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.
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 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.
Cyrana 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 refugees populations and asylum seekers through the American Red Cross of Columbus, International Rescue Committee of Dallas, and while living in 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, emotion regulation, 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.
Broadly, her research interests include the effects of internalizing symptoms and parenting behaviors on family processes and child outcomes such as risky behavior taking.
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 time as an undergraduate, he hopes to pursue a masters in either BBS or ATEC, with the ultimate goal of designing educational games aimed at the family. His research interests include the effects of different types of technology on parents and children’s development.
Ashlyn joined the Family Research Lab in January 2016 and is currently pursuing a BS in Psychology. After graduating, her goal is to earn a Doctor of Medicine degree. Ultimately, she hopes to become a pediatrician and work for Children’s Health. Her research interests are how a child’s environment can influence or predict their health outcome in the future.
Jenitta joined the Family Research Lab in January 2016 and is currently pursuing a BS in Neuroscience. After graduating from UT Dallas, she plans to pursue her interest in medicine and focus on pediatrics and pediatric neurology. Her interest is not limited to a specific topic in family research, but broadly in the aspects of a healthy relationship between parents and children.
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.
Amanda is currently pursuing her BS in Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to further her education and earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests are family dynamics and the effects of having a child with a mental health disorder.