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Human Development Graduate Group

Alumni-PhD in Human Development

Saba Torabian - Spring 2016
Interests: Culture/Neighborhood/Society, Cognitive
Live Phases: Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood, Adulthood
Dissertation: Assessing Language Disfluency in School-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Virtual, Public Speaking Task

Clinton Lee - Spring 2016
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Social-Emotional, Health & Mental Health
Live Phases: Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood
Dissertation: Striatal response during reward anticipation: Considering the role of substance use and ethnic discrimination in Mexican-origin adolescents

Gina Jaeger - Spring 2016
Interests: Biological, Cognitive
Live Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood
Dissertation: Gesture's Hand in Children's Cognition

Christina Hollifield - Spring 2016
Interests: Social-Emotional, Family, School, Culture/Neighborhood/Society, Biological, Health & Mental Health
Live Phases: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood
Dissertation: Investigating Change and Associations Between Sibling Relationships and Academic Processes Across Adolescence

Erik Henricson - Spring 2016
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Prevention Research, Research Methodology
Live Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood, Adulthood, Aging
Dissertation: Use of a bioecological systems theory framework to characterize clinically-meaningful person-reported outcome measures of strength, function and quality of life for individuals with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Elisabeth D'Angelo - Spring 2016
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Health & Mental Health
Live Phases: Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood, Adulthood, Aging
Dissertation: Intensive Semantic Memory Training: A Comparison to Traditional Episodic Memory Therapy in TBI

Justin Caouette - Spring 2016
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Social-Emotional, Health & Mental Health
Live Phases: Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood, Adulthood
Dissertation: Neural Correlates of Social Evaluation and Depression Risk in Adolescent Girls

Ryan Barry - Spring 2016
Interests: Biological, Cognitive
Live Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood
Dissertation: Selective Word Learning in Toddlers: An Eye Tracking Investigation of the Mechanism

Kelly B. Bacher - Summer 2015
Interests: Family, School, Culture/Neighborhood/Society, Prevention Research, Research Methodology
Live Phases: Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood
Dissertation: The Development of Health Risk Behaviors by Mexican-American Youth
Education Research & Evaluation Consultant, California Department of Education

Andrew Bower - Summer 2015
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Social-Emotional, Research Methodology
Live Phases: Infancy/Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood
Dissertation: Are Behavioral Strategies for Obtaining Peer Status Honest Signals of Reproductive Quality?
Postdoctoral Scholar, Texas Tech University

Stephanie Sansone - Summer 2015
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Health & Mental Health, Research Methodology
Live Phases: Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood, Adulthood
Dissertation: The FMR1 Gene and Differential Susceptibility to HPA-axis & Immune Dysfunction: Examination of a Gene-Environment Interaction with Stress
Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Davis MIND Institute

Rachel Jochem - Winter 2015
Interests: Social-Emotional, Research Methodology
Live Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood
Dissertation: Title TBA
Assistant Professor, Southern Oregon University

Maciel M. Hernández - Spring 2014
Interests: Family, School, Culture/Neighborhood/Society, Prevention Research
Life Phases: Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood
Dissertation: The positive development of Mexican American youth: Parenting and school contributors to well-being
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

Katherine S. Davlantis - Fall 2013
Interests: Social-Emotional, Health & Mental Health
Life Phases Infancy, Early Childhood
Dissertation: Learning Opportunities Provided by Parents to Young Children with ASD: Developing and Testing a Measurement System
Associate in Research at Duke University Medical Center

April Sanders Masarik - Spring 2014
Interests: Family, Culture/Neighborhood/Society, Research Methodology, Biological, Prevention Research
Life Phases Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood, Adulthood
Dissertation: Economic Pressure and Romantic Relationship Functioning Within and Across Generations
Postdoctoral Scholar, Family Research Group at UC Davis

