Current Grad Students

2013-2014 Graduate Student Committees List

Rachel Abenavoli

Rachel is from Greenwich, CT, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Fairfield University and her M.S. from HDFS at Penn State. Her co-advisers are Mark Greenberg and Scott Gest. Rachel's research interests are in prevention/intervention research and socio-emotional development in children and adolescents.

Email: rma5183@psu.edu

Mairin Augustine

Mairin is from Elyria, OH, and received her B.S. and M.S. in Psychology from Lehigh University. Her adviser is Cindy Stifter. Mairin's research interests are socioemotional development in childhood and parent-child relationships.

Email: mea184@psu.edu

Katie Bamberger

Katie is from Timonium, MD, and received her B.S. in Psychology and English at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Her adviser is Mark Greenberg. Katie's research interests are in intervention, child development, and family caregiving.

Email: ktb5128@psu.edu

Lauren Bangerter

Lauren is from Kula, Maui, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Arizona State University, and her M.A. in Communication Studies, also from Arizona State. Her adviser is Steve Zarit. Her research interests are in the aging area.

Email: lrb207@psu.edu

MaryJon Barrineau

MaryJon is from Simpsonville, SC, and received her B. A in Psychology from Columbia College and her M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Radford University. Her adviser is Steve Zarit. MaryJon's research interests are in adult development and aging, and family caregiving.

Email: mzb181@psu.edu

Julia Bleser

Julia is from Burbank, CA, and received her B.S. in Health Promotion from University of Southern California and her M.S.P.H. from Johns Hopkins. Her adviser is Leann Birch. Julia's research interest is childhood obesity prevention.

Email: jat382@psu.edu

Kristine Bova

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

Email: klb63@psu.edu

Stephanie Bradley

Stephanie is from Atlanta, GA, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Georgia State University and her M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. Her adviser is Doug Coatsworth. Stephanie's research interests are positive youth development, and prevention impact on adolescent agency.

Email: sab441@psu.edu

Brian Calhoun

Brian is from Richmond Virginia and received his B.S. in Biology and Psychology from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Brian's advisor is Jennifer Maggs. His research emphasis is prevention and resilience.

Email: bhc120@psu.edu

Nicole Constance

Nicole is from Fredericksburg, VA, and received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Anthropology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her M.S. in HDFS and Demography from Penn State. Her advisers are Kate Hynes and David Eggebeen. Nicole's research interests are social policy, minority children/families, demography, and work & family issues.

email: nfc108@psu.edu

Nicole DePasquale

Nicole is from Toms River, NJ. She received her B.A. in Communication (Psych & Soc minor) at Rutgers University, and her MSPH in Health Ed. and Health Communication from Johns Hopkins. Her adviser is David Almeida. Nicole's research interests are multigenerational care, adult development, and family relationships.

Email: nzd117@psu.edu

Allison Doub

Allison is from Waynesboro, PA. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in HDFS with a minor in Psychology from Penn State University. Her advisers are Meg Small and Leann Birch. Allison's research focuses on leveraging new media to disseminate evidence-based nutrition and parenting information.

Email: aed5142@psu.edu

Susan Doughty

Susan is from Moon Township, PA, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Bucknell University and her M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. Her adviser is Susan McHale. Susan's research interests are sibling relationships, family dynamics, and parental differential treatment.

Email: sed201@psu.edu

Kamila Dvorakava

Kamila received her M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University. Her advisor is Mark Greenberg. Kamilla is interested in Prevention and intervention research and mindfulness-based programs.

Email: kud167@psu.edu

Joche Gayles

Joche is from Oakland, CA, and received her B.A. in Psychology/American Indian Studies from San Diego State University and her M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. Her adviser is Doug Coatsworth. Joche's research interests are adolescent development and well-being, family methodology, and parent-child interactions.

Email: jgg137@psu.edu

Amanda Griffin

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

Alexis Harris

Alexis is from Memphis, TN, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Rhodes College and her M.A. in Liberal Studies (Urban Childood) from the University of Memphis. Her adviser Is Mark Greenberg. Her work currently focuses on mindfulness/yoga based programs and SEL in the middle school context.

Email: arh253@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, and adult development and work.

Email: juh283@psu.edu

Brittany James

Brittany is from Pelsor, Arkansas and received her B.A. in Psychology from Duke Unversity. Her adviser is Leann Birch. Brittany's research interests are in childhood obesity prevention.

Email: bxj155@psu.edu

Linying Ji

Linying received her B. A in Englich 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 Doug Teti. Her research interests are development of attachment, emotion regulation, and parenting.

