Dr. Rebekah Layton joins TARC and the PALS team

Dr. Layton recently joined the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and our Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (MCRC) as a member of the Partners in Active Living Study (PALS) research team.

Rebekah “Beka” Layton earned her Ph.D. (Social and Personality Psychology, 2014) and M.A. (Psychology, 2011) from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and her B.A. (Psychology and History & Sociology of Science, 2005) from the University of Pennsylvania. Rebekah is also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where she served as a Military Police Officer in Baghdad, Iraq. As a paratrooper, she was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and completed her active duty service in Seoul, Korea as a Captain in the US Army.

Her research focus is in self-control and goal-setting, with additional research interests in physical fitness activity, emotion, and mindfulness.  Rebekah is thrilled to join the PALS team, led by Dr. Christine Rini. She is joined by her husband Seth, daughter Ariya, cat Sonic, and dog Lola. Rebekah loves to row (crew) and sing in her free time, and enjoys all things Broadway. She originally hails from Rensselaerville, NY, where she grew up in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, loves hiking along with any outdoor activity. 

Please join us in welcoming Beka!