Dianne Thompson - Summer 2013
Interests: Parent-Child Interactions, Mental Health, Child Abuse and Neglect, Early Prevention and Applied Intervention Research, Social-Emotional
Life Phases Infancy, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adulthood
Dissertation: Adherence to Children’s Mental Health Treatment: Evaluations of Parental Motivation, Engagement and Relationship Quality

David Benjamin - Summer 2013
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Social-Emotional, Family, Health & Mental Health
Life Phases Infancy, Early Childhood
Dissertation: Eye Tracking and Word Learning Processes in Typical and Atypical Development
Postdoctoral Scholar at the UC Davis MIND Institute

Karinna Hurley - Spring 2013
Interest: Cognitive
Life Phases: Infancy
Dissertation: Pet Experience and Infants’ Visual Attention to Animal Faces

Abby Winer - Spring 2013
Interest: Social-Emotional, Family, Government/Social Policy
Life Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood
Dissertation: Are Prosocial Children Also Compliant Children? Individual Differences in and Maternal Influences on Early Sociomoral Development
Early Childhood Researcher, SRI International

Paula Reynolds - Winter 2013
Interest: Cognitive, Social-Emotional, School, Culture/Neighborhood/Society
Life Phases: Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood
Dissertation:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Central California Children’s Center for Health and Human Services at California State University, Fresno

Jon G. Caldwell - Winter 2013
Interest: Biological, Cognitive, Social-Emotional, Health & Mental Health, Prevention Research
Life Phases: Early Childhood, Adulthood
Dissertation: The Far-Reaching Effects of Child Maltreatment: A Conceptual Model and Series of Studies from an Attachment Theory Perspective
Psychiatrist and Principal Researcher, The Meadows Treatment Center

Kyle Rutledge - Fall 2012
Interest: Biological, Cognitive, Health & Mental Health, Research Methodology
Life Phases: Middle childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood, Adulthood
Dissertation: Review and Comparative Effectiveness of Parent Training and Working Memory Training in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Postdoctoral Scholar, ADHD Lab, MIND Institute

Ed Wu - Summer 2012
Interest: Family, Social-Emotional, School, Culture
Life Phases: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood
Dissertation: Parental Hostility and Youth Outcomes in European American and African American Families
Lecturer, Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis

Aleksandra Palchuk - Spring 2012
Interests: Cognitive, Developmental
Life Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood
Dissertation: An Investigation of Brand Awareness and Associative Learning in Young Children Using the Eye-Tracking Paradigm
Manager, Client Loyalty and Consumer Insight Research – Charles Schwab

Kim Pasene - Spring 2012
Interest: Parenting, Outreach, Family, Social-Emotional
Life Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood
Dissertation: Exploring Predictors of and the Influences of Parenting Stress on Family Functioning
Assistant Professor, Child and Family Education, Sinclair Community College, Ohio

Ben Reeb - Spring 2012
Interest: Family, Social-Emotional, Health & Mental Health, Government/Social Policy, Research Methodology
Life Phases: Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood
Dissertation: Intergenerational Psychopathology and Social Disparities in Mental Health and Treatment-Seeking
Postdoctoral Scholar, Family Research Group, UC Davis

Nicole Hollis - Spring 2012
Interest: Cognitive, Family, Social-Emotional, Health & Mental Health
Life Phases: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood
Dissertation: Categorization of Maltreatment Type and Prediction of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Progress
Lecturer, Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis

Holly Hatton - Spring 2012
Interests: Cognitive, Social/Emotional, Family, School, Culture/Neighborhood/Society, Health & Mental Health, Prevention Research
Life Phases: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood
Dissertation: Addressing Empirical Discrepancies in the Transition to Parenthood Literature
Academic Administrator and Senior Researcher, Center for Human Services, University of California, Davis

Rashelle Musci - Fall 2011
Interest: Biological, Health & Mental Health, Prevention Research, Research Methodology
Life Phases: Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood, Adulthood
Dissertation: Exploring Associations of the Diathetic Variability in Internalizing and Externalizing Developmental Phenotypes with Genotypic Risk.
NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellow, Bloomberg School of Public Health Johns Hopkins University

