Faculty and Staff Profiles

Idia Binitie Thurston
Asst Professor, Psychology
Email: bthrston@memphis.edu
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Education
  • B.S. Psychology - Florida State University - 2003
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology - University of South Florida - 2006
  • PhD Clinical Psychology - University of South Florida - 2010
  • Predoctoral Internship Pediatric Psychology - Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School - 2010
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Leadership Education in Adolescent Health - Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School - 2011
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship NIH Diversity Research Fellowship - Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School - 2012
Honors/Awards
  • Phi Beta Kappa - Florida State University - 2002
  • Psi Chi, National Honor Society - Florida State University - 2002
  • Graduate Educational Opportunities Grant - University of South Florida - 2003-2007
  • Clinical Psychology Research Fund - University of South Florida - 2004
  • Counseling Center Faculty-Staff Scholarship - University of South Florida - 2007
  • Graduate Diversity and Access Fellowship - University of South Florida - 2007-2010
  • NIMH T32 Predoctoral Fellowship - Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University - 2008
  • Tom Tighe Graduate Student Research Award - University of South Florida - 2004, 2008
  • Global Infectious Diseases Traveling Award - Harvard Global Health Institute - 2011
  • Harvard Medical School Livingston Fellowship Award - Harvard Medical School - 2012
  • Travel Enrichment Award - University of Memphis, College of Arts and Sciences - 2015
  • The Outstanding Mentoring Award - University of Memphis, Department of Psychology - 2015
  • NHLBI-funded PRIDE Training Institute - New York University Medical Center - 2015

Teaching Experience

  • Clinical Psychotherapies: Appreciating our Differences - University of Memphis
  • Research Methods and Design - University of Memphis
Service
  • University of Memphis - Center for Research on Women (CROW)/Faculty Affiliate - 2013-present
  • University of Memphis - Engaged Scholarship Faculty Committee/Faculty Affiliate - 2013-present
  • University of Memphis - Clinical Assistant Professor Search Committee - 2014
  • University of Memphis - Equity in Athletics Committee - 2014-present
  • University of Memphis - School Psychology Assistant Professor Search Committee - 2015
  • University of Memphis - Diversity Committee, Department of Psychology/Co-chair - 2015- present
  • University of Memphis - Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change/Faculty Advisory Committee Member - 2016-present
Journal Articles
  • Phares, V., Fields, S., & Binitie, I. (2006). Getting fathers involved in child-related therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 13, 42-52.
  • Thurston, I. B., Curley, J., Fields, S., Kamboukos, D., Rojas, A., & Phares, V. (2008). How nonclinical are community samples? Journal of Community Psychology, 36, 411-420.
  • Thurston, I. B., & Phares, V. (2008). Mental health service utilization in African American and Caucasian mothers and fathers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 1058-1067.
  • Trocchio, S., Jarczynski, C., Mednick, L., Thurston, I.B., & Weitzman, E.R. (2012). Multi-site Evaluation of the Quality and Safety of Online Depression Social Networking Sites and Forums. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 43, S23.
  • Bogart, L.M., Skinner, D., Thurston, I.B., Toefy, Y., Klein, D. J., Wachman, M., & Schuster, M.A. (2012). A pilot South African worksite-based parenting program: preliminary effects on parent-child communication about sex and HIV. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 15, S166-S167.
  • Fields, E. L., Bogart, L. M., Thurston, I. B., Wachman, M., Closson, E. F., Skeer, M. R., Safren, S. A., & Mimiaga, M. J. (2012). Qualitative Comparison of Barriers to Antiretroviral Medication Adherence among Perinatally and Behaviorally HIV-infected Youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, S8-S9.
  • Bogart, L.M., Skinner, D., Thurston, I.B., Toefy, Y., Klein, D. J., Hu, C., & Schuster, M.A. (2013). Let’s talk!, A South African worksite-based HIV prevention parenting program. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, 602-608.
  • Thurston, I. B., Pulgaron, E. R., & Valenzuela, J. M. (2013). How to Actualize Your Ideas in a Steep Funding Climate: Experiences of Diverse Researchers. The Behavioral Therapist, 36, 136-142.
  • Thurston, I. B., Fitzpatrick, S. L., and Mitchell, M. J. (2013). Obesity in African American Girls and Women: Summit Insights and Implications for Pediatric Psychologists. Progress Notes: Newsletter of The Society of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 14.
  • Thurston, I. B., Bogart, L.M., Wachman, M., Closson, E. F., Skeer, M. R., & Mimiaga, M. J. (2014). Adaptation of an HIV Medication Adherence Intervention for Adolescents and Young Adults. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 21, 191-205.
  • Thurston, I. B., Dietrich, J., Bogart, L.M., Otwombe, K. N., Sikkema, K. J., Nkala, B., & Gray, G. E. (2014). Correlates of Sexual Risk among Sexual Minority and Heterosexual South African Youth. American Journal of Public Health, 104, 1265-1269.
