his thesis and graduating from ASU, he began working for the Mays Cancer Center in partnership with Dr. Huberty at ASU. Ryan works as the Research Coordinator involving all of Dr. Huberty’s and Dr. Mesa’s joint work with cancer patients/survivors and helps manage Dr. Mesa’s Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Quality of Life Study Group. Ryan is a dedicated triathlete competing in various distances ranging from sprint-distance triathlons to Ironmans, owns his own part-time business (Peak Endurance Solutions) as an endurance coach, and published a book entitled, Swim, Bike, Run Happiness: My Journey to Overcoming Depression, in July 2018.
Dr. Jeni Green, PhD; Post-Doctoral Scholar
Dr. Jeni Green received her BS in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Utah (2011). She earned her MS in Exercise and Wellness (2015) and PhD in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (2019) from Arizona State University while working as a research assistant in Dr. Jennifer Huberty’s Mindful Health Lab. Dr. Green’s doctoral research focused on testing the feasibility and preliminary effects of prenatal yoga on excessive gestational weight gain and mental health outcomes. Dr. Green’s research interests include women and minority health, testing the impact of complementary health approaches (e.g., yoga, meditation) on mental and physical health and using technology to deliver interventions and measure health outcomes. Dr. Green has been a certified yoga instructor since 2012 and has been practicing for the past decade. In her free time Dr. Green enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, cooking, and hiking.
Dr. Nishat Bhuiyan, PhD; Post-Doctoral Scholar
Nishat Bhuiyan received her B.S. in Kinesiology from Arizona State University in 2015. She earned her M.S. (2018) and PhD (2020) in Kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University, where she served as a research assistant in the Health Disparities and Physical Activity Research Lab (PI: Dr. Scherezade Mama) and a T32 predoctoral fellow in the Center for Healthy Aging. Her doctoral research focused on physical activity interventions to reduce disparities in underserved and minority populations. As a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Huberty’s Mindful Health Lab, Nishat’s interests include leveraging digital and technology-based platforms to improve psychosocial and behavioral outcomes among various populations, including cancer patients and survivors.
Mariah Sullivan, MS; Doctoral Student
Mariah graduated from San Diego State University in 2015 with a bachelors degree in psychology. She then completed a masters in Sport Exercise Psychology and another in Sport Performance from Ball State University. She is currently working on a PhD in Exercise and Nutritional Science at ASU. Mariah has worked as a sport psychology consultant for college and high school teams. She also has a dog named Cooper.
Breanne Laird, MS; Doctoral Student
Breanne Laird graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University and in 2020 with her Masters in Exercise and Wellness. She has been a research assistant for Dr. Huberty since January 2019 and is currently being mentored through her PhD program at Arizona State University. Breanne is interested in behavioral health and the promotion of health in general. She enjoys studying why or why not someone adops a health behavior and what can be done to help people be heathier in modern society.
Haily Lister; Barrett Honors Undergraduate Student
Haily is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Haily started at the Mindful Health Lab in April 2019 and is being mentored on her Barrett Honors Thesis, implementing a Mindfulness Based Intervention via a mobile app to improve the symptoms of prenatal stress. Haily also manages the Mindful Health Lab social media accounts. She is expected to graduate in Spring 2021 and will be applying to medical school in May 2021.
Ryann Kipping, BS, RDN, CLEC; Graduate Research Intern
Ryann is a clinically trained Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, earning her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. She is the founder of The Prenatal Nutritionist and popular Instagram account @prenatalnutritionist where she focuses on real food prenatal nutrition education. Ryann published her first book, The Feel-Good Pregnancy Cookbook in October 2019. She is currently attending San Diego State University and working in the Mindful Health Lab to complete her Masters of Public Health degree.