Email: nxj133@psu.edu

Dierdre (Hon) Katz

Dierdre is from Seattle, WA, and received her B.S. in Biology/Secondary Ed. from Loyola University and her M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, & Education from Harvard University. Her co-advisers are Mark Greenberg and Scott Gest. Dierdre's research interests are neurobilogical factors of social and emotional development of adolescents.

Email: dah1039@psu.edu

Bo-Ram Kim

Bo-Ram is from Kwangju, Korea, and received her B.A. in Psychology/Music from Oberlin College and her M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. Her adviser is Doug Teti. Bo-Ram's research interests are infant and early childhood socioemotional development and parent-child relationships.

Email: bkim317@psu.edu

Peter (Seung) Kim

Peter is from Glenview, IL, and received his B.A. in English/Creative writing from Seattle University. His advisor is Mayra Bamaca. Peter's research interests are development and adjustment of minority children, impact of acculturation on family processes.

Email: syk126@psu.edu

Rachel Koffer

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

Email: rek183@psu.edu

Katie Lawson

Katie is from Lawton, MI, and received her B.A. in Psychology from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and her M.A. from Radford University. Her adviser is Ann Crouter. Katie's research interests include the associations between work and family across the lifespan, gender roles, career development, and research methods.

Email: kml5509@psu.edu

Yunying Le

Yunying 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 Susan McHale. Yunying's research interests are in couples and family relationships across the life span.

Email: yxl265@psu.edu

Chelom Leavitt

Chelom is from Provo, Utah and received her J.D. and M.S from Brigham Young University. Her advisor is Eva Lefkowitz. Chelom's interests are adolescent and adult sexuality.

Email: cel194@psu.edu

Soomi Lee

Soomi is from Seoul, Korea, and received her B.S. and M.A. in Child Development & Family Studies from Yonsei University. Her adviser is David Almeida. Soomi's research interests are work & family, and well-being of family members.

Email: sil5400@psu.edu

Jacinda Li

Jacinda is from Potomac, MD, and received her B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her advisor is Scott Gest. She is interested in schol and family based childhood obesity prevention and the impact of poverty on child development.

Email: jcl270@psu.edu

Yin Liu

Yin is from Chengdu, China, and received her B.A. in English from SW China Normal University and her M.S. in HDFS from Texas Tech. Her adviser is Steve Zarit. Yin's research interests are adult development and aging in the context of family caregiving and methodology.

Email: yul183@psu.edu

Lawrence Lo

Lawrence is from Robbinsdale, MN, and received his B. A. in Psychology/Philosophy from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His co-advisers are Mike Rovine and Peter Molenaar. Lawrence's research interest is methodology

Email: LLL180@psu.edu

David Lydon

David is from Galway, Ireland, and received his B.A. in Psychology and English Literature from Trinity College in Dublin. His adviser is Chuck Geier. David's research interests are in adolescent brain development and risk-taking.

Email dml344@psu.edu

Megan Maas

Megan is from California and received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University. Broadly, her research interests are sexual socialization and romantic relationships in adolescence and young adulthood. Her advisor is Eva Lefkowitz and she also works closely with Jennie Noll. In addition to her graduate studies, Megan also works as a community health educator and holds workshops that integrate sexual media, social media, and sexual health.

Email: mkm266@psu.edu

Rebecca Madill

Rebecca is from Whittier, NC, and received her B.A. in Psychology/French from Emory & Henry College. Her adviser is Scott Gest. Rebecca's research interests are school based prevention and classroom contextual effects.

Email: ram436@psu.edu

Alice (Liz) Manning

Liz is from Philadelphia, PA and received her B.A. in Psychology/Spanish from Bucknell University and her M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. Her adviser is Doug Coatsworth. Liz's research interests are adolescent development and prevention.

Email: aem264@psu.edu

Gail Mayer

Gain is from Parkland, FL, and received her B.S/B.A. in Psychology/Spanish from the University of Florida. Her adviser is Doug Teti. Her research interests are parenting and parent-child relationships.

Email: gem173@psu.edu

Brandon McDaniel

Brandon is from Terre Haute, IN, and received his B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University and his M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. His advisers are Doug Teti and Mark Feinberg. Brandon's research centers around the processes, qualities, and development of as well as influences on couple and coparenting relationships. Contexts in which he often studies these relationships include the transition to parenthood and early infancy/childhood, as well as very specific contexts such as bedtime or technology use. Brandon also has experience with intensive longitudinal data designs.

Email: bom5123@psu.edu

Aaron Miller

Aaron is from State College, PA, and received his B.S. from HDFS at Penn State. His adviser 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

Jacqueline (Cox) Miller

Jacqui is from New York, NY, and received her B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University. Her adviser is Ed Smith. Jacqui's research interest are teen pregnancy, social policy, and methodology.

Email: jac705@psu.edu

Kameron Moding

Kameron is from Manitou Springs, CO, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Colorado College. Her adviser is Cindy Stifter. Kameron's research interests are socioemotional development of infants and temperament.

Email: kjm5444@psu.edu

Elizabeth Munoz

Liz is from Whittier, CA, and received her B.S. in Psychology/Social Behavior from the University of California-Irvine, and her M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. Her adviser is Martin Sliwinski. Liz's research interests are adult development and aging and research methods.

Email: edm172@psu.edu

Lu (Jane) Ou

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

Email: lz0114@psu.edu

Jenny Padilla

Jenny is from Pomona, CA, and received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA. Her adviser is Susan McHale. Her research interests are sibling relationships and academic outcomes.

Email: jzp170@psu.edu

Phuong ThiThu Pham

Phuong is from Hanoi, Vietnam, and received her B.A. from Hanoi National University and her M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. Her adviser is Rukmalie Jayakody. Phuong's research interest is in family studies.

Email: ptp110@psu.edu

Lauren Philbrook

Lauren is from Hopkinton, MA, and received her B.A. in Psychology (neuroscience) from Williams College and her M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. Her adviser is Doug Teti. Lauren's research interests are parenting and infant socioemotional development and physiological regulation.

Email: lzp125@psu.edu

Courtney Polenick

Courtney is from New Castle, PA, and received her B.A. in Music and her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Youngstown State University. Her adviser is Lynn Martire. Her research interests are late-life depression and caregiving relationships.

Email: cap317@psu.edu

Emily Pressler

Emily is from Cleveland, OH, and received her B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University and her M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. Her co-advisers are Daphne Hernandez and Scott Gest. Emily's research interests are family studies, child academic achievement, social policy, and maternal participation in government assistance programs.

Email: eap197@psu.edu

Jonathan Reader

Jonathan is from Stroudsburg, PA, and received his B.S. in HDFS from PSU. His adviser is Doug Teti. Jonathan's research interests are in infant/child development, sleep research, coparenting, and family systems.

Email: jmr5285@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 adviser 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

Mina Shimizu

Mina is from Japan, and received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA. Her adviser is Doug Teti. Mina's research interests are parenting and mother-child relationships.

Email: mos5370@psu.edu

Brianna Sprague

Brianna is from Valley Falls, Kansas, and received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas. Her adviser is Marty Sliwinski. Brianna's research interests are in cognitive aging and methodology.

Email: bns142@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 adviser is Rukmalie Jayakody. Quang's research interests are development programs, ethnic minorities, applied policy, international development, poverty and social welfare.

Email: qtt104@psu.edu

Emily Waterman

Emily is from Syracuse, NY, and received her B.A. from Siena College. Her adviser is Eva Lefkowitz. Emily's research interest is sexuality.

Email: eaw237@psu.edu

Rose Wesche

Rose is from Chicago, IL, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College. Her adviser is Eva Lefkowitz. Rose's research interests are adolescent and young adult romantic and sexual relationships.

Email: rbw132@psu.edu

Cindy Willner

Cindy is from Danbury, CT, and received her B.S. in Cognitive Science from Brown University. Her adviser is Lisa Gatzke-Kopp. Cindy's research interests are child & adolescent development, biopsychology, prevention, and intervention.

Email: cjw5334@psu.edu

Stephanie Wilson

Stephanie is from Germantown, TN, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Rhodes College and her M.S. from HDFS at Penn State. Her adviser is Lynn Martire. Stephanie's research interests are biological and social processes within the context of health.

Email: sjw5295@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 adviser is Greg Fosco. Her research interests are family system processes and family relationships.

Email: mxx108@psu.edu

Kathleen Zadzora

Kathleen is from Brooklyn, NY, and received her B.A. in Psychology/Antrhopology/Music from the University of Notre Dame and her M.S. in Psychology from New York University. Her co-advisers are Mark Greenberg and Scott Gest. Kathleen's research interests are child development, child & family policy, prevention, and intervention.

Email: kmz137@psu.edu

Yao Zheng

Yao is from Heilongjiang, China, and receive his B.S. in Psychology from Yuanpei Collegeat Peking University and his M.S. in HDFS from Penn State. His adviser is Bo Cleveland. Yao's research interests are adolescent and emerging adulthood antisocial behavior, delinquency prevention, and methodology.

Email: yzz122@psu.edu