Current Graduate Students

Lorena Aceves

Lorena is from Inglewook, CA, and received her B.S. in FSHD from the University of Arizona. Her advisor is Mayra Bamaca. Lorena's research interests include Latino adolescent development and academic achievement and URiM students in higher and professional education

Email: lqa5151@psu.edu

Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth (Liz) is from Syracuse, NY, and received her BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Her advisor is Chad Shenk. Liz's research interests include child maltreatment, intervention, and prevention.

Email: eka10@psu.edu

Penina Backer

Penina is from Baltimore, MD, and received her B.A in Psychology from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Her advisor is Cindy Stifter. Penina's research interests include early childhood, reactivity and regulation.

Email: pmb203@psu.edu

Liu Bai

Email: lxb313@psu.edu

Lizbeth (Libby) Benson

Libby is from Wausau, WI, and received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her advisors are Nilam Ram and David Almeida. Libby's research interests are in Methodology, dynamic systems, intraindividual variability and change, and well-Being

Email: leb237@psu.edu

Summer Braun

Summer is from Jupiter, FL, and received her B.A. from Rollins College. Her advisor is Scott Gest. Summer's research interests involve understanding elementary teachers and the effect they have on students' social and emotional development, and prevention/intervention efforts that promote healthy teachers and students, with particular attention to gender differences.

Email: ssb184@psu.edu

Miriam Brinberg

Miriam (Mimi) is from Blacksburg, VA, and received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her advisor is Nilam Ram. Her reserch area is Methodology.

Email: mjb6504@psu.edu

Brian Calhoun

Brian is from Richmond, Virginia, and he received his B.S. in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and his M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. Brian's advisor is Jennifer Maggs. His research focuses on identifying predictors and consequences of heavy episodic and high-intensity drinking during adolescence and the transition to adulthood.

Email: bhc120@psu.edu

Hye Won Chai

Hye Won is from Seoul Korea and received her B.A and B.S in Political Science and Child & Family Studies, and her M.A. in Child & Family Studies, from Yonsei University. Her advisor is David Eggebeen. Her interests are in family relationships in late life, and demography and aging.

Email: huc178@psu.edu

Meng Chen

Meng is from Dalian, China. She received her B.A. in Mathematics and Psychology from Smith College. Her advisor is Sy-Miin Chow. She is interested in the area of methodology.

Email: mxc681@psu.edu

Ulziima Chimed-Ochir

Email: uxc17@psu.edu

Blake Colaianne

Blake is from Latrobe, PA and received his B.S. in Earth Science/Secondary Education from Juniata College and his M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University. His advisor is Robert Roeser, and he is interested in mindfulness and compassion education for students and teachers.

Email: bac316@psu.edu

Kristine Creavey

Kristine is from Mechanicsburg, PA, and receved her B.S. in Psychobiology and German from Lebanon Valley College. Her advisor is Lisa Kopp. Kristine's research interests are childhood brain development and prevention/intervention.

Email: klb63@psu.edu

Chelsea Dickens

Email: czd171@psu.edu

Sara Freed

Sara is from Mechanicsburg, PA and received her B.S. in Human Developmen and Family Studies from Penn State. Her advisor is Lesley Ross. She is interested in aging and prevention.

Email: syf5079@psu.edu

Kaitlin Fronberg

Email: kmf37@psu.edu

Allison Gray

Allison is from Williamsburg, VA, and received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia. Her advisor is Tim Brick. Allison's research interests include emotion, facial expressions and conversation dynamics.

Email: axg5562@psu.edu

Lawrie Green

Lawrie is from Raleigh, NC, and recieved her B.S. in Computational Science & Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her advisor is Max Crowley. Lawrie's interests include prevention and intervention research and evidence-based policy.

Email: lzg5241@psu.edu

Amanda Griffin

Amanda is from Alexandria, VA, and received her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech. Her advisor is Bo Cleveland. Amanda's research interests are adolescence and behavioral genetics.

Email: amg5435@psu.edu

Katharine Grills

Katharine (Katie) is from Rochester Hills, MI, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Kalamazoo College. Her advisor is Cindy Stifter. Katie is interested in parent-child relationships and self-regulation development during infancy and early childhood.

Email: kjg5428@psu.edu

Allison Hepworth

Allison is from Waynesboro, PA. She received B.S. (Psychology minor) and M.S. degrees in HDFS from Penn State University. Her advisors are Meg Small and Tim Brick. Allison's research examines information seeking and use processes in the context of parent's child feeding behavior.

Email: aed5142@psu.edu

Anna Hochgraf

Anna is from Durham, NH, and received her B.A. in psychology and public health from the College of William and Mary. Her advisor is Susan McHale. Anna’s research interests include family relationships and the development and prevention of eating disorders and obesity.

