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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.

 

 

Alison Cline

Alison Cline

Alison Cline joined the lab in August 2015 and is a 2nd year Master’s student in the Psychological Sciences program here at UTD. She graduated from UTD in 2014 with a BS in Psychology & Child Learning and Development. She hopes to pursue her PhD in Counseling Psychology and eventually become a licensed psychologist.

 

Her research interests include but are not limited to personality, cultural differences, individual differences, stress regulation and emotional development in children.

 

 

 

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 internalizing symptoms and parenting behaviors on family processes and child outcomes such as risky behavior taking.

 

 

 

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Miti Patel

Miti Patel

Miti joined the Family Research Lab in August 2015 and is currently pursuing a BS in Biology and Business Administration. She plans on furthering her education by obtaining a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Her ultimate goal is to become a practicing family physician. Her research interests include studying the interaction and the relationship between the parent and the child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linsey Thai

Linsey Thai

Linsey joined the Family Research Lab in August 2015 and is currently pursuing a BS in Child Learning and Development and Psychology. After she graduates from UT Dallas, she hopes to go on and earn a Master of Occupational Therapy and become certified in Pediatrics. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, all aspects of child development.

 

 

 

 

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