Bethany Pester

Bethany Pester

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology

Curriculum vitae

Bethany Pester



Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Health psychology, psychosocial influences on pain


  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, 2018
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan, 2012
  • Temporary Limited License Psychologist (TLLP), State of Michigan, 6301017487, 2018-2020

Selected publications

Pester, B. D., Caño, A., Kostecki, T., & Wurm, L. H. (in press). How do I help my partner in pain? Partners’ helping behaviors are linked to lower pain and greater perceived validation during an experimental pain task. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Clark, S. M., Leonard, M. T., Caño, A., & Pester, B. (2018). Beyond operant theory of observer reinforcement of pain behavior. In T. Venvoort, K. Karos, Z. Trost, & K. M. Prkachin (Eds.), Social and interpersonal dynamics in pain: We don’t suffer alone (pp. 273-293). New York, NY: Springer.

Courses taught

PSY 3350 Personality Psychology

PSY 3020 Research Methods in Psychology

PSY 3993 Laboratory in Experimental Psychology

PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology