Current Grad Students

2014-2015 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-advisors 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 advisor is Cindy Stifter. Mairin's research interests are socioemotional development in childhood and parent-child relationships.

Email: mea184@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

Katie Bamberger

Katie is from Timonium, MD, and received her B.S. in Psychology and English at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Her advisor 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 advisor is Steve Zarit. Her research interests are in the aging area.

Email: lrb207@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 and healthy aging.

Email: leb237@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 advisors are Mayra Bamaca and Julia Savage Williams. 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 advisor is Lisa Kopp. Kristine's research interests are childhood brain development and prevention/intervention.

Email: klb63@psu.edu

Summer Braun

Summer is from Jupiter, FL, and received her B.A. from Rollins College. Her advisor is Scott Gest. Summer is interested in social development in elementary school children, and school-based interventions.

Email: ssb184@psu.edu

Jessica Braymiller

Jessica is from Buffalo, NJ and received her B.S. in Psychology (with minors in Biology and Neuroscience) from Mercyhurst University. Her advisor is Chuck Geier. Jessica is interested in developmental cognitive neuroscience and "at-risk" decision making.

Email: jlb982@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

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

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 advisor is 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 advisor 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 advisors 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 advisor is Susan McHale. Susan's research interests are sibling relationships, family dynamics, and parental differential treatment.

Email: sed201@psu.edu

Kamila Dvorakava

Kamila is from Prague, Czech Republic, and 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

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

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 advisor is Mark Greenberg. 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 advisor is Bo Cleveland. Amanda's research interests are adolescence and behavioral genetics.

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

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

Deirdre (Hon) Katz

Deirdre 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-advisors are Mark Greenberg and Scott Gest. Deirdre's research interests are neurobilogical factors of social and emotional development of adolescents.

Email: dah1039@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 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 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. 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 the effects of adverse childhood experiences on psychosocial development; trauma-informed intervention and prevention; Mindfulness-based prevention and intervention.

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 advisor 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 and 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 technology and sexuality in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Her advisor is 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

Hia Wo (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

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 advisor is Scott Gest. Liz's research interests are adolescent development and prevention.

Email: aem264@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 advisors 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 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

Jacqueline (Cox) Miller

Jacqui is from New York, NY, and received her B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University. Her advisor 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 advisor 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 advisor 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 advisor is Sy-Miin Chow. Her research interest is methodology.

Email: lzo114@psu.edu

Jenny Padilla

Jenny is from Pomona, CA, and received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA. Her advisor 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 advisor 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 advisor 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 advisors are Lynn Martire and Steve Zarit. Her research interests are late-life depression and caregiving relationships.

Email: cap317@psu.edu

Jonathan Reader

Jonathan is from Stroudsburg, PA, and received his B.S. in HDFS from PSU. His advisor 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 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

Mina Shimizu

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

Email: mos5370@psu.edu

Briana Sprague

Brianna is from Valley Falls, Kansas, and received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas. Her advisor 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 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.A. in Human Services and her M.A. in Psychology from Liberty University. Her advisor is Doug Teti. Her interests include early childhood development and prevention/intervention.

Email stv113@psu.edu

Emily Waterman

Emily is from Syracuse, NY, and received her B.A. from Siena College. Her advisor 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 advisor is Eva Lefkowitz. Rose's research interests are adolescent and young adult romantic and sexual relationships.

Email: rbw132@psu.edu

Roisin White

Roisin is fromTipperary, Ireland, and received her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Neuroscience from Trinity College. Roisin's advisor is Chuck Geier. Her interests include developmental cognitive neuroscience, risk-taking and substance abuse in adolescents. Email: ruw168@psu.edu

Cindy Willner

Cindy is from Danbury, CT, and received her B.S. in Cognitive Science from Brown University. Her advisor 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 advisor 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 advisor 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 advisor is Scott Gest. Kathleen's research interests are child development, child & family policy, prevention, and intervention.

Email: kmz137@psu.edu

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