Email: akh7@psu.edu

Kyle Husmann

Email: kdh38@psu.edu

Jinshil Hyun

Jinshil is from Seoul, Korea. She received her BA and MA in Psychology from Yonsei University. Her advisor is Martin Sliwinski. Jinshil is interested in cognitive aging, stress processes, and psychosocial work conditions.

Email: juh283@psu.edu

August Jenkins

Email: acj5@psu.edu

Linying Ji

Linying received her B. A in English from Guandong University and her M.Ed. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard. Her advisor is Sy-Miin Chow. Linying is interested in methodology and child development.

Email: lzj114@psu.edu

Ni Jian

Ni is from Fuding, China, and received a B.A. in Public Finance and a B. S. in Psychology from Peking University. Her adviser is Susan McHale. Her research interests are development of attachment, emotion regulation, and parenting.

Email: nxj133@psu.edu

Jee Eun Kang

Email: jxk692@psu.edu

Abigail Keim

Abigail (Abby) is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College. Her advisor is Scott Gest. Abby's reserch interests include peer and teacher relationships in elementary classrooms, English learners and immigrant students, and school-based interventions.

Email: abk5338@psu.edu

Kyler Knapp

Kyler is from Lake Odessa, MI and received his B.S. in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies from Central Michigan University. His advisor is Bo Cleveland. Kyler's research interests include adolescent and young adult wellbeing and identity development across cultures, and prevention/intervention research.

Email: ksk40@psu.edu

Rachel Koffer

Rachel is from Herndon, VA, and received her B.A in Psychology from Brandeis University. Her advisors are David Almeida and Nilam Ram. Rachel's research interests are in adult development and aging and methodology.

Email: rek183@psu.edu

Yunying Le

Yunying (Annie) is from Shanhai, China, and received a B.S. in Applied Psychology from East China Normal University and also from Colorado State University. Her advisor is Steffany Fredman. Annie's research interests are in couples and family relationships across the life span.

Email: yxl265@psu.edu

Jungmin Lee

Email: jzl95@psu.edu

Jacinda Li

Jacinda is from Potomac, MD, and received her B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her advisor is Jennie Noll. She is interested in the effects of adverse childhood experiences on psychosocial development; trauma-informed intervention and prevention; Mindfulness-based prevention and intervention.

Email: jcl270@psu.edu

Emily LoBraico

Emily is from Shrewsbury, NJ, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University. Her advisor is Greg Fosco. Emily's research interests include family systems, prevention/intervention, and child development.

Email: eql5177@psu.edu

Hio Wa (Grace) Mak

Grace is from Macau and recieved her B.S in Psychology and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Macau. Her advisor is Greg Fosco. She is interested in family processes and youth social emotional development.

Email: hzm132@psu.edu

Griselda Martinez

Email: gxm212@psu.edu

Keiana Mayfield

Kieana is from Richmond, VA, and received her B.A in Sociology from University of Virginia and her MSW from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her advisors are Greg Fosco and Doug Teti. Kieana is interested in interparental relationships, child and adolescent development, family processes, and prevention/intervention.

kmm7001@psu.edu

Devin McCauley

Devin received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. His advisor is Gregory Fosco. His research interests include family influences in adolescent social-emotional development, as well as school-based prevention interventions.

Email: dwm23@psu.edu

Aaron Miller

Aaron is from State College, PA, and received his B.S. from HDFS at Penn State. His advisor is Scott Gest. Aaron's research interests are social and emotional development in preschool and elementary children, and motivation achievement in children and adolescents.

Email: amm371@psu.edu

Chelsea Muth

Chelsea is from Morgantown, WV, and received her BA in Anthropology from New York University and her MA in Psychology from University of California, Davis. Her advisor is Zita Oravecz. Chelsea's interests are in well-being psychology and ecological assessment.

Email: cbm5352@psu.edu

Suyong Nah

Email: sxn88@psu.edu

Lu (Jane) Ou

Lu is from Chengdu, China, and received her B.S. in Mathematics & Applied Math from Zhejiang Univeristy. Her advisor is Sy-Miin Chow. Her research interest is methodology.

Email: lzo114@psu.edu

Daniel Petrie

Email: djp67@psu.edu

Jonathan Reader

Jonathan is from Stroudsburg, PA, and received his B.S. and M.S. in HDFS from PSU. His advisor is Jennie Noll. Jonathan's research interests are in child sexual abuse prevention, program development, implementation, and public policy.

Email: jmr5285@psu.edu

Wen Ren

Wen is from Nanjing, China and received his B.A. in Statistics and B.S. in Psychology from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. His advisor is Diana Fishbein. Wen is interested in substance use and adolescent risk taking.

Email: wxr37@psu.edu

Hye Young (Grace) Rhee

Grace is from South Korea, and received her B.A. and M.A. in CD&FS/Psychology from Seoul National University. Her advisor is Doug Teti. Grace's research interests are attachment, parenting, and infant/child socioemotional development.

