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Carolyn is interested in how positive psychology constructs and processes like purpose and meaning in life, may mediate the relationship between stress and individual and family well-being for adolescents.

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Alexa is interested in the short- and long-term health impact of the social (e.g., race, gender, class, ethnicity, immigrant generation, etc.) and contextual (e.g., neighborhood, education, household) determinants of physical and mental health.

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Hannah is interested in treatment and recovery from substance use disorders for women, especially pregnant and parenting women, the mother-child dyad in the context of treatment and recovery, and the intersection between reproductive health and addiction across the life span.

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Aarti focuses on recessionary impacts, particularly housing insecurity, among midlife and older adults; how stress around such events contributes to biological and epigenetic changes; and the biopsychosocial pathways by which recession stress is connected to those changes.

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Kris's research focuses on aging, cognition, sleep, stress, and the intersection of these topics.

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Avery is focused on peer relationships in childhood and adolescence, specifically the ways peers can shape well-being and positive youth trajectories, as well as understanding peer influence through network analysis.

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Lan's interests lie in  effective parenting practices, family relations, adolescent mental health, and substance use.

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Xinyuan is interested in how early life experiences can influence individuals' future development, especially through parenting. She is focused on parenting experiences in infancy, which serves as a foundation for social-emotional development.

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Nathan focuses on how family relationships impact mental health and substance use among underrepresented and minoritized youth and adults, examining the pathways by which risk and resilience factors in families shape youth psychopathology, emotion dynamics, and substance use.

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Ulziimaa focuses on parenting, early child development, childhood trauma, and intervention programs. She explores the impact of child maltreatment on developmental milestones and seeks mechanisms for mitigating these effects and promoting normal developmental trajectories.

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Young Won is interested in modeling intensive longitudinal data with approaches that address changes over time, including identifying events or behaviors that improve relationship qualities or reduce relational conflicts.

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Christopher focuses on developing and applying quantitative methods for modeling intensive longitudinal data, specifically methods that bridge nomothetic and idiographic paradigms, focusing on approaches for deriving group-level estimates from person-specific time series.

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Marci is interested in child maltreatment and related public policy to prevent it, including child welfare and foster care placement, as well as maternal substance use and the implications for child welfare actions, including reunification following child removal from care.

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Jose studies individual differences in creativity and how to support creative ability across the lifespan; sleep and changes in neural activation that lead to cognitive decline; and the use of technology to improve quality of life for those suffering from dementias.

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Erik's research interests include policy and applied research as it pertains to young adults with substance use disorders.

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Emily's research focuses on the development of self-regulation and psychopathology symptoms in the context of child maltreatment, with a focus on leveraging findings to develop and enhance prevention and treatment programs.

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Shixin is interested in closed relationships within sexual- and gender-diverse families, such as couple dynamics and coparenting relationships, and how general as well as sexuality-related stressors will further impact the well-being of these families.

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Ruiqi is interested in studying parent-child relationships, attachment and parental practices, and how these contribute to or compromise children’s functioning and socioemotional development.

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Kaitlin is interested in how context, specifically parenting, influences early childhood development, as well as how macro-level and individual indicators influence family development.

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Cassidy's research focuses on the links between social functioning, emotion regulation, and psychopathology (internalizing and externalizing behaviors) across childhood and adolescence, with a particular interest in underlying biological mechanisms.

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Vani is interested in taking a neurocognitive approach to mindfulness during parenting and infancy, its connection with curiosity and empathy during childhood, and how it can help build stress resilience and flourishing within the cultural and social context.

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Seoyoung is interested in parenting, and children and adolescents' socio-emotional development.

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Katherine's research interests lie in the neural and psychological mechanisms of well-being during pregnancy and the postpartum period, with a particular interest in stress and emotion regulation during the transition to parenthood.

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Eric studies individual differences in addiction and recovery and implementation efforts to meet those needs.

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Ziyu is interested in children's welfare, focusing on the experience of child maltreatment and intervention research methods.

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Yan is interested in social relationships, health and age-related changes in middle-aged and older adults.

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Abigail focuses on child development and interventions in educational contexts. Her current research explores educational support programs for refugee children in humanitarian settings.

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Sharon is interested in Bayesian modeling and developing computational methods for modeling individual changes in cognition and emotion processes across multi-timescales integrated with biopsychosocial contexts.

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Christine’s research focuses on family relationships, parenting, and mental health in the transition to parenthood and early infancy.

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Adelaide is interested in the socio-emotional development of children, as well as attachment, parenting, and parent education. She also focuses on translating research into policy and practice through prevention and intervention strategies.

 

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Ann's research focuses on the use of large administrative datasets to assess the effects of child maltreatment, as well as child welfare and foster care system involvement on foster youths' life trajectories and biopsychosocial outcomes. 

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Joseph’s research aims to inform interventions for substance use disorders using intensive longitudinal methods. He studies intraindividual change in the recovery process, such as detecting lapse risk in daily life.

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Jeesun focuses on identifying the elements of a couple's dynamic that affect their psychological well-being and romantic relationships among couples coping with contextual stress. She is also interested in how couple functioning affects child and adolescent mental health.

