Ashlyn Schwartz is from Atlanta, Georgia. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University and her M.S. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her major professor is Dr. Julia Jaekel. Using a life course perspective, Ashlyn’s research focuses on understanding developmental processes of infants and children with biological and social risk.
Jennifer is from Knoxville, TN. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies from Furman University and her master’s in Public Health, Health Planning and Administration from the University of Tennessee. She is currently working with Dr. Hillary Fouts and Dr. Julia Jaekel. Her research is focused on infant care patterns among displaced people, especially refugee mothers from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Kayley is from Knoxville, TN. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her major professor is Dr. Spencer Olmstead. Kayley’s research focuses on human sexuality and the sexual wellbeing of adolescents and emerging adults.
Macy is from Brea, California. She received her B.S. in Family Studies from Brigham Young University and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy for the University of Southern California. Her major professor is Dr. Elizabeth Johnson. Macy’s research focuses on studying the effects of information technology and innovation on youth development, specifically in diverse or marginalized populations, through an interdisciplinary perspective.
Lauran is from Murfreesboro, TN. She received her B.S. in Child in Family Studies with a double major in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her major professor is Dr. Julia Jaekel. Lauran’s research focuses on the long term physiological health and cognitive development of children raised in stressful environments, with an emphasis in resilience and neurological mechanisms.
Lucia Miranda is from Montevideo, Uruguay. She received her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Lucia’s main research interests focus on risks and resilience in early socioemotional development and attachment formation, and how these affect relationship functioning throughout the lifespan.
Geoff Mabe is from Knoxville, TN. He received his B.A. in Bible and Psychology (double major) from Freed-Hardeman University, his M.A in General Psychology from East Tennessee State University, and his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy/Professional Counseling from Johnson University. His major professor is Dr. Delores Smith. Geoff’s research is focused on clergy family dynamics and outcomes.
Melissa Rector LaGraff
Melissa is from Chattanooga, TN. She received her B.S. in Human Ecology and M.S. in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her major professor is Dr. Heidi Stolz. Melissa’s research examines how to improve family functioning through family policies and parenting education that encourages effective parenting practices.
Tobey Nichols is from Clayton, CA. He received his B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University and his M.A. in Teaching from the University of Southern California. His major professor is Dr. Julia Jaekel. Tobey’s research focuses on how adversity effects development over the life span.