Alumni - Ph.D. in Human Development

Angela Merritt Blums - Spring 2017
Interests: Cognition, School outcomes, Poverty/Development
Life Phases: Childhood, adulthood and aging
Dissertation: Children’s Learning in Scientific Thinking: Instructional Approaches and Roles of Variable Identification and Executive Function
Position: Assistant Professor, Pierce College

Shruti Dave - Spring 2017
Interests: Aging, Cognition, Memory and Language
Life Phases: Adulthood, Aging
Dissertation: Influences of Normative Aging, Cognitive Resources, Language Experience and Neural Noise on Electrophysiological Indices of Lexical Prediction and Contextual Support
Position: Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Kristina Gelardi - Spring 2017
Interests: Neurobiology, Social/emotional development
Life Phases: Childhood, Adolescence
Dissertation: Effects of Childhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage on Neurobiological Connectivity to Social Stimuli in Adolescence
Position: Research Associate, Harder+Company Community Research

Michelle Harris - Spring 2017
Interests: Self-Esteem Development
Life Phases: Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood
Dissertation: Global Self-Esteem Measurement and Sources across the Lifespan
Position: Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Texas at Austin

Zhi Li - Spring 2017
Interests: Attachment, Children and Adolescent Development
Life Phases: Childhood, Adolescence
Dissertation: Income Unpredictability and Child and Adolescent Development
Position: Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Rochester

Carolyn Sutter - Spring 2017
Interests: Parenting, Peer Relationships, Eating Behaviors
Life Phases: Childhood, Adolescence
Dissertation: Parents to Peers: Social Influences on Youths’ Food Availability during School Lunchtime
Position: Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Illinois, Family Resiliency Center

Megan Waechter-McMillan -  Winter 2017
Interests: Social/Emotional, Family, School, Government/Social Policy
Life Phases: Middle Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood
Dissertation: Examining the Longitudinal Impacts of Extracurricular Activity Participation on Educational Attainment

Alice Wuermli - Fall 2016
Interests: Stress physiology, Neurodevelopmental plasticity
Life Phases: Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence
Dissertation: The Home Environment and Early Child Development and Learning in Bhutan Measurement and Associations
Position: Research Scientist, NYU Global TIES for Children

Evelyn Mercado - Fall 2016
Interests: Social/Emotional Development, Families, Marital Relationships
Life Phases: Childhood, Adulthood
Dissertation: Examining Physiological Processes in Marital Relationships and their Behavioral, Socioemotional and Genetic Correlates
Position: NIMH Post-doctoral Fellow, UCLA Department of Psychology

Saba Torabian - Spring 2016
Interests: Culture/Neighborhood/Society, Cognitive
Life 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
Life 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

Position: Research Program Specialist, California Department of Healthcare Services

Gina JaegerSpring 2016
Interests: Biological, Cognitive
Life Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood
Dissertation: Gesture's Hand in Children's Cognition
Position: Lecturer, UC Davis Human Ecology

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

Position: Post-doctoral Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Erik Henricson - Spring 2016
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Prevention Research, Research Methodology
Life Phases: Infancy, Early and Middle Childhood, Adolescence, 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
Position: Assistant Professor, UC Davis Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Elisabeth D'Angelo - Spring 2016
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Health & Mental Health
Life Phases: Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood, Adulthood, Aging
Dissertation: Intensive Semantic Memory Training: A Comparison to Traditional Episodic Memory Therapy in TBI
Position: Assistant Professor, CSUS Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Justin Caouette - Spring 2016
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Social/Emotional Health & Mental Health
Life Phases: Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood, Adulthood
Dissertation: Neural Correlates of Social Evaluation and Depression Risk in Adolescent Girls
Position: Post-doctoral Researcher, Oregon State University 

Ryan Barry - Spring 2016
Interests: Biological, Cognitive
Life Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood
Dissertation: Selective Word Learning in Toddlers: An Eye Tracking Investigation of the Mechanism
Position: Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Florida

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

Andrew Bower - Summer 2015
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Social-Emotional, Research Methodology
Life Phases: Infancy/Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood
Dissertation: Are Behavioral Strategies for Obtaining Peer Status Honest Signals of Reproductive Quality?
Position: Lecturer, UC Davis Department of Human Ecology

Stephanie Sansone - Summer 2015
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Health & Mental Health, Research Methodology
Life 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
Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Davis MIND Institute

Rachel Jochem - Winter 2015
Interests: Social-Emotional, Research Methodology
Life Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood
Dissertation: Title TBA
Position: 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
Position: Assistant Professor, Portland State University

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
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Science, Boise 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 
Position: Associate in Research at Duke University Medical Center

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
Position: 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
Position: Lecturer, UC Davis Human Ecology
Research Links: Link 1, Link 2

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
Position: Early Childhood Researcher, SRI International

Paula Reynolds - Winter 2013
Interest: Cognitive, Social-Emotional, School, Culture/Neighborhood/Society
Life Phases: Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood 
Position: 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
Position: 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
Position: 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
Position: Assistant Professor, Dixie State University

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
Position: 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 
Position: Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Sinclair College

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
Position: Research Program Specialist, California Department of Social Services, Outcomes and Accountability Bureau

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
Position: 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
Position: 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.
Position: Assistant Professor, 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.
Position: 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
Position: 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.
Position: Associate 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
Position: 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 Thesis: Life Stressors, Maternal Optimism, and Adolescent Competence in Mother-Headed, African-American Families
Dissertation: Dissertation: Risk and Reslience Processes in Mexican-Origin Families
Position: Assistant Professor, Purdue University, Human Development and Family Studies
Research Links: Link 1, Link 2

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
Position: 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
Position: 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
Position: Research Scientist, California Department of Public Health

Lisa Rapalyea - Fall 2009
Dissertation: Does Sports Involvement Influence Character? Profiling Character Traits for Different Sports
Position: 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
Position: Director of Intersession, Design Tech High School

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
Position: 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
Position: 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
Position: 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
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry

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

Tamu Nolfo - Spring 2008
Dissertation: An Exploration of Healthy Adjustment in Biracial Young Adults
Position: Sr. Project Manager, California Department of Public Health/Sierra Health Foundation

Kelly Heung - Winter 2008

M. S Thesis: Is Double-Tutoring More Effective than Single-Tutoring in Decreasing Self-Stimulatory Behaviors?
Position: Program Manager, LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program, UC Davis MIND Institute

Michael Lawler - Fall 2007
Dissertation: Maltreated Children's Relationships and Emotional Availability with Kin versus Non-kin Foster Mothers: A Sociobioligical Perspective
Position: Dean of Health Sciences, 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
Position: 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
Position: 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
Position: 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
Position: Associate Professor and Program Lead, Oregon State University, Human Development and Family Science

Aarti Subramaniam - Winter 2007
Dissertation: The Relevance of Community Based Organizations for Youth in Rural Context
Position: Research Analyst, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

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
Position: 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
Position: Lecturer, UC Davis Human Ecology

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
Position: Assistant Professor, UC Riverside, Department of Psychology

Kimberly Carter - Winter 2006
Dissertation: Longitudinal Assessment of Discriminability and Response Bias in Alzheimer's Disease
Position: Lecturer, CSUS Department of Psychology

Patricia Jennings - 2004
Position: Associate Professor, University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
Links: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4, Link 5

Claire Vallotton - 2004
Position: Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Loriena Yancura - 2004
Position: Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Kristen Alexander - 2002

Position: Professor, CSUS College of Education