Sara Waters - Fall 2011
Interest: Social-Emotional, Family
Life Phases: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood
Research Profile: Children's understanding of emotion and emotion regulation; early relationship influences on emotional development.
Dissertation: Children's Emotion Regulation Understanding: Development, Social Context, and Maternal Influences.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of the Pacific

Janet Fulton - MPA, RNC-OB - Summer 2011
Interest: Social Emotional, Family, Health & Mental Health
Life Phases: Infancy
Research Profile: Social-Emotional Development of Infants, Maternal-Child Health, Childbirth Experiences, Social Support, and Maternal-Infant Attunement in High-Risk Populations
Dissertation: Doula Supported Childbirth: An Exploration of Maternal Sensitivity, Self-Efficacy, Reponsivity and Parental Attunement
Perinatal Safety Manager, Catholic Healthcare West

Michelle Dang - Summer 2011
Interest: Social-Emotional, Family, School, Culture/Neighborhood/Society, Health & Mental Health, Government/Social Policy
Life Phases: Infant, Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood
Research Profile: Research Interests: Adolescent risks and resilience; developmental disabilities
Dissertation: Exploring social connectedness and the role of natural mentors among homeless and runaway youth.
Assistant Professor, Sacramento State School of Nursing, Sacramento

Dawnte Early - Spring 2011
M. S Thesis: Interparental Relationship Quality and Child Maladjustment in African-American Families
Dissertation: Contextualizing Marital Relationships in Minority Populations
PostDoc Scholar, Department of Neurology, UC Davis Medical Center

Leticia Carrillo - Spring 2011
Dissertation: The Physical Activity and Nutrition Behaviors of Adolescents of Mexican Origin

Zoe Taylor - Winter 2011
M. S Thesi: Life Stressors, Maternal Optimism, and Adolescent Competence in Mother-Headed, African-American Families
Dissertation: Dissertation: Risk and Reslience Processes in Mexican-Origin Families
PostDoc Scholar, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

Stephanie Sitnick - Summer 2010
M. S Thesis: The Validity of Actigraphy when Compared to Videosomnography in Preschool Populations
Dissertation: Exploring the Effects of Parental Illness on Parenting
Researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Jessica Selvin - Summer 2010
M. S Thesis: Relationship of Siblings and Subtypes of Delinquent Behavior: A Study Using Multinomial Logistic Regression
Dissertation: Longitudinal Patterns of Offending: Opportunities and Constraints

Teri Tanaka - Spring 2010
M. S Thesis: Best Friendship Quality and Best Friend Characteristics as Moderators of Peer Victimization and Psychological Adjustment in Middle School
Dissertation: Peer Relationships, School Context, and Ninth Grader Academic Adjustment
Lecturer, Department of Human and Community Development, UC Davis

Susannah Cohen - Winter 2010
M. S Thesis: Clinical
Dissertation: Identifying Distinct Physiologic Patterns of Arousal across Groups of Adolescent Boys with ASD and/or FXS
Research Scientist, California Department of Public Health

Lisa Rapalyea - Fall 2009
Dissertation: Does Sports Involvement Influence Character? Profiling Character Traits for Different Sports
Researcher, Lecturer for the Department of Human and Community Development at UC Davis

Wendy Little - Fall 2009
M. S Thesis: Informal Science Learning: Gender Differences in Approach & Attitude
Dissertation: Educational, Individual, and Familial Influences on Accepting Responsibility and Parental Control during the Transition to Adulthood
Child Development Instructor, Office of Education Regional Occupational Program, San Mateo County

Elita Virmani - Summer 2009
M. S Thesis: Supervision and Training in Child Care Settings: A Comparative Study of Reflective and Traditional Methods and their Effect on Caregiver Insightfulness
Dissertation: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: A Systematic Approach to Improving Teacher Sensitivity through Ongoing Professional Development
Senior Research Associate, West Ed Center for Child & Family Studies

