Raised in Phoenix, Krystal received her Bachelor’s in Psychology with Honors from the University of Arizona and continued her work in research as a Post-Baccalaureate research assistant in both the Grief, Loss, and Social Stress (GLASS) Lab under Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor and the Social Risk and Resilience Factors (SuRRF) Lab with Dr. John Ruiz. Currently, a graduate student in the Social Psychology program under the tutelage of Dr. Ruiz, Krystal is interested in the interactions between chronic stressors and health risk. She is currently completing two studies on social vigilance, the biobehavioral mechanism of monitoring a social environment for change in threat. Krystal enjoys drinking coffee, playing volleyball, and engaging in Doctor Who discussions.
Manuscripts: Knowles, L. M., Stelzer, E. M., Jovel, K. S., & O’Connor, M-F. (2017). A pilot study of virtual support for grief: feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes. Computers in Human Behavior, 73, 650-658. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.04.005
Symposium Presentations: Knowles, L. M., Stelzer, E. M., Jovel, K., & O’Connor, M-F. (2016, May). Virtual reality support group improves mental health in widow/ers. Symposium presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention. Chicago, IL.