Emily Abel (Interdisciplinary Committee, Incoming)

I am a third year doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University (under the mentorship of Dr. A.J. Schwichtenberg). My research focuses on the role of sleep in child and family functioning, particularly within the context of neurodevelopmental disorders and other at-risk populations. I believe that developmental science can be best approached through an interdisciplinary, collaborative lens. My work is therefore at the intersection of psychological, behavioral, physiological, and genetic factors—providing a comprehensive toolbox to answer important developmental questions. My goals for this committee are two-fold: 1) to foster networks across disciplines for student and early career members, and 2) to apply developmental science to policies and practices for improving child and family well-being. I look forward to strengthening interdisciplinary communication for developmental scientists.

You can learn more about my recent research below:

You can also e-mail me at: emilyabel@purdue.edu

Stephen Asatsa (Teaching Committee, Incoming)

I am a final year doctoral scholar in Counseling Psychology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. My research interest is on Thanatology. I am currently working on my research dissertation which focuses on the relationship between family functioning and death preparedness of middle aged adults in Nairobi County, Kenya. I am one of the current International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) fellows. The fellowship funds my other ongoing research on relationship between death preparedness and end of life planning in Nairobi. My other collaborative studies include Sibling birth spacing and its influence on extroversion, introversion and aggressiveness of adolescents, and Influence of cell phone sexting on adolescents’ sexual behavior. I am an adjunct lecturer in the department of Psychology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. I am also a consultant Psychologist with various schools in Nairobi and a proprietor of Eutychus schools in Kenya.

My key vision as the teaching committee representative is to expand the forum of senior faculty members and work on connecting them with early career scholars involved in teaching for mentorship. I will aspire to encourage this kind of formation from various global cultures in order to introduce multicultural competence in University teaching.

Daisy Camacho (Equity and Justice Committee, Incoming)

Daisy E. Camacho-Thompson is a T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the REACH Institute in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University. She graduated from the Psychology Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a concentration in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Diversity Science. Her research focuses on the academic achievement of underserved adolescents, with attention to social networks associated with academic resilience or desistance. Her dissertation focused on familial stress and parental involvement at school, home, and in organized after-school activities. Her postdoctoral work is examining the effects of a prevention program on parental involvement and academic socialization across adolescent development. She has served in several mentoring programs for underrepresented students, such as the Millennium Scholar Program, and both as the elected Latino Caucus student member and currently the Media Manager. She has received several service awards, the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, and an NICHD Diversity Supplement.

Robey Champine (Policy & Communications Committee)

I am a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Prevention and Community Research within the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University. In 2016, I earned my Ph.D. in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University. My research examines how to promote healthy development and prevent risk/problem behaviors among ethnically and racially diverse youth and families from lower-resource communities. In particular, I study how community-based initiatives (e.g., trauma-informed programs, systems of care, youth development programs) may contribute to health promotion and risk prevention. I explore how this research may inform intervention and prevention policies and practices. I am a former psychological and behavioral analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Radcliffe/Rappaport Doctoral Policy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and SECC representative to the SRCD Communications and Policy Committee.

Radosveta Dimitrova (Ethnic & Racial Issues Committee, Outgoing)

Radosveta Dimitrova is a Docent (Associate Professor) at the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University, Sweden. She holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology (University of Trieste, Italy awarded the 2009 Best Doctoral Thesis by the Italian Association of Psychologists), and a PhD in Cross-Cultural Psychology (Tilburg University, the Netherlands, awarded the 2012 Student and Early Career Council Dissertation Award of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). She was the recipient of the 2016 Young Scientist Award of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, ISSBD for distinguished theoretical contribution, research and dissemination of developmental science. Her research interests regard social identity, well-being, migration, positive youth development, ethnic minority groups (Roma), adaptation of instruments in different cultures.

Chelsea Derlan (Equity and Justice Committee, Outgoing)

I am a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Family and Human Development Program at Arizona State University. Broadly, my research interests include examining factors that hinder and promote ethnic minority youths’ positive adjustment. Much of my work has focused on understanding the role of ethnic-racial identity, family cultural processes, discrimination, and the broader social context in Latino and African American adolescents’ development. I am currently completing
my dissertation, which examines predictors and outcomes associated with Mexican-origin kindergarten children’s understanding of their culture. In addition to my scholarly work, I serve as an officer for the Latino Graduate Student Alliance and as a mentor for Shades, a Multicultural Mentoring Program. As both a former undergraduate participant and graduate student junior mentor in the Millennium Scholars Program, I am excited to continue serving within SRCD as part of SECC and as the incoming Student Representative on the Equity & Justice Committee!

