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Amanda Capannola

Amanda Capannola

PhD Student

Biography

Amanda is from Tennessee. She received her B.A. in American Studies and her M.S. in Child & Family Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her major professor is Dr. Megan Haselschwerdt. Amanda’s research currently focuses on queer families and pathways to parenthood for LGBTQ+ couples.


Research

Research Experience:
2018 – present, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

  • Working under Dr. Megan Haselschwerdt as a research assistant for the Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant project, Assessing Intimate Partner Violence Victims’ Help-Seeking Needs and Experiences. Responsibilities include building and piloting a Qualtrics survey, reviewing literature, and participating in the Community Coordinated Response team at the Knoxville Family Justice Center.

2016 – 2017, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

  • Responsibilities included reviewing literature, data entry, elementary analysis, editing manuscripts and grant proposals among other administrative assistance.
  • Led a transcription project and provided supervision and mentoring to an undergraduate research assistant in the Well-being of Adolescents and Emerging Adults Lab.

Teaching Experience:
2019 – present, Graduate Teaching Associate, Department of Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

  • Instructor-of-record for CFS 360: Family Stress.
  • Instructor-of-record for CFS 385: Diversity among Families and Children

2017 – 2019 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

  • Worked under Dr. Megan Haselschwerdt for four semesters of CFS 360: Family Stress.
  • Responsibilities included grading written assignments and assisting students.
  • Taught units on the Harm Reduction Model and Parental Incarceration.

2018 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

  • Shadowed Dr. Spencer Olmstead for CFS 395: Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics. Responsibilities include attending all classes, grading all assignments, and meeting with students.
  • Independently taught the Qualitative Research Methods unit (4 classes) and led an APA workshop.

Education

The University of Tennessee, Master of Science, Child and Family Studies, 2018

  • Thesis: Family Relationships of First-generation College Students
  • Under the direction of: Dr. Elizabeth I. Johnson

The University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Arts, American Studies & Judaic Studies, 2012

  • Senior Capstone: Depictions of Working-Class Jewish Women in the Postwar Era
  • Magna Cum Laude

Pellissippi State Community College, Associate of Arts, 2010

  • General Associate of Arts 
  • Magna Cum Laude

Curriculum Vitae


Professional Service

  • 2019 – present Representative, Graduate Student Senate, UTK
  • 2016 – present Member, Graduate Student Organization in Child and Family Studies, UTK
  • 2016 – present Member, Commission for Women, UTK
  • 2016 – present Member, Commission for LGBT People, UTK
  • 2017 – 2018 Conference Coordinator
    • Quint State: Southeastern Symposium on Child and Family Development, hosted by the Department of Child and Family Studies, UTK

Awards and Recognitions

University of Tennessee, Fellowship for Graduate Excellence

  • The Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence is the signature graduate fellowship program at the University of Tennessee. This prestigious fellowship is offered to top incoming doctoral students at UT. Total = $30,000 for 2018-2021

University of Tennessee, Helen Sharp Hakala Scholarship

  • Awarded to select students in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Total = $3,000 for 2018-2020

University of Tennessee, Tony Torrice Educational Environment Graduate Fellowship

  • Awarded to students who show outstanding professional promise and are interested in research on the effects of design on
    children's social, emotional, or cognitive development. Total = $2,500 for 2017-2018

University of Tennessee, Tony Torrice Educational Environment Graduate Fellowship

  • Awarded to students who show outstanding professional promise and are interested in research on the effects of design on children's social, emotional, or cognitive development. Total = $2,500 for 2016-2017

University of Tennessee, Undergraduate Summer Research Internship

  • A summer research grant designed to promote research and creative activity among undergraduate students. Total = $2,000 for 2012

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Capannola, A. L., & Johnson, E. I. (submitted 2019). Being the first: Strengths and challenges of first-generation college students navigating family relationships. Family Relations.

 

Peer-Reviewed Presentations:
Capannola, A. L., & Johnson, E. I. (2019). Best of both worlds: Strengths of first-generation college students and their families. Poster presentation at the annual conference for the National Council for Family Relations, Fort Worth, TX.

Capannola, A. L., & Johnson, E. I. (2019). Exploring family relationship experiences of first-generation college students. Poster presentation at the annual convention for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Portland, OR.


Subiani, S., Capannola, A. L., Haselschwerdt, M. L. (2019). Coping strategies of young adults exposed to domestic violence in childhood. Poster presentation at the annual ResilienceCon meeting for the Life Paths Research Center, Nashville, TN.

Amanda Capannola

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