Guided by developmental psychopathology and biopsychosocial frameworks, my research investigates the processes through which early experiences and multiple factors within the family system influence children's social, emotional, and behavioral development. I am particularly interested in understanding the enduring impact of early parent-child relationships, the mechanisms and processes through which psychobiological and environmental factors promote psychosocial adaptation or contribute to the emergence of psychopathology in children, and how self-regulatory processes serve to augment or constrain these associations.

 

See MY CV here

  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Analysis
    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spring 2016
    • Thesis: Influences of parenting, emotion socialization, and biobehavioral functioning in infancy on the development of conduct problems and callous-unemotional behaviors
  • M.A., Developmental Psychology
    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spring 2014
  • M.Ed., Elementary Education
    • Arizona State University, Spring 2011
  • B.A., Psychology, Honors
    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spring 2009

Current Positions

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Boston University

Affiliate Research Professor
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methods
University of Maryland - College Park

PREvious positions

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methods
University of Maryland - College Park

Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methods
Mentors: Ken Rubin, Ph.D. and Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, Ph.D.
University of Maryland - College Park

Graduate Student in Developmental Psychology
Primary Advisor: Martha Cox, Ph.D.
Secondary Advisor: Roger Mills-Koonce, Ph.D.
Secondary Advisor: Michael Willoughby, Ph.D.
Quantitative Advisor: Patrick Curran, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Statistical Consultant, The Odum Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Supervisor: Paul Mihas

Research Assistant, The Family Life Project
Master Coder and Trainer, Parent-Child Interactions
Center for Developmental Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Supervisor: Roger Mills-Koonce, Ph.D.


SELECTED TRAINING 

Data Analysis 

  • Generalized Linear Models
  • Structural Equation Models
  • Latent Curve Models
  • Hierarchical Linear Models
  • Growth Mixture Models
  • Logistic and OLS Regression Models
  • Data Management
  • Packages: SAS, SPSS, Mplus, R, Cardio Edit, Cardio Batch, Office Suite

Data Collection and Coding

  • Parent-Child Interaction
  • Adult Attachment Interview
  • Individualized classroom assessment scoring system (inCLASS)
  • Physiological data collection (Mindware, Actiwatch/Actiheart)
  • Heart Rate Inter-Beat Interval Editing 
  • Adult and Infant Saliva 

Awards and funding

NIH Loan Repayment Program
NIMH Pediatric Research
PI: Nicholas J. Wagner
Amount: $36,907.60

CRRTC Pilot Funding
Prenatal Risk and Development
Electronic Cigarette Use during Pregnancy
NIH-Cancer Institute
Food and Drug Administration
PI: Nicholas J. Wagner
Amount: $14,038

Predoctoral Fellowship
NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Carolina Consortium on Human Development
The Center for Developmental Science
Amount: $22,467

Chase-Dashiell-Crane Research Award
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Amount: $500

Young Investigator Award               International Society for Research on Aggression

Future Faculty Fellowship Program
Center for Faculty Excellence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Amount: $450

Cheryl Wynn Hare Award Finalist
Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy

Student Travel Award Recipient
Society for Research in Child Development
Amount: $300

Graduate Student Travel Award Recipient
International Society on Infant Studies
Amount: $1,000

3 Minute Thesis Competition - Champion
The Graduate School
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Prize: $1,000

 

 


MEDIA AND PRESS

TERP Magazine
"Out of their Shells"
By Chris Carroll; Published 1/9/18

Time Magazine
"The New Way To Prevent Anxiety in Kids"
By Andrea Peterson; Published 6/9/2017

National Public Radio
“Kids’ Drawings Speak Volumes About Home”
By Will Huntsberry; Published 12/8/2014

New York Magazine
“What Kids’ Drawings Reveal About Their Homes”
By Melissa Dahl; Published 12/10/2014

The Huffington Post
"Your Kids May Not Be Able To Say If They're Having Trouble -- But They Can Draw It"
By Rebecca Adams; Published 12/15/2014

 Carolina Connection Radio Program
“3 Minute Thesis Competition”
 WCHL 97.9 FM; Aired 11/7/2015