Guadalupe Espinoza (Co-chair and SECC Representative to the Governing Council, Incoming)

I am an Assistant Professor in the Child and Adolescent Studies Department at California State University, Fullerton. I completed my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2013. My research examines adolescent social interactions with peers in both the school and online contexts, particularly among ethnic minority youth from Latin American backgrounds. Bridging across both lines of my school and online research is my interest in examining negative peer interactions, specifically school bullying and cyberbullying. I was formerly the SECC representative to the Equity and Justice committee. During my tenure in the committee, I helped with the organization and planning of the Inaugural Presidential Pre-Conference on Equity and Justice in Developmental Sciences.

Larissa Gaias (History Committee, Outgoing) 

I am a doctoral student in Family and Human Development in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University, working with Dr. Sarah Lindstrom Johnson. My research focuses on how educational settings and processes can better support marginalized students, including ethnic-racial minorities and youth affected by violence. This work has spanned multiple developmental age groups and environments, including both formal and informal learning settings, as well as national and international contexts. I am also interested in conducting community-based research, and translating research for practice and policy settings

Jose Michael Gonzalez (Ethnic & Racial Issues Committee, Outgoing)

I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Family Studies & Human Development at the University of Arizona, with a minor in Interventions and Evaluation. I have a B.A. in Child Development with training in developmental research from California State University, Stanislaus. I possess both Child Development Teacher and Site Supervisor credentials and Behavioral Health Technician certification. My scholarly and research agenda lie in the intersection between developmental and prevention science, on understanding the influences of context, culture and family processes that mitigate the effects of multiple risks associated with growing up in a high risk community. My research aim is to use developmental knowledge to advance the theories and methods that can improve our understanding of the dynamics of, contributors to, and impacts of prevention/intervention programs and evaluation, that can help build protective mechanisms in early childhood with effects through the lifespan. I also have an interest in Evolutionary theories and physiological measurements of stress responsivity (i.e., HRA, IBI, GSC, and Cortisol) and mind-body responses to stress.

Henry Gonzalez (History Committee, Incoming)

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. I received my Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. Broadly, my research aims to identify specific untapped sources of strength among low-income Latino families with young children, particularly as it pertains to the roles of fathers in strengthening families. I recently served as a Student Representative of the SRCD Latino Caucus, and will be an incoming mentor in the Millennium Scholars Program.

As a SEC Representative on the History Committee, I plan to work diligently with others at SRCD to preserve the history and legacy of SRCD members by highlighting their stories, accomplishments, and contributions, particularly members from under-represented groups in developmental science. The history of our organization is vital and a great source of wisdom helping to steer us towards accomplishing our goals as a community of scholars.

Meredith Henry (Teaching Committee, Outgoing)

I am the outgoing SECC representative to the Teaching committee.  I received my Ph.D. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology in December 2016 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where I managed the Youth Development Lab under Dr. Sylvie Mrug.  My dissertation examined the bi-directional relationships between sleep and psychosocial adjustment in African American adolescents.  Currently, I am an adjunct faculty member at UAB, where I teach courses in Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Statistics, and Social Psychology.  In addition, I am very active in the CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) network.  CIRTL provides a variety of resources to train better teachers by promoting teaching-as-research, learning communities, and learning-through-diversity.  Through CIRTL, I have learned much about pedagogical theories of learning, active learning techniques, and several other skills I always enjoy sharing with SECC.  In the future, I hope to be a full professor and contribute my own experiences to the problem of developing effective teaching strategies.

Erin Hillard (Publications Committee, Outgoing) 

I am in my second year of a PhD program in Developmental Psychology at the University of Notre Dame.  My primary research advisors are Dr. Dawn Gondoli and Dr. Alexandra Corning.  Prior to Notre Dame, I pursued a Master’s in Experimental Psychology at Western Illinois University.  My research interests broadly include contextual risk and protective factors that influence body image and disordered eating behavior in adolescence.  Specifically, I focus mother-daughter relationships to determine how communication with mothers affects daughter body image.  Further, I am interested in intervention and prevention programs in adolescence related to promoting positive body image.  I look forward to being a part of the SECC and Publications committee.

Diana Meter (Program Committee, Outgoing)

I am the incoming SECC representative to the SRCD Program Committee and I look forward to representing student and early career SRCD members through this position. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. I received my M.S. from this program in 2013, and my B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Asheville in 2008. Broadly, my research interests include peer victimization, aggression, friendships, and prosocial behavior among children and adolescents. My current research focuses on children and adolescents who defend others from peer victimization. This research, supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, investigates the positive and negative consequences of adolescents' receipt and enactment of defending for both victims and defenders of peer victimization.

