Dr. 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 perspective, 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.
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.
Cyrana Gallay joined the Family Research Lab in January 2016 and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in the Applied Cognition and Neuroscience program at UTD. She graduated in 2012 from Ohio State University with a BA in International Relations and French.
Having worked extensively with refugee populations and ex-child soldiers through humanitarian aid organizations and while living in the Buduburum refugee camp, in Ghana, she became interested in the neural processes that underlie traumatic stress reactions experienced by refugees. These include cognitive, behavioral and psychosocial difficulties. Her research interests include biobehavioral stress responses, traumatic brain injury, attachment insecurity, and the effect of parent-child conflict on child development.
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 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.
Karla joined the Family Research Lab in August 2016 and is currently a senior, pursuing a BS in Psychology and Child Development. After graduation, she hopes to continue studying psychology with a focus in pediatrics by earning an MS in Counseling and PhD in Pediatric Clinical Psychology. As a hopeful practitioner, her interests include pediatric therapy and effective treatment methods for children and families affected by mental disorders and childhood trauma.
Neha joined the Family Research Lab in January 2017. She is currently a junior Child Learning and Development major, and she plans on attending law school and potentially practicing Family Law. Her interests include the interaction between children and their environment in various contexts, as well as the importance of parent-child interaction in literacy development.
Irina (“Ina”) joined the Family Research Lab in the Spring Semester of 2017. She is a freshman Speech Pathology and Child Development major interested in parent-child relationships and children’s development and behavior.
Taryn Colgrove joined the Family Research Lab in January 2017 and is currently a senior pursuing a BS in Psychology and a BS in Child Development. After graduation, she plans to pursue an MS in Counseling, with a focus on marriage and family. Her research interests include marital relationships and the impact they have on parenting.
Hillary joined the Family Research Lab June 2016 and is currently a senior pursuing her undergraduate degree in psychology. She also double majors in criminology. She hopes to continue her education through earning a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus in forensic psychology. Her research interests include exploring contributing factors to juvenile delinquency and childhood prevention of deviance.
Ipshita joined the Family Research Lab in May 2016 and is currently a junior pursuing a biochemistry degree and a psychology minor. She hopes to become a pediatrician, and therefore is interested in focusing on parent-child relationships and children’s behavior.
Audon joined the Family Research Lab in January 2016 and is currently working on a both a BS in Child Learning and Development and a BA in Arts and Technology. After his graduation this Spring, he will be working on his PhD in behavioral psychology and the University of North Texas, with the ultimate goal of doing research on educational games and media aimed at the family. His research interests include studying the effects different types of technology have on parents, children, and home life.