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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Lab Members

 

FACULTY

Dr. Jackie Nelson

Jackie Nelson

Dr. Nelson, the director of the Family Research Lab, is an assistant professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. She earned her BA in psychology from Elon University and her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

 

Dr. Nelson studies emotional family processes from a systems prospective, recognizing that family members and relationships are interconnected. Specifically, she is interested in parent-child relationships, how mothers and fathers influence one another's parenting practices, negative spillover of family stress, parents' beliefs and socialization of children's emotion, and children's emotional development.

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Brittany Boyer

Brittany Boyer

Brittany joined the Family Research Lab in August of 2011, and is currently working toward her PhD in Psychological Sciences. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in December of 2008 with a BS in Psychology.

 

Her research interests include the long-term effects of early experiences on children's health, the unique and combined influence of mothers and fathers in their children's social and emotional development, and relations between parenting and children's biobehavioral stress responses.

 

 

Rebecca Conklin

Rebecca Conklin

Rebecca joined the Family Research Lab in August of 2013 and is currently working toward her MS in Psychological Sciences. She graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington in December of 2003 with a BA in history. Her research interests include emotional regulation and impulse control in children, and the effects of parenting styles on children's personality development.

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Griffin

Ashley Griffin

Ashley joined the Family Research Lab in August of 2013, and is currently working toward her MS in Psychological Sciences. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in May of 2013, with a BS in Psychology and Child Learning and Development. Her research interests include: parent/child conflict, emotional expressiveness, family dynamics, coping with stress, as well as the components of motivation necessary to increase one's well-being.

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha Sang

Samantha Sang

Samantha joined the Family Research Lab in January, 2012, and is currently working toward her MS in Psychological Sciences. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas on May 19, 2012, with a BS in Child Development and Psychology with a minor in Criminology.

 

Her research interests include family dynamics with an emphasis on sibling relationships and environmental versus biological impacts on social development.

 

 

 

Justin Scott

Justin Scott

Justin joined the Family Research Lab in August of 2013, and is currently working on his MS in Psychological Sciences. He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in May of 2013, with a BS in Psychology and Child Development.

 

His research interests include family dynamics and emotion regulation, and how they relate to social and academic competence.

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth joined the Family Research Lab in August of 2012, and is currently working toward her MS in Psychological Sciences. She graduated from Louisiana State University in May of 2012 with a BS in Psychology.

 

Her research interests include family dynamics and emotion regulation in children and adolescents.

 

 

 

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Meagan Axle

Meagan Axle

Meagan joined the Family Research Lab in January of 2014, and is currently working toward her BS in Psychology and Child Learning and Development. Her research interests include family dynamics, emotional development in children, coping strategies for stress, and the effects of parental conflict on children's development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Bradford

Elizabeth Bradford

Beth is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in Child Learning and Development and Psychology. Her plan is to receive a master's degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders. Her career goals are to work as an interventionist and diagnostician for children with developmental delays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elen Redford

Elen Redford

Elen joined the Family Research Lab in January 2014, and is currently working on her BS in Psychology at UT Dallas. Her research interests include stress management and family dynamics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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