Yoko Tsubota - Spring 2009
M. S Thesis: From Using a Picture to Using a Map: Young Children’s Learning in Using Simple Maps
Dissertation: The Emergence, Learning and Development of Spatio-Symbolic Skills: Perspectives from Analogical Reasoning
Manager & Child Development Specialist, Osaka, Japan

Shannon Dogan - Winter 2009
M. S Thesis: Cognitive and Parenting Pathways in the Intergenerational Transmission of Antisocial Behavior
Dissertation: Codeveloping Trajectories of Antisocial Behavior, Alcohol Use, Depression, and Anxiety During Adolescence
YFC Associate Director, 4H Program & Policy Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Davis

Costanza Colombi - Fall 2008
Dissertation: Mirror Neuron System Activation in Autism in Response to Transitive and Intransitive Actions

Daria Boeninger - Fall 2008
Dissertation: Adolescent Suicidal Ideation, Plans, and Attempts: Developmental Trends and Family Context
Researcher, Prevention Research Center, Arizona State University

Tamu Nolfo - Spring 2008
Dissertation: An Exploration of Healthy Adjustment in Biracial Young Adults
Owner of Nolfo Consulting Inc. – Mission is to partner with non profits & public institutions to apply research for community wellness.

Kelly Heung - Winter 2008
M. S Thesis: Is double-tutoring more effective than single-tutoring in decreasing self-stimulatory behaviors?
Dissertation: Is Autistic Regression Too Narrowly Defined?

Michael Lawler - Fall 2007
Dissertation: Maltreated Children's Relationships and Emotional Availability with Kin versus Non-kin Foster Mothers: A Sociobioligical Perspective
Chair, Social Work Program, University of South Dakota

Ryan Honomichl - Summer 2007
M. S Thesis: Parental Report of Sleep Problems in Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Dissertation: Relations as Rules: An Examination of Attentional Inertia in the DCCS Task
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology , Hiram College, Ohio

Run Jin - Summer 2007
Dissertation: Interactive Effects of Puberty, Temperament, and Peer Context on Development of Adolescents' Psychosocial Adjustment Problems: A Longitudinal Study on African American Adolescents
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, CSU Stanislaus

Mattie Gabston - Summer 2007
Dissertation: The Impact of Ethnicity, Age and Cue Word Type on Autobiographical Memories of African American and European American Adults
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Indiana University East

Ray Shiraishi - Spring 2007
Dissertation: Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms from Young Adulthood to Midlife

Shannon Lipscomb - Spring 2007
Dissertation: School Readiness: A Multifaceted, Developmental Approach

Aarti Subramaniam - Winter 2007
Dissertation: The Relevance of Community Based Organizations for Youth in Rural Context
Assistant Project Scientist, California 4H Youth Development Program, UC Davis

Linda Kelly - Fall 2006
Dissertation: Relationships among Proactive Coping, Situation-Specific Stress and Coping, and Stress-Related Growth

Dannelle Larsen-Rife - Fall 2006
Dissertation: Clinical Evaluation of Three Models of Change in Romantic Relationships
Infant Family Mental Health Specialist/Developmental Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Dixie State College, and Director of Research and Evaluation for Healthy Relationships California

Harin Sutabutra - Fall 2006
Dissertation: Promoting Youth Civic Engagement in Thailand: Influences of Family and School Contexts, Media Exposure and Thai Cultural Values

Nicole Polen - Summer 2006
Dissertation: The Unspoken lives of Bisexual Women: An Exploration of Sexual Identity Development
Developmental Psychologist, Lecturer for the Department of Human and Community Development, UC Davis & Author

Misaki Natsuaki - Summer 2006
Dissertation: Continuity and Change in the Developmental Trajectory of Criminal Continuity and Change in the First Arrest and High School Graduation

Kimberly Carter - Winter 2006
Dissertation: Longitudinal Assessment of Discriminability and Response Bias in Alzheimer's Disease
PostDoc Scholar, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, UC Davis