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Lab Director

Jessica Fales, PhD
Assistant Professor
Washington State University
Department of Psychology
14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98686

Dr. Fales is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Washington State University. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Maine in 2012. Dr. Fales developed a passion for pediatric pain prevention during her clinical internship in child-clinical/pediatric psychology at Oregon Health & Sciences University. She subsequently spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Seattle Children’s Research Institute contributing to clinical trials research for youth with chronic pain and their families.  Dr. Fales’s independent areas of inquiry are focused on the social functioning of adolescents with chronic pain, including how parental and peer interaction factors may predict youth’s pain characteristics, disability, and psychosocial outcomes. She also conducts research on health factors related to cannabis use in adolescent and young adult populations. In 2013 she was the recipient of the American Pain Society’s Future Leaders in Pain Research award and has current projects examining the role of peer victimization and daily interpersonal stressors on pain and disability in adolescents with chronic pain. Dr. Fales’s work has been supported by the Society of Pediatric Psychology, the American Pain Society, and the National Institutes of Health. Her work has also been funded by New Faculty and Grand Challenges seed grants awarded by Washington State University. Dr. Fales firmly believes that innovative and theory-driven research is essential for informing more effective prevention and intervention efforts for youth with chronic pain and their families.

When she’s not in the classroom or the lab, you can find Dr. Fales working in the fields on her family’s farm, playing with her dogs, and exploring the beautiful Columbia Gorge.

Research Coordinator

Maria Moylan
Doctoral Student in Experimental Psychology



Maria Moylan is a first year doctoral student in the Adolescent Health & Wellness lab. She graduated summa cum laude from Emporia State University in 2019. Maria was a Presidential Scholar and cultivated her passion for adolescent health through internships at a therapeutic preschool and behavioral health clinic and her membership on Emporia State University’s women’s basketball team. At WSU, she plans to study health through a holistic lens as she prepares to become an Experimental Health Psychologist. Maria’s specific research interests involve how psychosocial and behavioral factors such as resilience, self-efficacy, stress, and social interactions affect physical health and overall well-being, interventions for children struggling with chronic pain and illness to improve their quality of life, and health promotion. Her goal is to obtain her doctorate in Experimental Psychology and use all the tools she has gained to find solutions to problems surrounding health so that youth struggling with mental or physical illness can live their lives more fully. When Maria is not in the classroom or the lab, she loves exercising at the gym, reading at a coffee shop, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Research Assistants

Lyvinna Lee
Research Assistant



Lyvinna Lee is a first year post-bacc student majoring in Psychology. She graduated from WSU in Pullman with a B.S. in Zoology, and a minor in Music in 2018. During her gap year, she served as an AmeriCorps member at the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Washington, where she developed an interest in child psychology. As a research assistant in Dr. Fales’s lab, Lyvinna is working on analytical studies and collaborating with other researchers. She strives to obtain a master’s or doctorate in child clinical psychology. In her downtime, Lyvinna enjoys playing with her cats, playing the piano, and curling up with a good book.

Lab Alumni

A major goal of our lab is to produce thoughtful, engaged, and well-trained researchers who understand the value of science and aspire to apply its principles in their future careers. Research assistants in the Adolescent Health & Wellness lab have been accepted to master’s and doctoral level programs in psychology and related fields (social work, occupational therapy). In addition, our research assistants have received over $10,000 in grant support from the university to conduct independent research and disseminate their work at national conferences. See below for a sampling of representative student work.

Recent national conference abstracts (^ indicates undergraduate student)

  1. Hardin, E.,^ Bambilla, A.^, Stone, A.^, Noel, M., & Fales, J. (2019). The effects of brief social exclusion on pain perception and pain memory in healthy adolescents. Poster accepted for presentation at the American Psychological Association’s annual conference in Chicago, IL.
  2. Bambilla, A.^, Hardin, E.,^ Stone, A.,^ & Fales, J. (2019). Peer relationships, social anxiety, and physical pain in adolescence: An exploratory study. Poster accepted for presentation at the American Psychological Association’s annual conference in Chicago, IL
  3. Stone, A.,^ Koceja, K.,^ Bambilla, A.^, & Fales, J. (2019). Social exclusion is associated with an analgesic response to acute pain for girls and enhanced pain sensitivity for boys. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s annual conference in New Orleans, LA
  4. Rice, S. P. M.*, White, N. S.^, & Fales, J. (2018). The effect of being kind on acute experimental pain: A pilot randomized controlled trial of a kindness intervention for adolescents. Poster presented at the 19th annual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Atlanta, GA.
  5. Fales, J. L., White, N. S.^, & Hefter, T.^ (2018). Pain profiles and health related quality of life among adolescent and young adult recreational marijuana users. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s annual conference in Orlando, FL.
  6. Fales, J. L., Ladd, B., Magnan, R., & Hefter, T.^ (2018) Pain relief as a motivation for use in young adult recreational marijuana users with and without chronic pain. Poster presented at the American Pain Society’s scientific summit in Anaheim, CA.
  7. Hefter, T.,^ Ladd, B., Magnan, R., & Fales, J. L. (2018). Marijuana consumption patterns in young adults with and without pain. Poster presented at the American Pain Society’s scientific summit in Anaheim, CA.
  8. Bakko, K.^, Rice, S.*, & Fales, J. L. (2016). Do cyberbullying experiences contribute to negative attitudes about school among youth seeking treatment for chronic pain? Poster presented at the Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.