Profiles of Current Students
Lorena is from Inglewood, CA, and received her B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. She advised by is Mayra Bamaca and her research interests seek to understand how different contexts (family, culture, school) and individual domains (academic competence, intrinsic motivation, and gender) together influence Latino youth's long term academic attainment.
Congratulations to Lorena for being elected as a student representative for the Society for Research in Child Development Latino Caucus!
Penina is from Baltimore, MD, and received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. Her advisor is Cindy Stifter. Penina's research interests include early childhood, reactivity and regulation.
Liu Bai is from Beijing, China and received her B.S in Psychology and M.Ed. in Developmental Psychology from Beijing Normal University. Her advisor is Doug Teti. She is interested in parenting, co-parenting and children's emotional development.
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
Congratulations to Libby for her 2018 Silver Award for Innovative Research on Aging from the Mather Lifeways Institute on Aging!
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.
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.
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.
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 Almeida. Her interests are in family relationships in late life, and demography and aging.
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.
Ulziimaa is from Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. She received her B.B.A from Mongolian University of Science and Technology and M.A in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University. Her advisor is Doug Teti and she is interested in parenting, co-parenting, attachment, emotional availability and parenting interventions focused on at-risk families in developing countries.
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.
Chelsea is from Richmond, VA and received her B.A. in Psychology and Drama from the University of Virginia. Her current advisors are Timothy Brick and Martin Sliwinski. Her research interests include adapting and applying quantitative methods in the study of well-being, particularly in older adults. She is specifically interested in evaluating the relationships between sleep, stress, social interaction, and well-being.
Sara is from Mechanicsburg, PA and received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State. Her advisor is Lesley Ross. She is interested in aging and prevention.
Congratulations to Sara for being awarded the 2018 winner of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Transportation!
Congratulations to Sara for being elected as the first student representative for the Transportation and Aging Interest Group at the Gerontological Society of America!
Cassidy is from Whispering Pines, NC, and received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is advised by Lisa Gatzke-Kopp, and her research interests include adolescent neurobiological development, family contextual influences, and psychopathology
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.
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.
Kyle is from Santa Clara, CA and received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University. His advisor is Tim Brick. Kyle is interested in education, poverty, and special needs.
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.
August is from Detroit, Michigan. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University, with minors in Cognitive Science and Linguistics, and her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State. Her advisor is Steffany Fredman. August’s research interests are in the area of minority couples and families. Specifically, she is interested in how racial (e.g., discrimination, racial identity) and spatial (e.g., neighborhood context) factors intersect with individual psychopathology, health, and overall couple functioning among African American couples.
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.
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.
Jee Eun Kang
Jee eun is from Seoul Korea and received her B.A in Consumer & Child Studies and Business Administration, and her M.A. in Child Development & Family Studies, from Seoul National University. Her advisor is Martin Sliwinski. She is interested in the social environmental factors that influence middle and older adults' health and well-being.
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.
Christine received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Alabama. Her advisor is Doug Teti. She is interested in parenting and early childhood development.
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.
Eric is from Phoenix, AZ, and received his M.S. in Youth & Family Recreation and B.S. in Recreation Management at Brigham Young University. His advisers are Jennifer Maggs and Bethany Bray. Eric's research interests include the use of innovative methods to understand the etiology and prevention of substance use disparities among people of color and sexual minorities during the transition to adulthood.
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.
Jungmin Lee is from Seoul, South Korea, and received his B.A and M.A in Psychology from Seoul National University. His research area is methodology, which includes modeling psychological growth in the academic context. His advisors are Peter Molenaar and Sy-Miin Chow.
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.
Congratulations to Jacinda on her F31 predoctoral fellowship from NIH!
Yanling is from Shandong, China, and received her B.A. and M.A. in Statistics from Renmin University of China. Her advisors are Sy-Miin Chow and Zita Oravecz. Her research interest is methodology.
Emily is from Shrewsbury, NJ, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University. Her advisor is Greg Fosco. She is interested in the effective use of family-based prevention programs for adolescent problem behavior development, including substance use and aggression
Congratulations to Emily on her F31 predoctoral fellowship from NIH!
Zuoyu "Zoey" Lu
Zoey is from Shenzhen, China, and received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her adviser is Samantha Tornello. She is interested in gender and sexual minority (LGBTQ+) individuals, couples, and families.
Grace is from Macau and received 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, peer, and emotional risk factors for adolescent internalizing symptoms and substance use.
Griselda is from Los Angeles, CA, and received her B.A. in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies and her M.A. in General Experimental Psychology from California State University, Northridge. Her advisor is Mayra Bámaca. Griselda’s research interests include parent-adolescent relationships, adolescents’ mental health, and academic outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Chelsea on her F31 predoctoral fellowship award award from NIH!
Suyoung is from Seoul, Korea and received her B.A in Consumer & Child Studies, and her M.A in Child Development & Family Studies, from Seoul National University. Her advisor is Lynn Martire. She is interested in family caregiving and health in later life.
Anneke is from Glen Ellyn, IL, and received her B.S in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology from Tulane University. Her advisor is Chad Shenk. Anneke’s research interests include the impacts of child maltreatment and early life stress on biological and psychological development, the mechanisms underlying early adverse experiences and later outcomes, and the development and evaluation of targeted prevention and intervention programs for vulnerable children and families.
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.
Jonathan is from La Mirada, CA and received his BA in Psychology as well as an MA in Experimental Psychology from the California State University at Fullerton. Currently, he is working under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Molenaar and Dr. Sy-Miin Chow. His research interests are in applying and developing quantitative methods to better understand the underlying dynamics of personality and emotional affect under different estimation procedures (i.e., Graphical VAR and GIMME).
Daniel is from Oakland, CA, and received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. His advisor is Charles Geier. Daniel is interested in neuroscience, reward processes, and adolescent risk-taking behaviors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carlie is from Grayling, MI, and received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Her advisor is Greg Fosco. Carlie is interested in parental conflict, influences on adolescent adjustment, and family intervention.
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.
Congratulations to Briana- 2018 winner of the Harold Martin Graduate Teaching Award AND for being selected as the 2018 recipient of the College of Health and Human Development Kligman Fellowship!
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 the dissemination and implementation of interventions for unpaid caregivers.
Jillian is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and she received her B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University. Her advisor is Linda Collins. Jillian is interested in the methods of developing, optimizing, and evaluating behavioral interventions for children and families.
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.
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.
Shyuan Ching Tan
Shyuan is from Singapore/Taiwan. She received her MBA from University of Minnesota and her MA in Gerontology from San Francisco State University. Her research interest is in minority older adults’ cognitive health and she is currently working with Dr. Gamaldo.
Junyan (Joanne) Tian
Joanne is from Tianjin, China. And she received her M.S in Psychology from Sun Yat-sen University, and M.S. Ed in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania. Her advisor is Lesley Ross, and she is interested in cognitive aging and intervention.
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.
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.
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 Zita Oravecz. Julie's interests broadly center on the development of quantitative methods for intensive longitudinal data at multiple timescale analysis, with particular focus on Bayesian methods and dynamical systems modeling.
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.
Congratulations to Mengya for her Emerging Scholars Award from the Society for Research in Adolescence!
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.
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.
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.