Erica Musser (Interdisciplinary Committee, Outgoing)

I recently began my second year as an assistant professor of psychology at Florida International University after completing my doctorate at the University of Oregon and internship at Oregon Health & Science University. My research goal is to better elucidate the mechanisms linking emotionality, emotion dysregulation, reward sensitivity, and socio-emotional cognition to externalizing behavior problems in children. To do this, I utilize a multi-method approach, which has included behavioral ratings, laboratory computerized testing, behavioral coding, and measures of both autonomic and central nervous system activity. My work is interdisciplinary almost by its very definition, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to work on behalf of students and early career members to help SRCD work toward its mission of building connections across the disciplines represented within the study of child and adolescent development.  You can learn more about me here: http://emusse2.wix.com/abc-erica-lab, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Erica_Musser, and https://fiu.academia.edu/EricaMusser, or by emailing me at emusser@fiu.edu.

Sarah Murphy (Publications Committee, Incoming)

I am a fourth-year doctoral student studying Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. My research has focused on the influence of coparenting on child outcomes across the transition to parenthood. More recently, I have begun to explore differences between mothers’ and fathers’ behaviors within coparenting for first-time parents, as well as parents of two children. My interdisciplinary research background has led me to teach undergraduate courses in psychology and family relationships. I have recently served as the Student Representative for the Society of Research on Human Development. I look forward to furthering my involvement with SRCD by serving on the Student and Early Career Council and by contributing to the future development of SRCD’s highly-acclaimed publications.

Natalia Palacios (Co-chair and SECC Representative to the Governing Council, Outgoing)

I am co-chair of the Student and Early Career Council (SECC) and the SECC representative to the Governing Council (GC). I previously served as the SECC representative to the Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee. I am an assistant professor in the Educational Psychology and Applied Developmental Sciences program at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. I completed my doctoral degree in human development and social policy at Northwestern University. My research is focused on improving the developmental and academic outcomes of young immigrant children across multiple contexts. In particular, I investigate the school readiness and achievement of children from low-income, minority or immigrant backgrounds, focusing on the interaction language and context. I am current projects is focused on understanding the culturally specific teaching practices that Latino Spanish speaking parents engage in with their young children prior to school entry. My research also explores the role of teachers and schools in serving language minority children.

Katie Paschall (Programming Committee, Incoming)

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and I earned my PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. My program of research has a dual focus: (1) applied research with low-income families and the programs that serve them, and (2) developmental methodology. My recent work has focused on early parent-child relationships: how they form, how risks undermine their quality, and how Early Head Start may act as a buffer against those risks. In my current position, I work with the Interdisciplinary Collaborative on Development in Context. I am proud to serve as the incoming SECC representative to the SRCD program committee.

Olivia Smith (International Affairs, Incoming)

I am a third-year doctoral student in the Psychological Sciences program at the University of Texas at Dallas. I work in the Family Research Lab under the advisement of Dr. Jackie Nelson. Our lab’s research goals lie in the better understanding of family relationships and children’s well-being. I am specifically interested in marital and parent-child relationships, how mothers and fathers influence one another’s parenting practices, negative spillover of family stress, and children’s emotional development. My current project investigates the longitudinal impact of marital and parent-child conflict during middle childhood on adolescent’s depressive symptoms. As the SECC representative for the International Affairs committee, I look forward to advocating the committee’s mission for international representation and perspective in membership, publications, and informal exchanges of knowledge regarding child development.

Deyaun Villareal (Ethnic & Racial Issues Committee, Incoming)

I am currently in my third year in the Psychological Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Dallas specializing in developmental psychology. Currently, I work with Dr. Jackie A. Nelson in the Family Research Lab where our research investigates the influence of stress and parent-child conflict on parent-child and marital relationships. My research interests broadly include the effects of internalizing symptoms, daily stress, and parenting behaviors on family processes and child outcomes. In particular, I am interested in how the effects of daily stress and symptoms of internalizing symptoms in both parents and children influence the quality of their interactions. I look forward to serving the student and early career members of SRCD as the incoming SECC representative to the Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee.

Nan Zhou (International Affairs Committee, Outgoing)

I am a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching fellow in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  My research interests lie in understanding the healthy adjustment and development of immigrant and at-risk families with young children in different sociocultural contexts.  I am currently working with Dr. Charissa Cheah.  I have three lines of research focusing on: (1) understanding parenting and young Chinese children’s risk for obesity as immigrants in the U.S. and internal migrants in China; (2) exploring the meaning and function of parenting across different cultures; and (3) examining the acculturation, adaptation and well-being of immigrant parents.  As the SECC representative to the International Affairs Committee, I look forward to increasing the active voice of international students and scholars in the SRCD and supporting the development of early career scholars worldwide.  I also hope to expand opportunities for international collaboration in child development research, policy, and application of knowledge.