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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith

Olivia joined the Family Research Lab in August 2014 and is currently working towards her PhD in psychological sciences. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2014 with a BA in Psychology. Her research interests include parent-child conflict and how this affects child development, while also looking at different child outcomes such as emotional development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deyaun Villarreal

Deyaun Villarreal

Deyaun joined the Family Research Lab in August 2014 and is currently working toward her PhD in Psychological Sciences. She graduated from the University of North Texas in August of 2013 with her BA in Psychology.

 

Broadly, her research interests include the effects of parenting on children's emotional development in ethnic minorities. She has a specific interest in the effects of acculturative stress on parenting and its effects on the physiological and psychological coping skills of children.

 

 

 

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Sandra Joshua

Sandra Joshua

Sandra joined the lab in Summer 2014 and is currently pursuing a BS in Child Learning and Development and Psychology. She plans on furthering her education by obtaining a Master's of Science in Physician's Assistant Studies. Her ultimate goal is to become a Pediatric Physician's Assistant. Her research interests are sibling dynamics and developmental delays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Neduvelil

Ashley Neduvelil

Ashley Neduvelil joined the Family Research Lab in the summer of 2014 and is currently working towards her BS in Psychology and Child Learning & Development. Her research interests include mood disorders, child and adult psychopathology.

 

 

 

 

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