School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Family Research Lab

LAB MEMBERS

Faculty

Jackie Nelson

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.

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.

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.

Undergraduate Students

Audon Archibald

Karla Brother-Lopez

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.

Audon Archibald

Isabelle Hwang

Isabelle joined the Family Research Lab in August 2016 and is pursuing a BS in Psychology. Though psychology interests her a great deal, she will be pursuing a career in physical therapy upon graduating in May 2017. Her research interests are parent-child relationships that play a part in a child’s development.

Audon Archibald

Hillary Duong

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.

Audon Archibald

Ipshita Chakraborty

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.