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Sun Ah's research interests are in the intersections between healthy aging, daily experiences, and methodology, including examining psychosocial and health-behavioral factors of physical health outcomes in later life, as well as biological pathways under this relationship.

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Yanling's research lies in the development and application of methods for studying inter-individual differences in intra-individual changes to address questions related to substance use, as well as software tools to facilitate the dissemination of statistical methods.

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Yan focuses on adolescent close relationships; adolescent-parent relationships in cross-cultural and long-distance contexts; challenges faced by East Asian international students in the U.S.; queer East Asian adolescents and families; and prevention and intervention research.

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Kathleen is interested in the development of mood disorders and impulse-control disorders during adolescence, particularly within the context of neurobiological changes as analyzed via fMRI data, specifically resting-state data analyses.

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Sara is generally interested in substance use in midlife and older adulthood, in particular, family and interpersonal factors predicting substance use in later life.

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Ms. Ngigi focuses on adolescent development (social-emotional), psychological risk and positive well-being, family context, parent-adolescent relationships, and family-centered prevention and intervention research for adolescent emotional and behavioral problems.

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Patrick's research investigates how to prevent childhood adversities and their long-term impacts, intersecting public policy, social science, and prevention science. He is evaluating approaches for improving child and family wellbeing via research-policy relationships.

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Hyungeun is interested in quantitative methodology for analyzing intensive longitudinal data of latent variables.

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Anneke's interests include identifying mechanisms and moderators in the relationship between experiences of maltreatment and psychological and behavioral outcomes, as well as developing prevention and treatment programs for children and families impacted by child maltreatment.

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Jonathan identifies nomothetic trends in idiographic processesindividual data to identify group commonalities—as well as community detection, LASSO regularization, and dynamic network modeling.

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Jeongmin’s research interests lie in stress spillover, aging, and working couples, particularly in the demography and health of working couples and how policies and initiatives can promote health and well-being among people living in this family arrangement.

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Priyanka is focused on applying quantitative methods like dynamical systems, time series, and feature selection to understand socio-emotional competency and flourishing from a lifespan and neurobiological perspective, where nomothetic and idiographic approaches are considered.

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Daniel is interested in using intensive longitudinal modeling to characterize the neural circuitry that contribute to the transition from goal-directed to habitual behavior, which can provide a deeper understanding of the neurobiological etiology and dynamics of substance use.

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Oluwaseyi's research focuses on substance use among vulnerable populations (adolescents and women), and the application of preventive interventions to enhance their overall wellbeing.

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Wen's research interest is in studying intraindividual differences in substance abuse recovery and how that may be predicted by characteristics in adolescence, as well as gaining a better understanding of the impacts of substance use on adolescent development.

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Danielle is interested in the influences of social, behavioral, and psychophysiological processes in childhood, particularly in the context of stress. She is interested in applying these processes to preventions and interventions for children at risk of maladjustment.

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Rinanda is interested in studying how digital technology affects human cognition and emotions, examining the complexities of its impact, from skill enhancement to potential drawbacks like distraction and addiction.

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Emma's research focuses on policymaking related to prevention and intervention, including designing preventive programs, analyzing  costs and benefits, advocating for implementation, and exploring factors that drive lawmakers to translate prevention science into policy.

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Riki is interested in a biopsychosocial approach to cognitive aging, as well as how various risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular disease influence cognitive aging and cognitive decline.

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Carlie's research focuses on how family relationships and divergent parent-adolescent perceptions of the family shape adolescent development, as well as how and why parents engage with family-based interventions for improving family relationships and adolescent well-being.

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Mayra's research interests focus on child and adolescent maltreatment prevention and intervention.

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Sunshine's research interests broadly focus on child sexual abuse prevention and cultural competency programs for marginalized, ethnically, and linguistically diverse populations.

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Sienna is interested in child maltreatment prevention and policy.

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Kento's research interests lie in exploring the effects of mindfulness-based interventions on the well-being of caregivers and their immediate environment during the perinatal period, particularly focusing on those caring for premature infants.

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Sarah is interested in the effects of early adversity on children's emotional development and behavior problems, such as aggression and oppositionality, as well as the mechanisms through which adversity affects developmental processes.

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Junyan's research interests focus on cognitive functions in older adults, such as working memory and visual processing, as well as interventions that can improve older adults' daily functions and driving safety.

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Sabrina's research interests focus on the transition to parenthood and early childhood development with particular emphasis on coparenting at bedtime and nighttime parenting practices as they influence infant sleep regulation over time.

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Lindy explores adult relationships, both platonic and romantic, to gain a better understanding of the variation of personal experiences, including factors that determine mate selection and that are predictive of relationship outcomes and feelings of happiness or love.

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Kylee is interested in child and adolescent decision-making through the lens of psychopathology, with a particular focus on internalizing disorders such as obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, anxiety, and stress-related disorders.

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Xiaoyue's research interests are focused on quantitative methods for intensive longitudinal data, network analysis, and cognitive diagnostic models.

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