Email: hur119@psu.edu

Nicole Roberts

Nicole is from Pittsburgh, PA, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Westminster College, and her M.S. in Psychology from the University of Bath, England. Her advisor is Charles Geier. Nicole is interested in neuroscience, addiction, and at risk decision making.

Email: njr175@psu.edu

Jacoba Rock

Jacoba is from Spring Mount, PA, and Lyons, CO, and received her M.S.W. (Social Work) degree from the University of Denver. Her advisors are Bo Cleveland and Denni Fishbein. Jacoba’s research interests are adolescence and young adulthood, externalizing behaviors (such as physical aggression and criminality), the impact of childhood trauma, biological and social contributions, and implications for intervention in the juvenile and adult justice systems.

Email: jar77@psu.edu

Patrick Ryan

Patrick (Pat) is from Marshfield, MA, and received his BA in Psychology from Emmanuel College and his M.S. in Neuroscience from Trinity College, Dublin. His advisor is Lisa Kopp. Pat is interested in psychophysiology and emotion regulation.

Email: ppr5047@psu.edu

Briana Sprague

Briana is from Valley Falls, Kansas, and received her B.A. in Psychology and a methodology minor from the University of Kansas. Her advisor is Lesley Ross. Briana's research interests are in the relationship between physical and cognitive function, and how to implement advanced statistical models to examine these relationships in older adults.

Email: bns142@psu.edu

Ashley Stanford

Ashley is from Crown Point, IN, and received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Indianapolis. Her advisor is Lynn Martire. Ashley is interested in caregiver interventions.

Email: axs6110@psu.edu

Jillian Strayhorn

Email: jcs532@psu.edu

Xiaoran Sun

Xiaoran is from Weifang, China, and received her B.S. in Psychology from Zhejiang University. Her advisor is Susan McHale. She is interested in family systems processes and youth adjustment.

Email: xbs5014@psu.edu

Agus Surachman

Agus is from West Java, Indonesia, and received his B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia and M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Purdue University-Calumet. His advisor is Dave Almeida. Agus’ research interests focus on biopsychosocial mechanisms associated with socioeconomic disparities in health across adulthood.

Email: axs527@psu.edu

Shyuan Ching Tan

Email: sxt387@psu.edu

Quang Trieu

Quang is from Cao Bang, Vietnam, and received his B.EC. from Vietnam N.U. in Economics, B.ENGL from Hanoi University and M.A. from Brandeis. His advisor is Rukmalie Jayakody. Quang's research interests are development programs, ethnic minorities, applied policy, international development, poverty and social welfare.

Email: qtt104@psu.edu

Sabrina Voltaire

Sabrina is from Cap-Haitien, Haiti, and received her B.S. in Psychology and her M.A. in Human Services from Liberty University. Her advisor is Doug Teti. Her interests include early childhood development and prevention/intervention.

Email stv113@psu.edu

Roisin White

Roisin is from Tipperary, Ireland, and received her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Neuroscience from Trinity College, Dublin. Roisin's advisor is Lisa Gatzke-Kopp. Her interests include developmental neuroscience, decision-making and psychopathology.

Email: ruw168@psu.edu

Julie Wood

Julie is from Columbia, MO and earned their B.S. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota with minors in mathematics and statistics. Their advisor is Nilam Ram. Julie's interests include quantitative methods for intensive longitudinal data, multiple timescale analysis, and process modeling.

Email: jfw5255@psu.edu

Mengya (Mona) Xia

Mengya is from Wuhan, China, and recieved a B.E. in Computer Science and B.S. in Psychology from Wuhan University. She also received her MEd. in Psychology from Wuhan University. Her advisor is Greg Fosco. Her research interests are family system processes and family relationships.

Email: mxx108@psu.edu

Xiao Yang

Xiao (Wendy) is from Beijing, China, and recieved her B ENG and M ENG, from Tisinghua University, and M.A. in Statistics from Columbia University. Her advisor is Nilam Ram. Wendy's interest is in methodology, specifically, multilevel modeling, differential equation modeling, social network analysis and peer relations.

Email: xfy5031@psu.edu

Kathleen Zadzora

Kathleen is from Brooklyn, NY, and received her B.A. in Psychology/Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and her M.A. in Educational Psychology from New York University. Her advisor is Scott Gest. Kathleen's research interests are child development, child & family policy, prevention, and intervention.

Email: kmz137@psu.edu

Xutong Zhang

Xutong is from Hebei, China, and received her B.S. in Psychology from Beijing Normal University. Her adviser is Lisa Gatzke-Kopp. Xutong's research focuses on emotion regulation, parenting behaviors, and related psychophysiological mechanisms.

Email: xxz58@psu.edu