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


  • Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, Expected 2021
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, 2018
  • B.A., Psychology (Highest Distinction), University of Michigan, 2012

Selected publications

Pester, B. D., Caño, A., Kostecki, T., & Wurm, L. H. (2020). 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, 54, 280-290.

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