  • Richmond, T. K., Thurston, I. B., Sonneville, K. R., Milliren, C., Walls, C. E., & Austin, S. B. (2014). Racial/Ethnic Differences in Accuracy of Body Mass Index Reporting in a Diverse Cohort of Young Adults. International Journal of Obesity, 39, 546-548.
  • Thurston, I. B., Phares, V., Coates, E.E., & Bogart, L. M. (2015). Child Problem Recognition and Help-Seeking Intentions Among Black and White Parents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44, 604-615.
  • Sonneville, K. R., Grilo, C. M., Richmond, T. K., Thurston, I. B., Jernigan, M., Gianini, L., & Field, A. E. (2015). Prospective association between overvaluation of weight and binge eating disorder among overweight adolescent girls. Journal of Adolescent Health, 56, 25-29.
  • Thurston, I. B., Gray, W. N., & Pulgaron, E. R. (2015). Going above and beyond: Exemplar Diversity Training in Pediatric Psychology. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 3, 241-248.
  • Berlin, K. S., *Kamody, R. C., Thurston, I. B., Banks, G. G., Rybak, T. M., & Ferry, R. J. (2015). Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Nutritional Risk Profiles and Relations to Body Mass Index, Obesity, and Overweight in Eighth Grade. Behavioral Medicine. Epub ahead of print.
  • Sonneville, K. R., Thurston, I. B., Milliren, C., *Kamody, R. C., Gooding, H.C., & Richmond, T. K. (2015). Helpful or Harmful? Prospective Association Between Weight Misperception and Weight Gain Among Overweight and Obese Young Adults. International Journal of Obesity. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2015.166. Epub ahead of print.
  • Phares, V., Rojas, A., Thurston, I. B., & Hankinson, J. C. (2010). Including fathers in clinical interventions for children and adolescents. In M. E. Lamb (Ed.), The role of the father in child development (5th ed.) (pp. 459-485). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Hankinson, J. C., Thurston, I. B., Fields, S., Rojas, A., Kamboukos, D., & Phares, V. (2011). The connections between individual therapy in the family and adolescents� emotional/behavioral problems. In A.M. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research, 67 (pp.149-162). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
Presentations
  • Sonneville, K. R., Thurston, I. B., Milliren, C., Gooding, H.C., & Richmond, T. K. (2016, May). Prospective association between weight misperception and disordered eating behaviors among adolescents with overweight/obesity. Paper to be presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, San Francisco, CA.
  • *Kamody, R. C., Thurston, I. B., *Decker, K. M., *Padden, J. L., Richmond, T. K., & Sonneville, K. R. (2016, April). The relation among profiles of shape/weight-based self-esteem, depression, and anxiety, and BMI and perceived health in adolescents and young adults. Poster to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • *Padden, J.L., *Decker, K.M., Thurston, I.B., *Anderson, M.B., Sonneville, K.R., Richmond, T.K. (2016, April). Associations between Shape/Weight Overvaluation and Depression and Anxiety among Emerging Adults. Poster to be presented the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • *Kaufman, C.C., Thurston, I.B., *Maclin-Akinyemi, C., *Ingram, D., & *Kamody, R.C. (2016, April). Predictors of engagement in weight loss behaviors among black and white emerging adults with overweight and obesity. Poster to be presented the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • *Rybak, T. M., Thurston, I. B., *Decker, K. M., Burton, E. T., & Han, J. C. (2016, April). Caregivers’ readiness to change lifestyle habits in relation to perception of child’s weight and psychosocial difficulties at a tertiary pediatric obesity clinic. Poster to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • *Decker, K. M., Thurston, I. B., *Rybak, T. M., Burton, E. T., & Han, J. C. (2016, April). The Association between Weight Misperception and Mental Health among Black and White Youth in a Pediatric Obesity Clinic. Poster to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Thurston, I.B., Howell, K.H., *Hardin, R.N., Hasselle, A., & *Anderson, M.B. (2016, March). Factors Associated with Resilience in Children of Black Mothers Experiencing Physical and Emotional Adversities. Poster to be presented at the 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
  • *Anderson, M. B., Thurston, I. B., *Decker, K. M., *Hardin, R. N., *Kaufman, C. C., *Padden, J. L., Edmonson, C., Jameson, L. E., Whestone, A. L., Stewart, K., & Okwumabua, T. M. (2016, March). The Condom Carnival: Efficacy of a Novel, Peer-led, Group Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention. Poster to be presented at the 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
  • *Decker, K.M. & Thurston, I.B. (2016, March). Weight Self-Stigma and Internalizing Symptoms in Emerging Adults with Overweight or Obesity: Exploring Race as a Moderator. Poster to be presented at the 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
  • Thurston, I.B., Howell, K.H., *Hardin, R.N., & *Decker, K.M. (2015, December). Factors distinguishing depression among women living with HIV: The role of partner violence and life stress. Poster presented at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Howell, K.H., Thurston, I.B., *Anderson, M.B., & *Padden, J.L. (2015, December). Individual, Interpersonal, and Community Predictors of Resilience in Women Living with HIV. Poster presented at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Thurston, I.B., *Hardin, R.N., Herbozo, S., & Moldovan, C. (2015, November). The Impact of Resilience on Binge Eating Behaviors and Associated Symptoms among Emerging Adult Females with Overweight and Obesity. Poster presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  • *Decker, K.M., Thurston, I.B., *Banks, G.G., Parvathareddy, R.R., & Han, J.C. (2015, November). Mental health predictors of maladaptive eating behaviors among Black children and adolescents with obesity. Poster presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  • *Decker, K.M., Thurston, I.B., Sonneville, K.R., *Padden, J.L., & Richmond, T.K. (2015, November). The impact of weight-related self-stigma on depression and anxiety among emerging adults with overweight and obesity. Poster presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  • *Banks, G.G., Thurston, I.B., Berlin, K.S., *Decker, K.M., Parvathareddy, R.P., Mack, R.T., & Han, J.C. (2015, November). Predicting psychosocial symptoms using parental perception of well-being in treatment-seeking children and adolescents with obesity. Poster presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Howell, K.H. & Thurston, I.B. (2015, June). Predictors of resilience among high-risk mothers: Examining individual, interpersonal, and community-level factors. Poster presented at Pathways to Resilience III Conference: Beyond Nature vs. Nurture, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA.
  • *Anderson, M., Okwumabua, T.M., & Thurston, I. B. (2015, April). Adolescent Condom Carnival: Feasibility of a Novel Group Intervention for Decreasing Sexual Risk among Black Teens. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • *Decker, K. D., Thurston, I. B., *Padden, J. L., Sonneville, K. R., & Richmond, T. K. (2015, April). The role of weight perception on weight-related self-stigma among adolescents and young adults. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • *Hardin, R. N., Thurston, I. B., *Thomas, D., Richmond, T. K., & Sonneville, K. R. (2015, April). The relationship between weight perception and body satisfaction among black and white female adolescents and young adults. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Thurston, I. B., Sonneville, K. R., Milliren, C., *Kamody, R. C., Gooding, H.C., & Richmond, T. K. (2014, November). Is weight misperception harmful or helpful? The relationship between weight misperception and depression among overweight and obese adolescents and emerging adults. Poster presented at Obesity Week 2014, Annual Meeting of The Obesity Society (TOS) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Boston, MA.
  • Völgyi, E., Nguyen, T.G., Palmer, F.B., Murphy, L.E., Graff, C.J., Whitaker, T.M., Richey, P.A., Thurston, I.B., Han, J.C., Tylavsky, F.A. (2014, August). Nutritional status and cognitive development during the first four years of life. Paper presented at the Biennial North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Enzer, K., Sonneville, K. R., Thurston, I. B., Milliren, C. E., & Richmond, T. K. (2014, May). Understanding Weight Loss Goals of Racially/Ethnically Diverse Obese Adolescent Patients Seeking Care in an Obesity Treatment Program. Poster presented at the 2014 Pediatric Academic Societies and Asian Society for Pediatric Research Joint Meeting, Vancover, BC, Canada.
  • Thurston, I. B. (2015, October). Cultural Humility: Applications to Professional Development and Therapy. Invited talk. Psychology Intern Seminar, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN.
  • Thurston, I. B. (2015, May). An Evidence-Based Approach to Serving Diverse Populations: Cultural Humility in HIV Clinical Practice. Invited talk. HIV Case Manager Training, Christ Community Health Services, Memphis, TN.
  • Thurston, I. B. (2015, March). Cultural Humility: An Evidence-Based Approach to Serving Diverse Populations in Research and Clinical Practice. Invited talk. Psychology Rounds, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN.
  • Thurston, I. B. (2014, June). Cultural Humility: Self-reflection, Patient Application, and Community Implementation. Invited talk. Psychology Intern Seminar, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN.
  • Thurston, I. B., Dietrich, J., Otwombe, K. N., Sonneville, K. R., Nkala, B., Sikkema, K. J., & Gray, G.E. (2014, May). Risk & Protective factors Associated with Positive Body Image & High Self-esteem among South African Adolescents. Invited talk. Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Thurston, I. B. (2014, April). Diversity in the Workplace. Invited workshop. Spring Education Conference for the International Association for Healthcare Textile Management, Memphis, TN.
  • Howell, K.H. & Thurston, I. B. (2014, January). The Parenting Through Hardships (PaTH) Study. Connect to Protect (C2P) HIV Coalition Community Meeting, Memphis, TN.
  • Thurston, I. B. (2013, November). Adolescent Obesity, Mental Health, and Weight Management: When Obesity is Not the only Issue. Invited talk presented at the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, Atlanta, GA.
  • Thurston, I. B. (2013, October). Adolescent and Young Adult Health Disparities. University of Memphis and St. Jude Pediatric Psychology Research Colloquium, Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.