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Graduate Students

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Alyssa Ames-Sikora, M.A.

Alyssa is interested in studying stress, psychophysiology, and risk and protective factors for depression in children, adolescents, and young adults.

Master's thesis: Depression and Empathy Predict Emotion-Modulated Startle Reactivity.

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Rose Donohue, M.A.

Rose is interested in young children's understanding of emotions, guilt following transgressions, and use of reparative behaviors.

Master's thesis: Learning to Repair Transgressions: Toddlers' Social Learning of a Reparative Prosocial Act

Dissertation: Functions of Guilt and Reparative Behaviors in Middle Childhood

 

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Sarah Garcia, M.A., Ph.D. (2017)

Sarah is interested in emotion processing biases and their relation to the development of internalizing problems in children.

Master's thesis: The Association between Empathy and Prosocial Story Themes and Internalizing Problems in School-Aged Children

Dissertation: Negatively Biased Facial Affect Discernment and Socially Inhibited Behavior in Middle Childhood

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Jackson Gray, M.A.

Jackson is interested in studying emotion regulation and the development of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.

Master's thesis: Cognitive Reappraisal Moderates the Quadratic Association between Heart Rate Variability and Negative Affectivity

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Meena Khowaja, M.A., Ph.D. (2017)

Meena's research is focused on improving the early detection and intervention of autism and developmental disabilities in order to better serve families.​  

Dissertation: Associations between Stress and Resourcefulness among Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities

 

 

Research Assistants

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Lizzie Booher, B.A.

Lizzie graduated from Agnes Scott College with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

She collects data from study participants, codes children's play behaviors from video recordings, and prepares study stimuli.

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Kyrsten Buote

Kyrsten is a junior psychology major at Georgia State University.  She plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.

She collects data from study participants and prepares study stimuli.

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Jasmine Dearman

Jasmine is a psychology major at Georgia State University.  She has a passion for working with children and young adults who are struggle with mental illness.  

She helps with participant recruitment and coding children's narratives.

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Martin Estes

Martin is a senior at Georgia State University studying Psychology. He has a passion for working with children and young adults, and plans to attend graduate school to study psychology.

He collects data from child participants and cleans and scores electrocardiogram data.

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Joy Green, B.A.

Joy graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

She collects data from study participants, codes children's play behaviors from video recordings, and prepares study stimuli.

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Mariana Gutierrez, B.S.

Mariana graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Georgia State University. She plans to attend graduate school to study clinical child psychology.

Mariana assists with participant recruitment and follow-up, codes behavioral data, and enters, scores, and codes data.

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David Johnson, B.S.

David graduated from Florida A&M University with an bachelor's degree in Biology. He plans to attend graduate school to study either clinical or community psychology and has an interest in minority youth.

He cleans and scores electrocardiogram data and codes behaviors during parent-child interactions.

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Tawo Faro, B.S.

Taiwo graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She currently works as a volunteer court appointed special advocate for the juvenile courts and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in psychology.

She is involved with coding children's narrative data. 

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Sarah Vogt, B.S.

Sarah graduated from GSU with undergraduate degrees in philosophy and psychology.  She currently works as a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology at GSU.  She plans to attend graduate school to study psychology.

Sarah is a member of our ECG scoring team and codes young children's prosocial behaviors.

 

Faculty Advisor

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Erin C. Tully, Ph.D.

Erin earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Emory University. She studies intergenerational transmission of risk for depression and family characteristics that foster healthy psychological outcomes in children. She has a particular interest in how parents' emotions and behaviors contribute to children's development of compassion.

Research Collaborators

 

Akihiko Masuda, Ph.D.

Erin Tone, Ph.D.

 

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